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 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 Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, Palm Harbor Florida Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 5
My very first real estate experience broke all the rules. I was working as a high school teacher and had two kids in middle school. My mother had recently passed on and my father wanted to purchase a home for the kids and me. Since a colleague in my school was a part-time Realtor, I asked her for...
By Rich Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix
(Keller Williams Realty East Valley)
Comments 0
Grass is Greener for 3 Bedroom/2 Bath in Ahwatukee FS-6, Phoenix, AZ 85044  Built 1982, 1380 sf, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, ~ $179,900 • Tile & New Carpet, Paint •  Grass Yards Front & Back  • New Range/Oven & Dishwasher This split layout 3 bedroom house has varied tile floors in all but two bedrooms, ...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 76
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 55
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 Jana Haren, Jana Haren, Realtor, MSSC
(Arizona Premier Realty Homes & Land)
Comments 133
    When I see a home listed for sale “As Is,” it usually means there are some red flags to consider.  Often times, homes that are being sold “as is” will require quite a bit of updating and, more than likely, some major repairs. Whatever the case may be, the Seller is stating that they are not w...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 37
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 Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 48
     You are moving into your new home!  Whether you are a first time home owner or a veteran homeowner, whether you are moving to a new town or just moving across your town, you need to do the following 24 tasks as rapidly as possible.  Time is of the essence!    24 Things Every New Homeowner M...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 16
FAQ Who pays the HOA fees at closing?   This past week a client asked me why the seller wasn't paying the HOA fees on his home under contract.  This isn't the first home I've assisted him on a purchase so I was a bit perplexed where this question was coming from.  It didn't make a lot of sense as...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 9
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 43
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 Jordana Adams, Helping home buyers and seller achieve their goal!
(Exit Choice Realty)
Comments 0
Destination Living at its Best! Who says you can't have it all!  Grand Opening of Jack Nicklaus Golf Course May 4, 2014* One of the most highly anticipated event, the Grand Opening of the Potomac Shores Golf Course, is now to take place on May 4, 2014* This is the first public Jack Nicklaus Signa...
By Evelyn Johnston, Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy
(Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 19
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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 11
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 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 23
Just Listed Home- 1735 Hazelwood Rd. Clarksville TN Not every home has to be expensive to be nice and this home at 1735 Hazelwood Rd. Clarksville TN proves it. The price itself is eye-catching and the amenities will convince you that buying is better than renting a home like this.  The sellers ha...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 6
When I get a "client" like this one that doesn't have an ounce of respect for my time or my knowledge, I say PEACE.  Good luck.  Best wishes.  I'm out.   My time is valuable to me.  If a "client" doesn't respect my time or my efforts, I don't blink.  I move on.   She Says “I’m Working With Multip...
By Chris Taylor, Keller Williams Realty
Comments 0
Knollwood Cove In Clinton Twp MI                                                  Find similar condos for sale to Knollwood Cove In Clinton Twp MI N of 19 Mile Rd. E of Garfield Clinton Twp MI 48038 These awesome condos are conveniently located East of Garfield on the North side of 19 Mile Rd. in...
By Elisa Uribe- Realtor, Oakland CA Homes for Sale
(Wells and Bennett Realtors)
Comments 0
One Bedroom Condo For Sale in the Rose Garden Area of Oakland CA List Price: $295,000 Rose Garden: This chic one bedroom condo is convenient to Grand Ave shops and restaurants and the ever popular Farmers Market on Saturday’s. Quick freeway access,  public transportation, and a score of 82 on wal...
By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max All Properties New Lenox Illinois)
Comments 0
The last call a Realtor wants to receive is a call from their Buyer the day after a very smooth closing stating their Buyer is at a Chicago Southland Village Hall trying to get the water turned on in their name, only to discover the Village will not grant them an occupancy permit, due to pending ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 18
You will need to call a plumber. Do not attempt this repair yourself. This is what I wanted to tell the home owner. But after he was telling me a story about how they had remodeled the kitchen.  I didn't have the heart to tell him. But it will be in the report. I have seen this before. Making cha...