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 Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 12
In a fierce sellers market there's only a few ways to guarantee you'll get the home you want... 1. Know the seller and blackmail him into selling you the house over anyone else.2. Get into a bidding war and hope and pray that you get the house.3. Bid so high that the seller has no choice but to s...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
 Just as with movie credits, the features you find in Henry County listings have a “billing order.” The “stars” may not be printed in gigantic superstar type—but the order in which they appear do reflect changes in current buyer priorities. For a homeowner soon to add their property to this sprin...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Real Estate Expert & Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
Comments 3
Exceptional Ephraim:  4 bedroom home for Sale in Ephraim, WI 54211There is NOTHING like a Door County sunset over Eagle Harbor, and we have a featured listing that has a view over Eagle Harbor and facing the bluff at Peninsula State Park on Dane Street.  It doesn't get any better than this! 10027...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 21
A unique offer came in, We will offer more than asking price, but if no other offers come in, the seller must sell to us at asking price. My first response was "WHAT?" You see asking price $199,900, the offer is $210,000 however if there are no other offers at or above asking they only want to pa...
By Debra B Albert PA Team Albert, KW Port St. Lucie, We Make Real Estate Happen
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
 Click here for MLS SHEET    Reduced to $109,900    Walk to 2 pools, Main Golf Clubhouse down the StreetAccess to Island Club for Resort Style Pool, GymSocial Events and Tennis 
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 1
Looking for a new home in Summerlin? KB Home, Lennar, Ryland, Toll Brothers, and Woodside Homes all have active new-home communities. These photos are from a KB Home neighborhood with plans from 1,849 to over 2,600 square feet, with prices starting in the mid 300's.Build time is generally 4-6 mon...
By William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate
(WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group)
Comments 3
Upper Fulton Park Single Family Home For Sale Overview Maps Photos $125,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,199 sqftLot: 0.15 acre(s)Year Built: 1990MLS #: W10037704 Location 569 Hill StreetWaterbury, CT 06704USA William James Walton Sr WEICHERT Realtors - Briot...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 19
Flip Flopped… How not to re-install a door. Wenatchee Home Inspections In the world of home inspections we get to see a lot of interesting, strange and odd things. I also am amazed at what some can do. I wonder what were they thinking? So in the annals of weird…. the Flip Flopped. Here we have a ...
By Desmond Meade
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
5 Bed Room Home For Sale- 29229 5 River Birch Road, Columbia, SC Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price5 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 3459 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Columbia,SC Homes for Sale Search All Columbia Homes For Sale Columbia Homes for Sa...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 15
Sometimes we have crossed all the "T's" and dotted every "I", yet things still fall apart. Here in the Atlanta area, as with many other parts of the country, we are experiencing a "Seller's Market". This means that there are more buyers vying for fewer properties. This can cause multiple offer si...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 22
Should I Write A Backup Offer On That Home? A home that checks all the boxes on your list is on the market at a price that works for you.  Maybe it's brand new to the market or the sellers FINALLY reduced to a price that fits your budget, but it has your interest.  We visit, it still works for yo...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 21
 Looking at Homes For Sale While You are On Vacation in FloridaJust like all other Realtors® in an outside of Florida, all my marketing efforts are to attract buyers and sellers who are willing, able and ready to buy or sell a home. When I receive a call from someone who is not sure when they wil...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 2
 Charming Home for Sale w/ Greenbelt View in Goodyear $249,950  14751 W ROANOKE AVE3 Beds/2 Baths2147 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5284129       Charming Home for Sale w/ Greenbelt View in Goodyear Come on by and take a look!   A MUST see home!Don't miss out on this!   Goodyear is the 6th fastest gro...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 2
Homes for Sale in the Tivoli Reserve Neighborhood Boynton Beach, FLWhy Do People Live here?  Tivoli Reserve is an upscale neighborhood of active adult homes located in Boynton Beach, FL.  It is not uncommon to see people out walking their dogs because Tivoli Reserve is a pet-friendly community in...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 24
Woodfield estates is a community of single homes built by Katz builders. There are different floor plans . The homes have garages and basements . There are some homes with 3 car garage but most have 2 car garages.The community is located within walking distance to the township Park. I loked up th...
By Don Mcbride, Buy or Sell Today
(Nautical Realty Group)
Comments 3
5 Bedroom Homes For Sale in Cape Coral, FLLiving in or near Cape Coral and in search of a larger home? Currently in Cape Coral there are 58 homeson the market with 5 or more bedrooms.Currently in Cape Coral there is 1 rental property with at least 5 bedrooms. This is a great time for an investor ...
By Don Mcbride, Buy or Sell Today
(Nautical Realty Group)
Comments 0
Lee County Top 10 Sales For The WeekHere are the top 10 homes sales for the week ending May 16th1. 26073 Fawnwood Ct                    Bonita Springs            $1,800,0002. 11300 Compass Point Dr             Fort Myers                  $990,0003. 5408 SW 20th Ave                        Cape Cor...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 6
Slip Sliding Away- Service Laterals and slip joints-      Chelan Home Inspections “Slip slidin’ away ,  Slip slidin’ away, You know the nearer your destination the more you’re slip slidin’ away”Paul Simon                                                                                             ...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 3
Yes, I Am Working Today In the business of real estate we must take our down time when we can.  San Jose and the surrounding bay area has been experiencing some very cool fall-like weather.  I am just loving it.  Friday afternoon I just felt like doing nothing.  I wanted to kick back and read a b...
By Christina Paramore
(RE/MAX Alliance Group)
Comments 3
3 bedroom Homes for Sale with 4 car detached garage or workshop in Mesa AZ Near BoeingClick here to see all homes for sale near Boeing     6546 E HANNIBAL Street Mesa, AZ 85205 Mesa 3 bedroom with 4 car detached garage/workshop Price : $400,000.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2.00 Square Foot : 2,343...