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 Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 21
Back when I was still fairly new to the world of Real Estate and the fine art of selling houses in Owasso Oklahoma, I got a call one summer day to go show one of my listings.  I set up the appointment and when the day arrived, headed out a bit early so I could be there when the potential buyers a...
By Kim Dove, Realtor - Jacksonville FL
(Watson Realty Corp)
Comments 0
Saving money for a down payment to purchase a home in Jacksonville, FL is a hardship for many would be home buyers, due to skyrocketing rental rates. Fortunately, there are many options available to assist future home buyers in the form of down payment assistance programs.  For most of these prog...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 0
Relocating to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia? Check out our Furnished Model Homes This Weekend in Founders Pointe! Located just 10 minutes to historic Smithfield, andonly 10 minutes to I-664 (Harbour View) and the Peninsula. Discover Quality Custom Homes and Resort Style Amenites in this Awar...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 9
www.regalclassichomes.com What Happened To The Coat Closet In My Florida Home? I don’t know what happened to the coat closet? It was probably some Architect’s great idea many years ago. Perhaps, the trend started in South Florida or Miami. After all, this is Florida who needs a coat? It wasn’t to...
By William Bodouva, Jr, 2014 TOP PRODUCER ABR CIPS SRES E-PRO BPOR SFR LRS
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
Comments 2
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 25
 Electrical Panel Location  Depending on what part of the Country, will depend on the location of the electrical panel.  Many times I have relocation families coming from the East, and they are ALWAYS shocked to see our electrical boxes are located on the outside of the home.    About 90% of the ...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 1
     The national rent average has steadily increased with demand and not just in U.S. major cities.  These increases aren’t in pace with the average renters’ incomes, meaning that a higher percentage of their income is allotted to housing.  In addition to this financial pressure, there are more...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 13
Most schools around the Country have already started the new school year.  So the impact schools have on a Buyer's decision of where to purchase a home has been on my mind, and how Schools Continue To Be A Major Considerations In Purchasing A Home.  The quality of schools in a town or city have a...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 9
   A while ago we had a call from an agent about a property we had listed...."Are you a Buyer's agent or a Seller's agent?" we asked.....She replied ..."I am the agent who wants the transaction closed successfully."   I loved her....and both Buyers and Sellers lived happily ever after.  You have ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 19
New on the Market, 432 Winding Bluff Way, Clarksville TN 37040 The seller has this Aspen Grove home clean, painted and show ready and waiting for you. This St. Bethlehem home is now on the market and a buyer needing 4 bedrooms is going to love it. It has hardwood floors in the entry foyer and for...
By Christine Bohn, Realtor, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 1
Happy Buyers!  The Bohn Team with RE/MAX Professionals in Gainesville FL are so glad that everything went well for our most recent buying clients.  Happy buyers are proof of a job well done!Congratulations to Howard and Nancy Clayton on closing for their new home in the Turkey Creek Homes For Sal...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Deer Lake Meadows, Deer Park, Illinois - August 2015 About Deer Lake Meadows Deer Lake Meadows is a subdivision of single family homes built in the 1980's. Deer Lake Meadows is located in Deer Park north of Long Grove Road and east of Ela Road. Average taxes in Deer Lake Meadows $15,729 Average ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Inverness on the Pond, Inverness, Illinois - August 2015 About Inverness on the Pond Inverness on the Pond is a single family home and town home community built by Hemphill Builders. Inverness on the Pond features 123 homes and 44 townhouses with floor plans ranging from 2,100- to 3,400 square f...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
The Vintage, Spring Grove, Illinois - August 2015 About The Vintage The Vintage is a single family community built by Eagle Homes. The Vintage is located in Spring Grove, Illinois on Wilmot Road south of Route 173. Average taxes in The Vintage $8,410 Average association fees in The Vintage $158 ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Sterling Green, Buffalo Grove, Illinois - August 2015 About Sterling Green Sterling Green is a single family home neighborhood built in the late 1980's by Jacobs Homes. Sterling Green is located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois on Route 22 east of Route 83. Average taxes in Sterling Green $20,154 Aver...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 4
Bambi (alright, perhaps Bambi's cousin) is one photo that I took at John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor Florida that I had to share.This is just one more reason why I love living in the Greater Palm Harbor Florida area of the sunshine state! We have the beaches, great parks, waterfront living, fanta...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 18
528 Paula Dr. Clarksville TN 37042 Now Available for SaleThe seller has it ready and this brick home is now on the market. It has some of the prettiest hardwood floors that I have seen. The super large kitchen has a 6 foot work island. The 3 bedrooms also have hardwood floors, are roomy and there...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Spring Oaks Estates, Spring Grove, Illinois - August 2015 About Spring Oaks Estates Spring Oaks Estates is a single family home neighborhood located in Spring Grove. Average taxes in Spring Oaks Estates $1,009 Average association fees in Spring Oaks Estates $0 Average home size in Spring Oaks Es...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Willow Place, Wheeling, Illinois - August 2015 About Willow Place Willow Place is a townhome community built in the late 2010's. Willow Place is situated among tall trees near a creek and open space. The community was built by Lexington Homes and is located near forest preserves, bike trails, na...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Old Town South, Western Springs, Illinois - August 2015 About Old Town South Old Town South is a single family neighborhood in Western Springs, Illinois. Average taxes in Old Town South $13,086 Average association fees in Old Town South $0 Average home size in Old Town South 3,103 ft2 Average lo...