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 Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 40
  Unfortunately Realtors® are always being compared to used car salesman. It really makes me mad. I personally see nothing wrong with being a car salesmen at all. In fact, I believe it's a tough profession just like my own. It's hard dealing with the public on a regular basis. BUT ...... Let me ...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
Comments 4
Will Mortgage rates under 4% get potential first time home buyers off the fence?   Realtor Magazine published an article last week called "Spread the Word: Mortgage Rates Below 4%"   Now while low interest rates can spark some people interest,I am not sure that it will get cautious home buyers of...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 16
  Closed 1686 Tannerson Rockwall, Texas     What did my buyers find most attractive?   Five bedrooms, three and one half baths, location, price, 3,301 square feet, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, large game room, huge covered patio in large backyard and the house was well maintaine...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 11
November 2014 Foreclosure/Bank Owned Homes for Sale Delta, CO This report covers the town of Delta and the outlying rural areas. It's covers everything in the 81416 zip code. The number of listed foreclosure properties has gone up slightly since my last report at the end of September. This inform...
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 14
735 Cloud Dr. Clarksville TN, Just Closed This moderately priced home is now the home of a new happy home buyer. The buyer fell for this house the moment he saw it. The big backyard and pool created vision of lots of fun times with their young child. Who wouldn't like a deck, stone patio, private...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
Comments 2
    Are There Any Single Family Homes for Sale in Midwood Brooklyn ?   One Family  3 Bedroom Duplex Home for Sale in Midwood Brooklyn $689,000 East 20's and Ave J     Currently there are seventeen residential  one family  Midwood Brooklyn homes for sale listed on the Brooklyn MLS the prices range...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
Comments 33
We’ve all been told it’s not nice to brag.  So I won’t - I’ll let the pictures do the talking.  This is why I moved from the Chicago area to Scottsdale, AZ:     Any questions?   Please feel free to call or email me if you like that first picture and are thinking of leaving the frozen north.   Oh,...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 5
Central Ohio investors now can access the entire inventory of Central Ohio Bank Owned properties for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clicking on the ...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
Comments 5
    Brick Two family Old Mill Basin Brooklyn Real Estate Home for Sale $479k   Old Mill Basin Brooklyn Home For Sale This spacious  well maintained Old Mill Basin Brooklyn  Brick Two family home for sale is waiting for its new owner- featuring a large two bedroom apartment with modern eat in kitc...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
Comments 1
A caller called three days ago and wanted to know if looking for a home in December was crazy? He has some time off and wanted to make good use of his time and hopefully find a home. Crazy is not a word I would use.....   Let me share a secret with you. The reason is this. Homeowner;s who have th...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 16
Neat, Neat, Neat, yeah it is suppose to be Neat. Mechanical Execution of Work. Wenathcee Home Inspections   As home inspectors we see a lot of messes. It is not uncommon see stuff in various levels of disarray.     Just a bit messy But messy when it comes to electrical work is a bit troubling.   ...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
Comments 0
      If you are interested in a new place to live to feel the pulse of the Park Shore community, the Naples Florida condos for sale in Allegro could be a great place to start.  Set near the center of the action and almost directly across Gulf Shore Boulevard North from The Village on Venetian Ba...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 3
  Canal Place is a great little community of brick garden-style condominiums located in Alexandria VA on the northern side of Old Town just off Pitt St. The community is composed of 7 three-story buildings with a total of 120 units. Between the buildings you’ll find gorgeous well-manicured garden...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 7
  Lake Ridge is a planned community of 38,000 people on 4,400 acres in Prince William County They enjoy the rolling hills and 1,200 acres of pristine treed community property. Additionally. all Lake Ridge students K-12 attend schools located in the community. When you consider it also borders th...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team)
Comments 10
What is the Difference Between Closing Costs and a Down Payment? If you are just starting your journey in the Richmond VA real estate market, then you likely have a lot to learn. I know when I purchased my first home, I had NO CLUE what I was doing and relied heavily on the education provided by ...
By Katrina Benton, Internet Marketing Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
Comments 2
Open House Near Downtown Austin TX Join us for OPEN HOUSE, November 29, Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and November 30, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. 1617 Garden Street, Austin, TX 78702 Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score $ Click for current price 2 BEDROOMS 2 BA...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 3
Click for All Town Listing     Scotch Plains is a township in Union County, New Jersey. What we know now as Scotch Plains was incorporated as Fanwood Township on March 6, 1878, the names was changed to Scotch Plains in 1917. Scotch Plains is a family oriented community many parks including a park...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
Comments 0
MMP Triple Play Program to help some PG County MD Home Buyers.   MMP which stands for Maryland Mortgage Program. Two loan officers today just told me about a program called Triple Play Program.   INCEPTION: I'm not talking about the movie that started Leonardo dicaprio. Im talking about when this...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 0
    Click for All Town Listings ...    Readington Township is a township located in Hunterdon County, NJ. It includes the unincorporated community of Whitehouse Station. The Township was incorporated as Readingtown Township, one of New Jersey's initial group of 104 townships, on February 21, 1798...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 3
This is a 3 bedroom 2 bath cottage style home situated on a large lot just minutes from the town of Livingston. The home features laminate flooring throughout all the living areas and ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen and bath rooms. The master bath room has a garden soaker tub, a double vanit...