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 Coldwell Banker RCI Realty Bozeman, Montana
(Coldwell Banker RCI Realty)
Comments 17
Buying a home is an exciting time.  It can also be stressful and confusing, especially if you are buying your first home.  We asked our agents for their best advice to first time home buyers to help ease the process.  Here are the top ten tips we got…1.  Get your own RepresentationDon’t use the l...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 12
I Want to Build a Home for My Family. What do I do?   With the limited selections of available homes on the market, many people are turning to the possibility of having their home built. Most know that when you want to buy an existing home, it is best to go through a Real Estate Agent, but what a...
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 25
All We Ask is a bit of Courtesy   As a listing agent you are hired by a seller to sell a home at a price the seller will accept.     You market, follow up with the feedback and even hold open houses in order to sell a home! Another responsibility would be to alert showing agents that there is an ...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Arizona Corner Lot Winter Home for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $149,900   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Arizona Corner Lot Winter Home for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGreat sing...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 11
A wonderful 3 bedroom ranch is back on the market. On the market for only one week produced a buyer that had unreasonable expectations. Find out more by calling Coldwell Banker Skokie.A Perfect house for a nature lover. Mature Perennial garden included, right across the street from Harms woods fo...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 17
Gayle does a terrific job here outlying the issues associated with achieving the dream of homeownership, whether a new buyer or not. And for those of us who help buyers archieve their dreams this speaks loudly to the important tasks, and decisions, that must be accomplished to make this dream a r...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 4
5707 Blendon Valley Dr, Columbus OH 43230   PROPERTY DETAILS $128,000 LISTING INFORMATION Bedrooms: 2Full Baths: 2Sq ft: 1111Lot Size: CondoStyle: RanchGarage: 1 Car - AttachedHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2298.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Fabulous find in this 2 bedroom, fully renovated condo. The layout ...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 2
Opening the front door with your own key and walking into your home for the first time is an incredible moment that you will remember forever.  If you and your family are people of faith, give thanks to God for making your dream possible.  Never take success for granted.  If ever there was a time...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 0
*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Arizona 4Beds Corner Lot Bungalow for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $149,900   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Arizona 4Beds Corner Lot Bungalow for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGrea...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 13
What Does a Rice Cooker Have to do With Real Estate . . .Yesterday, I went to the store and I bought a rice cooker.  It's the first rice cooker I've ever purchased and it's one of those "Why did I wait so long?" DUH moments in my life.I had the same thing happen with . . . the leaf blower AND the...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 9
Five Bedroom Homes for Sale Delta CO Real Estate Market News Feb 2016This real estate market report covers the five bedroom and larger homes for sale in and outside of Delta. Any of these properties in the 81416 zip code that are listed in the local MLS (multiple listing service) are included in ...
By Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 9
Pet Friendly Waterfront Condos for Sale Toscana in Highland Beach FLFind similar waterfront condos for sale at Toscana in Highland Beach FL. If you are looking for a pet friendly condo  in Highland Beach, FL, then Toscana may be a good choice for you.   Highland Beach is a small town of 1.6 miles...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 18
I almost fell off my chair when my client uttered that phrase.  I had to do a double take and ask her to repeat it so that I was certain that I had heard it.  It was rephrased but the message was still there:  Like a car, one should never pay list price for a house.This initiated all manner of th...
By Don Riggenbach, #1 Keller Williams Team in Ohio,The EZ Sales Team
(Keller Williams Excel Realty #7 Team in USA)
Comments 0
As a realtor, it is always a good time to buy a home. The facts today support, now  is the time. Jobs created  in the last 12 months are up by  2.65 million and the year over year job growth rates are up 1.88 %. These figures alone are supporting strong consumer cofidence.Interest rates are below...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
It happens - not always, but it does!What should I do?I have an animal in my attic!Here is the answer from Michael McGuffie ! www.regalclassichomes.com   What Should I Do, I Have An Animal In My Attic?     I recently had a real learning experience and I build custom homes for a living! After livi...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 4
When it comes to location, outdoor neighborhood amenities, and lifestyle, Coronado Ranch is a highly sought after community situated in Gilbert, Arizona. While consistent residential and business growth has pushed new home builders further away from the center of Town, Coronado Ranch is perfectly...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 6
What Does a Highest & Best Offer Mean to Home Buyers? It is a phrase used in real estate by a listing agent that says go back and bring your highest and best offer for a property so you will not be upset you lost the home to a higher offer.  Explaining this well to home buyers is more than about ...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 10
Village of Neshaminy Falls in North wales Montgomery  county is a 55plus, active adult community . The community has a outdoor swimming pool,social room, game room, exercise room, card room and lots of activities. It is located close to Montgomery mall.There are 7 active listings in Neshaminy Fal...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Arizona Single Level Perfect Winter Home for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44881 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $158,000   Beds: 3 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2003 MLS: 5388678    Arizona Single Level Perfect Winter Home for Sale in Acacia...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 7
Villas at shady Brook  is an active adult communty in Middletown township, in  Bucks county Pa. It offers resort style living and lots of activities at the clubhouse. There is an indoor heated pool, exercise room, card room, They also have an outdoor pool and tennis courts.I looked up the mls on ...