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 Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
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As a professional, full-time real estate agent I have found that there are 3 key objectives for a Purchaser to have a home inspection on a property under contract to buy.  The first is to have a clear understanding of the physical condition of the property so that the Purchaser knows what they ar...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Custom Home? To tree or not to tree, that is the question? I know it's bad but I just couldn't help myself. I guess like most choices in life it depends upon your priorities. If you want to have an energy efficient home with lots of shade tre...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 4
Designing Your Custom Home, A Builders Perspective- Part 1 As a Builder with 30+ years of experience constructing custom and production homes, I've see all kinds of home designs. In this multi-part series, I will look at each part of a home design and offer my perspective on what works and not. M...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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I've been working with a buyer for the past seven months. It seems like much longer than that actually since I was first contacted by this potential homeowner. She is a young, single mother who is putting herself through college. She is of Native American descent and would be the first of her gen...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 0
Looking for a home in the Henderson NV 89002 ZIP code? Start your search in these neighborhoods:  Amber Ridge at Mission Hills Mission Manor Appaloosa Old Vegas Estates  Ash Creek Old Vegas Manor  Black Mountain Ranch Old Vegas Ranch  Boulder Creek Palm Canyon Crestway Trails Palm Hills  Desert H...
By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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What's Stopping You?  The majority of tenants say they’d like to own a home but continue to pay rent and missing out on financial and emotional advantages. There seems to still be a lot of misinformation in the marketplace.There are a number of programs for low or no down payment options. Veteran...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 6
When you tour 16 houses in a day, you see a little of everything. Most home buyers are choosing to purchase homes that are previously owned. The wall color, kitchen cabinetry and counter tops, flooring and carpet may not be your top choice. Buyers may choose a home without saying,  "This home is ...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
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Century Center 1750 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu HI 96826   Entrepreneurs! Why a work/live property in Honolulu, HI can give you a lift when finances are tight. http://centurycentercondo.com Starting your own business is both exhilarating and incredibly challenging. Often times the financial challenges...
By Sharon Mason, Sun City West Arizona and Sun City Grand Homes
(Sun City West RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 3
Sun City Grand Golf Course Home Listed by Sharon Mason, Associate Broker,RE/MAX ProfessionialsSun City Grand Granite Falls golf coure property, Stunning mountain views on both sides of this beautiful oversized golf course. View Video Here: located on a CUL-DE-SAC lot with over 15000 SF, extended ...
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 20
Under Contract- Idyllwilde - Parker, CO  80138  It was a joy to present an offer to these sellers!   The buyers are relocating from Houston and needed a quick close.    It is a joy to work with a Buyer's Agent that I have known and respected for years! Beautiful 2013 Village home that is absolute...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 7
  Are You Thinking About Buying a New Construction Home? Q: Should I just go to the builder myself or do people use Realtors to buy new homes? A: STOP, WAIT, DON'T START THE CAR! It's absolutely in your best interest to hire a buyer's agent experienced in New Construction homes BEFORE you start v...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 3
  Complete remodel and update. Granite counters. Glass tile back-splash. Stainless appliances. Ceiling fans. Large bedrooms. Master bath with garden tub and separate shower. Mature trees. Quiet street. Fireplace. Open floor plan. Recent roof, laminate floors, hardware, fixtures, and lighting. Gas...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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800 new lakefront homes Lake Wylie are planned near the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, tied into the Carolina Thread Trail. We now know it will be called McLean and is a 670-acre Belmont development on Lake Wylie.These Lake Wylie new construction homes will be on Gaston County’s southernmost pen...
By Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Relocation & Luxury Home Specialist
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
Comments 1
Relocating to Raleigh NC?Are you seeking to relocate to the Capital City of North Carolina?Searching for a Home in Raleigh NC?Find Raleigh NC Homes for Sale by Clicking HERE Need Relocation Information?Register Here for a Free Relocation Guide and to be connected to a Relocation Realtor Informati...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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56 Wolf Creek Lane is a new construction home in Gillette Wyoming that does not cut corners and comes standard with many features others charge as upgrades! This Beautiful home built by Engrav Manion Builders in Gillette WY is fully complete and ready to move into now! Some of the standard featur...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 12
Hernando Beach Florida 34607 Waterfront Home for Sale Listing Video by Hernando Beach Realtor Silvia Dukes PA, Tropic Shores Realty Look at what this Hernando Beach waterfront home has to offer!   Then find out more about this Hernando Beach Waterfront Home for Sale! Call 352-584-7441 today!   Lo...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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  Park Shore Naples Florida Single Family Homes For Sale   The Park Shore Naples Florida single family homes for sale could be one of the first topics for discussion when the subject of where to look for a new place to live to get the real feel of the local lifestyle and without the restrictions ...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 6
 1521 US Highway 42 N, Delaware, OH 43015   PROPERTY DETAILS $251,000LISTING INFORMATION  Bedrooms: 4  Full Bathrooms: 2  Half Bathrooms: 1 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION 3+ acre, cape cod home in Delaware with spectacular dormer windows, a fenced yard, 2 car garage, and large wrap around porch with a lar...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 1
 Round Rock Texas - Lot backs to green space. 1 story, 3 bedroom plus an office, 2 full bath, 2 car garage, 2,105 square feet, on a 0.195 acre lot. Built by DR Horton in year 2000. Master with separate shower, garden tub, and double vanity. Covered patio. High ceilings. Cambridge Heights subdivis...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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   A lot of people in our office think Stansbury Park UT is the best place to buy a home along the Wasatch Front. A couple of the biggest advocates of Stansbury real estate are Chris and Berna Sloan in the Group1 office. I noticed that most of their blog posts were pretty generic, and even though...