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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 53
A few months ago I was working with a young first time home buyer.  He was a really fun client to work with.  He was appreciative of my time, my efforts, and my knowledge. Or so I thought. This year the Fort Wayne real estate market has been more of a seller's market than a buyer's market.  I exp...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 3
Hey everyone.  The Kevin B Tolbert PA Team is here to share exciting news for the Real Estate industry and the perfect source for targeted lead generation.   As the calendar has now turned, many of these good folks who lost their homes are now ready to enter the market once again.     For many of...
By Allison Bernard, Real Estate Salesperson 401-533-6916
(Keller Williams Central Rhode Island)
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Site Map For Rhode Island Home Online     AboutLearn more about the services that a real estate expert can offer you. Contact UsIf you have questions or comments, need information about local real estate trends, or need help selling or buying a home, please contact us. Create an AccountCreate yo...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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Market Update - Greenfield - Centennial CO - July 2014         You will find Greenfield and Greenfield Estates located in Centennial between Arapahoe Road and Smoky Hill Road West of Picadilly.    This popular community has a common pool, and tennis courts, and residents love the trails throughou...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 10
Southwest Home With 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Swimming Pool NW Albuquerque 87120   Coming Soon!   Albuquerque Homes Realty and REALTOR® John McCormack will soon be listing this beautiful Southwest style home in NW Albuquerque 87120.     This gorgeous southwest home located at 4112 Rancho Gusto NW Albu...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 1
South Cobb High School District Homes for Sale by Price Range South Cobb High School homes for sale, condos and town homes listed by price range.  Search MLS listing for homes for sale in Cobb County GA located in the South Cobb High School District.  This homes search is broken down by price ran...
By Mark Wozniak, Northern Virginia Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
Freedom High School Freedom High School has been serving students living in homes in Woodbridge, VA since 2004.  Freedom High School is part of the Prince William County Public School (PWCS) district. The PWCS system is the second largest school system in the state of Virginia, continuing to grow...
By Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions)
Comments 1
Why use a Buyer’s Agent to Help With Your Home Purchase? For most Americans, a home is the most significant and costly purchase they’ll make in their lifetime, with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved. Having proper representation, therefore, is critical. In...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 4
New Home For Sale Leesburg - MOVE IN READY!! YES!!  Finished and ready for YOU!! This is the Farnham Model built by Beazer.  Wonderful floor plan with -  2 story Family Room, 3 finished levels, about 4000 finished square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, full finished basement, gas fireplace in the ...
By Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com
(RE/MAX Realty Affiliates)
Comments 3
            $392,000.00 - 1310 Santa Cruz Drive Minden, Nevada 89423 Amazing Home in the Heart of Carson Valley             Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Parking Spaces: 4 Year Built: 1994 Subdivision: Johnson Lane Lot Size: .80 Garage Size: 3 School District: Douglas County Square Footage: 2112 Agen...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 6
Things I should have Done Differently when Buying a Home   Some of the best advice that you or anyone else can get about buying a home is from people who have done it before. Many times its better if the advice comes from a third party and not someone like me being a Realtor in katy TX. I came ac...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 4
Search Georgia Homes for Sale By County and City Search Georgia homes for sale by counties and cities. If you are searching the MLS listings for homes for sale in GA by county, now you can search for homes for sale by the cities within those counties also.  Feel free to search for GA homes for sa...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 0
Homes for Sale in College Park, Maryland, 20740. College Park is a convenient location for folks employed at the University of Maryland, Washington, D.C. and areas of Prince George's and Montgomery County. Below are homes listed for sale priced in the $350,000 to $500,000 range.  To tour homes fo...
By Sharron "Shari" Hensley, Master Certified Negotiations Expert
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Homes for Sale in the Hunters Creek Village, Houston TX   Why Do People Live Here? The Hunters Creek Village or "Hunters Creek", is a very high end neighborhood and a part of a collection of upscale residential communities in the Memorial Villages.  Located east of Beltway 8, west of Chimney Rock...
By Brett Sampson, Texas Lender
(Berkshire Lending, LLC)
Comments 0
A quick note for you today on some USDA changes coming up… The department of Rural Development (administers USDA loans) has announced an increase to the annual fee (paid monthly) for both purchase and refinance transactions that will take effect on October 1, 2014. The annual fee for both purchas...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 8
I like to gift.. call it a "house warming" gift, a closing gift, a "whatever" gift.. I'm a gifter.  My husband says I'm a giver and I think they're about the same thing.    I wanted to give a closing gift to the buyer of a home that closed yesterday at 302 Oak Brook in Idabel, OK.  but I just cou...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 12
Should a Home Buyer open the refrigerator when looking at a home listed For Sale? In most cases yes, however when it comes to selling REO homes, also known as Bank Owned or Foreclosures we have a rule. DO not open the Fridge. WHY you may ask, well if you have ever opened one that has been sitting...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 7
Elyse Berman Client Testimonial   An Excellent Real Estate Agent   Elyse Berman is, without any doubt, one of the finest Real Estate Agents I have ever dealt with professionally, as a Justice and attorney, and personally as a Buyer and Seller of one family real estate. She is knowledgeable, accom...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 0
It appears that the surge of distressed property that entered the market in August of last year will be replicated in 2014, as the short-term trend of short sale and foreclosure listings is moving higher. A conspiracy theorist might conclude that the large lenders holding the most distressed prop...
By James Crocker
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
Tips for Denver home buyers! Negotiating is one of the most important things to consider when buying a home.  Many buyers don't know the right things to say, and it can cost them money.  One comment can ruin your negotiating position.  This is one of the main reasons it's smarter to hire a Realto...