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 Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 80
She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Comments 58
The Agent with the Sign in the Yard! In the State of Colorado a real estate agent becomes an agent for the Seller when a contract is created between the seller and agent. If the agent is a Seller's Agent they are required by law to fulfill certain duties: Promote the interests of Seller with the ...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 62
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 30
This past weekend I was showing homes to a very nice couple relocating to Fort Wayne from Michigan.   We had a list of five homes that we were going to look at, and one of them really stuck out.  We were all excited to see it! We pulled into the long and winding driveway.  To the left of was a la...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 26
Agents sometimes get in the way. They get in the way of a deal, or in the way during negotiations, or simply in the way of communications. I had a buyer tell me yesterday that they appreciated the fact that after we walked into a home they wanted to see, I did not hang right with them. Of course ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance FREE HUD Report: How to Buy FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale   Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Rea...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 12
Smart and Successful Home Buyers   How do you have a successful home buying experience? Start gathering information now! It doesn't matter if you plan to buy a home in a six months or two years, to have a successful home buying experience you need to have a plan. As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we kno...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 45
Builders Please Don't Forget Basement Potential When Designing A Home We walk in the front door with our buyers and we can feel it happening....this home is THE ONE!  The floor plan works, the updates are there, it's everything we know they want.  Right size yard, nice deck, continue upstairs and...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 14
Evanston IL Real Estate Single Family Historical Data is an important issue to use to analyze the current market and what the future may bring. 2013 saw record sales of homes at 470 sold which was the largest number since 2005 when 517 houses were sold that year. We are now seeing more of a selle...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 66
Mary: So, when you called me this morning, you said this looked like it was going to be "the house". Now that we've seen it, what do you think? Is it the one? Do you want to make an offer?   Client: I really love the neighborhood, the schools are good and it works great for our commutes.   Mary: ...
By Evelyn Johnston, Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy
(Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 30
A Listing Agent Can't Give You a Better Deal, They Don't Work for YOU! Stop calling other agents! Why do yo want to go through all your wants and needs again with a new agent just because you want to see one of their listings?  They cannot give you a better deal because they work for the home own...
By Holli Washington, Your Neighborhood Expert!!!
Comments 2
WELCOME TO Dominion at Panther Creek LOCTAED IN FRISCO,TX!!!   Located  at  11904 Gladstone Court, Frisco, Texas 75035 Listings for Sale Near Dominion at Panther Creek Estates in Frisco, TX Request a FREE Evaluation of your home in Frisco or surounding areas Welcome to the Dominion at Panther Cre...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 10
Is one question that often follows some misfortune. Human beings are wired to want an explanation for even that which is unexplainable. We seek the “truth,” the reason why, for mundane events, calamities and for that which simply exists. The reasons can be, and seemingly often are, nothing more t...
By Ginny Lacey Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 5
Another Warwick RI Luxury Home Sold | Cowesett Neighborhood High on a hill this fabulous Warwick RI real estate luxury home sold in the Cowesett neighorhood at 76 Goodwin Drive.  At the end of a cul de sac and just steps over the town line from East Greenwich, this house was luxuoriously appointe...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 16
What "As Is" REALLY Means When Buying A Mason Ohio Home As a home buyer you've probably seen the phrase "As Is" and wondered exactly what that means.  Most commonly you'll see As Is associated with a foreclosed or short sale home.  Owners without enough money to pay the mortgage are generally NOT...
By Darwin Wall, Chandler Realtor
(ProSmart Realty)
Comments 1
12011 E. Via De Palmas Chandler, AZ 85249 Brand New 4000 sq ft Custom Home in Chandler Price : $735,000.00 Bedrooms : 4 Bathrooms : 4.00 Square Foot : 4,069 Lot Size : 43,560 sq.ft. County : Maricopa Property Type : Single Family Year Built : 2014 MLS Number : 5100116 click for more information ...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 0
The market for Littleton Townhomes is red hot! We're seeing multiple bidders on just about every home we encounter under $250,000. With the market inventory at records low, it was a nice surprise to see HUD release this foreclosure in the Southpark Littleton homes neighborhood. This townhouse has...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 8
I'm a plug and I am Screwed. Taking short cuts when installing any electrical plugs is not a good thing. No matter if you know what is correct or not correct. The issues with this Dryer plug was obvious from the start. No cover for the plug. But as I got closer to inspect the plug I noticed there...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 12
Neighbors can give away the buyer's negotiating power! Shush! Expressing excitement when buyers absolutely love a home is best held off until in the car and driving down the road. Otherwise it may become known to the owner because the neighbors may be listening in. Not necessarily because they ar...
By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
Comments 0
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