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 Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 29
  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 18
One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last ten years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and take as they say. It's important to l...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 4
Start 'Em Young Moms! Buyer's Agency in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area! When your parents bought their first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, they hired a buyer's agent. When you bought your first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, you hired a buyer's agent. And, now, many years later you...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 10
This is a post that every homeowner should read and understand.  Many have been forewarned about prescription disposal but without an explanation of the reason behind the direction given.  This post is a good explanation. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable fo...
By Right Choice Realty, Buying or Selling a Home, Make the Right Choice
(Right Choice Realty)
Comments 0
Right Choice Realty 13121 University Drive Fort Myers, Florida, 33907   Suburban, Urban or Rural: Which is Right for You? If you're unfettered by a particular job in a particular locale, deciding where to live isn't as easy as it may seem. Often, a battle ensues between our heads and our ...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 13
Southshore in Aurora CO - Market Update - July 2014           Southshore in Aurora was the location for the 2007 Parade of Homes and features custom homes backing to the reservoir.      Village Homes, Capital Pacific, Pulte & Century Communities have built homes in Southshore.     A few homes...
By Katerina Brosda, Miami Real Estate Broker
(Brosda & Bentley Realtors™ ● (786) 363-8551)
Comments 6
Luxury Oceanfront Loft (Townhouse) For Sale In Miami Beach At Canyon Ranch
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Prudential Real Estate Professionals)
Comments 3
Brenda Bonebrake Direct: 503-385-0033Office Phone: 503-769-3448Other: 503-932-0977Website or Mobile:http://www.brendaandsandy.com/WVY680987E-mail: brendaandsandy@prurep.com   1290 Dawn Dr Stayton, OR 97383 MLS#: 680987 Price: $229,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Lovely updated home on over 1/4± ...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 23
Three Bedroom Home in Spring Hill, Florida - Just Sold!   This three bedroom, two bath home in Spring Hill, Florida has now sold!  The buyers were relocating to Spring Hill, Florida and came to me in July looking for a new home.  They've found it in this newer Spring Hill home located in a qu...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Prudential Real Estate Professionals)
Comments 2
Brenda Bonebrake Direct: 503-385-0033Office Phone: 503-769-3448Other: 503-932-0977Website or Mobile:http://www.brendaandsandy.com/WVY680926E-mail: brendaandsandy@prurep.com   2115 E Santiam St Stayton, OR 97383 MLS#: 680926 Price: $209,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Freshly painted & oodles of...
By Anthony Lamacchia
(McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Inc. )
Comments 3
CHARMING 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms Colonial in Winthrop!! Living Room and Dining Room Features Fireplace and Hardwood Floors!! Tons of Natural Light Throughout Entire Home! Lots of Storage Space in Attic and Basement!! Home needs some TLC. Close to Shopping, Public Transportation, Parks, Medical...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 2
About Old Bridge Estates, Woodbridge VA   Adjacent to Lake Ridge it is smaller, but very similar - rolling hills, ample treed common area, several prominent home builders were involved in its'development, covenient to schools, commuting, shopping and recreation.  There are two lovely ponds, ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
  Coming Soon!     Home Photos Local Schools     Coming Soon         Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Realty 860-508-7855 Questions?Schedule a Showing! Licensed In:CT License #:0388065       142 Barkledge Drive Newington, CT 06111   List Price: $         Coming soon! This townhouse is located in Th...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 1
2508 Ellis St $695 / 3br Lower Duplex - very close to uwsp, hospital mstc Very nice lower duplex on Ellis St, only a few blocks from campus. As low as $695 if paid by the semester (half in August, half in January) or $750 if paid by the month. Kitchen with Stove, Refrigerator, lots of cabinets, ...
By Katina Hargrove, Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, Realtor
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
Comments 6
New Price for Royal Trails home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage home on corner acre in Royal Trails. The property is fenced, the home has a Florida room and game room, open floor plan. Two horses per acre are allowed, the current HOA is $35 per year. You may park your RV and boat on the back of ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 2
  4121 Winona Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 Click here for more info on this home $129,500 MLS #PM-15588 Bi-level home in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, tile floors, 1 car garage, eat in kitchen, family room, living room, 6 panel doors, shed...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 4
This is an important read to homeowners with septic system. We do know that if the system fails, it can entail a susbstantial amount of capital to replace it. Learn how to maintain it. Please read this blog for additional advice. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be accep...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 7
Southern California is a Beautiful Place to Retire Souther California has great weather, lots of gated communites, golf courses everywhere, nature areas to enjoy wildlife, walking and hiking trails, bike lanes on the city streets, and of course many Veteran Hospitals in all the major cities.    T...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 5
(Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable for polite conversation, water cooler debates or dinner table discussion. It's about poo, and the problems we have getting rid of it. You have been warned.) According to the EPA, one in four homes uses some kind of septi...
Comments 3
RE/MAX UTOPIA Laura Filip Direct: (903) 271-4978Mobile Phone: (903) 271-4978Business Fax: (903) 564-9778Website or Mobile:http://www.laurafilip.remaxtexas.com/DFW13005036E-mail: laurafilip@remax.net   402 N Clements Gainesville , TX MLS#: 13005036 Price: $46,000 Gainesville Tx Vintage 1950 home ...