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 Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 63
As you look for homes on our MLS you will notice a field towards the bottom of the page that looks like this... I have shown thousands of houses to buyers over the last 11 years, and I can firmly state that every single one of them had at least one defect the seller had to of known about. But, wh...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 1
You've earned it. So after a long tiring day come home to relaxation and serenity. This 3 Bedroom 3.5 bath home with gorgeous landscaped private views, pool, and pergolas will melt away the stresses of the day. The homeowner has freshly painted and you will find this home in excellent condition. ...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 1
5724 NW Zenith Drive, Port Saint Lucie, FL Description Photos Maps & Local Schools My Reviews $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2284 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! CLICK HERE for COMPLETE DETAILS of this Property Search All Homes for Sale in Torino Area of Saint Lucie ...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 0
 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comCompare Areas Home Search Tool - Edmonds Homes and Condo's For Sale and 'Market Insider' dataTo ge...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
Comments 13
   Address: 520 Windstone DR 106 Hartland, Wisconsin 53029-1653 Taxed by: Hartland MLS #: 1409937           357 W. Wisconsin AvenueOconomowoc, WI 53066  Phone: 414-254-6647  Fax:  Email: kjohnston5@wi.rr.com  http://www.kristinjohnston.com      Provided as a courtesy of: Kristin K Johnston ABR,e-...
By Marvin Beninson, Grtr Danbury/Ridgefield, CT + Grtr Orlando. FL.
(Keller Williams Classic III)
Comments 0
If you are looking for property in the Clermont, FL. 34711 area then Nothing Beats a New Home!!!  We are having a #PUBLICOPENHOUSE AT 11238 Scenic Vista Drive Clermont, FL. 34711 Saturday 5/23/15 from 12-3 PM.  Close to 4000 square feet with over $20,000 of special royal features. If you apprecia...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 0
 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comEdmonds School District Information - Homes For Sale in EdmondsTo get local school scores and more...
By David & Lisa Webber, www.webberteam.com
(RE/MAX Executive)
Comments 1
Single Family Home for sale in CROWNSVILLE, MD Overview Maps Photos IDX Search $674,900 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 4,149 sqftLot: 88,427 sqftYear Built: 1988MLS #: AA8620371 Location 1923 CHAPARRALL CTCROWNSVILLE, MD 21032USA David & Lisa Webbe...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 10
Sometimes we have crossed all the "T's" and dotted every "I", yet things still fall apart. Here in the Atlanta area, as with many other parts of the country, we are experiencing a "Seller's Market". This means that there are more buyers vying for fewer properties. This can cause multiple offer si...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 27
 In Front of Buying a Home “Have All Your Ducks Lined Up.”  Before you plan on buying a home, you need to know that buying a home is a complex process. Buying a home is a smart wealth-building plan especially for those that end up doing it right purchasing their dream property for their long-term...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 1
Townhouses are a great home for a lot of today’s buyers. There are 42 available townhouses in the Winchester / Frederick County, VA real estate market. They offer a great living space with less exterior upkeep including less yard work and structural maintenance.For the busy buyer, a townhouse off...
By Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer
(Chinowth & Cohen Realtors )
Comments 0
Home Buyers paying cash are often surprised that they pay closing costs in addition to the purchase price, so here is a guideline of what costs are incurred in the state of Oklahoma. The Seller pays a few less items when their Buyer is paying cash.These prices will vary depending on sales price a...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 1
Homes For Sale near Oxbow Elementary School Champlin MN 55316 Search Homes for Sale by School Zone | Oxbow Creek Elementary School Champlin MN 55316 Oxbow Elementary School is located at 6505 109th Ave N, Champlin. It’s in the 55316 zip code. They can be reached by phone at 763-506-3800 or via em...
By Jason Hands, Purchase Specialist - www.mortgagestampa.org
(E Mortgage Management )
Comments 0
I am a licensed mortgage loan originator with over 16 years’ experience in the mortgage industry. I specialize in Home Purchases and Refinances in Florida. I have helped over 2000 homeowners realize their dreams of home ownership, with many repeat and referral clients. Below are some highlights o...
By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Comments 2
  HELLO GORGEOUS!      OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW! Saturday, May 23rd from 2pm-4pm. Stop by and let us introduce you to your new home! Situated in West Allen and under $380 (that's right!) at the end of a quaint cul-de-sac. If you think it's amazing on the outside, wait until you see inside!  Stunning ...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
Comments 0
  One of the more interesting options for a boater looking for a new residence and wanting direct access to the Gulf of Mexico are the homes for sale Little Hickory Shores Bonita Springs Florida.  This community which consists of only single family homes, is located on the south side of Bonita Be...
By Jean Rogers, Pete Psareas & John Thomas, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Woodstock, REALTORS
(HomeSalesForce.com - RE/MAX)
Comments 1
2765 Hawk Trace, Marietta, GA     Get Directions Click Here     Description     Maps & Local     Schools   My Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full )  BATHROOMS | 2560 SQUARE FEET This home qualifies for DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE visit http://gadownpayment.com for details! Raise...
By Julie Morales, Your Partner is Real Estate
(RE/MAX Cinco Ranch)
Comments 6
Price: $2,750,000 Located in Tanglewood,a gracious community in Uptown Houston. Considered one of the wealthiest communitiesin Houston defining itself by its Estately European style. Characterized as having high walkability,many residents run their errands by foot or bike. This community has pres...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 4
 Arizona Beautiful Ranch Home for Sale in a Quiet Neighborhood of Sorrento $214,500  36970 W LEONESSA AVE3 Beds/2 Baths2291 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5280381   This home is 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Plus Den with a Formal Living room & Dining Room. Enter this beautiful home in the formal living room. Over...
By Doug Kenny
(Remax Pros)
Comments 0
 Homes for Sale in Big Pines VillageNorth Potomac Also called Welland (North Potomac) and Bellwood Manor (North Potomac)  Homes For Sale in Big Pines Village Why People Live Here People live here for two main reasons. First, it is a very exclusive neighborhood with large $900,000 plus homes. The ...