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 Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 26
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer.  There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First:  Do I have a relationship with this agent? Second: Is it a Lane Realty listing they want to see? Thi...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 13
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Kathleen Cooper, EXIT Realty Partners - Broker, REALTOR®
(Kathleen Cooper, Best Option-EXIT Realty Partners, REALTOR®)
Comments 5
31 Bates Street North Brookfield, MA Click For Listing Website Click For Interactive e-Tour Welcome home to this beautiful 4-5 bedroom home set on a country half acre lot w/stunning views. 1 car garage to keep the car clean during the winters w/room for all of the toys. Beautiful eat in kitchen,...
By Mark Bruno, Monterey Peninsula Home Team Leader
(Monterey Peninsula Home Team - Carmel, CA - Coldwell Banker)
Comments 2
Pebble Beach Ocean View Real Estate for Sale Search for similar ocean view homes for sale in Pebble Beach, CA Listing Details: Pebble Beach Ocean View Real Estate for Sale in the Upper Forest Neighborhood of Pebble Beach 4171 Sunset Lane, Pebble Beach CA 93950 $1,275,000 MLS# 81406196 Bedrooms: 3...
By Marti Steele Kilby, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA
(Steele Group Realty)
Comments 2
  409,000   Don’t miss your chance to own this well-maintained pool home in the desirable Paseo Park neighborhood.  Great back yard patio for entertaining and the home backs up to an open space for additional privacy.  Enjoy vaulted ceilings in the light and bright living room and family room th...
By Desiree Whalen, Your Coastal Carolina Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 3
by Desiree Whalen. Hi everyone, Just a quick update to let you know about a new listing that just came on the market in the Windward Oaks neighborhood here in the Masonboro area of Wilmington. According to the listing info, 7503 Jonquil Ct is a 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath brick home with about 3800 squ...
By Rich Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix
(Keller Williams Realty East Valley)
Comments 0
Built 1985 - 2 Bed + 2 Bath in Hearthstone - Chandler, AZ 85226          Built 2008, 1101 sf, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, ~ $140,000 • Vaulted Ceiling • Parks & Pool in Subdivision  • 2 Car Garage Priced to sell quickly, this single family house has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and saltillo tile floors...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
 DC Ranch Homes under $2m Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  9290 E Thompson Peak PKWY 233 233, Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5009950) 2.  9462 E SONORAN SUNSET PASS , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5078202) 3.  9604 E BUTEO DR , Scottsdale...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
  Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  20496 N 98TH ST , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5048465) 2.  20480 N 98TH ST , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5094087) 3.  9421 E TRAILSIDE VW , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5103405) 4.  20368 N 93RD PL , Scotts...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
  DC Ranch Homes between $2-4m Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  9820 E THOMPSON PEAK PKWY 656 656, Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5089675) 2.  10152 E PHANTOM WAY , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5026344) 3.  20758 N 102ND ST 1346 1346, Sc...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
    Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  9766 E FLATHORN DR , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5010632) 2.  9281 E CANYON VIEW RD , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5101629) 3.  9234 E DESERT VW , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (4947345) 4.  9385 E TRAILSIDE...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 2
It's Hummingbird Season in Western Colorado. We all look forward to that time of year when the energetic hummingbird makes it's way back to our area of Colorado. I saw my first hummingbird of the 2014 season on Monday, April 21st. It flew right by my patio. There is no mistaking that zinging soun...
By Sheree Holsey, I am Happy to Help You Find your Way Home!
(Sold Buy the Sea Realty)
Comments 4
Go Go Buyer Rangers!   Hello Friend,   This is an exciting time to purchase your first home.  The real estate market is picking up, which means it is a good time to start shopping for a good lender before your house hunt begins. Inventory is increasing... are you ready to get your pick of the lit...
By Keji Ogunleye, GRI, SFR, KejiYour Realtor
(Fairfax Realty, Inc)
Comments 0
Buying Your First Home? What Not To Do after getting Pre-approval Upper Marlboro MD: I just closed on a townhouse in Perrywood Upper Marlboro for my clients on April 15th 2014 however the closing almost did not happened. I met the buyers in December 2013 and  within a few days they are pre-appro...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 104
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 Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 31
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 20
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Jenny Rohlen, Traverse City Area Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams Realty - Greater Grand Traverse)
Comments 4
    Completely Remodeled Home on 20 beautiful acres. Nestled on a corner lot this home boasts a metal/steel roof, updated vinyl siding and a great big deck which overlooks the property's park-like setting. Inside you will find hardwood floors, a gorgeous custom kitchen with Granite Counters, in-...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 0
  Warren Township, NJ - 07059 - Real Estate and Town InformationMore Town Info Home For All Your Warren Real Estate Needs - please visit our Warren real estate listings using the button above. NJEstates Real Estate Group is ready to assist you with your Warren real estate needs. Let our experienc...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 15
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....