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 Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 70
What is considered good 'Buyer Behavior'? What are some of the courtesies when viewing homes for sale? This post handles a few of my pet peeves about buyers & some of the many situations that come up when searching for a Schaumburg Area Home.   Not being timely for appointments - Many buyers don...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 30
When a contractor decides to forgo the usual steps constructing a garage, a back yard toy comes inside. Growing up no one had a trampoline in my neighborhood. We had to make do jumping on our beds. We enjoyed it, my parents not so much. My kids have a trampoline and so do the neighbors. In fact I...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 8
If you have ever had to have orthopedic surgery (like knee or shoulder surgery), then you likely understand the long term commitment required before and after the surgery takes place. Sure, we all wish the Doctor would prescribe us some quick-healing pills to take, but the reality is that these t...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 105
How I Made $100,000 By "Wasting" An Afternoon   3 years ago I "wasted" an afternoon. (At least that's what many real estate agents would think.) I took out a young couple who had not talked to a lender....did not have a prequal...had no idea what they could afford. Frankly, they were not ready to...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 0
The sounds of Silence in Newton MA are deafening.  The Boston Globe last Sunday posted a piece about how weird the market is. The stated that there are fewer homes being sold this year than last year which is true. The writer went on with this and wondering what will happen next as if this trend ...
By Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
(Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Comments 5
Over the past 2-3 years or so, prices in Austin, Texas have been skyrocketing in many areas. As a result, I've seen many buyers wait too long to purchase, only to find that they are unable to qualify when they are ready to go. I helped two different young ladies earlier this year who were both in...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 148
Does The Buyer Fit The Neighborhood?  Can You Say Anything? This past summer, I sold a home to a young couple who I was not sure would fit in the neighborhood.   Not because they were of a different race or culture, but because I knew the ilk ( I know the people - very good people) of the neighbo...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
Comments 6
Welcome to 5776 Mountain Ash, Farmington, N.Y. 14425. This home will be held open from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 11/23/14. Featuring a completely remodeled 4 bedroom 1 1/2 bathrooms and 1512 square feet of living space. It is ready for your immediate occupancy and many years of little maintanace as it...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 70
Buyers Words ' Nothing in the Home Inspection to Scare Me'   Now these are words every real estate agent and home seller want to hear from the buyers.  In the words of any experienced real estate agent most problems can be fixed by the seller as long as they are cooperative.  Yet it really takes ...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 3
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
Comments 5
You are cordially invited to attend and view 78 Park Avenue, Webster, N.Y. Saturday 11/24/14 from 1pm to 3pm. While viewing this 3 bedroom colonial located in the village you are welcome to sample Schutt's cider and donuts. A three bedroom one and a half bath colonial has original wood work; stai...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Alvarado Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Mortgage & Refinance What is Your Home Worth?   Marla Yost Team Keller Williams Realty 817-382-9791 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 12078396   Licensed In:Texas License #:0525481...
By The Kahler Team
(Keller Williams Realty Black Hills)
Comments 3
Are you looking for a home, and wondering if you need a buyers agent? Here are five reasons how a buyers agent can help you with your new home search. We are the market experts: we can guide you through market trends, help determine market value of home you’re buying and provide insight into futu...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 3
You Don't Need Glasses to See the Beauty of the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area, But... ...If you do wear them, you'll be glad to know that www.justNChomes.com has a nice large typeface so you won't have to strain your eyes! And, while you're visiting www.justNChomes.com, you'll clearly see why the Rale...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 0
    390 Clearview Dr Long Pond, PA 18334 $129,500MLS #PM-18447   Click here for details on this Mountain Home Contemporary Dutch Colonial style home in Emerald Lakes Community. Located on .63 acres, home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, living room with stone surround pellet stove, kitch...
By Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert
(Homebuyer Representation, Inc.)
Comments 0
1. You Become A Client (Not A Customer) According to the National Association of Realtors, If you work with the seller's agent, you are not a client, you are a customer. "As a customer, a buyer is not represented by [the] agent... the agent cannot negotiate on the buyer's behalf nor reveal to the...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Prudential Preferred Real Estate; www.Auburn-Realtor.com)
Comments 0
Please join me for an open house in Asheton Lakes subdivsion located at 531 Monticello Drive in Auburn, Alabama on Saturday, November 22nd from 10 am - 12 pm to view this beautiful home for sale.  The Buckingham Floor Plan. 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom w/bonus or(5br) new construction home by Homestea...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 1
BEAUTIFUL 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH HOME SITUATED ON A LARGE CORNER LOT WITH EXCELLENT CURB APPEAL. This home features an open and airy floor plan. The spacious family room features wood flooring, and a gas log fireplace with decorative mantle. The kitchen has ceramic tile flooring, a walk-in pantry, blac...
By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor - RDCpro CDPE Member NRBA
(REO Specialists llc)
Comments 2
16609 Kellogg Ave Three Rivers MI 49093 $39,900 3 bedroom 1 bath cape cod style home with large fenced rear yard. Attached 2 car garage has been walled off as a rec room but could easily be converted back into garage space. Seller Requires a Caliber Home Loans Qualification Letter prior to negoti...
By Mary Ellen Vanaken, North Atlanta Luxury Home Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Choosing the Right Builder for You! Choosing the Right Builder for You! By The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team -  678.866.1935 Builder Trade In North Atlanta   Choosing the Right Builder for You! Congratulations!  You’ve decided to purchase a new construction home!  But when it comes to selecting a build...