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 42
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 39
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 their...
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 31
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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 26
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 Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 18
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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 15
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 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 Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 2
When Hollywood comes to Washington D.C. there's a good chance they'll be filming in McLean VirginiaMcLean is home to diplomats, high ranking government officials and members of Congress. McLean Virginia is a short drive to the Central Intelligence Agency and downtown Washington D.C.Single family ...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 24
Village of Neshaminy Falls in North wales Montgomery  county is a 55plus, active adult community . The community has a outdoor swimming pool,social room, game room, exercise room, card room and lots of activities. It is located close to Montgomery mall.There are 7 active listings in Neshaminy Fal...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 12
My good friend Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 has a featured post.  I am impressed with it for its value, to us, for everything we do...not just searching for homes.  Well done Gayle.  Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG! Ten Tips to Owning Property   Why not? I've al...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 4
I think of Lafayette Park as the Crown Jewel of parks in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Encompassing 4 city blocks, it is perched on a knoll bordered by Washington and Sacramento Streets on the north and south, and Gough and Laguna on the east and west. This morning the mood o...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
Here are some suggestions to get your agent to love you as their special buyer and want to keep you as a client for life.  How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with Them It's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 14
When I work with buyers I suggest they drive by the house they are considering at different times of day to see how the sun rises and sets and to see the goings on in the neighborhood. But Pat Starnes suggests knocking on the neighbor's door to get even more information. It is not a bad idea if y...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
Comments 3
 Happy Valentine's DayThis is a weekly feature I will do every Saturday for those wanting info on open homes in the Napa Valley. If I can help you find the perfect property here in the Napa Valley, please contact me. For those wanting a map and more details, here is the link to the Napa Register’...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 12
Villas at shady Brook  is an active adult communty in Middletown township, in  Bucks county Pa. It offers resort style living and lots of activities at the clubhouse. There is an indoor heated pool, exercise room, card room, They also have an outdoor pool and tennis courts.I looked up the mls on ...
By Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co
(239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty )
Comments 4
Vineyards is one of the premier gated communities in Naples, Florida, and it all started with a family in the produce business. A couple of Italian brothers came to America in 1911 and built a produce business in Camden, New Jersey, which expanded to Southwest Florida when the sons fell in love w...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 2
Ungrounded receptacles and Washing Machines.East Wenatchee Home InspectionsWhen purchasing a home pre-1962(ish), it is most likely you will have an ungrounded electrical system. Fully grounded electrical systems will not be the norm till the early to mid-'60’s. It is interesting that in the very ...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently (waiting..) KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Homes is 80 Days with the average listing price for KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Homes being $207,774. The most expensive KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Home ...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 10 Huntington Hills Pickerington Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for Huntington Hills Pickerington Homes is 27 Days with the average listing price for Huntington Hills Pickerington Homes being $199,080. The most expensive Huntington Hills...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 86
It's human nature to be proud of our successes...and to use those in our marketing. Truthfully, who would really trust a broker who did nothing but talk about mistakes? Well, mistakes do happen and it's part of the reason to use me as your agent.Real estate has a lot of moving parts. As a real es...