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 Stieg Strand, Real Estate Industry Leader & Home Marketing Guru
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 35
Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Dan Tabit
(Northstone Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
Buying a home with multiple offers.  You’ve been looking, maybe for a while or you just started and you found a great, well maintained beautiful home…but, from the level of activity you’re not alone.   Your agent tells you there will be multiple offers and you’ll need to compete if you want to bu...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
Click for All Town Listings ...  Long Hill Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Originally incorporated as Passaic Township in 1866, the name was changed to Long Hill Township in 1992, mainly to avoid confusion with the City of Passaic. What is known today as Long ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 2
      Click for All Town Listings ...  Gillette (07933) • Millington (07946) • Stirling (07980) • Meyersville Long Hill Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Originally incorporated as Passaic Township in 1866, the name was changed to Long Hill Township in 1992, main...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 38
When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price. The down payment and financing details. Puttin...
By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 1
Gorgeous split in Anoka home for sale Welcome to 3729 Tower Pond Dr Anoka MN 55303 Click here for more details. Real estate market data in Anoka MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic Realty Wonderfully updated home on nice corner lot in a quiet neighborhood. Kitchen has granite countertops...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
Click for All Town Listings ...  Gillette (07933) • Millington (07946) • Stirling (07980) • Meyersville Long Hill Township is a township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Originally incorporated as Passaic Township in 1866, the name was changed to Long Hill Township in 1992, mainly to...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 2
Click for All Town Listings ...  Green Brook is a township in Somerset County, NJ. Green Brook was incorporated as a township in 1932 and shares the Zip Code 08812 with Dunellen (a borough in Middlesex County, NJ). The Green Brook School District serves students in Grades K - 8th. It includes on...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
Comments 6
Could you get a lot more work done daily if you could use the two hours you normally spend in the car working on your laptop or iPad?   Could you get a better paying job in the future if  you could take the VRE to work daily?   This home has hardwood floors, three large bedrooms, three full bath...
By Patty Blackwelder, REALTOR
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
Comments 1
    Are you Dreaming of a New Home in Northern Virginia?   If so let me tell you why you may want to consider Potomac Shores just of 95 in Prince William County. Potomac Shores is like no  other community in Northern Virginia. From the moment you drive up to the community you get the sense this i...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 61
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals)
Comments 3
Brenda Bonebrake Phone Number Direct: 503-385-0033 Office Phone: 503-769-3448 Other: 503-932-0977 Office Fax: 503-385-2008 Email Address brendaandsandy@bhhsrep.com Web Site www.bonebrakeco.com Mobile Search m.bonebrakeco.com Mailing Address Real Estate Professionals Stayton1155 First Avenue N St...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 3
The search for Maine homes for sale. And like a kid with a thrifty allowance to carefully spend. Or wait until something comes along that has the value. Great impulse control combined with low cost Maine real estate listings are a winning combination. Four homes for sale, all under $80,000 sticke...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 4
I just closed a sale of a beautiful home in Kua'aina Ridge, in Pukalani Maui. This home closed at $640,000, was a great value for homes in Pukalani Maui. If you're looking to buy a home in Pukalani, there are a number of homes on the market to fit you're needs as far as price, square footage, and...
By James Bynum
(Silver Pecan Real Estate Group)
Comments 2
Open House - Sunday March 8, 2015 2-4pm Former Model Home in River Bend - Kingwood, Texas 2522 Sandy Lodge Ct, Kingwood, Texas 77345 Price: $445,900 MLS number: 17721091 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Square Footage:3,946 Former Model Home in River Bend - Kingwood, Texas Call James Bynum at 832.879.6...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
This is the time to start looking for your next Dream Home!   It is a great time to Invest in a new home! There are 200 available Homes For Sale!If you love the San Diego coast, then La Jolla could be where you will find your next Dream Home.Located along the western edge of north coastal region ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 0
The Luxury Home Market in Leesburg Virginia - 2015.  Lenn 800-711-7988 Leesburg Virginia has a vibrant luxury home market.  We have communities that are: horse friendly (3 acres required)beautiful viewseasy access to transportation routescommunities that are exclusively luxury homes Lenn Harley, ...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
People have this assumption that real estate is inevitably painful and difficult. But the truth is, real estate made quick and easy is not really impossible. How can it be done? Watch the video below to find out.      If you would like to buy or sell a home anywhere within Arlington, Mansfield, o...
By Kathy Stankard, Years of Experience, Years of Results
(Coldwell Banker, Franklin,MA/508-369-5131)
Comments 0
The town of Franklin, MA has consistently maintained one of the lowest tax rates as   compared to many of the surrounding metro west of Boston communities.  The FY 2014 tax rate is $14.45 per $1000 of assessed value however this is a slight increase from the FY 2013 rate of $14.34 per $1000. If y...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Build your vacation or primary home in Payson on Gibson Peak only 60 miles to Fountain Hills, Scottsdale and Fort McDowell casino as well as the gateway to the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. These  forested lots are ajacent to thousands of acres in the Tonto National forest and come with i...