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 Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 27
Start 'Em Young Moms! Buyer's Agency in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area! When your parents bought their first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, they hired a buyer's agent. When you bought your first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, you hired a buyer's agent. And, now, many years later you...
By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
Comments 2
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Largo Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?   Deborah Ward & Associates Keller Williams Gulfside Realty 727-216-9247 Questions?Schedule a Showing!   Licensed In:Florida Information v...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 10
  Wellington Fl Short Sale - 1750 Hollyhock -Wellington FL 33414    Waterfront Wellington Fl Home For Sale in Sugar Pond Manor - This Is A Short Sale - With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage, a split bedroom floor plan, a lovely kitchen, vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, screened patio, be...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 10
This is, IMO, the #1 reason for a new construction home buyer to use the services of an experienced Buyer's Agent. 3. Build With Resale in Mind It surely helps buyers when their agent provides them with comps.  Otherwise, they may be mesmerized by the builder's model home. Courtesy, Lenn ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 4
The buyer of real estate has made an offer on a ME property. And even though it has only been twenty minutes, what is taking so long in getting the contract signed? Things sewn up to get on with the show. Keep things moving on down the line to get to a real estate closing on time. Couple of prope...
By Rama Mehra, Certified Pre-Foreclosure Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
Open House this Saturday & Sunday the 23rd & 24th   From 1:30pm – 4:30pm Amazing 5-Year-Old East Facing Townhouse – Offered at $699,00 This townhome features 2,050 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, bonus room/loft and an attached 2 car garage.  Freshly painted bright and light! New floo...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 1
$875 / 4br - 1317ft² - ▐►Summerville Rent to Own Duplex (131 Boone Street) 4BR / 2.5Ba 1317ft2 duplexavailable noww/d hookups off-street parking 131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community. See Our VIP Buyers Program to Visit this Home Today! http://www....
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 2
Are you thinking of buying a Westhaven new construction home for sale in Franklin TN? You've been contemplating this move for awhile. You've driven through the neighborhood countless times and you've been eyeing one particular model. You've even been in the sales office at Westhav...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 2
Valentine Ranch Homes and Homesites For Sale in Medina County Texas Valentine Ranch in Medina County is a quiet community located about thirteen        (13) miles northwest of Helotes. From Helotes go north on Bandera Road (State Highway 16) to Park Road 37. Go west on Park Road 37 for about thre...
By Christina Hood, Luxury Homes Marketing
(Inland Empire Luxury @ KW | 01820455)
Comments 1
20355 Majestic Drive, Apple Valley, CA Large Pool Home in desirable Skyline Ranch in Apple Valley. Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 full Living Area Approx: 2700 List Price: $Get Current Price Schedule a Showing Apple Valley Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Fo...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 5
Ocean Access Waterfront Homes in Stuart Florida   Use the link below to search for Ocean Access waterfront homes in Stuart FL.  Stuart waterfront homes have access to the Atlantic Ocean through numerous waterways and then to the four corners intersection of the Indian and Saint Lucie Rivers to th...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 0
114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton, MA 02458 was built in 1910 and first owned by Harry F Morse and his family. Since that time there have been a total of 4 families that have lived in this 6,810 square feet of living space.  Grand and gracious entryway lead the eyes to a beautiful and wide staircase ...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 3
I looked up the mls for active listings in Buckingham township priced upto $200,000. this morning. There are 10 active listings . The lowest price is for a mobile home for $119,900. The highest price is for a single with garage and basement home listed for $199,900 If you would like to look at ho...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 1
Parker Foreclosures are hard to find and when they do come on the market, they don't last long. With investors fighting over the few bank owned homes on the market, potential homebuyers have been struggling to find any foreclosures to even bid on With this low inventory, our team was thrilled...
By Richard Michaels, 100% Dedicated to Servicing My Clients
(Keller Williams Macomb)
Comments 3
Large 4 bedroom Colonial located in the City of Richmond   This home features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths in the beautiful City of Richmond. Upper level features Master Suite with it's own bathroom, also includes 3 additional large bedrooms and bathroom. Main level includes large living area, kit...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 100
This morning, I posted my quarterly affordable home market report for one of the northern Colorado communities that we cover. And I did something that has left me deeply unsettled - I changed our working definition of "affordable".   In the past, we considered homes priced $200K and und...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 32
  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 21
One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last ten years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and take as they say. It's important to l...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 10
1. Is it okay for me to use the toilet while viewing homes?Yes, home sellers are prepped and told up-front to be prepared for people to use their bathrooms.  2. Can I eat the cookies or grab me a bottle of water? Unless the snacks and bottles of water are clearly displayed, it isn't acceptabl...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 16
This is a post that every homeowner should read and understand.  Many have been forewarned about prescription disposal but without an explanation of the reason behind the direction given.  This post is a good explanation. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable fo...