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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Many people are interested in 5 bedroom homes for sale in Evanston IL. Evanston has a nice selection of houses ranging from new construction to 19th century Queen Anne Victorians. 5 Bedroom single family homes are a very popular size for families. Evanston IL has great schools, the District 65 El...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
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Owning a home in Haiku Maui offers a life style that is set in the tropics.  Finding the right home in Haiku can be a challenge, that's why working with an experienced real estate agent can save you time and money.      I been selling Maui real estate on the north shore of Maui for over 21 years....
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 24
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 Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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 This post is designed to help in finding homes for sale in Tooele County.We offer a lot of search tools on our real estate website, tooele homes 4 sale. If you are looking for houses or condos you might be interested in buying, or if you are house hunting in Salt lake and would like to compare p...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 2
 www.regalclassichomes.com What’s a Florida Basement And Do I Need One? When homeowners move to Central Florida from other states, one of the first things they ask, where are the basements and where am I going to store all my stuff? Since we can dig a hole and hit ground water at 3’ in most locat...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 28
Actual Text Conversation On PricingDid I "Go Rude" ?The following is a text conversation I had with an unknown texter on Friday 08/21/2015. I've recorded it below exactly as it was, type-os, misspellings and all. I'm not sure how I went from getting thanks to be harassing but maybe you can tell m...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 8
I know that it is still summer, and it is August in Maui.  But I can feel the change of fall coming. Okay so we don't get the fall leaves, and early winter snow.  But I can see it in the ocean as the winter swells slowly start arriving.  It is also a sign to get into the gym and get ready and fit...
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 23
Why Won't She Call?Several weeks ago I made plans to go to San Francisco.  The minute I booked my hotel online, I received an inquiry in my email box from a prospective client who lives in . . . of all places,  San Francisco!I replied and mentioned my trip and suggested meeting up while I was dow...
In this series, we are providing tips to avoid the Most Common Roadblocks to Home Ownership.  So far in previous weeks, we have discussed how to solve 1) limited or bad credit, 2) no down payment, 3) not having a budget, 4) documenting rent history, 5) not understanding a Buyer’s Agent role.  Tod...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
Comments 2
Great Starter Home! Everything redone! 2 bedroom, 1 bath, basement with extra door, detached garage with opener, alley access. Vinyl siding, large backyard, newer windows, wiring, plumbing, central heat/air unit, fresh paint. All new appliances stay! (Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher/ washer & dry...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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The Cost of Owning a Home in Katy TX Saving to afford and to pay for the overall cost of the initial home purchase is the first step to becoming a homeowner. The financial commitment that follows, however, comes with a new set of several  financial responsibilities. It’s very important for everyo...
By Kim Bregman, Exclusive Buyer Agent in S. Florida and Western NC
(Optima Properties)
Comments 1
 On November 13, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule regarding changes to current early disclosure and closing documentation used on mortgage loan transactions.  Anyone in the real estate or mortgage industry should understand that new regulations called TRID (TILA/RESPA ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 12
Today we closed on 1210 Chicago Ave #308 a nice two bedroom condo two bath condo at Chicago Ave Place. We went under contract after only a few days on the market. After loosing multiple properties we made this happen by acting right away and making a good decision on a top notch condo. This prope...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 22
Kentlands Photowalk: Blue Ageratum, Mist Flower, Flossflower IMG 4662 Kentlands is a planned neo-traditional community located within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland 20878. This is a very walkable community and one of the favorites for families being relocated...
By Karen Salmon, Okotoks Real Estate Agent
(Royal LePage Benchmark)
Comments 0
  Most sellers are a little nervous with anticipation when their home is sitting on the market.  What are buyers thinking? Is someone interested?  Will an offer be coming in?  Then out of the blue, a buyer’s agent comes calling with a low ball offer.  Less than flattering valuations of your prop...
By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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 View from balcony of upcoming listing  Not only was the weather hot this week, the real estate market in my little corner, was on fire as well!  All contingencies removed from this Charlemagne Int'l Properties listing! We listed, sold, removed contingencies, showed property and wrote offers duri...
By Patrick White, Put our 28 years experience and technolgy to work
(Home Driven Realty, Inc)
Comments 2
 Baldwin, New York Real Estate Trends-August 30 2015Baldwin New York Homes for SaleBaldwin, New York Real EstateBaldwin, New York 11510 The purchase or sale of Baldwin New York Real Estate maybe one of the largest financial decisions made. Having current information on Baldwin NY Homes for Sale, ...
By Patrick White, Put our 28 years experience and technolgy to work
(Home Driven Realty, Inc)
Comments 6
Baldwin Harbor, New York Real Estate Trends August 28 2015Baldwin Harbor NY Homes for SaleBaldwin Harbor, New York Real EstateBaldwin Harbor, New York 11510 The purchase or sale of Baldwin Harbor New York Real Estate maybe one of the largest financial decisions made. Having current information on...
By Patty Blackwelder, REALTOR-Buyer Specialist
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
Comments 2
 Potomac Shores Update for August 2015 As a local REALTOR and New Home Buyer Specialist, I always enjoy driving through Potomac Shores to see what is new.  I was at a final walk through for a buyer and checking on a newly poured foundation of another this week.  After I completed my appointment I...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
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It's been a busy week for our team with several clients interested in Roxborough Village Littleton Homes.Take a look at our team's newest listing: 7275 Turkey Rock Road Littleton, CO 80125 $335,000.00 Beds: 4    Fin SqFt: 2252 Baths: 3   Year: 2001   Acres:0.19 # Of Photos Avail: 31 V-Tour Availa...