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 14
I've been working with a buyer for the past seven months. It seems like much longer than that actually since I was first contacted by this potential homeowner. She is a young, single mother who is putting herself through college. She is of Native American descent and would be the first of her gen...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 1
Anthem Homes for Sale - Henderson NV 89044 and 89052 - August 2, 2015Anthem offers a great selection of homes in one of Henderson Nevada's most desirable master planned communities. The development has regular, gated, guard-gated and active adult neighborhoods, plus some fantastic golf courses an...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 20
Lilies, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4339 I like to take early morning photowalks in our home community, Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. About a hundred feet from our front door, I was able to photograph these white lilies. They were gone the next day and may ha...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
 Maricopa Move-in-Ready Pool Home for Sale in Alterra South$188,000[Reduced Price] 44768 W  APPLEGATE Road4Beds/3Baths 2615 SqFt of living space MLS# 5258880 Check out the oasis in the back yard and the Pool that is 2 years old with Pool cover.  The pride of ownership shows in this home. Maricopa...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 11
It is important to get your FICO score up to qualify for a loan and sometimes the higher your score, the lower your interest rate. 10 Ways To Improve Your Chances of Buying a House Quicker   1. What is the first thing you should do? Start Saving money and cutting back slightly on frivilious expen...
By Vern Eaton, Realtor 320-630-6995
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People think that just because you own one home that they know all there is to know about buying a lake him.That is so far from the truth.Bill Feela has put up some great questions for lake home buyers to think about.Believe me...there are even more things to consider once you get a bit deeper in...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 0
 Maricopa Beautiful Pool Home for Sale w/ Spa in Acacia Crossings $224,90045433 W MIRAFLORES StreetMaricopa, Arizona Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Property Type: Single Family - Detached Square Feet: 2291 Year Built: 2005 MLS: 5241553   Enjoy the kitchen with Granite Counters, Maple Cabinets, Oversi...
By Ana Moniz, "Excellence in Real Estate"
(Keller Williams Valley Realty )
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Oradell Homes for Sale Oradell is a lovely Bergen County borough close to dining and shopping and full of beautiful natural scenery.  Oradell has many stunning homes on the market, and you can start your home search today by clicking one of the buttons below and browsing properties for sale.Orade...
By Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
Comments 10
As a professional, full-time real estate agent I have found that there are 3 key objectives for a Purchaser to have a home inspection on a property under contract to buy.  The first is to have a clear understanding of the physical condition of the property so that the Purchaser knows what they ar...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Custom Home? To tree or not to tree, that is the question? I know it's bad but I just couldn't help myself. I guess like most choices in life it depends upon your priorities. If you want to have an energy efficient home with lots of shade tre...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 4
Designing Your Custom Home, A Builders Perspective- Part 1 As a Builder with 30+ years of experience constructing custom and production homes, I've see all kinds of home designs. In this multi-part series, I will look at each part of a home design and offer my perspective on what works and not. M...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 0
Looking for a home in the Henderson NV 89002 ZIP code? Start your search in these neighborhoods:  Amber Ridge at Mission Hills Mission Manor Appaloosa Old Vegas Estates  Ash Creek Old Vegas Manor  Black Mountain Ranch Old Vegas Ranch  Boulder Creek Palm Canyon Crestway Trails Palm Hills  Desert H...
By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
Comments 1
What's Stopping You?  The majority of tenants say they’d like to own a home but continue to pay rent and missing out on financial and emotional advantages. There seems to still be a lot of misinformation in the marketplace.There are a number of programs for low or no down payment options. Veteran...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 6
When you tour 16 houses in a day, you see a little of everything. Most home buyers are choosing to purchase homes that are previously owned. The wall color, kitchen cabinetry and counter tops, flooring and carpet may not be your top choice. Buyers may choose a home without saying,  "This home is ...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
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Century Center 1750 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu HI 96826   Entrepreneurs! Why a work/live property in Honolulu, HI can give you a lift when finances are tight. http://centurycentercondo.com Starting your own business is both exhilarating and incredibly challenging. Often times the financial challenges...
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 20
Under Contract- Idyllwilde - Parker, CO  80138  It was a joy to present an offer to these sellers!   The buyers are relocating from Houston and needed a quick close.    It is a joy to work with a Buyer's Agent that I have known and respected for years! Beautiful 2013 Village home that is absolute...
By Sharon Mason, Sun City West Arizona and Sun City Grand Homes
(Sun City West RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 3
Sun City Grand Golf Course Home Listed by Sharon Mason, Associate Broker,RE/MAX ProfessionialsSun City Grand Granite Falls golf coure property, Stunning mountain views on both sides of this beautiful oversized golf course. View Video Here: located on a CUL-DE-SAC lot with over 15000 SF, extended ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 7
  Are You Thinking About Buying a New Construction Home? Q: Should I just go to the builder myself or do people use Realtors to buy new homes? A: STOP, WAIT, DON'T START THE CAR! It's absolutely in your best interest to hire a buyer's agent experienced in New Construction homes BEFORE you start v...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 3
  Complete remodel and update. Granite counters. Glass tile back-splash. Stainless appliances. Ceiling fans. Large bedrooms. Master bath with garden tub and separate shower. Mature trees. Quiet street. Fireplace. Open floor plan. Recent roof, laminate floors, hardware, fixtures, and lighting. Gas...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
Comments 1
56 Wolf Creek Lane is a new construction home in Gillette Wyoming that does not cut corners and comes standard with many features others charge as upgrades! This Beautiful home built by Engrav Manion Builders in Gillette WY is fully complete and ready to move into now! Some of the standard featur...