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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 15
Lincoln Square Real Estate Today we are taking a look at Lincoln Square Real Estate through the middle of July. The Lincoln Square area of Chicago IL continues to become more and more popular. At this time we are seeing 32% more inventory, 14.6% more closed sales and a 19.5% gain in new listings ...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 11
Pet Friendly Homes Boca Raton Florida - Know The Questions To Ask                                           Are you looking for a pet-friendly home in Boca Raton Florida?   Want to live in a condo on the ocean or a gated community?  You need to know the right questions to ask to see if your pet w...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 3
  Clarifying the Escrow Process…     When it’s time to buy a home in Southern California, you need to understand the role of an escrow company. In California, the escrow company is a neutral third party that’s responsible for processing the legal documents regarding the sale/transfer of real esta...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
Own Your South Carolina Home Now!   If you’re like most people, you dream about buying a nice home in a nice neighborhood. Well, here’s your chance to make your dream come true! If you can afford a reasonable down payment and monthly payments, you could easily qualify for one of our exciting home...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 20
   After the offer is accepted, part of the job of the Buyer's lender is to get an appraisal on the property.  The lender wants to be assured that the value of the house matches what the buyer(s) agreed to pay.  Typically the appraisal is done without the Seller at home.       In our markets ...
By Lauren Selinsky Perez, REO -CEO - CDPE - SHORT SALES - Woman Owned
(CA Coastal Estates- Monarch Bay Real Estate DP)
Comments 4
Twelve Picket Home FOR SALE 94 Nantucket Lane Aliso Viejo CA 92656   $665K This amazing home settled in Twelve Picket Lane is the Largest model of Twelve Picket Lane with an amazing upgraded kitchen with granite countertops and specially designed unlike any other in Twelve Picket Lane. Family roo...
By JoAnn Dickinson, Broker
(The JoAnn Dickinson Group)
Comments 3
What you need to know as a first time home buyer!  If you are a first time home buyer and thinking about purchasing a home, It may seem confusing as to where you should start.  Do I speak to a lender first? Search on the internet to see what homes are selling for in my area? How much money will I...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
24 Hour Special Rent to Own Dorchester District 2 Schools Ladson (136 Two Pond Loop) If you’re like most people, you dream about buying a nice home in a nice neighborhood. Well, here’s your chance to make your dream come true! If you can afford a reasonable down payment and monthly payments, you ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 9
     As long as I have been in this business, I think I have heard of and seen just about everything - that is until the other day. A customer called the office complaining that the inspector missed a leak under the property and even sent a photo via email. I looked at the report, and the report ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 4
Land in Maine, a home with some acreage to go with the house and barn / shop. What you are looking for? Video for 108 Monteith Road Bridgewater Maine 04735 . Take the show and tell tour. The country home in Southern Aroostook County features continuous maple floors in the living and dining room. ...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 15
Here is your opportunity to build your dream home in Roanoke without having to go through all of the time consuming details of drawing up a floor plan, finding the right builder, and findint the right lot to build on.   This custom built home by Star Homes is half way done!  All you need to do i...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 2
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus!
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Comments 3
There are many people, including those in Frisco Texas and the surrounding suburbs, who want to take advantage of the hot market and upsize their home. They bought back in 2007 and 2008 and find themselves either owing more than the house will sell for or after the costs of selling either they ha...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 5
2014 Grand Mesa 100 Endurance Race Grand Mesa, CO The Grand Mesa 100 is a true test of endurance. This is not for the faint of heart. There are three races involved and the distances are 60K, 50 mile and 100 mile. Most of the races are run at over 9,200 feet in elevation. That's 9,200 feet ab...
By Hawaii homes
(Shirokiya Residential Estates)
Comments 1
Have you ever seen the Makaha Beach Cabanas?  This condo is on a beautiful beach here on Oahu.   No exaggeration, that's how nice the beach is.  In recent years there have been times when listings rarely came up.  Now that's beginning to change.   The reason - the board of directors has d...
By Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your next Realtor ® in VA, MD or DC
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
Just Listed Townhome in Potomac Club Condomium Enjoy maintenance free living with lots of community amenities with an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, no lawn maintenance, parking for guests, rock climbing wall, fitness center, business center, clubhouse for gatherings, tot lots, three gated ent...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
Comments 2
4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom DC Ranch Scottsdale! PRESTIGOUS-GATED DC RANCH. 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home with expanded garage on premium lot. Child-friendly w/grass backyd & Flagstone patio. Backs to Wash w/ view fence. Gas stub for BBQ. Tinted windows-Corian counters. Blt-in Fridge-16 in. tile flr...
By Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your next Realtor ® in VA, MD or DC
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
Why wait for your new home to be built when this home is ready for you to own in Eagles Pointe! Enjoy a secluded and private lot, a community fitness center, swimming pool, tot lots, grill area, tennis courts and more. Property Highlights Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms (possible 5th bedroom in the basement...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 2
  An old joke goes like this: Q: What are the three most important factors in a home? A: Location, location, location. But it's not really a joke. Where you choose to live will have as much, or more, of an impact on your quality of life as the home you choose.  What characteristics do you wan...
By Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area
(Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
Comments 0
Here in the Woodbridge Virginia area, this is a question we get a lot. Relocating buyers and first time time buyers always have this question. In different parts of the country the time it takes to purchase a home from start to finish can vary. The answer is. Once you have identified a home, the ...