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 Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 1
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 Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake"
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 9
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Featured Home-9813 Beach Dr Birkenfeld OR Spectacular Lakefront Custom 2-story  $420,000 on .25AC   2203 sq ft Built 2003 3BR+bonus 2BA family room, attached garage   Oak floors, stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors  knotty pine cabinetry,  granite counterto...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 8
Piney Creek Athens Alabama Foreclosure Home For Sale   Only 1 left! For detailed information about the remaining Piney Creek Athens Alabama Foreclosure Home For Sale follow this link: Foreclosure Homes in Piney Creek Athens Alabama  There is only 1 foreclosure homes left in Piney Creek Subdivisio...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 7
Spring Hill, Florida Home for Sale with Pool and Fenced Yard just listed by Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA, of Tropic Shores Realty, Spring Hill, Florida Looking for a home with pool in Spring Hill, Florida?  Look no further!   This Spring Hill home for sale with pool and fenced yard is move in ready a...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 2
Open House Sunday April 27th 2:30-4:00 at 4609 Council St. NE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 $132,500 Don't overlook this great home! Some features to note: extensive hardwood flooring, freshly painted rooms, lower level rec room with bar area and a separate room for an office area. Improvements that w...
By Rich Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix
(Keller Williams Realty East Valley)
Comments 1
Built 1985 - 2 Bed + 2 Bath in Hearthstone - Chandler, AZ 85226             Built 2008, 1101 sf, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, ~ $140,000 • Vaulted Ceiling • Parks & Pool in Subdivision  • 2 Car Garage Priced to sell quickly, this single family house has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and saltillo tile flo...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 6
Top Notch roofer, not so much. Give them the boot. I was at a home inspection yesterday. The agent told me that the home owner had the Hand hewn shake roof installed about three years ago. "They come back every year and spray the roof with an insect and linseed oil spray to help protect the shing...
By Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros
Comments 3
!810 Reavis Mountain Road is a beautiful home in Ball ground for sale. It is on 5.61 Acres. It has mountain views in front and back. There is a lovely stream on the property. Downstairs could easily become an inlaw suite. But don't take my work for it here are someof the pictures   VIEWS !   A LO...
                      Listing Details 717 Hummingbird Court, El Cajon, CA 92019 Entertaining offers from $499,900 - $529,900 MLS#: 140019641 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 1/2   Call Listing Agent, James Renfro, at 619-438-0801 to see if this property is still available.  Take a virtual tour to see th...
By Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, Century 21 AA Lindenhurst NY
(Long Island NY Real Estate Agent)
Comments 2
House for Sale in Hawkins Estates Copiague NY with Income Potential This fabulous home in the Hawkins Estates section of Copiague NY has 7 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 13 rooms total, a 6 car driveway, 2 car garage, updated eat-in kitchen with sliders to a spacious wood deck, dining room with a pass-t...
By Mandy Kruse, ...It's All About You.
(Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW)
Comments 2
   This Modified Two Story Home  is located in a quiet neighborhood with mature trees and the yard is well maintained. The opened floor plan makes this home ideal for large gatherings. The home has one bedroom on the main floor, a master suite, finished basement, and insulated/heated garage. Thi...
By Brian Powers
(Keller Williams Macomb St.Clair )
Comments 3
Just listed Mt. Clemens home for sale at 1469 Mulberry, Mt.Clemens, MI 48043. 3 bedroom brick ranch in a great Mt.Clemens location- walking distance to hospital and schools. New carpet and kitchen flooring, fresh paint, new vanity and patio. Nice hardwood flooring. 2-cr detached garage and a fenc...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 4
Taylor Ranch Home In NW Albuquerque 87120 Sold & Closed         Albuquerque Homes Realty has this home located in desired Taylor Ranch NW Albuquerque 87120 area now sold and closed.   The buyers found this Taylor Ranch home and called REALTOR® John McCormack asking if he could show them the home ...
By John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Plymouth County / Cape Cod, MA
Comments 5
        2177  SERVICE RD   HYANNIS, MA 02668 OFFERED AT   $459,900   MLS CC&IMLS - 21403416 MLS PIN - 71663824          HYANNIS near Waquaquet.   Visit this lovely home that's nestled at the end of a private way shared by only two other properties.  Built in 2003 with 3102 sq.ft, 7 rooms, 3.5 bat...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 17
It's Hummingbird Season in Western Colorado. We all look forward to that time of year when the energetic hummingbird makes it's way back to our area of Colorado. I saw my first hummingbird of the 2014 season on Monday, April 21st. It flew right by my patio. There is no mistaking that zinging soun...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 7
I hate waiting, but that's what I'm doing right now.  Two hours for an oil change.  It happens.  Not sure why everyone waited until Wednesday to get their oil changed.  I would come back another day if I could, but since I'm planning on a little weekend away, I have to sit and wait because it's t...
By Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!
Comments 3
We’ve all had dealings with potential buyers who want to jump right in and begin looking at homes without a pre-approval.  It's like when people don't go to the doctor for their annual checkup when they are afraid to find out what's wrong with them.  Read how Debbie Reynolds handled a Buyer who w...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 3
48 Freshwater Lane Wilton, CT OverviewMapsPhotosDescriptionOpen House $425,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 1,085 sqftLot: 0.56 acre(s) Location 48 Freshwater LaneWilton, CT 06897USA Dagny Eason Dagny's Real Estate(203) 858-4853dagnyeason@gmail.com        Listed...
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 151
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 Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 50
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer.  There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First:  Do I have a relationship with this agent? Second: Is it a Lane Realty listing they want to see? Thi...