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 Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 30
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 Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 52
The High of the Accepted Offer...Back to Reality! Once the excitement of the accepted offer wains down, it is time to get back to work.  I mean, now the real work begins.   Over the weekend, I wrote an offer with a first time home buyer.  We were able to get our offer accepted with a couple of co...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 24
A closet case or not? Defining the Bedroom.Wenatchee Home Inspections This comes up often in many forums and discussions. I even recently had a discussion with a very good builder I know.  Like so often I hear “Closet” attached to the defining a bedroom. Now I know many in the appraisal industry ...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 8
Everybody knows that "cash is king" and that cash buyers have an edge in the real estate market.If you are planning on buying a house in Tallahassee in the coming months and you know you'll need to borrow money, does this mean you have to be at a disadvantage to the fortunate buyers who are curre...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 5
 Does Buying a Home Mirror Falling in Love?  Some surveys are better than others, and I just happen to stumble on a survey I want to share that compares buying a home to falling in love. I always find surveys interesting, especially when the survey is about real estate. So, what happens when the ...
By Debra B Albert PA - "Ron and Debbie Albert" KW Port St Lucie, FL 34986, Ron and Debbie Make The Most of Your Move
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
 Don't get caught of guard! There are extra costs when making a home purchase.  There are closing expenses and how about the down payment and promogated expenses.  Each situation is different - so make sure you are covered. 13 Extra Costs to Be Aware of FREE DownloadWhether you're looking to buy ...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 5
OPEN HOUSE - A home for heart Day!! 2/14 ~ 12-2 p.m.  OPEN HOUSE, February 14, Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11006 Seven Pines Lane, Champlin, MN Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS (4 full) 4441 Square Feet Cus...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 1
Dear TZ, I am buying a home and I'm getting a Home Inspection.  But the inspector said I need a termite inspector, radon test and a tank sweep.  Are those required?  Why do I need all that?Buyer Bill  ****** Dear Bill,In New Jersey it is not required to get a home inspection, but doing so is high...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 9
It sounds so funny but the tradition these days says that the Spring Real Estate Market starts the minute the football season is over. I think that is a little bit silly but it is all good. Whenever you think it is time to make change in your life, we have help for you. Below are direct links to ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
  Buyers sometimes have long lists of things ...from the location to the lot size, number of bedrooms, style, updates, etc. on their wish lists when they begin their home search. Some items are more realistic than others...and some are just that...wishes.    We always work with Buyers as a Buyer...
By Christopher Collins, The Collins Home Team
(RE/MAX Renaissance Realty)
Comments 3
A very well maintained newly updated Annapolis model home in the heart of Sun City West. New paint, carpeting, cabinets and counters, a very large utility room perfect for hobbies, crafts or exercise. New roof in March of 2013. this home in Sun City West is a must see!! 13246 W JADESTONE Drive Su...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
No Margin for Error When there’s no margin for error, call in the experts When your loan needs a quick turn-around and it has to be done right...Call in the experts. Let’s all live in a world of smooth transactions. Cell 602-421-4300 Cappy.Capozzoli@snmc.com For more information visit: SecurtyNat...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 13
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 George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Georgetown Texas - Jimmy Jacobs Custom built in 2008. Greenbelt lot.Luxury featured 1 story with 3 bedrooms plus a small study. 2 fullbaths. 2 car garage. 1,960 square feet. Hardwood floors. 0.155-acrelot size (61' by 112'). Granite counters. Fireplace. 8-foot doors.Over-sized walk-thru utility...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
Bank Partnership Program What is the Bank Partnership Program? SecurityNational Mortgage (SNMC) has developed a partnership program with local banks in order to help expand the home loan products available to their members. Who can participate? Banks that have a net worth of at least $10 million ...
By Tamara Elliott-Deering
(Central Metro Realty)
Comments 0
 When your faced with a move, the first thing you need to decide is whether to rent vs. buy. Most advice about this decision focuses on the financial ramifications of buying vs. renting. For instance, currently the median price of rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,554 and the monthly payment (...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 9
Have had an absolute rash of damage in my listings recently and they all have something in common - they're vacant. Now they are in good shape, recently remodeled & detailed & there would be no need for any immediate work in these properties. Disrespect? Lack of control on the part of the agent? ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 12
Cedaredge, CO Five Bedroom Homes for Sale Feb. 2016 Real Estate InformationNot much has changed in the way of new listings and sales of five bedroom homes since last month's report. This report covers homes with at least five bedrooms. These homes tend to be larger, or have a basement. Homes with...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 3
A Home Buyer with a blank look asked how they would know if they LOVED a home they saw. Which Manchester NH area Home would be Right for them. They have been looking at homes for 3 months with another agent and today they came to the realization they needed a new agent. When meeting with a new b...
By Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434, Weichert Office 301-681-0550)
Comments 1
Silver Spring, Maryland Home For Sale15929 Mount Everest Ln Zip 20906Beautifully situated on 2.6 Acre Private Treed Lot List Price $679,900 This single-family, Colonial-style home in Silver Spring, Maryland boasts an open floor plan, generous living space, bright lighting and windows—and that’s n...