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 Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 83
Looking for a Sweetheart Deal? With the many news outlets sharing our current real estate market, a strong sellers’ market, I’m always surprised at the number of home buyers who submit low-ball Offers these days!  After a conversation last week with a buyer who is coming into town later this mont...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 39
Buyers with Agents, But No RepresentationWhen someone is looking to buy or sell a home, usually the first person they go to is an agent that helped them previously.  If they have never bought or sold before, maybe they reach out to friends and family for a recommendation.  Or, they can look to th...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 19
The harsh truth about bargain hunting for Los Angeles fixer homes: advice to beginners...Most of you will agree with me, that all home buyers want, is to get a good value when purchasing their home. This is not just the Los Angeles home buyer’s phenomenon, it is prevalent all around the country.S...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
Late Winter Pool ClauseHere is a late winter pool clause for Buyers. The pool right now is closed and no ine=spection can be done. It's not a worthless pool. The Buyer is actually paying extra money.So, consider something like the following: Pool ClauseThe parties agree that the swimming pool sha...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Chicago Ridge Train Station, Chicago Ridge, Illinois - February 2017There are currently 63 homes for sale within 1 mile of the Chicago Ridge station, including 27 single family homes and 26 condos/townhomes. The Chicago Ridge train station is part of the SouthWest Service (SWS) line. Average tax...

By Dimitri Zubrich, Friendly real estate agent in Westerville
(RE/MAX Impact)
Comments 3
When a person drives through Westerville, he or she may have a hard time realizing how much this city has grown. Westerville has a population close to 40,000 people, and yet only 30 years ago, it was approximately half that size and considered a small town. This part of Franklin County is booming...

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 22
 Our weather seems like it is already April or May, we have seen temperatures in the high 50's and into the 80's.   The bulbs are popping up everywhere, bushes are budding and so are some of the trees.    Mother Nature --- it is FEBRUARY in Colorado, and we should be seeing snow still.   We have ...

By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
Comments 4
3518 High Bluff Drive, Largo, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2097 SQUARE FEET Desirable Harbor Hills is the setting for this beautifully remodeled home. This impressive...

By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Elite Pacific Properties Maui)
Comments 18
Life on Haiku Maui is not so bad.  It is the tropical side of the island, so we get more rain than say Wailea which is desert.  We been having pristine weather lately, sunny with Kona Winds blowing which is perfect for Haiku.  I love spending time in my yard with my wife and dogs,  Last Sunday wa...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
Comments 1
Are you planning to buy a new home in Auburn, AL this year? Unless you’ve recently won the lottery or can otherwise afford to pay in cash, it’s probably time to start thinking about how to prepare your credit for an upcoming mortgage application.The condition of your credit reports and scores is ...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 2
House Scooped From Under My Clients (Ontario)Question:I am acting on behalf of a Buyer. We came across a property and based on others that we had seen, this was a strong candidate. We booked an appointment this afternoon to show the new listing. I was told that there was one Offer that would be p...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 0
Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, Are vacationing homebuyers cause the listing shortage? A Capital Economics economist says nearly 1 million homes are now held vacant for "personal reasons" - an increase from just under 800,000 in 2012. Read more.   Are you paying too much in Prop...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 10
Modern Homes in Whitewing, Gilbert, AZ Who Should I Call For A Market Analysis of My Gilbert AZ home? For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ Whitewing Homes Currently for Sale Whitewing Homes Recently Sold Whitewing is another name synonymous with luxury i...

By Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale
(Realty ONE Group)
Comments 11
 Thursday, February 9, 2017 If it's Not Supply and Demand Why are Homes Overpriced in Las Vegas Nevada?     If it's Not Supply and Demand Why are Homes Overpriced in Las Vegas Nevada?   There are approx 100+ new home communities in the Las Vegas and Henderson area in Nevada, with hundreds of thou...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
Comments 1
JUST LISTED!! 252 LIVE OAK LN, Starkville, MS 39759 MLS #17-366 $263,900 252 LIVE OAK LN, Starkville, MS 39759 Three Bedroom, Two Bathroom Features a Custom Kitchen, Formal Dining Room, Breakfast Area, Laundry w/Built In Mudroom Cubby ~ Custom Kitchen Offers Hop-Up Bar, Stainless Appliances, Ampl...

By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market
(Home Jane Realty)
Comments 8
You are buying a home in Los Angeles and are looking for that ever elusive deal. I hear it all the time. No matter the market everyone likes to think they are getting one. And in any market remember that the seller’s goal is the opposite. They want to net as much money as they can. The buyer is ...

By Stephanie & John Webb, Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC
(Latte Stone Realty LLC)
Comments 0
11 Acres, 900 SF, Perimeter Fence around the whole property! Cross fenced with horse shelter, hay shed with water and electric, Great Views! Overview Maps Photos Features $100,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 Full Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 900 sqftLot: 11.00 acre(s)Year Built: 1978...

By Chris Eckert, Your Mid-Peninsula Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
Welcome Home! 807 Wharfside Road, San Mateo  Open House Today- Sunday, Feb. 19th, 1-4PM  Waterfront living at its best!  807 Wharfside Road Virtual TourFootsteps from your home. How lovely is this!You'll LOVE this 2-story home located on the San Mateo Marina Lagoon! 3 bedroom's, 2.5 bathroom's, f...

By Treasure Coast Real Estate- Homes & News, Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292
(BEX Realty Treasure Coast)
Comments 0
                 Beat out other Buyers to Great Golf Homes in St. Lucie WestReceive Priority Access To ALL New Listings That Match Your Home Buying CriteriaHere's how it works...Our Exclusive Buyer Profile System saves you Time and Money. Simply tell us what you're looking for and get priority ac...

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 0
Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (30%), vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-price...