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 Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
Comments 35
Your Relationship with Your Realtor– You’ve probably never given much thought to your relationship with your Realtor. But I spend my days with buyers and sellers…or at least those thinking about doing a transaction! With over 11 years of real estate behind me, I still marvel at all the different ...
By ERA Justin Realty, We are here for you
(Houses For Sale Rutherford NJ)
Comments 2
Listing Details Location: 54 7th St, North Arlington MLS#: 1501723 Style: colonial Beds: 5 Baths: 3 full 1 half Home for Sale You will love this beautiful totally renovated Colonial in the Manor section at 54 7th St in North Arlington. Some of it's features are Central A/C, custom closets, Hardw...
By Sheri Hipsley
(Advance Realty Direct, Inc. )
Comments 1
Sheri Hipsley | Advance Realty | sherihipsley@mris.comPrimary: (410) 288-6700Pager: (443) 756-5041Cell: (443) 756-5041Fax: (410) 288-9154Voicemail: (443) 756-5041 6806 CHAND CT $274,900 Click here to view the full details of this property. Year Built: 2003 County: Baltimore Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 2 ...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 4
Reduced and Discounted_$675 Summerville 4 bd-2.5 ba Rent to Own No Bank Qualifying   **  2014 Early Bird  - 48 Hour Special  **  Reserve in December 2014 for January 2015 Move-In and Save!   Available January 25, 2015.  ** See these December Discounted Rents:  Take *$200  - *$500 Off Each of 24 M...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
What is negotiation of a contract? Is it getting a best deal only? Or something else? Here's an excellent definition of NEGOTIATION - in a re-blog of a post from Juli Vosmik.      Mid October, I received a text from a previous client asking me to work with her brother who was relocating from the ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 9
The future is now, Dual function AFCI/GFCI Breakers.        East Wenatchee Home Inspections   Depending on what electrical code cycle you are in you will most likely start to see the new dual function Arc Fault/Ground Fault breakers (AFCI/GFCI). The only ones I have seen so far are by Square D (T...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 2
$675 Monthly / 4br - 1317ft2 - ▐►RED HOT LISTING!! Lease Option Home Special in Summerville 4-2.5 (Park Hill Subdivision) RED HOT LISTING!! Lease Option Home Special_ Summerville 4-2.5      * See Your VIP Buyers Program to Visit this Home!  http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/BuyAHome.cfm   707 Alston ...
By Larry Matthews, Larry Matthews AMP DAC
(Hants Realty Limited)
Comments 1
  Executive Home For Sale in Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Executive Home For Sale Country Estate for sale in Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Luxury Home #novascotia   40 Brierden Court, Antigonish New Price! $699,000 Executive Home - Impeccably maintained and spacious family home surrounded by acres of manic...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
Comments 1
Take it from a huge Patriots fan and mortgage banker, deflated footballs aren't good, but deflation in mortgage rates is great! One of the biggest surprises coming into the new year is the substantial decline in mortgage rates.  We've been hovering in the 3.75% range for a few weeks now.  I think...
By Susan Nealey
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You called your lender, you discussed your private finances and you agreed upon a number that will allow you to buy a house AND have a life.  Feels pretty good, doesn't it? Now, you and I can meet and start the process of looking at houses.   When we first meet in person, I MUST tell you about ag...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 87
After months of looking at homes you finally find that one special house you just can't wait to call home. You and your Real Estate Agent carefully research all of the comparable homes in the area to formulate an offer and you can't help but notice that all of the other homes in the neighborhood...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 45
Drastic times require some hard core writing in today's blog. When a new Bank Owned listing hits the market, it is a given my marketing will attract a HUGE response filled with showings and multiple first day offers. Buyers and their Buyer Agents will jockey for the best offer. Some will opt to p...
By Jack Lara, "Jack Lara...Your Real Estate Advisor"
(Main Street Properties, Inc.)
Comments 1
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info What is Your Home Worth? Homes for Sale: Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Pace, Cantonment Pensacola Short Sale - Avoid Foreclosure   Jack Lara Broker-Associate Main Street Properties, Inc. 850-554-9543 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 47...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 7
It is 2015, and the DFW Metroplex is still in a full-on Seller's Market. With less than 2 months of inventory on the ground, Sellers are enjoying multiple offers and the ability to hand pick the strongest, most qualified Buyers in the bunch. Professional Buyer Agents know that submitting a seriou...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
Comments 2
  W. Babylon Wide Line Hi Ranch Newly Price Adjusted   Open House 1/25/15 - 1:00 PM - 3-00 PM   View This W. Babylon Home In Detail   View Similar W. Babylon Homes Currently For Sale   Spacious W. Babylon Hi Ranch OverviewMapsPhotosOpen House $349,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms2...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 3
7 Reasons Why It Is A Great Time To Buy A New Home After a resurgence in our new home sales success in 2014, in several of our East West communities in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, many are predicting a banner year for the real estate industry in 2015. The pent up demand has been building ...
By Amy Houston Helm, Open the Door to All Possibilities
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage )
Comments 0
  New Construction Crafted by MBD Builders, Inc In the Waterfront Community of Pecan Grove Featured on Houzz.com Magnificent two story traditional all brick home on a .82 acre corner lot overlooking the pond on East Colonnade in Pecan Grove.  You are greeted with 10' ceilings in the picturesque f...
By NW Real Estate |Colleen Fischesser & CO Serving Seattle-Tacoma area Since 1990!, Serving Seattle-Tacoma Home Sellers & Buyers since
(RE/MAX Select R.E | Designated Broker/Owner)
Comments 15
What is earnest money and why do I need to pay it? One of the most common questions I'm asked by first time home buyers is "What is earnest money and why do I have to pay it?"  The answer usually leads to more questions but let's start with the basics. Earnest money is an up-front amount of money...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
Henry County home owners don’t have to live in the kind of January landscape that features blizzards and snowdrifts to want to winterize their home before the onslaught of the chilliest temperatures. In even the mellowest of climates, winterization is a way to shrink energy bills. And even if the...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 1
Atlanta GA 3-Bedroom Homes for Sale Atlanta GA 3-Bedroom homes for sale by price ranges.  Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3-bedroom homes for sale in Atlanta GA. The listings below all have a minimum of at least ...