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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 86
Sorry Buyer, Not Your Way but Mine It happened again today that a buyer called and wanted to look at some houses without going through the proper steps. She had seen my sign in front of a property (having signs up really works, that is another story) but the price on the listing was much higher t...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 37
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer.  There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First:  Do I have a relationship with this agent? Second: Is it a Lane Realty listing they want to see? Thi...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 44
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM Asheville 1031, Knowledge,Insight, Industry Know-How. Happiness
(Asheville 1031 Realty)
Comments 0
When you think about  sustainable agriculture, organic farms, eco-communities and quality of life in Asheville and the towns surrounding this jewel in the North Carolina mountains, you may imagine scenes like this. But this in NOT your imagination. This is real.     Committed to sustainable farm...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 46
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 26
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
Comments 0
S.FL estate news-  FL Housing market shows rising prices in March S.FL estate news-  FL Housing market shows rising prices in March FREE LIST of Today's Short sale homes for sale in Weston, Cooper City, Davie, Sunrise, Miramar, Southwest ranches, Plantation. FREE LIST of Today's Foreclosures for ...
By Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
Comments 0
Waterfront pool homes under 600K and Weston FL market report - April14 Waterfront pool homes under 600K and Weston FL market report - April14 Waterfront Pool homes for sale in Weston-FL under 600K.. click here for more details..... Florida's housing market reported higher median prices, more new ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 6
Hear the request coming into the Maine real estate kitchen everyday. Serve me up something in town convenient but that feels like I am in the country Mr. Broker Man. On today's specials board, we are offering a home at 5 Chandler Court Houlton Maine 04730. How does this Houlton Maine home straddl...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 17
Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision Buyers...If you find a home you really like, you need to act fast in the middle GA real estate market, or you will miss out on great deals. Another Houston County home is a pending sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision,...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 1
It's going to be a busy day for your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent. I have a very motivated buyer and I'm off to go show some homes here in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area! Hope everyone has a great day!                           About The Author Craig Rutman is a North Carolina ...
By Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale
(Sells Real Estate, LLC)
Comments 1
Homes For Sale In River Crossing, New Port Richey, FL Homes For Sale In River Crossing, New Port Richey, FL are moderately priced for the area and give great value. The area is well kept with many manicured lawns and mature landscaping. The area is very close to the Medical Center of Trinity. Lit...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 9
Factory Finishes Are Not So Bad, Are They??? I'm not thrilled to hear a builder's rep say, "We hand finish the flooring with 3 coats of poly-something or other".This post inspired by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector in Northern Virginia in his article about footprints in hardwood flooring finishes. ...
By Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, Century 21 AA Lindenhurst NY
(Long Island NY Real Estate Agent)
Comments 1
House for Sale in Hawkins Estates Copiague NY with Income Potential This fabulous home in the Hawkins Estates section of Copiague NY has 7 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 13 rooms total, a 6 car driveway, 2 car garage, updated eat-in kitchen with sliders to a spacious wood deck, dining room with a pass-t...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 4
When most home buyers call on me about buying a house in Viera, Florida they usually fill me in with the basics...price, size and age. This is a nice start but there is so much more to consider when shopping for a new home. A few more questions will help me refine a buyers needs and determine the...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 8
Single Family Detached homes for sale in Ashburn.  Homes for sale in the $800,000 price range, which is an average for this area. To tour homes for sale, just call Lenn, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988. See the Homefinders.com map of Ashburn and you can see how convenient Ashbu...
By Kathleen Cooper, EXIT Realty Partners - Broker, REALTOR®
(Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-EXIT Realty Partners, REALTOR®)
Comments 7
31 Bates Street North Brookfield, MA Click For Listing Website Click For Interactive e-Tour Welcome home to this beautiful 4-5 bedroom home set on a country half acre lot w/stunning views. 1 car garage to keep the car clean during the winters w/room for all of the toys. Beautiful eat in kitchen,...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 9
Home owners should make it easy to show theri homes if they want to sell. The more restictions they have the fewer showings there will be. Agents love to show homes where there is a lock box so that they do not feel like that they have to be there at the exact time . Agents like to have an half h...
By Mark Bruno, Monterey Peninsula Home Team Leader
(Monterey Peninsula Home Team - Carmel, CA - Coldwell Banker)
Comments 2
Pebble Beach Ocean View Real Estate for Sale Search for similar ocean view homes for sale in Pebble Beach, CA Listing Details: Pebble Beach Ocean View Real Estate for Sale in the Upper Forest Neighborhood of Pebble Beach 4171 Sunset Lane, Pebble Beach CA 93950 $1,275,000 MLS# 81406196 Bedrooms: 3...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 3
Top Notch roofer, not so much. Give them the boot. I was at a home inspection yesterday. The agent told me that the home owner had the Hand hewn shake roof installed about three years ago. "They come back every year and spray the roof with an insect and linseed oil spray to help protect the shing...