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, Realtor & Social Media Marketing Strategist
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 22
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 Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 48
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 Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 5
As a REALTOR®  I can't tell you how many times I hear that remark at a party, at the beach, at my kid's soccer game, even  waiting in line at the grocery store.  It gets even worse when I share the deal my wife and I got on our 3 acres in Kaloko.  Sure, I search all the MLS, I look at expired lis...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 41
A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Peter Bowdren, Phoenix East Valley Realtor
(HomeSmart)
Comments 0
  Gilbert AZ Homes for Sale - 85234     Average price per square foot for Gilbert AZ was $127, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Gilbert AZ for Nov 14 to Feb 15 was $252,456 based on 909 home sales. Compared to the same period one year a...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
The importance of hiring a reliable home inspection is one of the bedrock principles every home buyer reads and hears about from all quarters. Any Realtor® worthy of the name will be able to recommend a Henry County home inspector with the kind of strong credentials that establish the validity of...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 11
Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Helene Kelbaugh, REALTOR, Internet Marketing Specialist, Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan
(Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan - Baltimore)
Comments 0
How to Be a Respectful Home Buyer | Baltimore Real Estate by Helene Kelbaugh of Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan in Baltimore  Let's Chat!  Sellers & Buyers: (443) 465-8443  FREE Home Valuation  *  Make an appointment by Helene Kelbaugh of Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan in Baltimore  Let'...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 4
Pristine 6 bedroom center-hall colonial in prestigious Warren Ridge section of Martinsville. Custom kitchen, raised maple cabinets with granite, crown molding and hardwood floors throughout. Main floor solarium with vaulted ceiling completes this bright and open floor plan. First floor bedroom or...
By Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
(RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.)
Comments 4
Two Family Home At 4 Horne Drive Brampton Ontario   Listing Details: Address: 4 Horne Drive Brampton Ontario L6V 2V3 Price: $387,700.00 MLS Number: W3101054 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2.5 Separate Entrance   There is truly an opportunity here in this renovated home that is offering two separate livin...
By Carol Clawson
(Keller Williams Realty of the Palm Beaches)
Comments 0
Palm Beach Gardens has many gated communities unaffiliated with country clubs for those who want a wonderful residence in a congenial neighborhood without a golf course. Some of the neighborhoods have community pools, a small clubhouse and perhaps a fitness center or a tennis court, but there are...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
Comments 2
Please join me for an open house on Saturday, March 7th from 1-3 pm at 1925 Sequoia Drive, Auburn, AL in the Preserve subdivision. Like new! 4 br PLUS a landing for office/playroom. Hardwoods on the main level. Open Kitchen/Living Room plan with a formal Dining Room! Excellent covered back porch ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 9
     A rare find in Brookfield....a condo alternative....a great back yard with gazebo.....entertainment friendly floorplan with living and family room...a lower level ready to finish...when you look at Brookfield Wisconsin homes for sale..this is one you will want to call YOUR home !            ...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Are you a Boomerang Buyer in Scottsdale or Arizona but waiting for the boomerang to return so you can buy another home?   Hope for Boomerang Buyers that are not quite ready to Qualify for a mortgage   Short sale sellers usually have to wait 4 years before re-qualifying for a home purchase again. ...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
Comments 0
    The condos for sale in Huntington Lakes Naples Florida could make for a great retreat for anyone looking for a new carefree residence with convenient access to Interstate 75, and without any golf club extras.  This gated development consists entirely of low-rise (2 or 3 floors) condominiums s...
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 53
    You all have heard what a C R A Z Y market we are experiencing in Denver, but Saturday was a bit over the top.    We didn't get a snowstorm, and the sun was out, even though the temps were in the 20's, it was a nice day.    We saw several open houses at new listings, and had a showing set for...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 8
Team Zuhl & Are proud to announce that our buyers offer was accepted and we are now out of Attorney Review and officially UNDER CONTRACT! Closing on this lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath Condo is scheduled for mid-May. The buyer's are first time home buyers that are engaged to be married.  We are wishing...
By Romy Campbell, The Romy Campbell Real Estate Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Have you determined what features your new Windsor home absolutely must have?   Often, buyers approach the home search without a clear idea of what they're looking for. They think "they'll know it when they see it" so spend a lot of time viewing homes that just won't do. Others have a long list ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 19
Trust is something you have to earn.   It was the summer of 2008 and I'd finally given in for the second time to a family member to get a dog a few months before that. We had a puppy born in February that was happy and plunking around our home and making friends with cats.  At 4 months old our Gr...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 4
 Carlsbad Buyers, You Have More Than Just Price to Consider When Buying a Home   Buyers, understandably, are concerned about price when looking for the right home to buy in Carlsbad. They may or may not have a formal budget, but know, presumably, what the lender has told them they are pre-approve...