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 Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 46
Is owner financing for homes a good option for buyers? Well, it depends. Lately, I have encountered several buyers calling on my listed properties, and asking if the owner was willing to do owner financing. This is certainly an option for those buyers, who are not able to obtain normal convention...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 17
1208 South Great Blue Road - Taverner Ridge - Now under contract. This gorgeous new construction home fits my client's needs perfectly. As a baby boomer, she is one of the many who are choosing to up-size, rather than downsize. When her husband died over a year ago, she decided to move to Clark C...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 18
Evanston IL Condo Scene The condominium sales in Evanston IL are still in full swing. There is a good selection of condos for sale and also a good time to put your property in the market if you are thinking of moving. Our seasonal sales have crossed boundaries and the market is still very busy. C...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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I posted the following blog some time back and thought current events give a very good illustration of how geopolitical and global economic events are influencing interest rates today.  In recent weeks, we've seen interest rates fall to their lowest levels in 18 months.  While this is partialally...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 11
Harvest Alabama Rock Creek Limestone County Homes For Sale Original content published at....http://nicktpappas.com/?p=2475 Go to: Rock Creek Harvest Alabama...for daily updated Rock Creek information. Just starting your home search then this link to my Buyer/Seller Information will be helpful get...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 10
Newport Beach Homes for Sale up to $500,000 Do you ever visit Newport Beach and think what a great place to live. I can attest to that, Newport Beach has something for everyone. If you like the beach, and the beach lifestyle, it is a wonderful city. There are great schools in Newport Beach also. ...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
Comments 5
  Captivating Copiague Colonial Copiague, NY Open House 10/26/14 - 2:00PM - 4:00 PM RE/MAX Wittney Estates View This Captivating Colonial In Detail View Copiague Homes In This Price Range Currently Available For Sale     Captivating Colonial OverviewMapsPhotosOpen HouseMarket Stats $269,990 Sing...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 12
Maybe it's the solar eclipse we're expecting in a few hours or sunspots perhaps, but people seem crazy to me today.  On two different places I've read on line today people have written something that just makes me scratch my head and wonder if they should have "clients" at all. No, I'm not going ...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 3
Flowers Mill is a lovely active adult in Middletown Bucks county. I looked up the mls for active listing in Flowers Mill. there are 5 active listings. There is a twin home for $299,000. There is a detached home with 2 bedrooms 2 baths for $340,000.  All the homes have main bedrrom on first floor ...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 4
I looked at the mls for homes for sale in 55plus communities in Bucks county . I saw home listed for sale in Yorktown in Jamison. Yorktown is located next to the township park and near the police station. People love to live in Yorktown because it is a small community . People can go to the park ...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 5
 Homes for Sale in Seven Bridges Delray Beach FL - New Construction   Why Do People Live here?   Seven Bridges is new construction in Delray Beach FL, a gated community of luxury single family homes located in Delray Beach FL. It is the sister community to The Bridges.  Once peopel have moved in,...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
 $675 Monthly  4br-2.5 ba No Bank Qualifying Rent to Own Home in Summerville_ Move in Now. 4BR / 2.5Ba                                                                                                     By Far the Best Valued Summerville Homes in a Planned Community.  SEE: Websites Below for 48 H...
By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
Comments 9
New Construction in Bonita Springs So, I’m with home buyers in Bonita Springs and we are looking at resale homes and condos in Sterling Oaks, Spanish Wells and Village Walk when I suggest to the buyers that we look at New Construction in Bonita Springs. One of the buyers then says that he would ...
By Jackie Uzoh
Comments 3
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY October 26,  12 - 4 pmCome and see this beautifully maintained one time owner Tuscan home! This three bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom home located in Legacy Hills at Las Sendas in Mesa, AZ is on a corner lot. Your new 3 bedroom 3 1/2 bathroom home features a front gated courtyard with a...
By Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga's Best Luxury Home Realtor!
(Prudential RealtyCenter.com)
Comments 4
NEW PRICE! $579,900. 1966 Waterbury Lane in East Brainerd.                                           Location, location, location! Emerald Valley, the very desirable gated, pool, clubhouse, and sidewalk community with walking path to Westview Elementary from the neighborhood.  Elegant and statel...
By MaryKay Shumway, ABR, CRS, Professional Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
Comments 1
Four Bedroom Homes for Sale in Door County: 10628 Forest Lane, Sister Bay Wisconsin.  Are you looking for MORE in a home?  More space?  More bedrooms?  More storage?  Our listing on Forest Lane in Sister Bay may be the perfect property for your real estate needs! We are currently offering a trul...
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)
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My colleague, Tammy Lankford, is the Broker/Owner of Lane Realty, which is located in Eatonton, GA.   Of course, when you're looking for a Buyers Agent in the Portland Metro real estate market, you'd call me . . . not her . . . but her advice is spot on for ANY area!   #1 is no lie!  I have witne...
By Mike Nicklaus
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
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  The attractive city of Greenacres is known to be the 8th largest city in Palm Beach Country ideal for families, young professionals, retirees and alike. The city offers a variety of real estate options, recreational facilities and amenities that perfectly suit any choice of lifestyle.   The ci...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC, Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
Comments 3
Stately Elegance in Garland $614,900 Stately elegance combined with comfortable ease describes this gorgeous one-owner custom home.... 7006 Calm Meadow Court, Garland, TX Photos: 25   Beds: 4   Baths: 4 (4 full)    Square Feet: 4391    Lot: 0 Paloma Creek Home On Corner Lot $169,900 Located in h...
By Stacia Whatley, StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor
(Hawkins-Poe Inc.)
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Gig Harbor Open House List For 10-25-2014 ~ 10-26-2014 Your Gig Harbor Open House List for 10-25-2014 ~ 10-26-2014! If you are planning on heading out this weekend to visit open houses here is your list to get you started! Plan which homes you would like to see now so you are prepared on Saturday...