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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 51
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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 47
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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 20
    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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 36
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 Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent
(Realty Path)
Comments 20
    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 ....
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  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 Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 9
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 Alicia Utz, REALTOR & Military Relocation Professional in NOVA
(EXIT Choice Realty)
Comments 0
Homes For Sale in the Osbourn Park High School District located in Manassas and Woodbridge, Virginia Are you moving to Northern Virginia; Prince William County, Manassas or Woodbridge?   This school is zoned to include students living in Manassas and Woodbridge, Virginia. To view current ACTIVE h...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 23
Hanging out on the back patio. But not for long. When home owners have the brilliant idea to do something. They need to make sure it is done the "correct way". This looks like they had been wanting to do this for a long time. But the home has to be built right to start with. The Rafter tails. And...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
Comments 3
In our early twenties,  my husband and I made the impulsive decision to purchase a newly built home located in an established neighborhood, in a western suburb of Chicago.  We had saved the twenty percent required for the down payment. What We Saw When We Made Our Decision to Purchase Golden oppo...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
Comments 3
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 Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 7
Madison Alabama Luxury Homes For Sale In Clifts Cove Search Clifts Cove Homes For Sale. If you're relocating or moving across town and searching for Luxury homes then you should take a look at Madison Alabama Luxury Homes For Sale in Clifts Cove. Clifts Cove is very central to Madison Alabama and...
By Jimmy Chickey, Las Vegas Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
Comments 8
I had taken the course on investing and had a real estate mentor - what could go wrong?  Ask my loan officer, as I think he had fraud charges against him after the sale. Before I became a real estate agent, I was an investor and house flipper here in Las Vegas.  I had done  my research, taken the...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
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...
By Gordon Sloan, Salt Lake Homes For Sale, Salt Lake Real Estate
(Group1 Real Estate, selling houses in Salt Lake City Utah )
Comments 2
Homes For Sale in Salt Lake with 4 Bathrooms   I was asked yesterday to find some homes for sale in Salt Lake with 4 bathrooms. Not bedrooms, BATHROOMS! Must be a large family. May be a large family with a lot of girls. I found out a few things trying to find homes to show that fit that criteria....
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 0
Seller Accepted Offer Buyer has Contract to Purchase What's Next?   You're a buyer and you've got that perfect home under contract.  You've been totally focused on getting the house in contract for you to purchase.. it's going to be YOUR home now... everything's done, right?  Wrong...   We've onl...
By Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area
(Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
Comments 1
We are proud to present to you 9397 Cloudberry Way, Manassas Virginia 20110 "This is a Rare Opportunity to own a home in the  Wellington Community!" How rare? Well there are over 500 single family homes in Wellington Community and in the  past two years only a dozen or so homes have come up for ...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Comments 1
Remodeled North Chesterfield Home for Sale Cue the Survivor music, The Search is Over! Welcome home to this remodeled North Chesterfield home for sale! From the moment you arrive, you will fall in love with the beautiful curb appeal, off street parking, and brick & Hardi-plank exterior. As you en...
By Gordon Sloan, Salt Lake Homes For Sale, Salt Lake Real Estate
(Group1 Real Estate, selling houses in Salt Lake City Utah )
Comments 0
Downtown SLC Condos For Sale The demand for downtown SLC condos has never been greater, and the inventory has never been better. For example, there are over 150 condos in just 3 zip codes downtown, 84101,102 &103. Access to TRAX, shopping downtown @ Gateway and all of the dining and entertainment...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 3
  This is a good read for all agents and especially for those who believe in providing a true Fiduciary Duty to their clients. One agent in the same transaction can not "represent" both buyer and seller, although most of the language in the Buyer Rep Agreements state this.  Oh, it's like nails on...