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 Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 41
I have seen some really creative ways to run a dryer vent. We all know the dryer vent must discharge outdoors... right? Not into the garage, another room, the attic, it must be outdoors! Why? One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heatin...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 46
Whether you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Los Angeles with its extremely low inventory, you will need to pay attention to the value of comps, or how the list price of a home is calculated. I am sure you have heard the term "comps" bandied about. Comps are comparison properties, and ...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 0
  More and more frequently I am being contacted by baby boomers who are either thinking of downsizing or who are just embarking on an active search. Most are opting for condominium living while a few others are looking to reside in a small single family home. The few who are interested in a small...
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 24
Under Contract - Lake of the Rockies - Monument CO 80132  It is wonderful when past clients call and say -- come on down and we have something to talk about!   They want to find a property with acreage and views somewhere rural.    We started the search, and after a couple of weeks I got another ...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 3
1827 Bennigan Dr, #89 E, Hilliard OH 43026 PROPERTY DETAILS $142,500LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 215042986Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 2Partial Baths: 2Sq ft: 1392Style: CondoGarage: 2 CarHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2,716.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Fantastic 3 bedroom condo in Hilliard Village with 2 full baths,...
By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Ensenada, Baja, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
Comments 6
Baja real estate now Are you thinking of retiring in Baja? If so, let us at Rosarito Beach Real Estate help you find the perfect housing in an ideal location. Baja real estate now is known to be some of the most beautiful property you'll find anywhere in the world. In fact, all you have to do is ...
By Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert
(Keller Williams Towne Square Realty)
Comments 0
First Public Open House for this terrific newly listed home in popular Basking Ridge, NJ.  Priced at an attractive $595,000, 46 Cherry Lane will be open for viewing tomorrow, Sunday, February 14 from 1-4pm.  Please join me and if you are unable to come, but interested, call Jeanne 908-337-0943 fo...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 16
How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with ThemIt's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. Those of us in real estate business love it when a buyer falls in love with a house and the excitement grows. What a great V...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 0
Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89002 - February 13, 2016Henderson ZIP code 89002 covers the southeastern corner of the city. Its general boundaries are everything south of Horizon Drive and Equestrian Drive, and east of the mountains that are part of the McCullough Range. Residents of 89002 can e...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 3
Our friend, colleague and mentor, Debbie Reynolds, puts a great spin on ways buyers can help themselves in the home-buying process. Read her suggestions to buyers - whether you live in Tennessee or California, these suggestions are important ones for all buyers. How Buyers Get Their Real Estate A...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 19
Today my buyer client got a beautiful townhouse at 1829 Wilmette Ave #C Wilmette IL 60091 under contract. This is a very nice property that was on the market for $549,000. An end unit with 3 bedrooms and 4 bath rooms plus a half bath, an attached 2 car garage in a fantastic community. You hear me...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 1
Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89012 - February 13, 2016Henderson ZIP code 89012 runs along Black Mountain and the hills of the McCullough Range, south of the I-215 beltway between Green Valley Parkway and the I-515 freeway. Because of the increased elevation, many homes have expansive views of t...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 8
Knox Court condos at Heritage creek offer year round resort style living. People love to live there because of the 15,000 sq ft clubhouse that offers lots of activities.There is an indoor pool as well as outdoor pool.I looked up the mls for homes for sale in Knox court condos. There are 4 active ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 7
One Less Lot To Choose in Cincinnati's 55+ Community Heritage At Miami BluffsMonday morning was one of those days in real estate that I REALLY enjoy!  Karen & Jim signed the paperwork and got the keys to their new construction patio home on the back side of Heritage at Miami Bluffs! One of my fav...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 16
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. When the blazing sun is gone, When he nothing shines upon, Then you show ...
By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 11
    Home inspecting isn’t rocket science. For the most part, it’s just plain, o’l common, horse sense. If something I’m looking at doesn’t look right or isn’t functioning correctly . . . something is wrong! Some of the more problematic areas generally revolve around plumbing and electrical. Unhan...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 0
Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89011 - February 13, 2016Henderson ZIP code 89011 is in northeast Henderson, generally including everything north of Lake Mead Parkway and east of the I-515 freeway. This area is just 10 minutes from the Galleria Mall, 15 from downtown Henderson, and 25-30 minutes f...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 4
I Want to Buy a House These are Magic Words  Magic words are spoken when I get a phone call and the person on the other end says " I want to buy a house "  What do I need to do  ? Most of the time people just want a price or they think we are just people who open up houses and show them  at their...
By Lisa Avila, Sail Home Suncoast
(RE/MAX Metro )
Comments 1
Disclaimer: I work closely with (not for) a new home builder in Pinellas County, FL. Our relationship is very similar to a listing agent's relationship with a resale homeowner, but obviously due to the nature of vacant building sites, I have to be well versed in the product. I recently read a fea...
By Robert Quesada, The 4EverTeam
(Mitchell Realty)
Comments 2
7550 Copper Cove, Converse, TX Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Courtesy of Lacy Padilla - Real Living Best Homes Realty $ Click for current price 6 BEDROOMS | 4 (4 full ) BATHROOMS | 2502 SQUARE FEET READY FOR MOVE IN! Home features living room co...