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 Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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What Does Home Ownership Mean To You? Click on the photo to start your home search. There is a different relationship you have with the home you live in depending on whether you own it or are renting. For one, it's less personal if you're renting...just call the landlord if something breaks and t...
By Amber Gunn Crosbie, Broker, 512.922.GUNN (4866), Austin Short Sales
(Austin Domain Properties )
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I love this map because I can see the progress of the communities being built out in Austin, TX.  Remember, the builder prices for homes are the same WITH OR WITHOUT A REALTOR, so hire me to help you negotiate!  And, YES, everything is negotiable....  This is coming from the girl that will negoti...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 35
Southwest Home With 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Swimming Pool NW Albuquerque 87120   Coming Soon!   Albuquerque Homes Realty and REALTOR® John McCormack will soon be listing this beautiful Southwest style home in NW Albuquerque 87120.     This gorgeous southwest home located at 4112 Rancho Gusto NW Albu...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Roswell Homes for Sale in Swim Tennis Communities Roswell homes for sale in swim tennis communities.  Roswell GA is a great place to live and has a lot of lovely communities.  If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Roswell in any of these fine Roswell swim tennis communities, please...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 2
 * Complete Our VIP Buyers Program to Visit this Home Today       http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/BuyAHome.cfm ** Near the Alston Middle School  **  Dorchester District 2 School! * Rent to Own (RtO) 24 Hour Special * Apply Now  *  Available for Occupancy Today !* Painting, carpeting, and landscapin...
By Mike Nicklaus
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
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  Comprised of mostly brick ranch homes constructed in the 1960’s, the neighborhood of Lighthouse Point is an affordable option for those who are interested in fixing and upgrading a property. The neighborhood also boasts several newer homes with spacious floor plans and water views. Residents h...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 6
Evanston IL Real Estate August 2014 The Evanston IL Real Estate Market is still very active and continues to show value for buyers and sellers. This is the second year in a row where the summer slowdown never happened and we foresee this continuing hopefully well into the fall and holiday season....
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
Comments 4
Massapequa 11758 Four Bedroom Colonial  Home For Sale Just Price Adjusted  View Homes Currently Available For Sale In Massapequa     Listing Details Home For Sale In Massapequa - 159 N. Manhattan Ave.,  Massapequa, NY 11758 ML #2692325 Price $599,000.00 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2.5 Garage Full Basem...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 6
ONE YEAR LATER, THEY WERE READY!! I'm inspired by a post by Joe Petrowsky this a.m. about a prospective home buyer who, in 18 months, had done NOTHING to improve her credit and was no closer to home ownership today than 18 months ago. Several years ago, I toured homes for sale with a lovely coupl...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 30
Should a Home Buyer open the refrigerator when looking at a home listed For Sale? In most cases yes, however when it comes to selling REO homes, also known as Bank Owned or Foreclosures we have a rule. DO not open the Fridge. WHY you may ask, well if you have ever opened one that has been sitting...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 6
NEW HOME SALES.  A TIP. I just commented on a post by Jerry Newman, a wonderful ActiveRain friend.  He posted about a Lennar community in Texas earlier and I commented about the "quick move-in" Lennar homes in our area.  This may be more relevant for Lennar than many builders because they often b...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 23
Speechless Sundays: Douggy, Jack  & Jillhard at work! See for yourself.       If you are a consumer who is considering buying or selling a home, investment real estate, vacation homes, or beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, ...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 2
Home For Sale in Robinson Farms, Cortland IL 60112 This 3BR/2.1BA Robinson Farms two-story has curb appeal to spare!  Nestled on a beautifully landscaped lot complete with picture perfect front porch with columns.  Step inside to find 9' ceilings on the main level.  The foyer with hardwood floor...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 5
First Floor Laundry Makes This Home Perfect 3526 Woodmoor Rd Baltimore County 21207   Open Sunday August 31st 2-3 PM         This very special home, located at  3526 Woodmoor Rd 21207  has four bedrooms, three baths and three finished levels. Two bedrooms are on the first floor along with the 24 ...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Tallahassee Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?   Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888-0888 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 249043   Licensed In:Florida Information valid fo...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
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  Located in Water Valley, northern Colorado's premier resort and golf course community, Stonewater is a neighborhood of patio homes featuring the newest designs, outstanding amenities and low-maintenance living.     Tennis courts, a vineyard, an orchard, a putting green, a picnic shelter, ponds...
By Susan Jean Horne, P.A., GRI, I.R.E.S.
((RE/MAX Services Boca Raton FL) Susan Jean Horne P.A.)
Comments 2
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 7
When an appraisal comes back well below the contract price, the buyer and the buyer's agent do a little happy dance!  NOT ALWAYS! Having an appraisal come back 10-15% below the contract price can and often does put the transaction in serious jeopardy.  In the Atlanta real estate market, we contin...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 11
2187 Bauling Ct. Clarksville TN Price Reduction Looking for a 4-bedroom home at a very low price in Clarksville? This one has been remodeled and offers a new buyer a like-new home in the city limits. Don't think there is not privacy because there are trees in the backyard and it is located on a q...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 29
10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123   Enjoy The YouTube     Check out the YouTube featuring 10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123.  After watching call listing REALTOR® John McCormack for even more details and schedule your private showing.   This 1285 sq ft home will have a quick respons...