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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 145
Sorry Buyer, Not Your Way but Mine It happened again today that a buyer called and wanted to look at some houses without going through the proper steps. She had seen my sign in front of a property (having signs up really works, that is another story) but the price on the listing was much higher t...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 49
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer.  There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First:  Do I have a relationship with this agent? Second: Is it a Lane Realty listing they want to see? Thi...
By Jana Haren, Jana Haren, Realtor, MSSC
(Arizona Premier Realty Homes & Land)
Comments 134
    When I see a home listed for sale “As Is,” it usually means there are some red flags to consider.  Often times, homes that are being sold “as is” will require quite a bit of updating and, more than likely, some major repairs. Whatever the case may be, the Seller is stating that they are not w...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM Asheville 1031, Knowledge,Insight, Industry Know-How. Happiness
(Asheville 1031 Realty)
Comments 3
When you think about  sustainable agriculture, organic farms, eco-communities and quality of life in Asheville and the towns surrounding this jewel in the North Carolina mountains, you may imagine scenes like this. But this in NOT your imagination. This is real.     Committed to sustainable farm...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 2
Just southwest of the popular Main Street area of Parker sits the sought after Villages of Parker. This neighborhood offers convenient walking access to the shops and restaurants of the area and easy access to everything Parker has to offer. Homes are priced in the high $200's to the mid $500's a...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 40
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 46
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Joanne Gillet, Buyer & Seller Consultant/ Educator
(Pawleys Seaside Realty, Pawleys Island SC)
Comments 1
OPEN HOUSE,Friday April the 25th, 11-3pm  Click here for more information Great Price, Great Location! Great View and Furnished! Near Pawleys Island Beaches, The Hammock Shops as well as many of our favorite local restaurants; the PIT, Pawleys Island Bakery, Chive Blossom Cafe and so Much more!!!...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Columbia 21044, Howard County this weekend? There are ten open houses in Columbia 21044 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the realtor who is hostin...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Columbia 21045, Howard County this weekend? There are eight open houses in Columbia 21045 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the realtor who is host...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 55
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Columbia 21046, Howard County this weekend? There are five open houses in Columbia 21046 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the realtor who is hosti...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 28
How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?        This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated.  On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for 60 days.  Others say 30 days.  Others say 90, and som...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 2
First Time Open! Sun. April 27th 11:00-12:30 6731 Creekside Dr NE #6 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 Priced at $82,000 Beautiful top floor condo in a 2 story building.  You will love the maintenance free living of a condo lifestyle with no lawn to mow or snow to shovel!  This condo features all applianc...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake"
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 6
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Featured Home-9813 Beach Dr Birkenfeld OR Spectacular Lakefront Custom 2-story  $420,000 on .25AC   2203 sq ft Built 2003 3BR+bonus 2BA family room, attached garage   Oak floors, stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors  knotty pine cabinetry,  granite counterto...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 12
Factory Finishes Are Not So Bad, Are They??? I'm not thrilled to hear a builder's rep say, "We hand finish the flooring with 3 coats of poly-something or other".This post inspired by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector in Northern Virginia in his article about footprints in hardwood flooring finishes. ...
By Mark Bowden, Team Leader
(Home Finders of Texas)
Comments 0
Homes near CC Mason Elementary School in Cedar Park Texas 1501 N Lakeline Blvd Cedar Park, TX 78613 Let me help you discover your next home near CC Mason Elementary School in Cedar Park Texas. What is your home worth? Receive a custom evaluation for your home in Cedar Park Texas.   Become Part o...
By Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
Comments 0
S.FL estate news-  FL Housing market shows rising prices in March S.FL estate news-  FL Housing market shows rising prices in March FREE LIST of Today's Short sale homes for sale in Weston, Cooper City, Davie, Sunrise, Miramar, Southwest ranches, Plantation. FREE LIST of Today's Foreclosures for ...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 5
Piney Creek Athens Alabama Foreclosure Home For Sale   Only 1 left! For detailed information about the remaining Piney Creek Athens Alabama Foreclosure Home For Sale follow this link: Foreclosure Homes in Piney Creek Athens Alabama  There is only 1 foreclosure homes left in Piney Creek Subdivisio...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 34
Santa Fe Village Home Outshines the Competition 5415 Gable NW Albuquerque NM 87120   This well loved brick and stucco home outshines others for sale in the Santa Fe Village Subdivision!  Perfect for the first time home buyer, those downsizing, retirees or investment property.  This is not a Bank ...