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 Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 43
I have seen some really creative ways to run a dryer vent. We all know the dryer vent must discharge outdoors... right? Not into the garage, another room, the attic, it must be outdoors! Why? One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heatin...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 55
 I Want to Buy a House These are Magic Words  Magic words are spoken when I get a phone call and the person on the other end says " I want to buy a house "  What do I need to do  ? Most of the time people just want a price or they think we are just people who open up houses and show them  at thei...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
Newer home in California Crown built by Kaufman & Broad in 1992. This unique plan features vaulted ceilings upon entry to the step-down formal living room that flows into dining room. The large kitchen has lots of counter space, a center island and overlooks the lush backyard. A large breakfast ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 12
Happy Valentines day to everyone. What a great way to celebrate Valentines day with a champagne toast in your new home sold by Realtor Noah Seidenberg. This toast is to you and the smiles are my happy clients, a couple welcoming in the day. They wanted to clink the glasses with us today.Happy Val...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   JUST LISTED     Plan 2 Westgate on large corner lot   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Market Update Video       Lakewood Homes for Sale   3112 Andazola Court Lakewood, CA 90712   Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Curre...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with ThemIt's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. Those of us in real estate business love it when a buyer falls in love with a house and the excitement grows. What a great V...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
627 Roycroft Avenue, Long Beach, CA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE February 14, Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Market Update Video $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2610 SQUARE FEET We are proud to pr...
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 32
Under Contract - Lake of the Rockies - Monument CO 80132  It is wonderful when past clients call and say -- come on down and we have something to talk about!   They want to find a property with acreage and views somewhere rural.    We started the search, and after a couple of weeks I got another ...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 26
You Qualify to Buy the House, But Can you Afford It?  Here in Central Connecticut we are still in a buyer's market. This adds additional value for buyers, as there are homes that are within the upper reaches of their buying power that would be beyond them in a sellers market. This adds a temptati...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 3
  More and more frequently I am being contacted by baby boomers who are either thinking of downsizing or who are just embarking on an active search. Most are opting for condominium living while a few others are looking to reside in a small single family home. The few who are interested in a small...
By Dawn Workman, Camas Real Estate Expert, MBA, 480-540-8100
(Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC)
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        $520,000.00 - UPGRADED Camas Home!             Location: HIGHLY highly UPGRADED- Name a LUXURY, we've got it! This AMAZING home boasts 5 big bedrooms including 3 with private baths, 1 that is a HUGE BONUS ROOM, one that is an attached but SEPARATE CASITA + an OFFICE + technology area for...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 21
Spur Of The Moment Home BuyersWe've put a lot of effort into developing custom search pages for many subdivisions in our market.  Those pages place well in the search results and the good news is that means we get found by buyers.  And in most cases that's a pretty good thing.Some already have an...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 3
OPEN HOUSE Today! ~ 11006 Seven Pines Lane, Champlin! OPEN HOUSE, February 14, Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11006 Seven Pines Lane, Champlin, MN (see more photos here) More Champlin Open House's? Get the list of TODAY's OPEN HOUSES! Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools W...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
Comments 0
  Have You Outgrown Your Current Tooele Home? Here Are Five Easy Ways to Tell if It's Time to Upgrade  Your home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. But lately, your little corner of the world has been feeling cramped and you find yourself eyeing those larger new homes. I...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 2
How to Handle Offers and the Growing Count (Toronto Market 2016)The Toronto resale housing market is relatively “hot”. There is a shortage of supply, and quite a few “buyers” for every property.Offer DayFrom the perspective of the Listing Agent, this can present quite a challenge on “Offer Day”.F...
By Gordon Sloan, Salt Lake Homes For Sale, Salt Lake Real Estate
(Group1 Real Estate, selling houses in Salt Lake City Utah )
Comments 0
  If you are on the market & looking for homes for sale in Herriman Utah from $290,000, you have a pretty good selection. As of yesterday there were 122 houses and town homes listed on the MLS in Salt Lake Counties South Westernmost city. The average asking price for these houses is around the $4...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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Can You Get Out Of Your Lease?  Once someone gets the buy-a-home-bug, they are so excited! They want to get it done now...find the right place NOW, move NOW. That's normal. But often there are obstacles that still must be overcome to make that "NOW" happen. One of these speed bumps is a lease.So ...
By Gordon Sloan, Salt Lake Homes For Sale, Salt Lake Real Estate
(Group1 Real Estate, selling houses in Salt Lake City Utah )
Comments 1
  I had two calls this week, asking about  Herriman UT homes for sale on a Cul de Sac, (maybe that's in a Cul de Sac, I'm never sure). As you can imagine, both calls were from moms with small kids that were more concerned with safety than convenience.  They were a little embarrassed about being o...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 20
Knox Court condos at Heritage creek offer year round resort style living. People love to live there because of the 15,000 sq ft clubhouse that offers lots of activities.There is an indoor pool as well as outdoor pool.I looked up the mls for homes for sale in Knox court condos. There are 4 active ...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
Comments 1
 Search More Homes in Hidden Springs Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Home Value Featured Listings Search MORE Homes $ Click for current price4 BEDROOMS | 2821 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search Boise Idaho Homes Hidden Springs Boise Idaho What is My Home Value? Search Mobile Boise ...