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, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 94
She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 26
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 69
The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House In a perfect world, every home for sale would be staged and presented like a builder's model.  But no one lives in a builder's model, just visitors that never sleep in the bed, the kitchen is only used for bottled water and the occasional wine & cheese soci...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 72
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
Comments 31
    One of my very early real estate transactions involved a young lady, who was looking for a house close to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. We would put our heads together to figure out what areas made sense, and we knew what her budget was. There waa a house she loved that "looked" ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 7
Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision Buyers...If you find a home you really like, you need to act fast in the middle GA real estate market, or you will miss out on great deals. Another Houston County home is a pending sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision,...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
Comments 24
I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 1
Are you undecided on the right home for you in the Northern Virginia real estate market place?  Before purchasing a home, you need to determine whether the home you have decided on is the right home for you. How Long are you Planning on Living in the Home? In order to cover your selling costs and...
By Jenny Rohlen, Traverse City Area Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams Realty - Greater Grand Traverse)
Comments 2
    Completely Remodeled Home on 20 beautiful acres. Nestled on a corner lot this home boasts a metal/steel roof, updated vinyl siding and a great big deck which overlooks the property's park-like setting. Inside you will find hardwood floors, a gorgeous custom kitchen with Granite Counters, in-...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 1
When most home buyers call on me about buying a house in Viera, Florida they usually fill me in with the basics...price, size and age. This is a nice start but there is so much more to consider when shopping for a new home. A few more questions will help me refine a buyers needs and determine the...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 11
Convoluted, complicated and anti-agent reqistration requirements by builders??? Some builders' registration procedures are clearly designed, if enforced, to avoid the co-op.  If the builders only knew the bad public relations these processes make.  "The buyer must sign the registration card ackno...
By Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson
(Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
Comments 1
Home by Table Rock Lake for sale. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $109,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,374 sqftLot: 0.32 acre(s) Location 839 Lake Bluff DriveReeds Spring, MO 65737USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999stev...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 1
While some believe in renting while others want to be a home owner. Depending on your financing and other personal situation renting or buying a home in the Northern Virginia Real Estate market will make sense. Here is the current real estate market situation in 3 different areas in the Northern ...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
Comments 0
HOME INSPECTOR USA (John. M. Acaron) is a State of Florida Licensed Home Inspector, Licensed Mold Inspector/Assessor, former Contractor, Engineer and the "ONLY" Certified Master Inspector (CMI) in the Gainesville Florida area.  What separates HOME INSPECTOR USA from the competition?  HOME INSPECT...
By TIM MONCRIEF #1 KW Grp '07-'12; AUSTIN-nwmc, Four Points Specialist, #AustinRealEstate
(Keller Williams Realty/Bartlett Real Estate Group)
Comments 1
  Backs to Preserve- Cul-De-Sac-Exemplary Schools$539,0008152 Tahoe Parke CircleAustin, TX 78726 5 Bed, 4 Baths click on pic for virtual tour   8152 Tahoe Parke Circle, Austin, TX 78726     Bartlett Real Estate Group     www.tourfactory.com/1146997/r_www.youtube.com8152 Tahoe Parke CircleAustin, ...
By Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent
(Liz Harris Realty)
Comments 0
Where can families and friends, innovators and industry, entpreprenaurs and artists connect? At Eastmark in Mesa, AZ Eastmark is being designed with the idea that community means connecting.  Eastmark was created for how people want to live today.   How they work. How they play. How they socializ...
By Desiree Whalen, Your Coastal Carolina Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 0
by Desiree Whalen. Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! We’ve been busy adding new neighborhood showcase pages to the site this past week leading up to the holiday weekend, so I’m back today to let you know about all the communities being featured on the site. I’ve got a lot for you to chec...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
If you’re not already aware of it, short sales are a different animal as compared to more traditional home purchases. Usually the short sale lender will allow certain closing costs to be paid from the proceeds of the sale but not all costs involved. Like any real estate transaction each situatio...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 7
Tammie hits the nail on the head with this one.  This happens far too often in the real estate world.   I'm not saying that Aunt Sally that used to be a Realtor back in 1985 doesn't know what she's talking about...  Wait.  Yes.  Yes I kind of am.   Trust your Realtor.  Trust that he or she knows ...
By Jeffrey Clay
Comments 0
Cady Lake Homes for Sale Charlotte NC Find Cady Lake Homes for Sale Charlotte NC and other similar properties. These properties for sale feed direclty from the Charlotte MLS and are updated multiple times daily. These beautiful properties are located in the desirable and upscale Ballantyne neighb...