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 10
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 9
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 Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 21
Home owners should make it easy to show theri homes if they want to sell. The more restictions they have the fewer showings there will be. Agents love to show homes where there is a lock box so that they do not feel like that they have to be there at the exact time . Agents like to have an half h...
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 Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
(RE/MAX Checkmate)
Comments 3
2 dwellings, side by side, perfect! Oh yes it is perfect, two 3 bedroom, 2 and a half bath brick condos sitting side by side, both on the market. 2015 and 2016 Williamsburg Square Johnson City TN, both for sale, both in great shape with lovely backyard patios.  Are you moving with a family member...
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 14
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 Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 1
As realtors, we know that it is dangerous to give advice on school districts, because schools are not a one size fits all category. Just because the local high school is a good fit for Johnny doesn't mean that Susie will thrive there. So it is useful to have a review based on some kind of standar...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 0
The Functions of an Escrow Buying or selling a home (or other piece of real property) usually involves the transfer of large sums of money. It is imperative that the transfer of these funds and related documents from one party to another be handled in a neutral, secure and knowledgeable manner. F...
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 John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 9
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 Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 1
$599000 / 4br - 3642ft² -Mt Pleasant Home with Mother in Law Apartment Attached (1401 Kaycees Court)  4Bd / 4Ba 3642ft2 housew/d in unit attached garage Why is 1401 Kaycees Court the lowest priced home in the exclusive Daybreak community? Because it is the original home in the neighborhood where ...
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 F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Plymouth County / Cape Cod, MA
Comments 6
        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 Paige Martin
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Situated right in the affluent neighborhood of River Oaks, the Royalton is a 33-story condominium that serves as the beacon of the community’s elegant living. Located near Huntingdon and Chateau Ten, the Royalton is one of the most recognizable residential units in the area. Source: Royalton Hous...