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 37
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 Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 34
Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG!Ten Tips to Owning Property  Why not? I've always been a believer in dreams. Having them, shooting for and making  them come true. Build foundations under them and dreams CAN come true. Here are ten tips to BUILD A FOUNDATION to owning property.   1. Make...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 18
A Home Buyer with a puzzled look asked how they would know Which Manchester NH area 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 buyer the standard starting questio...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 7
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZHomes Currently for Sale in Red Mountain Ranch Homes Recently Sold in Red Mountain Ranch Red Mountain Ranch sits nestled in the far Northeast corner of the valley. The East Valley has been called perhaps the most 'liva...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 5
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 Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 14
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 Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 17
You can Buy a Pre Owned Home at Top Dollar, we are in a Seller's Market, or Build A Home of YOUR own? You still have choices...                   Yep, it is still snowing, and more cold weather yet to come, and only 21 Days left before our Spring Real Estate Market starts!Buyer's with pre-qualifi...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 2
My good friend Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 has a featured post.  I am impressed with it for its value, to us, for everything we do...not just searching for homes.  Well done Gayle.  Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG! Ten Tips to Owning Property   Why not? I've al...
By Sandra Graves, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
January 2016 is a Seller’s marketHome For Sale in January 2016: 77 unitsUp 18.5% compared to the last monthHome Closed in January 2016: 44 unitsDown 38% compared to the last month The city of Folsom is located in Sacramento County, California, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Folsom’s history g...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Considering investing in residential real estate in Scottsdale, Arizona but not sure how to go about it? Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation so we can share with you our proven process that has resulted in hundreds of successful transactions for the benefit of our clien...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 2
The low inventory trend continues for the DeSoto area, with available homes below that of the prior two years:     And new construction homes had a substantial increasein their available inventory from 2014 and 2015:     And although the median price fluctuates month to month, it is exciting to s...
By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere)
Comments 4
Latest update on National real estate statistics show the market is still on the rise.  Great news for buyers, for now, they can still get into a new home before the market peaks.  And better news for sellers wanting to take advantage of recent appreciation. If you are ready to explore the purcha...
By Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate
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Finding the right home goes beyond finding the right real estate agent and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. These two are very important things because a real estate professional is your link to finding the right home and a great source of information, and the right lender will provide a mort...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 2
Surveys, Boundaries and Adverse Possession The course on the “Surveys, Boundaries and Adverse Possession” will run on 8 February 2016, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Goulart’s offices, Better Homes and Gardens, Signature 186 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3G1.What is a survey? ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 27
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 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 James Potenza, POTENZA Team Realtors. Sell Your Home, Buy A home
(TEXAS BUYER REALTY LLC)
Comments 0
Here you will find homes for sale in Meridiana Texas. Meridiana Texas is a new community located in Manvel, Texas, just south of Houston.In this article, I have included resources to find homes for sale in Meridiana Texas as well as important Meridiana Texas community information.  This is a good...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 1
Hoolei Wailea Maui luxury Villa's Wailea Resort     Hoolei means to give a lei. a Hawaiian tradition of welcoming you to the Hawaiian Islands. Hoolei Wailea is part of a planned developement in Wailea Resort. Marty Quill, a local Maui Resident is the developer of Hoolei. There is over 30 acres of...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 0
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