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 Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 77
Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now! While it may happen in different ways in different cities. You receive the phone call.The transaction has recorded.We’re confirmed.The house is yours.Here are the keys to your new home.But wait….When you learn you have closed on your home purcha...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
Fun Tropical Pool Home Vero Beach Florida Waterway VillageBarbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach        DiVOSTA BUILT HOME WATERWAY VILLAGE                   VERO BEACH FLORIDAFabulous Mediterranean style single family home in the gated mainland community of Waterway Village. ...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
Comments 20
Closing Week RELO Calls &Wants 35% of Commission-What Do You Do?So you have a Buyer's Agreement with a super wonderful couple. You find the house for them. RELO Calls Week of Closing & Wants 35% of Commission -What Do You Do?Sabrina and Darrin were looking for a new home in Atlanta for their move...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 11
RELO SCAM!AFTER THE FACT CLAIM ON COMMISSION!Ignore the claim.  If the relo company calls, ask for the documentation from the employer that gives them any claim if the buyer selects their own real estate agent.This relo SCAM has been exposed so many times, one would think they's change their proc...
By Laura S. Baker, Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
(First Weber Group)
Comments 3
Open House!325 Pleasant Street Lake Mills WI 53551 Sunday, April 26th, 201511:00 am - 1:00 pm For more information; Laura Baker (920) 728-4118www.LauraBaker.FirstWeber.com 325 Pleasant StCity of Lake Mills, WI 53551-1146 Jefferson County 3 BR, 4 Full BA $279,000 MLS # 1743252 PIN # 52635 Greeted ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 23
The market in Gilbert, Arizona for homes under $200,000 is unbelievably competitive. Houses in the price range within striking distance for first time home buyers are snapped up as quickly as they come up for sale. It can be a struggle to get your buyer in to the home for a showing before the hom...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 13
New Listing Coming in Riverbend Landing Clarksville TNThe seller is almost ready to make his home ready for showings. He wanted everything to be perfect and all the extra care and details will impress buyers looking for a like new home. 821 E. Accipiter Circle in Riverbend Landing is coming on th...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 19
I am working with a wonderful young woman whom I have known for several years. I like her a lot, and am enjoying her as she searches for a new home --- but she is all over the place on her new home purchase.  She looks here and there - a forty mile radius. She wants to buy an REO, then a pristine...
By Don Hess
(Keller Williams Realty of Central PA East, 930 Red Rose Court, Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
 1 to 3 PM!  Five-bedroom two-story with first-floor master bedroom, large great room, updated kitchen, lots of hardwood floors. Oversize deck overlooks huge, private rear yard. Mature landscaping. Located on a quiet Cu-de-sac street. Flexible floor plan that would allow for possible in-law quart...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 29
 No Flop Here; This Flip Is A Winner!   I have been working with a buyer for a while and last week my buyer, and I successfully negotiated and entered into a purchase contract on a “flipped” home. I am open minded about “flipped” homes even though I am “in general” fairly skeptical about them. On...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 4
  Offers invited at $795,000 Canadian ($656,725 USD  today) (606,728 Euros today) (5,079,483 HKD today) (78,478,516 JPN today) (4,021,854 CNY today)   Custom designed home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and with unique Asian influences throughout.  Plus 4 season guest annex situated on a private...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 1
 WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH A +2000 sq ft BONUS ROOM?   This Is The Complete Package And Wrapped Beautifuly -An Abundance Of Space With An Artfully Arranged Open Floor Plan Provides For Remarkable Physical Beauty On Both Sides Of The Front Door. Offers invited at $925,000 Canadian ($764,112. US $ to...
By Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland Homes
(UTR, Texas Realtors)
Comments 8
 It's 8:00 at night. You call your Realtor to tell her you want to make an offer on a house she showed you just a couple of hours ago. What does your Realtor say to you?"I'll write it up for you tonight."Or..."I'll write it up for you first thing in the morning."In this competitive market, you ha...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 11
Gita Bantwal Phone Number Direct: 2153438206 Mobile Phone: 2152758491 Toll-Free: 8005478483 Office Fax: 2153438222 Email Address gita01@aol.com Web Site www.gitabantwal.com Mobile Search m.gitabantwal.com Mailing Address RE/MAX CENTRE REALTORS2701 York Rd Jamison PA 18929 http://www.gitabantwal....
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
Comments 0
 In today’s real estate market, arranging home loan financing in advance is critical. The standard real estate contract in use in Arizona is the Arizona Association of Realtors Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract which indicates whether a loan pre-qualification form is attached or no...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Most of the buyers are left alone once the transaction is over! however, when my buyer buy the home, I tell them 'Our relationship begins NOW!'And what is the first thing they should do?Here's a good advice from my friend Michael Jacobs . Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now!   Whil...
By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 1
This may be the most sought-after view on the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula.  It certainly "has it all" with the blue Pacific Ocean lapping the sand, mountains in the background and the sparkle of city lights at night. The photo was taken while touring a home in the hills above Malaga Cove neighb...
By MICHAEL SORENSEN, 300 Deals Closed, #1 Chicago RE/MAX (773) 987-8224
(REMAX CITY CHICAGO)
Comments 1
7343 N McVicker Ave, Chicago IL 606462 Beds, 2 Baths, 3 Car Garage, MLS# 08900824Virtual Tour:  www.7343McVicker.info7343 N McVicker Ave, Chicago, IL 60646. Contact Michael @ (773) 987-8224. UPDATED RANCH IN CHICAGO-FOREST GLEN/ EDGEBROOK/ WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT (TOP RANKED IN THE CI...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 19
East Side Costa Mesa Homes for SaleEast Side Costa Mesa is a highly sought after area of Costa Mesa. With close proximity to 17th Street and the Westcliff shopping center, it is a highly sought after area. East Side Costa Mesa features wide tree lined streets and some of the streets include Flowe...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 13
This morning, I was contacted by a woman who is retiring to Franklin in a couple of years. She and her husband are making a trip here this weekend and she asked me to show her some properties. I explained it's a little soon to look at houses. Scheduled showings are designed for serious buyers. Wh...