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)
Comments 6
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 Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 43
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 30
Caution when buying a Fixer House! Remodeling has its challanges…. Posted on Jul 30, 2015 by Endre Barath in Observations about various subjects |  Caution when buying a Fixer! Remodeling has its challenges: Patience, Money and good Planning make it easier!Often time you hear someone saying I wi...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Pool Home for Sale w/ Mountain Views in Rancho El Dorado 42638 W BRAVO DriveMaricopa, Arizona$380,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Square Feet: 3620 MLS: 5310175   This beautiful Hacienda home is on one of the best lots in Rancho El Dorado, with golf course ...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 8
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)
Comments 2
 If you want to check out a number of options for a new place to call home, the Heritage Bay Naples Florida homes for sale can give you that opportunity.  The community could become even more attractive in your mind if you like to play golf, as this is a “bundled golf” development where a golf me...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
 Sorrento Beautiful Solar Owned Ranch Home for Sale in Maricopa $210,000 (Reduced Price) 36970 W LEONESSA AVE3 Beds/2 Baths2291 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5280381   This home is 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Plus Den with a Formal Living room & Dining Room. Enter this beautiful home in the formal living room. ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
Comments 8
Fro me a disturbing commercial came on the tube this evening.Zillow!  Pushing using them as the greatest place to find a home.This is a very high test add and it's production is top notch.They really pulled out the stops on this one. But one thing still stands true...they are still not a Professi...
By Kevin Shin, & Associates
(Prudential California Realty)
Comments 1
12597 Naples Way, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS | 6 (5 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 4780 SQUARE FEET Panoramic View and pool home getting ready for the market next week. Top of D...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
Comments 0
 The Lake Stevens School District refers to the school district of Lake Stevens in Washington state. There are 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 2 high schools in the Lake Stevens School District.The city of Lake Stevens is known for its picturesque lake and snow-capped mountains. Lake S...
By Mary Crane, Realtor
(Century 21 Commonwealth)
Comments 0
  Boston has the healthiest housing market in the nation, according to a new WalletHub study. The study, which compared the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. based on Census data and the American Housing Survey, ranked the cities based on various factors, including equity levels, percenta...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 0
             PGA Village Home Awaits Her New Owner in                           PGA Village Port St Lucie       Click Below and View the Matterport 3D Virtual Tour of 9620 Enclave Circle. Look At The Different Views: Floorplan, Dollhouse, and Walk through Tour. I sold a house in Germany sight un...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 2
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 r...
By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 3
Historic Mounds view home for saleWelcome to 2525 County Road I Mounds View MN 55112 click here for more photos and detailsReal estate market data in Mounds View MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic RealtyCharming historic home in Mounds View. Front porch is screened and is the perfect pl...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 1
7774 Lake Shore Drive, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$459,500 MLS #PM-18020 Click here for details on this Lake Front propertyLake Front Chalet ''Country Cottage'' with spectacular view of the lake with 86' of lake frontage in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 0
Garrett Park Marylandan easy commute to downtown Washington DC     Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge specialize in evaluating properties. We work with home buyers in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Where you work shapes where you live. We help home buyers determine the best property ...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
Comments 0
Are you purchsing a home that has a water well for drinking water??Should I have my water from the well tested durng the home inspection?? YES!! What are some naturally occurring sources of pollution? micro-organisms:  Bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microorganisms are sometimes found in w...
By Dave Shockley, Putting my clients needs first Roy Wheeler Realty
(Independent Contractor)
Comments 2
Now that the photo has your attention lets get serious.As you begin to look for your new home, you may be tempted to get a head start on furnishing it.  DON'T DO IT!!!!!Making a large credit purchase before closing on your loan could be disastrous.  Purchases made on credit, even with "no payment...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 146
What to do when an appraisal comes in low. New construction is on the rise and builders are raising prices of homes mainly because of consumer demand.  While that can push home prices up, it can also create a false market that lacks sustainability. Appraisals are driven by solid data, not recent ...
By Bryon Crosby, Professional Service | Outstanding Results
(Keller Williams)
Comments 1
EUGENE REAL ESTATE AND COMMUNITY INFO  Welcome to Eugene homes for sale!   Here you find the most up to date information on Eugene homes for sale including foreclosures, short sales, and condos in Eugene.   Eugene Listings Search Eugene New Listings (87) Eugene Foreclosure Listings (38) Eugene Sh...