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 Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 26
Is homeownership still the American Dream? Homeownership to the extent we know it in the United States is a uniquely American tradition and has long been referred to as the American Dream. So is homeownership still the American Dream? If you study the infographic below from KCM (Keeping Current M...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 7
Waterfront Home in Hernando Beach Florida Just Sold!by Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA, Tropic Shores RealtyThe buyers of this Hernando Beach waterfront home came to me in April of this year in their search of a home by the water and today they became the lucky owners of this canal front home!Avid boate...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 18
New On the Market Well Maintained Townhome, Cedaredge, COThis is a wonderful place to call home. It's been recently painted inside and outside. The carpet is newer and it has a metal roof. There's also a covered patio. The yard is nicely landscaped. Price $120,000Here's a list of the features: 2 ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 2
Custom or Production Builder? Ok, here is a test question to see if we are both on the same page? What type of restaurant do you like to eat at with your family? Do you frequent national chain restaurants or do you seek out the hard to find mom and pop places? If you are like me, I hunt for the d...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 4
Michael McGuffie is a new member of ActiveRain and he's a custom builder....this is a post that every real estate agent should read.  Buyer agents often direct their clients to production builders because the agent can deliver and disappear from the scene.  The custom builder has plenty to offer ...
By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
Comments 4
        $197,500.00 - 14787 Masterson Way, Magalia, CA 95954             Location: Magalia, CA Prepare to say "WOW!" This custom home is a beauty! Clean, low-maintenance landscaping creates a natural backdrop for easy living. The extensive decking will provide the perfect setting for enjoying th...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
Comments 1
Haven't you always wanted to live in a geodesic home in Gillette WY? Any time you have passed by 7500 Robin Drive in Gillette WY  I'm sure you thought, I really want to go and look at that home! Its not only a very cool house in shape, but it also has many benefits!!This home features over 1600 s...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
Comments 1
Come take a look at 4201 Dakota Ct in Gillette WY! This is a beautifully maintained, spacious 3 bed 2 bath home in quite cul-de-sac. It features main level living which is very desirable and convenient in a floor plan!Nice open cooks kitchen with plenty of storage! The master bedroom also has a  ...
By Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks
(Paradise Sharks )
Comments 0
 Median single family home price increases for the 5th straight month With Shark Week kicking off there are so many things we are looking forward to. But no doubt doing our monthly update of the median sales price for a single family home in Palm Beach Gardens and the neighboring communities is a...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 6
7311 N. Honore 1S Chicago IL 60626 Closed Sale $269,000Today my buyer client closed on the sale of 7311 N. Honore in the East Rogers Park area of Chicago IL. A three bedroom and 3 bathroom condominium. This updated but vintage 2000 Sq foot duplex down condo will make a great home and everyone was...
By Bobby Bryant
(iBuy Realty: Rethink. Real Estate.)
Comments 1
OPEN HOUSES in Pearland, Shadow Creek Ranch, Realtor-On-Duty Want to go looking at houses this weekend? How about touring OPEN HOUSES? Why not! This would be a great weekend to go out looking at what Pearland, Shadow Creek Ranch has to offer.   OPEN HOUSES in Pearland, Shadow Creek Ranch, Realtor...
By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Comments 2
Come home to this lovingly cared for Mediterranean close to the beach in Rio del Mar.  This well constructed home features a versatile floor plan and is situated on a quiet street in one the areas best neighborhoods. Just a few minutes stroll to miles of sandy beaches, this home boasts peaks of t...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 77
Purchasing a home for the very first time can be a joyous yet stressful event. Whether you've been a long time renter, or are a young millennial ready to spread your wings and fly out on your own, buying a home is a much more complicated process than searching properties on the Internet. Today's ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 0
Regal Classic Homes Building a home involves much more than picking a plan and finding the perfect location.  It is a journey, without the right guidance, expertise and commitment to the highest standards, it can be filled with stress, frustrations and runaway budgets.  Michael McGuffie, owner an...
By Debra B Albert, PA - Albert and Katona Real Estate Group - KW Port St. Lucie, FL, St Lucie MLS Home Search and Market Information
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
3/2 Golf and Lake View Coming Soon The final touches are being applied to a 3/2 home on Somerset located in St. James Golf Club.  The development was built by Princeton Homes, known for quality construction standards and customer service.St. James Golf Club is a gated community that is built at S...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 1
  The most recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) found that 85 percent of major metropolitan areas saw an increase in housing affordability in the first quarter of 2015."The past two quarters have seen an improvement in affordability as mo...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 5
602 East Greenway Drive, Tempe, AZ Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 05, Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2104 SQUARE FEET Fabulous Tempe location - Minutes from ASU, Airport, Shopping, Freeways buses & downtown - Mo...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 21
The Condo scene in Evanston is booming. One of the most popular areas we see people looking for property is the condos that are near the downtown area. You get everything within walking distance including the public transportation via the Metra and EL trains. You could be in downtown Chicago with...
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 23
Under Contract - Creekside at Saddle Rock - Aurora, CO  80016     This property was HOT, received multiple offers and a few sign calls.    One of the sign calls loved it, and I wrote the contract for them.    It was only a few days and the buyer changed their minds.   Back on the market, it was ...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 48
How Much Money Will I Save by Owning a home?There is a lot of debate about if you save money by owning a home. I see some Investment Pros argue that if you put all your housing money into other investments you would make more money. What these “Geniuses” never seem to consider is that you have to...