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 Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 43
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 Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever!
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty)
Comments 1
When is the best time to house hunt, you ask?Right now!  Right now happens to be a very cold cold day in Maryland , and it is an excellent time to look for a house.Why?  Because as a buyer, this is when you can get the deals.  Imagine a home that has been on the market for a few months and the ow...
By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
What do HomeTown Heros and Brightwood Trails in Durham NC have in common?  Well Gene Allen of course.  One of my buyers is a veteran which makes them a HomeTown Hero.  My company is Fathom Realty  and along with Parkmont Lending we have teamed up to give back to our HomeTown Heros and in this cas...
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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 16
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 Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 27
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 Susan J. Penn, PA, CDPE, SFR
(EWM)
Comments 2
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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 Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 2
Move in ready!  Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home over 2,000 SF including a den, large screened lanai, and pool coming on market. This home is situated in Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida and is convenient to A rated schools, shopping, the library and YMCA.  $262,500.   Give me a call to chat...
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 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 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 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 Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker
(BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253)
Comments 2
 Gorgeous corner townhome unit in Hampton Isles. Home features largest floor plan at 1528 sq. Feet with 3 beds & 2.5 baths. Beautiful eat in kitchen with wood cabinets, lots of storage space, island with bar, double sinks, granite tops, & stainless steel appliances. All beds & laundry room on sec...
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 14
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 10
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 10
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 Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 1
A wide variety of loan products and Jumbo loan alternatives to help you achieve both peace of mind and small mortgage payments. Let your dreams take flight! Call or email today to see how I can help you own a home of your own. Cell 602-421-4300 Cappy.Capozzoli@snmc.com For more information visit:...
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...