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 Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 15
A Fountain of Salmacis?- Leaking from weep hole on frost free hose bibb (silcock/hydrant). "As he rushed to quench his thirst,  A fountain spring appeared before him  And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,  A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring"." Fountain of...
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
Comments 22
Our beautiful gated waterfront new home community is finally open for business and I am holding our model home open today to introduce the public to the incomparable value offered by our homes. MLS# A4136779 6781 PORTSIDE LN, ENGLEWOOD, FL 34223  will be open Sunday from 12-4pm  3 bedrooms, 2 bat...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 5
A New Listing at68 Mount Pleasant RoadColumbiaSituated on 2.2 acres is a small cabin featuring 1 bedroom, a kitchen, living room, full bath and Florida room.  There's a wood burning stove as well as Oil Heat, to stay toasty warm in winter.  There are also 2 sheds near the house.  The lot is a woo...
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 11
Under Contract - Murphy Creek - Aurora, CO 80018 There are times where nothing will work except new construction, and luckily this property was available and is almost perfect for this home buyer.    This patio home has an alley garage, small yard which is perfect for someone that doesn't want to...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 6
Question:Just had a conversation with the Listing agent. The property closed, and then it turns out that the furnace and air conditioner are leased.Wouldn't the buyer's lawyer check this out on title search etc. The Listing agent said sellers didn't tell her it was leased. Who is at fault? Answer...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
Comments 2
10576 Avalon Street, Nampa, ID Description Search MORE Homes MY HOME VALUE Maps & Local $ Click for current price4 BEDROOMS | 1881 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search All Boise Idaho Homes For Sale Search All Caldwell Homes For Sale Boise Idaho Relocation Guide What is Your Home Worth? Presente...
NEW PRICE $155,000 Chain of Lakes Private Access..........Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home 21 E BAY AVE, YALAHA, FL 34797             Chain of Lakes Private Access..........Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home on a double lot with newer roof shingles features a split bedroom floor plan, a living room, a ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
Comments 5
Way to many buyers stop looking for a home in the winter.I understand why, but is it a good financial decision.There are many reasons to keep looking.  that special place may come on the market at any time.In the winter, many people stop looking for that home which means you will have less compet...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 2
Search Warren County Ohio Homes For Sale in Cincinnati MLS Thinking about buying or selling a home in Warren County Ohio and perhaps you just want an easy way to gather some home information without being called by an agent?  How would you like a no registration required site that offers you all ...
By Gena Bolton, Sandestin, Destin and South Walton 30A Real Estate
(SoWal 30A Your Beach Awaits | World Impact Real Estate)
Comments 2
Regatta Bay Lifestyle - Destin, Florida  What is your favorite type of home -  estate, condo, waterfront?  There are many types to choose from and to enjoy the extras of resort living. CLICK HERE for all types of homes available in Regatta Bay. CLICK HERE for Golf Villas in Regatta Bay. Exciting ...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 0
Which ARM is the Best Alternative?How would you like a mortgage loan where you did not have to make the whole payment if you did not want to? Or would you like a loan with an interest rate about 1% below a thirty-year fixed rate mortgage and pay zero points? Or a loan where you did not have to do...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
Comments 2
Well Maintained Home! 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Siding, Covered Front Porch, Privacy Fenced, Deck, and Shed in Back Yard. Open Floor Plan, Large Living Room, Kitchen/Dining Room Combo. All Appliances Stay. 3 Bedrooms Upstairs, 2 Bedrooms w/ Egress Windows Downstairs. One Bedroom with a Chalkboard. Hug...
By Ron & Jennifer Roberts, We are a Realtor team focused on what matters, You
(RJ Realtor Team, Empire Network Realty)
Comments 8
 Royal Oak Homes Building A New Community Ardmore Reserve in Minneola Near Clermont Ardmore Reserve is Royal Oak Homes newest community set to be views of beautiful sunrises and amazing sunsets. This location is perfectly placed near commuter routes to downtown Orlando, Walt Disney World, Univers...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
Comments 0
The more you know about the best way to reach a goal, the more likely you are to get the result you want. So, whether you’re hunting for a new job, assembling a backyard BBQ, or training for a 3 mile run, you’ll want to use a proven process to help you get there.That certainly holds true when sho...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
Comments 2
Beautifully Landscaped, 4 Bedroom 2 Story Home. Covered Front Porch, 2-car Garage. Open Floor Plan, Kitchen/Dining Room Combo. Kitchen with Appliances, including Convection Oven, all stay. Large Living Room. Main Floor Laundry with Half Bath. Master Bedroom Suite and 3 Bedrooms Upstairs Walk-out ...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
Comments 1
Great Starter Home! 1 and ½ story, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath home located on a corner lot. Huge fenced back yard, and basement. Living room, Kitchen/dining room combo. Back room can be used as a Den or Family room. Fresh paint throughout the house. Both Bedrooms are located upstairs; one bedroom leads o...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 10
Saxony Manor  Condos are located in Warminster , Bucks county in Centennial school district. www.centennialsd.org . People love to live in Saxony Manor   . I looked up trendmls today, 11-22-2015 for homes on the market in Saxony Manor . There is 1  active listing .The  list price is $124,900. The...
By Elyse Berman, Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 17
But it's only a dog they say.  Only a dog?  I have a hard time with that.  Our dogs understand us.  They often know what we're thinking.  They know when we're coming home, because they wait for us.  They know the sound of the car.  They know what time dinner is served.  When I'm working, they han...
By Rhonda Hollifield, REALTOR®, Broker REALTOR CRS, GRI, ABR
(Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners)
Comments 1
Does a Price-to-Rent Metric Help Area Renters’ Decision?Last week, Hendersonville residents who keep their eyes on real estate trends got some fresh information about one factor that seeks to put numbers to the relative benefits of buying versus renting. When real estate values head south, buying...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
Comments 1
 Research is the key ingredient for making the right buying and selling decision on Oklahoma City real estate. First, your agent needs to be doing research everyday and not just on houses for sale. They need to be reading about local and national trends, events, and especially on economics. As a ...