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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 32
    For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par.    While inspecting an upper end property in the Nashville Tennessee area, I ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 56
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 54
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 41
KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 19
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 Valerie Spaulding, Allyn-Belfair-Hood Canal & Puget Sound-WA-Real Est
(Windermere Peninsula Properties~Allyn~Belfair~WA)
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Click here to see more pictures and detailed information.     Schedule a Showing Allyn, WA Homes for Sale Bremerton Homes For Sale Homes for Sale Belfair, WA Homes for Sale Belfair, Hood Canal & Puget Sound Homes for Sale Allyn Homes for Sale What is Your Home Worth? Avoid Foreclosure Homes Clos...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 52
Is it a modular home?  Is a manufactured home? Is it a trailer?  What's the difference? In our market we see the term modular getting misused a LOT!  People (including some agents) are of the belief that just because you take the wheels off and put block, non load bearing around the perimeter tha...
By Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent
(Realty Path)
Comments 25
    Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated.  This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the first reason is that they do not know enough about them ....
Ballantyne Meadows Homes for Sale Charlotte NC Find Ballantyne Meadows Homes for Sale Charlotte NC and other similar properties. These properties for sale feed direclty from the Charlotte MLS and are updated multiple times daily. These beautiful properties are located in the desirable and upscale...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 6
I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Real Estate)
Comments 0
SATURDAY OPEN HOUSE 1886 QUAMICHAN STREET 2-4 PM Looking for that special Fairfield home? Then you have come to the right place   Join me Saturday April 19 OPEN HOUSE 2-4 PM 1886 Quamichan Street-Find it here on Google Map Description: Prime Fairfield location, close to downtown Victoria and Oak ...
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
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Closing Tips for Sellers of Lakeland Sandpiper Golf Homes for Sale Your Lakeland Sandpiper golf home for sale has a ratified contract yet you can’t completely relax until you and the  buyer, get to the closing table. The burden of finalizing the financing to purchase the home falls on the buyer, ...
By Phil Caulfield, Mortgage Lender - San Francisco Bay Area
(Absolute Mortgage Banking)
Comments 0
Yesterday pro golfer Pablo Larrazabal was playing in the Maybank Malaysian Open. He was on the 5th fairway when he was attacked by a swarm of hornets! Why do I bring this story to your attention? I think it is an amazing story of courage and concentration! Larrazabal had the courage to put his sh...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance FREE HUD Report: How to Buy FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale   Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Rea...
By Bryon Crosby, Professional Service | Outstanding Results
(Windermere Real Estate Lane County)
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3016 Ashley Loop   Exquisite Gem in the South West Hills Set High Above the City offering Privacy & Views of Sun Rise, Mountains & The Valley! The interior boasts Travertine Floors, Hardwoods, Gas FP, Granite & SS Appliances! The Master Suite offers a Large Walk-In Closet, Skylights and Luxuriou...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 2
Well Maintained Townhouse with Updates Galore This well maintained 2BR/1.1BA townhouse offers updates galore.  There’s nothing to do here but move in and enjoy!  Enjoy sunsets from your covered front porch.  Step inside to find fresh interior paint and new bamboo flooring through the main level....
By Bill Sheffield, Where There's a Bill, There's a Way
(Main Street Properties)
Comments 0
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Homes Close to Where You Work Pensacola Florida Homes for Sale Search All Homes For Sale   Pensacola Home Team Broker Associate Main Street Properties, Inc. 850-261-5133 Questions?Schedule a Showing...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 1
Stunning Tanner Trails Home on Large Lot This stunning 5BR/3.1BA brick front home sits on a large lot in desirable Tanner Trails.  This excellent location is just minutes from I-88, walking distance to park and more.  Relax on your covered front porch and enjoy the convenient 3-car attached gara...
By Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri - Rodney Kennedy, It matters to us as much as it matters to you.
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Franklin TN Home for Sale Falcon Creek - Only One Available Surely if you have been looking for a house in Franklin, TN you know just how difficult it is to get that perfect house and how fast those homes sell.  The best ones sell fast and we have one of the best ones for you right here.  This ju...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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VILLA SOLANA VERO BEACH FLORIDA ISLAND TOWNHOME BY THE BEACH Barbara Martino-Sliva of Dale Sorenen Real Estate Vero Beach Florida                    VILLA SOLANA VEO BEACH FLORIDA Villa Solana is a small charming Mediterranean style townhome communityon the barrier island of Vero Beach.   Built i...