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 Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 11
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 Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 30
  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 20
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 Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 12
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 Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 4
3 Bedroom Home For Sale in Alexandria La- 1019 Cinderella Court Searching for a 3 Bedroom home in Alexandria, La? Need space without breaking the bank? If so, 1019 Cinderella Court should be on your must see list. Let's take a minute and see what this 3 bedroom home has to offer. Why 1019 Cin...
By Richard Michaels, 100% Dedicated to Servicing My Clients
(Keller Williams Macomb)
Comments 1
Large 4 bedroom Colonial located in the City of Richmond   This home features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths in the beautiful City of Richmond. Upper level features Master Suite with it's own bathroom, also includes 3 additional large bedrooms and bathroom. Main level includes large living area, kit...
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 Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 4
1. Is it okay for me to use the toilet while viewing homes?Yes, home sellers are prepped and told up-front to be prepared for people to use their bathrooms.  2. Can I eat the cookies or grab me a bottle of water? Unless the snacks and bottles of water are clearly displayed, it isn't acceptabl...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 2
Atlanta Homes for Sale with Master Bedroom on Main Level Master bedroom on main level search homes for sale.  If you are tired of going up and down stairs to go to bed, then you may be interested in searching for homes in the greater Atlanta area that have their master bedroom on the main level! ...
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 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 Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 0
Atlanta Gated Community Search Homes for Sale Gated Community search homes for sale.  If you are searching for security, and privacy when owning a home in Atlanta then you may be interested in searching for homes in the greater Atlanta area that are located in a gated community!  Gated communitie...
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 Russell & Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Comments 8
My client gave ME a closing gift!! In the real estate business we don't get a lot of recognition. When your self employed it is you and only you getting up everyday and making real estate transactions happen. We agents who do this full time, with a hard working passion helping others find th...
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 12
New Listing - 19692 E. Loyola Cir., Aurora, CO  80013   Eff. 8/19/14 this property went UC This Hampden Hills duplex is now active on the market and ready for showings.     This beautiful property won't last long - gleaming hardwood floors, ready to move in and NO HOA!     There are three bed...
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 Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 5
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...