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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 50
Home Buyer Tax BreaksTax season is here and many consumers are not completely aware of the home buyer tax deductions and breaks they may be entitled to. While we all need to pay our fair share of taxes, it is nice knowing we may get a refund  if we are able to itemize and claim some of the homeow...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 1
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 Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 22
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 Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 51
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 Yuliya Kachko, Luxury Estate Agent in Sunny Isles Beach, Miami
(Yuliya Kachko - ONE Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 1
Miami, FL – February 06, 2016 – If perhaps large , luxurious resort style of living is in your future then you don't need to look beyond the Turnberry Ocean Club , Sunny Isles Florida’s latest high end condominium complex . Turnberry Ocean Club is simply the most luxurious tower that Turnberry As...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 14
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 Ernie Gonzales, Keller Williams Henderson/Las Vegas
(The Gonzales Team at Keller Williams Southern Nevada )
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   For the last 16 years I have worked in the local Henderson real estate market everyday and today I had a huge AHA moment. We as agents who do the sales process every day in and out and can change our business practices with the shifts without missing a beat. This includes the new unusual conti...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
Comments 0
In a recent interview for “Housing News Report”, Jonathan Smoke – Chief Economist at Realtor.com – says that, “2016 will be our best year since 2006, but also our most normal year since 2000. We’ve lived through 15 years of abnormal trends, and after working off the negative effects of the housin...
By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
Comments 0
 Every One was telling us how much better the Panthers were and how they would dominate the game. I was hoping for one last win for Payton so he could get the monkey off his back and go out in style.....He Did!     Homes For Sale in Ventura County MAP VIEW Buy Sell Market Insider About Switch to ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 8
Over hill over dale, we will hit the golfing trail...  ...as those fairways keep rolling along! What an amazing day for a round of golf. Temps in the high 50s, plenty of sunshine and greens just begging to be played. Sand Hollow Golf Resort in Hurricane, Utah is just the place to book a tee time....
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 0
 Does Buying a Home Mirror Falling in Love?  Some surveys are better than others, and I just happen to stumble on a survey I want to share that compares buying a home to falling in love. I always find surveys interesting, especially when the survey is about real estate. So, what happens when the ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 8
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   BACK ON MARKET !     This Beauty is Back on the Market !   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure       Search All Homes For Sale   616 N Hartwell Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186-5025   Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Current Pri...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 2
When it comes to financing a house purchase, real estate inspections can be a critical part of the process.Imagine finding out that the loan you thought "was a lock" all of the sudden was not available (without spending more money) due to a condition on the property that was found during your ins...
By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 3
5 Reason now is the time to buy a home according to a top economist.Ted Jones, Stewart Title's Chief Economist, says now is inarguably the right time to buy a home.... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE  The Celtic Connection Realty Team - We Take the High RoadSolutions Real Estate - Multi-Million Dollar Pr...
By Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 7
Testimonial - Boca Pointe in Boca Raton FL Elyse Berman is a dedicated professional who takes the time to understand her clients' needs and works tirelessly to meet their goals.  She knows her market and shares her expertise which was a real plus coming from out of state. Elyse's sincerity and po...
By Marcus Rice, Richmond & Northern VA REALTOR/Principal Broker, CEO/Owner, CDPE, RAR, FAAR, BBB
(Equity First Realty )
Comments 0
Virginia Firefighter Home Buying Program - Homes For Heroes If you are former or active military, law enforcement, firefighters, health care providers, first responders, and/or teachers there are home buying and home selling savings programs just for you! The two programs Virginia Hometown Hero a...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 16
A Buyer asked if they really needed a Buyer Broker or if they can just hire an Attorney to purchase a home in the Manchester NH area? This first time Buyer was looking to save all the money they could when inquiring about a Home For Sale? I asked them why they would not want to have someone look...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
  Buyers sometimes have long lists of things ...from the location to the lot size, number of bedrooms, style, updates, etc. on their wish lists when they begin their home search. Some items are more realistic than others...and some are just that...wishes.    We always work with Buyers as a Buyer...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 6
It sounds so funny but the tradition these days says that the Spring Real Estate Market starts the minute the football season is over. I think that is a little bit silly but it is all good. Whenever you think it is time to make change in your life, we have help for you. Below are direct links to ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 18
How many agents can a Buyer hire to help them buy a home? Well i can tell you 1 buyer who hired 4 of them. I got 4 calls from 4 different agents on my Manchester NH area new listing. Turned out it was all for the same buyer who hired 4 agents without any of them knowing they were not the only on...