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 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 177
Sorry Buyer, Not Your Way but Mine It happened again today that a buyer called and wanted to look at some houses without going through the proper steps. She had seen my sign in front of a property (having signs up really works, that is another story) but the price on the listing was much higher t...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 21
Is Your Town Pedestrian Friendly or Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels? Food for Thought Walking has terrific health benefits. It is good for the environment and it makes financial sense as real estate with a high walkability score commands a premium on the market. A newly upgraded and very handy ...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 32
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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 30
Factory Finishes Are Not So Bad, Are They??? I'm not thrilled to hear a builder's rep say, "We hand finish the flooring with 3 coats of poly-something or other".This post inspired by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector in Northern Virginia in his article about footprints in hardwood flooring finishes. ...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM Asheville 1031, Knowledge,Insight, Industry Know-How. Happiness
(Asheville 1031 Realty)
Comments 2
Here in Asheville, NC, the idea of sustainable living intrigues our real estate clients.  If you have been  working to develop creative solutions for independent living -- regardless of age or physical ability, you may find much to inspire you here in Beautiful Asheville. You may be attracted to...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 16
This week our team was out touring another new home development in Northern Virginia.  While talking to the sales rep the question came up as to how many buyers came to the new home site with an agent?  The answer was shocking.  Only 15% of buyers in this development purchased with an agent helpi...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 10
  The Home Buying Process Streamlined   Buying a home is a complicated undertaking. Not only is the home buying process time consuming, it also comes with complex terms as well as it is probably the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime.   By doing a little research and having a local Rea...
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
Comments 0
    What to Do When You Arrive At Your New Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home   Once you have moved in to your new Sandpiper Lakeland FL home, it is important to inspect your new home before you start to unpack your things.   Here are some things that you should re-check and do when you arrive in your ne...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 45
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 47
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Ellicott City 21043, Howard County this weekend? There are twenty one open houses in Ellicott City 21043 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the real...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Ellicott City 21042, Howard County this weekend? There are twenty five open houses in Ellicott City 21042 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the rea...
By Jenny Rohlen, Traverse City Area Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams Realty - Greater Grand Traverse)
Comments 1
  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-ca...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie, 9700 Reserve Blvd 34986 Real Estate Trends, Updates, Events, Market Information, Find Real Estate in Port St. Lucie
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
PGA Museum Port St. Lucie - New Way To Tour - PGA Homes For Sale PGA in Port St. Lucie not only has 27 communities offering all styles and price ranges of golf homes, it also has the Golf Learning Center, where you can practice all shots, study your swing in a video, and have clubs built to suit ...
By Carrie Wiley
Comments 0
If someone tells you there's more than one answer to this question, run away quickly. Because you'll certainly be getting bad advice. The actual (and only) answer: You should purchase enough home insurance to rebuild the house completely in case it is destroyed by a covered event such as fire or ...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 57
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....
By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Affordable Condo For Sale Near New Market in Frederick County MD 11920 Liberty Rd #204A Libertytown MD 21762 OFFERED AT: $117,700   Top Floor Unit in Low Rise Complex  Updated Kitchen with Stainless Appliances & Wood Floor Pass Through Breakfast Bar to Dining Room Ceiling Fan, Track Lights, and C...
By R. Bruce Lynn, Broker Associate and Your Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
It's getting brutal right now in the DFW market.   Lots of cash offers and lots of homes getting multiple offers. Here are my bull whacking tips for winning what is quickly becoming all out war for home buyers or in Texas terms a Steer Wrestling Contest. Bidding Tips Bid quickly.  1st day on the ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 0
184 Sir Bradford Road Blakeslee, PA 18610MLS #PM-10596   More Details About This Camelot Forest Pocono Home-----> Well cared for 3 bedroom home with 2 full baths in Camelot Forest Lake Community located on 2.25 ares with a stream in the back yard. Home features, Living room with wood burning stov...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Elkridge 21075, Howard County this weekend? There are fifteen open houses in Elkridge 21075 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the realtor who is ho...