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 Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 96
This morning, I posted my quarterly affordable home market report for one of the northern Colorado communities that we cover. And I did something that has left me deeply unsettled - I changed our working definition of "affordable".   In the past, we considered homes priced $200K and und...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 14
  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Katerina Brosda, Miami Real Estate Broker
(Brosda & Bentley Realtors™ ● (786) 363-8551)
Comments 4
Luxury Oceanfront Loft (Townhouse) For Sale In Miami Beach At Canyon Ranch
By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
Comments 1
Anyone trying to buy a home in Mountain View right now knows that it is tough out there. There are many more buyers than sellers and many Mountain View homes sell with multiple offers way over list price. Some homes go as much as 30% over asking, but some do not. How does a buyer make the decisi...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 19
Three Bedroom Home in Spring Hill, Florida - Just Sold!   This three bedroom, two bath home in Spring Hill, Florida has now sold!  The buyers were relocating to Spring Hill, Florida and came to me in July looking for a new home.  They've found it in this newer Spring Hill home located in a qu...
By Russell & Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Comments 7
My client gave ME a closing gift!! In the real estate business we don't get a lot of recognition. When your self employed it is you and only you getting up everyday and making real estate transactions happen. We agents who do this full time, with a hard working passion helping others find th...
By Katina Hargrove, Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, Realtor
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
Comments 2
New Price for Royal Trails home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage home on corner acre in Royal Trails. The property is fenced, the home has a Florida room and game room, open floor plan. Two horses per acre are allowed, the current HOA is $35 per year. You may park your RV and boat on the back of ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 26
Average Sale Prices in Camas Out-Perform Area Homes   As we enter the soaring temperatures of August, home prices in Clark County are matching the hot gains across the country.  It is especially apparent in Camas, which has seen an increase in 8.0% over this time last year.  Even with increasing ...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 7
  Wellington Fl Short Sale - 1750 Hollyhock -Wellington FL 33414    Waterfront Wellington Fl Home For Sale in Sugar Pond Manor - This Is A Short Sale - With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage, a split bedroom floor plan, a lovely kitchen, vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, screened patio, be...
By Steve Halen, Arizona Dream Home Search
(Century 21 Arizona Foothills )
Comments 0
   View all homes for sale in Tempe here!   Fun School Where Kids Thrive!Connolly Middle School is located at 2002 East Concorda Drive in Tempe and is home to 1,054 students from 6th to 8th grade.  This school has 3 out of 5 stars on Schooldigger and a 6 out of 10 rating at GreatSchools.  Connoll...
By Paula Bradfield, Your Salida Colorado and Down Valley Realtor
(Keller Williams Performance)
Comments 3
37 Acres with Stunning 180 Degree views OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures $50,000 Lots and Land Main Features Lot: 37.88 acre(s) Location 690 N Pine VistaCanon City, CO 81212USA Paula Sue Bradfield Keller Williams Colorado Performance Realty(719) 221-6108Paula@Insoutherncolorado.comhttp://www.SalidaHom...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 4
An Easy Commute to NYC - My clients agree!! Colonial Gate of New Windsor NY I spent a good deal of time showing clients that are relocating to the area quite a few resale homes last week. So when nothing seemed to be a perfect fit we changed gears and our search to townhomes. Shiny and New, these...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 7
The choice of renting versus buying a home is one that many consider when seeking housing. And there is no across the board right or wrong answer. Because there are many factors that should be considered when making an informed housing decisions. These commonly include the duration of residency, ...
By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 5
Negotiating tactics. It’s a topic that business authors adore. This is perennial best-seller territory…so much so, you could probably fill a moderate-sized home library with titles like The Art of the Deal and Getting to Yes.                                                                        ...
By Ronna Beecher, Beecher & Beecher Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty NWLA)
Comments 3
Call the Beecher & Beecher Real Estate Team at 318.459.8397 or email us at team@beecherandbeecher.com!   Wow, beautifully updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,542 sq ft., home priced at only $155,000! The inviting front porch welcomes you to the South Highland area. Updates include: NEW kitchen coun...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 6
Southshore in Aurora CO - Market Update - July 2014           Southshore in Aurora was the location for the 2007 Parade of Homes and features custom homes backing to the reservoir.      Village Homes, Capital Pacific, Pulte & Century Communities have built homes in Southshore.     A few homes...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 1
Put aside money for your “rainy day” emergency fund.  I suggest that at least 10% of your income go directly to savings.  It is a relief to know that if your car breaks down or if you get sick, you have some savings to draw from, and you do not have to take money from important bills like your ho...
By Jack Whiteside, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Check Realty)
Comments 7
Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Clarkdale, AZ Well Maintained 3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Clarkdale, AZ 2195 Liough Drive Clarkdale, AZ 86324Price: $259,000MLS number: 504768Bedrooms: 3Total Bathrooms: 2Square Footage: 1,795 Call Jack Whiteside at 928-554-5021 to see if this property...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 6
More Happy Buyers, This Time in Springboro Ohio's Brookside! We love helping our past sellers become buyers!  In this case there was a long gap between the sell and buy side, since after we sold their Lebanon Ohio home our clients leased an apartment to give themselves time and options in the...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 11
Ashley Greens Madison Alabama Home Under Contract More Available 142 Brownstone now contingent!  This home in Ashley Green of Madison Alabama just went under contract and is now contingent, but not to worry as there are more homes available in this desirable Madison subdivision.  For details and ...