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 Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Marketing Strategist
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 31
Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
I just closed a sale of a beautiful home in Kua'aina Ridge, in Pukalani Maui. This home closed at $640,000, was a great value for homes in Pukalani Maui. If you're looking to buy a home in Pukalani, there are a number of homes on the market to fit you're needs as far as price, square footage, and...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 57
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...
By Peter Bowdren, Phoenix East Valley Realtor
(HomeSmart)
Comments 0
  Gilbert AZ Homes for Sale - 85234     Average price per square foot for Gilbert AZ was $127, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Gilbert AZ for Nov 14 to Feb 15 was $252,456 based on 909 home sales. Compared to the same period one year a...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 13
Is The Condo Complex FHA Approved?   It's a question that comes up frequently from buyers who wish to  finance a condo purchase with an FHA loan. (Federal Housing Administration)   BEFORE beginning a condo search, it would be wise to check the HUD   (Department of Housing and Urban Development) F...
By Laurie Christofano, ABR, The Pych Team at RE/MAX in the Village
(RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors)
Comments 1
Home buyers in the state of Illinois, rejoice! The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has recently rolled out a new mortgage program for home buyers and owners called the @HomeIllinois Mortgage. It offers $5,000 in down payment or closing cost assistance, and repeat as well as first ti...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 9
As a REALTOR®  I can't tell you how many times I hear that remark at a party, at the beach, at my kid's soccer game, even  waiting in line at the grocery store.  It gets even worse when I share the deal my wife and I got on our 3 acres in Kaloko.  Sure, I search all the MLS, I look at expired lis...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
  Recent real estate market activity from the field - San Diego Most of the real estate data and reports use facts and figures from the recent past. Usually we report numbers from the previous quarter or month and a lot of times consumers (our buyers and sellers) aren't sure about what the market...
By Carol Clawson
(Keller Williams Realty of the Palm Beaches)
Comments 0
Palm Beach Gardens has many gated communities unaffiliated with country clubs for those who want a wonderful residence in a congenial neighborhood without a golf course. Some of the neighborhoods have community pools, a small clubhouse and perhaps a fitness center or a tennis court, but there are...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 0
HUD home sold As-Is. 2 story. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage. 1,528 square feet. 0.156 acre lot. Year built is 2001. No representation is made to information provided including taxes, square feet, schools, features, etc. Buyer must verify all information. Bonus Room upstairs could be Game Room...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 20
Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 22
When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price. The down payment and financing details. Puttin...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals)
Comments 1
Brenda Bonebrake Phone Number Direct: 503-385-0033 Office Phone: 503-769-3448 Other: 503-932-0977 Office Fax: 503-385-2008 Email Address brendaandsandy@bhhsrep.com Web Site www.bonebrakeco.com Mobile Search m.bonebrakeco.com Mailing Address Real Estate Professionals Stayton1155 First Avenue N St...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 41
A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Helene Kelbaugh, REALTOR, Internet Marketing Specialist, Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan
(Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan - Baltimore)
Comments 0
How to Be a Respectful Home Buyer | Baltimore Real Estate by Helene Kelbaugh of Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan in Baltimore  Let's Chat!  Sellers & Buyers: (443) 465-8443  FREE Home Valuation  *  Make an appointment by Helene Kelbaugh of Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan in Baltimore  Let'...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Are you a Boomerang Buyer in Scottsdale or Arizona but waiting for the boomerang to return so you can buy another home?   Hope for Boomerang Buyers that are not quite ready to Qualify for a mortgage   Short sale sellers usually have to wait 4 years before re-qualifying for a home purchase again. ...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
The Time Is right To Search For Your Next Home!!   It is a great time to invest in a new home! There 73 Homes For Sale in University City, what are you waiting for?  If you are looking for a neighborhood that gives you a quiet residential area and then  have the city for entertainment and busines...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
The importance of hiring a reliable home inspection is one of the bedrock principles every home buyer reads and hears about from all quarters. Any Realtor® worthy of the name will be able to recommend a Henry County home inspector with the kind of strong credentials that establish the validity of...
By Peter Bowdren, Phoenix East Valley Realtor
(HomeSmart)
Comments 0
  85234 Real Estate & 85234 Homes For Sale | Peter Bowdren     Average price per square foot for Gilbert AZ was $127, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Gilbert AZ for Nov 14 to Feb 15 was $252,456 based on 909 home sales. Compared to the...
By Peter Bowdren, Phoenix East Valley Realtor
(HomeSmart)
Comments 0
  Homes For Sale in Gilbert, AZ within the 85234 Zip Code   View the Gilbert Homes for Sale in Gilbert, Arizona within 85234 Zip Code. in Prices. We have included all Active homes for sale in Gilbert listed in the Multiple Listing Service for 85234. These homes range in all sizes of Bedrooms and ...