Home Buying

Welcome to the ActiveRain Home Buying section. This is the place where you'll find comprehensive information on everything connected to purchasing a home – and we mean everything.

What exactly goes on in a home inspection and how is it different from a home appraisal? Curious about what it takes to purchase that foreclosure you've had your eye on? You'll find out how to do it right here. Look around: the professionals at ActiveRain have the information you need.

ActiveRain is the top real estate social network in the world. So, while you may find articles about purchasing a home on other websites, only at ActiveRain do you have the opportunity to read the words of wisdom from over 300,000 real estate industry professionals. From real estate agents to lenders to home inspectors and stagers -- that's a lot of brain power and we've harnessed it, right here at AR.

What are you waiting for? Everything you need to know about home buying awaits you on the following pages!

Trending blogs on Home Buying

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Real Estate Pro
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
Comments 59
Janna Rankin Scharf, GRI, PMS, SFR, CLHMS - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Homes For Sale I just finished up with my fortunate Seller client who had the difficult task of deciding which one of three excellent offers to accept for the purchase of her home.  That's right, three outstanding offers.  I...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 35
When a Frustrated Buyer is Almost Ready to Forgo a Purchase I responded to a lead this week and as is often the case with them was resolved to not hear from that client. I was pleasantly surprised when they did call back and ask to see one of my listings in addition to a couple of additional prop...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 14
Being Aggressive: How That Helps Represent My Buyer Clients' Interests This was inspired by a new Active Rain member, Rachel Hernandez' post entitled "Be Aggressive . . . Diary of a New Realtor" This is a snippet from my website Buyers Agent Portland About Carla Muss-Jacobs: Rac...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 28
Home SOLD in Warner Robins GA in Kensington Subdivision Buyers...you have to be quick and decisive in this market if you want one of the really good real estate deals! Such is the case here as another home SOLD in Warner Robins GA in Kensington Subdivision, courtesy of Anita Clark with Coldwell ...
By Phil Leng, Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &
(Keller Williams Eastside Market Center)
Comments 2
3 BEDROOM HOUSE FOR SALE KIRKLAND 98033   NEW ON ROSE HILL MARKET!   $599,000   12834 NE 86th St. 98033 The delight of and proximity to all Kirkland has to offer is right here right now.  Don’t let this be another 3 bedroom home for sale in Kirkland that “just got away” due to delay!  “Good thing...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 6
Agents who don't close very many transactions often tend to err when completing a purchase contract. Oh, they might offer the excuse of this is the way they've always done it, but should one question exactly how many sales have they closed the truth comes out that maybe they've always...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
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By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 3
Home For Sale in Randall Square, Geneva IL 60134 Beautifully situated home nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in convenient Randall Square.  You won’t beat this west side location close to shopping, dining, parks and more!  Tremendous curb appeal is enhanced by mature professional landscaping, covere...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 3
Click to Request More Information About... North/Central NJ Town School Reports This web page is provided as a public service for home buyers, sellers and residents in the North/Central New Jersey. If you are interested in other communities please contact us, and we will be happy to obtain the i...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 2
How many times have you thought you'd like to run a B & B? I hear it over and over and now, I have the perfect place for you . . . Denaut Mansion in Delta, Ontario currently operating as an Inn with a license for 110 Guests.  Enchanting, Distinctive, Elegant, Inspiring, Romantic, Timeless...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 6
    OPEN HOUSE~NW Austin~Canyon Creek~9533 Indigo Brush Dr. 8/3 1-3pm www.9533indigobrush.com Buyers, don’t miss this opportunity to view 9533 Indigo Brush Dr. Austin, TX 78726 during this weekend’s open house on Sunday, August 3rd from 1-3pm. 9533 Indigo Brush Dr. Austin, TX 78726  is located in...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
Think about Round Hill, Virginia.  Just 4 miles from Purcellville, 2 miles from Franklin Park and Route 7 E/W runs through it. The photo at the top is one we sold about 6-7 years ago.  The family purchased in Round Hill because: They loved the public school, recreation facilities and the wonderfu...
By Shawn Peacher, Shawn Peacher - Network Realty Group
(Network Realty Group)
Comments 3
888 Meander Run Rd - 10+ Acres Peaceful and Private 10+ acres perfect for horses! House features wood floors and open floor plan but does need work. Huge 40x60 outbuilding is on the property (along with a second building), perfect for shop. Koi pond on property and HUGE deck! Detached 3 car gara...
By Sonya Davis, Realtor® / Sales Associate
(Main Street Properties)
Comments 2
5984 Happy Hollow Dr. Milton, Fl 32507 Family Home ~ Inground Pool ~ 9 Acres Home   Virtual Tour   Photo Gallery   Property Map   Financing   Request Showing   Contact Me   Sonya Davis SL3155221Mobile: 850.384.2497: eMail: Pcola@live.com: Website: Visit Website Price : $335,000.00 Bedrooms : 4 B...
By Sean A. Beattie, Professional approach with positive results!!!
Comments 2
Renovated To Perfection OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesMarket Stats $249,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,159 sqftLot: 3,330 sqft Location 7506 Holly St.Oakland, CA 94621USA Sean A Beattie RE REALTY EXPERTS(800) 517-7326seanabeattie@gmail.comhttp://www.GetHomesHer...
By Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer
(Chinowth & Cohen Realtors )
Comments 4
1623 S Delaware Avenue, Tulsa OK MLS #1423446 Renovated by Hoby Ferrell of Ferrell Properties in 2006 Offered at $260,000 The front yard of this Florence Park bungalow is immaculately landscaped. Neatly trimmed bushes flank the walkway to the front entrance and mature trees abound. Immediately in...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 7
Sewalls Point FL Homes with Private Pools If you’re in the market for a home with its own private pool in Sewalls Point FL, here’s a quick way to search by price range. The town of Sewalls Point is located in Stuart FL and is a prestigious community with the Indian River to the east and the Saint...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 4
What is flood zone X and why is it important? I hear that question again and again. With all of the changes to the FEMA maps and the pending questions on flood insurance, I always recommend that my clients look for homes in flood zone X. Flood zone X is the only flood zone that does not require f...
By The StoneBridge Team
(Keller Williams® Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 4
  Move-In ready 3 bedroom home for sale in 85048  2921 E BROOKWOOD Court Phoenix, AZ 85048 Move-In ready 3 bedroom home for sale in 85048   Price : $249,600.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2.00 Square Foot : 1,692 Lot Size : 4,600 sq.ft. Community : Mountain Park Ranch County : Maricopa Property Type...
By Jesse Ortega, Jesse Anthony Ortega
(AmeriFirst Financial, Inc. )
Comments 1
4 Bedroom Sandy Point Ferndale WA Home with Deck. Walk out your back door & sail off to the San Juan Islands! Unique home has 4332 sq ft including pool room & sits on a 19,602 sq ft lot. a 40' custom dock with deep water moorage for 2 boats, 18'x36' indoor pool with motorized ...