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 Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Are you still renting a home or apartment for yourself or your family? If so, you're losing money. Here is just three ways you lose money by renting:  You're paying for someone else's mortgage payment. You're missing out on the appreciation that the property gives to the landlord. Appreciation is...
By Karen Johnson, ABR, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
Comments 4
  Open House 7/24 from 1-3 at 3225 Whisper Lane, Furlong, PA 18925   3225 Whisper LaneFurlong, PA 18925$389,900 -- Just Listed! Open House -- 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.     All Photos and Virtual Tour   Townhouse for sale in Furlong, PA for $389,900 with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, 1 half bath. This 1,93...
By Norma Skeete, ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
Cameron Station Condos For Sale 1 Bedroom Condo located at 400 Cameron Station Boulevard #126, Alexandria, VA OPEN HOUSE: July 24, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM LOCATION: 400 Cameron Station Boulevard #126, Alexandria, VA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score $ ...
By Vining Group Realty, Charlotte, NC and beyond real estate experts!
(Vining Group Realty)
Comments 3
MLS: 3198493Windswept Cove2638 Windswept Cove, York SC 29745 (Click address for additional pictures)Listing price: $800,0004 bed/3 bath, 3073 square feet (First Floor 2174sqft and Second Floor 899sqft)Boat House/Cabana (902sqft), Attached Garage (1123sqft), Deck (1058sqft), Floating Dock/Deck (16...
By Vining Group Realty, Charlotte, NC and beyond real estate experts!
(Vining Group Realty)
Comments 2
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, July 24th from 2-4pmMLS: 31879443329 Anson Street, Charlotte, NC 28209 (Click for more pictures)3 bed/2.5 bath, 2001 square feetListing price: $439,900Description:Nestled amongst of canopy of trees, this charming and fully renovated Sedgefield bungalow is move-in ready. Open f...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
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SEE WEEKEND PRICE ON OUR WEBSITE!! Summerville Rent to Own Home _ 4Bd, 2.5 Ba (131 Boone Street) $975 / 4br - 1317ft2 - image 1 of 6 >     No Bank Qualifying Rent to Own Own !! 4Bd / 2.5Ba / 1317SqftOpen Floor Plan - Two Level Duplex HomeMaster Suite Level One Laundry Connections on site, Off-st...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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Once again the housing Market in North Branch is heating up again.Part of the summer sales had slowed a bit, but in the last week the phones are ringing again.It is also the same old story...not many homes to look at.If you are looking to get moved before school, a phone call to me would be a goo...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
Comments 5
 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.   N...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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When I ask Buyers about a home inspection.  Many say no.I explain that insect can cause damage you can't see.I have first hand knowledge of that.At my cabin, I was residing the screen house we use to get away from the bugs.I knew we had some ants, it is all sand and perfect for them.But, when I t...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 1
Half -Way House Disclosure in OntarioQuestion:There is a half-way house located across the street and down by about 8 houses from the subject property. Does the Listing Agent have to disclose this?Answer:Yes and No. The Listing Agent has to determine, verify and disclose the material facts. But, ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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There is a nice selection of four bedroom homes for sale in Delta, CO. There are homes in and out of town...on a city lot, smaller acreage and larger acreage parcels. This report will include all of the four bedroom homes listed for sale in the local MLS in the 81416 zip code.  At this time there...
By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 4
Open House Sunday July 24, 2016 1-4 PM  Beautiful Newer Home in Oak Place Overview Maps Photos Features Market Stats IDX Search $769,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 2,216 sqftLot: 6,500 sqftYear Built: 2015MLS #: ML81565687 Location 100 Shire StreetGilroy...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 1
Why is the Gilbert, Az  housing market so hot?  985 W Juanita Ave, Gilbert Az 85233 Looking for a great home in Gilbert, look no further than 985 W Juanita Dr.  This great 4 bedroom, single home has a 3 car garage and posts a split split floor plan, PLUS a Den PLUS a bonus room perfect for hobbie...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 80
Lots of people seem to be asking the question ~ "Should I buy a home now or wait another year? And if I wait will it cost me more to buy?"  What does the cost of waiting actually mean? The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 11
"Can I write a secondary offer ? " asked the Too Late Buyer. In a market that is experiencing Thinventory...that may be a question asked of listing agents. Maybe the Buyer just started looking for a home...maybe there was a thought that "sleeping on it" would give some clarity to having this be t...
By Emily Medvec, Associate Broker Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM
(Keller Williams Santa Fe)
Comments 2
Are you one of the many Millennials (born between 1981 - 1997) wondering if you should buy a home? Look at this Infographic and discover the cost of waiting. The Cost of Waiting to Buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 5
 Open House Sunday July 24 from 11 to 2   714 E Forest Hills Dr Phoenix AZ 85022 Directions: Thunderbird Road & 7th Street. From Thunderbird go North to Acoma then go East. Go North on 1st Street to Home on Corner.  714 E Forest Hills Dr PHX AZ 85022 Open Sunday July 23 from 11 to 2   Moon Valley...
By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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Closing Cost Options That Help Buy or Sell a Home          The accumulation of a Down Payment is often a First-Time Homebuyer's  primary focus once the decision to buy has been made.  Monetarily and mentally, the down payment becomes the one central goal they focus on ...       So when I raise qu...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting was viewed as negative for U.S. mortgage rates. The economic data released this week had little impact. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week a little higher. Some investors were disappointed by Thursday's decision by the ECB to make no change i...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert
(The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948))
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Door County Waterfront Properties for Sale: Sizzling Deals.    Today, it's truly cooler by the Lake:  Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin  was a comfortable 74 degrees on the shore at noon, and when hen I got back to my office on the shore in Sister Bay it was a sticky 85 degrees at 1 p.m. when I got back ...