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 Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 68
Purchasing a home for the very first time can be a joyous yet stressful event. Whether you've been a long time renter, or are a young millennial ready to spread your wings and fly out on your own, buying a home is a much more complicated process than searching properties on the Internet. Today's ...
By Dale Corpus, Realtor - San Ramon, Danville, Dublin & Pleasanton
(Realty ONE Group BMC Associates)
Comments 0
Township Square is one of the newest subdivisions located in Pleasanton California just south of Bernal Avenue on the east side of Interstate 680. Built by DeNova Homes,  this new neighborhood will feature a variety of single family homes from it 2830 ft.² to 3662 ft.². Prices will start in the l...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 2
 For Professional Real Estate Services in Lynnwood contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649   |   brad@Century21.comIslandia Condominiums in Lynnwood - Walking distance to Edmonds Community College Location, L...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 2
 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comYost Park and Pool in Edmonds - Looking for Homes near Yost Park and Pool?Yost Park contains some ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 24
I recently got a call from a buyer asking me to "change" the closing attorney on the contract. So I did that, but not before I asked questions.  LOTS of question. I'd never heard of the attorney and when the buyers said this same attorney was handling a personal injury claim for a friend I was mo...
By Joni Staples, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties)
Comments 26
 Buyer Advice: You Can Still Make A Backup Offer  I am sure that it does NOT come as a surprise to you that this gorgeous home located at 69 Murphy Farm Road is pending.  If it does surprise you --> it shouldn't. I had an agent call me to tell me that they had told their buyers that they needed t...
By The Mahota-Capen Team
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 1
FOR SALE IN CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER CLUB!! 3265 Bentwood Close - $399,900 4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms .8 Acres | Qualifies for assumable VA loan More Details  Former Model Home with Master on the Main in South Forsyth in prestigious Chattahoochee River Club. Kitchen features tile counters, tile back-s...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 27
There's a saying that the buyer will make up his mind if he likes the home within 10 minutes of walking through the door... maybe even shorter. I'm not so sure about that but one thing I have run up against in my 11 years as a Home Inspector. LOTS of times when I arrive at the home, I can tell in...
By Fred Sweezer Sr., Certified Home Inspector
(Hud Certified 203K Consultant)
Comments 1
Question, Are American Craftsman houses all bungalows? The answer is historically complicated. In the early 1900s, many types of homes were inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement in England and Scotland. English-born William Morris (1834-1896) advocated a return to craftsmanship, as a reaction ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 10
     Home inspectors come in all shapes and sizes and they are all over the map when it comes to the quality of inspections and reports. There are those who want to appease the agent because they know that satisfied agents will keep feeding them business. The downside of that scenario is that soo...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 1
Brandon Saad, Hockey Negotiations, and Buying a Home    What You Can Learn             Anyone that knows me very well can relate a few basics about me.  One is, I'm a lifelong Chicago Blackhawks hockey fan.         Actually, I'm a fanatic.  Just ask my wife.  I hauled her to a hockey game on our ...
By Corinne Guest, Managing Broker - Barrington Realty Company, Northern IL, The Home Buyers Matchmaker
(Barrington Realty Company)
Comments 2
The newest neighborhood for horse lovers is Old Barrington Estates in North Barrington. This new homes neighborhood is located between Old Barrington Road and W Scott Road on the west side of Route 59, adjacent to the Old Barrington Farm which is now a world class equestrian center.There are 7 co...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 0
The Elkins Home Selling Team with Elite Realty Group provides services with Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale and Morristown TN Homes For Sale to home buyers and home sellers in Morristown Tennessee, Whitesburg, Talbott, Russellville, Sevierville, Bean Station, Dandridge, Pigeon Forgeand surroun...
By Kevin Shin, & Associates
(Prudential California Realty)
Comments 3
12206 Split Rein Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 3227 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! What is Your Home Worth? Search All Homes For Sale Rancho Cucamonga Homes for ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
***Homes for Sale in time for Summer is here! *** Maricopa Spacious Pool Home for Sale in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado    $204,50020971 N LEONA BoulevardMaricopa, AZ 85138 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Property Type: Single Family - Detached Square Feet: 2309 Year Built: 2004 MLS: 5277460   Mari...
By Rich Temen
(Inhabit Realty)
Comments 0
Advanced MLS Search Portal for Cave Creek Why View MLS Listings with your own Advanced MLS Search Portal?Tired of the many real estate sites that often have outdated information about the home that you spent your time searching for? Only to find out that when you contact an agent, that it is alre...
By Adam Hergenrother
(The Adam Hergenrother Team at KW Vermont)
Comments 2
New Listing | 151 Sand Hill Road, EssexSpace and Charm! This lovely colonial boasts an inviting vaulted master bedroom with walk-in closet and large master bath, 2 1/2 additional baths and attached 2 car garage. The laundry room is conveniently located on the 2nd floor with cabinets and counter s...
By Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto
(*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*)
Comments 3
Just Sold! 1500 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie WI, 53590We are happy to announce another Rock Realty home closing! This 3 bedroom, 2 story home had a nice lot and a tiled bathroom shower. Congratulations to the new home owners and to Patrick Collins, home buyer agent for Rock Realty!If you are thinking...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
 A recent survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is actually necessary to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The study pointed out two major misconceptions that we want to address today. 1. Down PaymentThe survey revealed that...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 0
♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Lake Lot Pool Home for Sale in Rancho El Dorado $279,900 40896 W WADE DR Maricopa, AZ 85138Active / 5289312 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Property Type: Single Family - Detached Square Feet: 1821  Maricopa Lake Lot Pool Home for Sale in Rancho El Dorado Looking...