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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 8
Price Reduction! Single-story Temecula California Home for Sale in Summit! OverviewMapsPhotosDescriptionMarket Stats $369,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 2,245 sqftLot: 7,841 sqft Location 43898 Gatewood WayTemecula, CA 92592USA Pamela Seley,...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 14
     As long as I have been in this business, I think I have heard of and seen just about everything - that is until the other day. A customer called the office complaining that the inspector missed a leak under the property and even sent a photo via email. I looked at the report, and the report ...
By Frank Marta, Texas Home Loan Specialist
(Nuhome Group, LLC - Houston Tx|Mortgage Broker| 713-373-0345)
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A pre-approval is a written, conditional commitment from a bank or a mortgage lender that says you are pre-approved for the mortgage financing in question. It comes only after filling out a loan application, supplying verified income, asset, and employment documentation (assuming these items are...
By Diana White-Pettis, GRI, CDPE, CNE, Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale
(Exit Bennett Realty )
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The "My HOME" Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program in Prince George's County, MD    If you are a first-time homebuyer needing assistance with down payment and closing cost in Prince George’s County, MD, this information will be of interest to you! The “My HOME” program i...
By Goran Jovanovic, Realtor, www.goranflorida.com
(KW Elite)
Comments 1
The Wave, 5 New Listings in The Wave Unit 1132 For Sale at $179,500 listed 13 day(s) ago.Unit 833 For Sale at $285,000 listed 5 day(s) ago.Unit 1002 For Sale at $287,000 listed 27 day(s) ago.Unit 1614 For Sale at $299,900 listed 25 day(s) ago.Unit 639 For Sale at $340,000 listed 7 day(s) ago. The...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 9
FHA 203k lender in Moss Beach and Half Moon Bay   Lots of pest work on this home was needed to get it back in good shape. This home was tented, fumigated, then stripped of it's stucco and wood siding exterior to expose the full extent of the damage. Now not all 203k projects are this invasiv...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 4
I have had lots of calls regarding 203k wholesaler lenders since M&T pulled in their horns to their own footprint. I have several posted on my website but just added a new one that will be looking for your business soon as they ramp it up a bit. They only work with the 203k and only with brok...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 2
203k loans are alive and well in Rock Hill SC Rock Hill as well as any other city in South Carolina is finding the FHA 203k loan program and we are seeing more and more asset managers who are willing to take 203k offers on their properties. It is about time. These are quite often full price offer...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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This is a conventional loan product that is available to owner occupants and investors.        We have been consulting and providing final draw inspection services for HomeStyle Renovation loans since the late 1990’s. This is an interesting loan product as it is available for owner occupants and ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 4
Things are heating up in more ways than you might think. While it is 100 degrees in Charlotte, the humidity is down somewhat from usual but it was 139 degrees in the attic. Wow, yes, the 203k consultant should look in the attic and under the home if there is a crawl space, I must admit that I enj...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 38
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 47
The other day I was contacted by a buyer. She was interested in seeing a house. I had previously shown this house and was very familiar with it. The house she inquired about is over-priced and has been on the market for almost six months. The sellers have reduced the price 3 times for a total of ...
By George Kando, Owner, The Kando Group, Southern Maine's Real Estate Team of Choice
(The Kando Group)
Comments 0
Search all Maine Properties Here!     How Buyer Agents Help You Reach Your Goals It's that time of year ...Spring.(and Tulips aren't the only thing popping up in yards across Maine). Real Estate signs are popping up in Neighborhoods across our State. Like the first Robins to spring across...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Pet Friendly Homes Boca Raton Florida - Know The Questions To Ask                                           Are you looking for a pet-friendly home in Boca Raton Florida?   Want to live in a condo on the ocean or a gated community?  You need to know the right questions to ask to see if your pet w...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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2014 Hotchkiss K-8 Back to School and Registration Information School will be starting before we know it. It's still summer, but the days of summer vacation are winding down. The stores are starting to advertise back to school specials, and it's time to start thinking about stocking up on...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
Comments 1
Sealed Air Corporation will move its global headquarters to Charlotte, bringing more than 1,262 jobs here, primarily from several Northern cities. It’s the largest Fortune 500 corporate headquarters relocation in the Queen City’s history. Other headquarters recruitments may have brought more jobs...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 16
Lincoln Square Real Estate Today we are taking a look at Lincoln Square Real Estate through the middle of July. The Lincoln Square area of Chicago IL continues to become more and more popular. At this time we are seeing 32% more inventory, 14.6% more closed sales and a 19.5% gain in new listings ...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 8
  Clarifying the Escrow Process…     When it’s time to buy a home in Southern California, you need to understand the role of an escrow company. In California, the escrow company is a neutral third party that’s responsible for processing the legal documents regarding the sale/transfer of real esta...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 0
  For Professional Real Estate Services contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center. Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.com Full Access to the latest freshest newest listings from the MLS This blog is filled with links for you to ...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie FL 34986 Market Updates and Trends, PGA Village, Tradition, St. Lucie West
(Keller Williams Realty)
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What a great way to perk up your mid-week blues. The wonderful sounds of the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society can be heard indoors at the Gardens every other Wednesday night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.   The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30. Admission costs only $5 per person.   The ...