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 Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 22
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 Temple Schneider Callahan, Search Ventura County Homes For Sale CA
(Connect Real Estate - REALTOR / BROKER)
Comments 1
 Whether you’re buying a home that needs renovating, or just want to update the kitchen or floors before you move in - an FHA 203k loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration could be the ticket to your financing issues.   Although I am not a Loan Officer myself - I am a Real Estate Broker...
By Michael Brown
(Keller Williams Ballantyne)
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Are you looking for a home in the Marvin, NC 28173 area? Have you heard of Wyndham Hall? View all homes available for sale in Wyndham Hall Beautiful neighborhood in the Marvin/Waxhaw, NC 28173 area. Custom built homes with large 1+ acre lots. Prices range from $500,000 to $800,000 Public Schools ...
By Kim Dove, Realtor - Jacksonville FL
(Watson Realty Corp)
Comments 0
Saving money for a down payment to purchase a home in Jacksonville, FL is a hardship for many would be home buyers, due to skyrocketing rental rates. Fortunately, there are many options available to assist future home buyers in the form of down payment assistance programs.  For most of these prog...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
Comments 6
This 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’s open house page. Nap...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 10
www.regalclassichomes.com What Happened To The Coat Closet In My Florida Home? I don’t know what happened to the coat closet? It was probably some Architect’s great idea many years ago. Perhaps, the trend started in South Florida or Miami. After all, this is Florida who needs a coat? It wasn’t to...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 0
Relocating to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia? Check out our Furnished Model Homes This Weekend in Founders Pointe! Located just 10 minutes to historic Smithfield, andonly 10 minutes to I-664 (Harbour View) and the Peninsula. Discover Quality Custom Homes and Resort Style Amenites in this Awar...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 23
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...
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
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By Isabel Elsesser, North Metro Atlanta Real Estate Specialist
(First United Realty)
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If your tired of paying escalating rent year afer year.  Stop! With as little as 3.5 percent down of the purchase price you can own a home.The funds can come in the form of a gift from a family member.The funds can also come from a retirement savings plan such as a 401k.Down payment assistance is...
By Christine Bohn, Realtor, Gainesville FL
(RE/MAX Professionals)
Comments 1
Happy Buyers!  The Bohn Team with RE/MAX Professionals in Gainesville FL are so glad that everything went well for our most recent buying clients.  Happy buyers are proof of a job well done!Congratulations to Howard and Nancy Clayton on closing for their new home in the Turkey Creek Homes For Sal...
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 25
 Electrical Panel Location  Depending on what part of the Country, will depend on the location of the electrical panel.  Many times I have relocation families coming from the East, and they are ALWAYS shocked to see our electrical boxes are located on the outside of the home.    About 90% of the ...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 1
     The national rent average has steadily increased with demand and not just in U.S. major cities.  These increases aren’t in pace with the average renters’ incomes, meaning that a higher percentage of their income is allotted to housing.  In addition to this financial pressure, there are more...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 13
Most schools around the Country have already started the new school year.  So the impact schools have on a Buyer's decision of where to purchase a home has been on my mind, and how Schools Continue To Be A Major Considerations In Purchasing A Home.  The quality of schools in a town or city have a...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 9
   A while ago we had a call from an agent about a property we had listed...."Are you a Buyer's agent or a Seller's agent?" we asked.....She replied ..."I am the agent who wants the transaction closed successfully."   I loved her....and both Buyers and Sellers lived happily ever after.  You have ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Deer Lake Meadows, Deer Park, Illinois - August 2015 About Deer Lake Meadows Deer Lake Meadows is a subdivision of single family homes built in the 1980's. Deer Lake Meadows is located in Deer Park north of Long Grove Road and east of Ela Road. Average taxes in Deer Lake Meadows $15,729 Average ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
The Vintage, Spring Grove, Illinois - August 2015 About The Vintage The Vintage is a single family community built by Eagle Homes. The Vintage is located in Spring Grove, Illinois on Wilmot Road south of Route 173. Average taxes in The Vintage $8,410 Average association fees in The Vintage $158 ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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New on the Market, 432 Winding Bluff Way, Clarksville TN 37040 The seller has this Aspen Grove home clean, painted and show ready and waiting for you. This St. Bethlehem home is now on the market and a buyer needing 4 bedrooms is going to love it. It has hardwood floors in the entry foyer and for...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 5
Bambi (alright, perhaps Bambi's cousin) is one photo that I took at John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor Florida that I had to share.This is just one more reason why I love living in the Greater Palm Harbor Florida area of the sunshine state! We have the beaches, great parks, waterfront living, fanta...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Inverness on the Pond, Inverness, Illinois - August 2015 About Inverness on the Pond Inverness on the Pond is a single family home and town home community built by Hemphill Builders. Inverness on the Pond features 123 homes and 44 townhouses with floor plans ranging from 2,100- to 3,400 square f...