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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 64
The old joke is if you bring in 10 home inspectors you Will get 10 different reports.  In reality this is not true, you may only get 5. One of the most important jobs in a Home Buyers eyes and one of the dreaded parts of selling by a Home Seller. The most important part of any inspection is ident...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 4
Welcome to our Open House Real Estate Section. In this section we proudly present well-cared for real estate properties from starter homes to custom built luxury residences. The experienced staff at NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors is dedicated and ready to assist you in the home...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 3
  Web Page:  http://www.njestates.net/nj/counties/somerset   Search Somerset County New Jersey Homes for SaleFind Real Estate Listings, New Homes, New School Report Cards and more Somerset County NJ Real Estate You need to have the best representative possible to assist you with buying or sellin...
By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max All Properties New Lenox Illinois)
Comments 2
When I am working with Buyers in the Chicago and its South-land marketplace in Illinois, who desire to make offers on foreclosed Condominiums, I have to have the important conversation with them defining what "AS-IS" really means? Condominium Associations find themselves powerless to collect asse...
By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 3
Brookfield split entry home for sale in Ramsey Welcome to 16706 Limonite St NW Ramsey MN 55303. Click here for more photos and details Gorgeous home in Brookfield, Vaulted ceilings in great room, stainless steel, center island, hardwood floors, recently finished lower level has 9 foot ceilings an...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 13
Huntsville Alabama Village Of Providence 35806 Original content published at.....http://nicktpappas.com/?p=3642 The following link will provide daily updated information of homes for sale in:  THE VILLAGE OF PROVIDENCE By now you know that I like the Village of Providence a lot! Working and livin...
By Wanda Pearson, Wanda Pearson
Comments 0
Just what is a a subdivision (SUBD) and a master planned community (MPC)?  How are they interrelated ​and ​ what is their importance to you, the home buyer? Are you a first time home buyer or perhaps you did not handle the major decisions and/or financials of the last home purchase? Maybe you we...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 1
    NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors New Jersey Real Estate for Sale and Lease Welcome to NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New...
By Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty--South of Nashville TN
(Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 870-8169 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 97
"We Care". It's a phrase we hear all the time. "You're not just another transaction, we care about you as a person". You get the idea. My question is, can we care too much? My wife Tammie White and I recently started working with a young couple who are getting married at the end of May. They're e...
By Jeff Gould
(Kings Realty & Property Mgmt.)
Comments 3
Photo credit: Maks Karochkin / Foter / CC BY Great, you've made the decision to buy a home. Now is the time to get a mortgage pre-approval (not a pre-qualification) and start getting your finances together. If you break any of the rules below, your chances of getting a mortgage will decrease dram...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 18
15861 Coldwater Dr. Harvest, AL Open House 3/29/15 2-4 PM New Price $134,900 Best priced home in the neighborhood of Rock Creek. This link ROCK CREEK HOMES FOR SALE will provide accurate daily updated information of homes for sale in this Harvest, Alabama neighborhood. Rock Creek Subdivision 1586...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 16
Breaking News, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett said: Good Profits to be made in the United States! Posted on Mar 23, 2015 by Endre Barath in Economic Outlook |  Breaking News, Warren Buffet Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A) spoke  in a video address to t...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
Comments 3
SANTA CRUZ HOME FOR SALE ON LARGE LOT 354 GOSS AVENUE, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95065   Sunny and bright Prospect Heights home for sale - great Santa Cruz home on extra large lot of just over 10,000 square feet.       Recently landscaped with drought tolerant plants, fences, sidewalk and the best of all - ...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
Comments 1
These two pictures say it all; Home prices are stable and increasing and interest rates remain at historical lows making this a great time to consider your first home purchase.  The third photo is where you go to finance it!
By Bill Davis, Real Estate Agent, Realtor 1st Time Homebuyer, luxury homes, Investor Specialist, Bill Davis, Experienced and Professional
(West USA)
Comments 3
                                                      4 Bedroom Home For Sale in Tempe, AZ. 85238 With a Pool and Spa To view this Virtual Open House, Text "7613" to 79564 (Message and Data rates may apply) Are you looking for a 4 bedroom home in Arizona? If yes, please contact Realtor Bill Davis...
By Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
(UTR Texas Realtors)
Comments 21
You Can't Buy at Last Years Prices.....   Last year I paraded a client around through all the newly constructed subdivisions to buy a new house. In the end they decided to wait a year.    Yesterday, this client called me again and is ready to continue looking at homes in newly constructed communi...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 10
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate One of the Best Things About My "Job".... is when I drive a new client (or a client with family members tagging along) around Fishhawk Lake and I watch the transformation from intrigue to love take place in less than two hours' time! It is the BEST feeling in the world t...
By Faith LaRosse, Realtor(R)
(Springer Realty Group)
Comments 9
            My buyers are many times, first time buyers. I enjoy showing them all the steps in the process and explaining not only “what” is happening, but “why” it’s being done.             I’ve found that over the years, the most anxiety-riddled part of the home buying process for new buyers is...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 3
How many times have you been asked "What is the difference between a pre-qualification letter and a pre-approval?" Here is a basic rule of thumb and why you should always get a pre-approval from a prospective client. A pre-qualification can be obtained anywhere. You tell the loan officer what you...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
Comments 0
    I am often asked about "the best way to find five bedroom ramblers in Tooele County". I suspect that, no stairs to climb and room for overnight visitors. ( can you say grand-kids?), are just a couple of reasons clients often ask for one level living and lots of bedrooms in the homes we look a...