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 Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 101
Looking for a Sweetheart Deal? With the many news outlets sharing our current real estate market, a strong sellers’ market, I’m always surprised at the number of home buyers who submit low-ball Offers these days!  After a conversation last week with a buyer who is coming into town later this mont...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 39
Buyers with Agents, But No RepresentationWhen someone is looking to buy or sell a home, usually the first person they go to is an agent that helped them previously.  If they have never bought or sold before, maybe they reach out to friends and family for a recommendation.  Or, they can look to th...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
Late Winter Pool ClauseHere is a late winter pool clause for Buyers. The pool right now is closed and no ine=spection can be done. It's not a worthless pool. The Buyer is actually paying extra money.So, consider something like the following: Pool ClauseThe parties agree that the swimming pool sha...

By Tim Stoll, Experience.Trust.Results.
(Keller Williams Urban Dallas)
Comments 0
Despite rising prices and higher mortgage rates, an analysis of homes sold during the final quarter of 2016 found that 59.9 percent of both new and existing homes were affordable to a family earning the median income of $65,700. The numbers – from the National Association of Home Builders Housing...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 19
The harsh truth about bargain hunting for Los Angeles fixer homes: advice to beginners...Most of you will agree with me, that all home buyers want, is to get a good value when purchasing their home. This is not just the Los Angeles home buyer’s phenomenon, it is prevalent all around the country.S...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Chicago Ridge Train Station, Chicago Ridge, Illinois - February 2017There are currently 63 homes for sale within 1 mile of the Chicago Ridge station, including 27 single family homes and 26 condos/townhomes. The Chicago Ridge train station is part of the SouthWest Service (SWS) line. Average tax...

By Dimitri Zubrich, Friendly real estate agent in Westerville
(RE/MAX Impact)
Comments 3
When a person drives through Westerville, he or she may have a hard time realizing how much this city has grown. Westerville has a population close to 40,000 people, and yet only 30 years ago, it was approximately half that size and considered a small town. This part of Franklin County is booming...

By Todd Picconi, Your #1 Choice for Rancho Cucamonga Real Estate
Comments 6
#condo #townhome #buying #homeselling#housingassistancecalifornia #buyingincalifornia #realestate #southerncalifornia #realtor #ontario #ranchocucamonga #fontana #upland #sandimas #laverne #claremont  Good Morning! Interested in FREE MONEY?  California Association of Realtors (CAR) has a grant th...

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
 Our weather seems like it is already April or May, we have seen temperatures in the high 50's and into the 80's.   The bulbs are popping up everywhere, bushes are budding and so are some of the trees.    Mother Nature --- it is FEBRUARY in Colorado, and we should be seeing snow still.   We have ...

By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
Comments 4
3518 High Bluff Drive, Largo, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2097 SQUARE FEET Desirable Harbor Hills is the setting for this beautifully remodeled home. This impressive...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 51
Cooperative Buyers Have Real Estate Agents that Love ThemIt's Valentine's Day Week and there is talk about what to get that special someone. What comes to mind are those special home buyers and the attributes that make them so endearing and enjoyable to work with.We that are in the real estate bu...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
Comments 1
Are you planning to buy a new home in Auburn, AL this year? Unless you’ve recently won the lottery or can otherwise afford to pay in cash, it’s probably time to start thinking about how to prepare your credit for an upcoming mortgage application.The condition of your credit reports and scores is ...

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 0
The Impact of Homeownership on Civic Involvement The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans: “Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy an...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Concord at City Center, Chicago, Illinois - February 2017 About Concord at City Center Concord at City Center is a condominium building located at 208 W Washington, Chicago, IL. This residential building is positioned in the center of Chicago's downtown Loop, on the corner of Washington and Well...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 4
1078 Farrington Dr, Westerville OH 43081 OPEN SUNDAY FEB 19 - 1 to 3 PM   PROPERTY DETAILS $350,000 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 217004137Bedrooms: 4Full Baths: 3Sq ft: 3,184Lot Size: 80 x 125Style: 2 StoryGarage: 2 CarHeat Source: GasTaxes: $7,665 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Beautifully landscaped 2-story...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
City Center Club, Chicago, Illinois - February 2017 About City Center Club City Center Club is a condo building in the downtown loop area in Chicago, Illinois. City Center Club is located at 212 W Washington Street. Amenities include a fitness center and doorman. Average taxes in City Center Clu...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 0
Closing and Title CostsIt’s the big day.The day you go to the title or escrow company, sign your name on the dotted line, hand over a check and prepare to take ownership of your new home.It’s also the day that you and the seller will pay “closing” or settlement costs, an accumulation of separate ...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 6
Narragansett Home Buyers Searching to Live Here  In the middle of winter and in the heart of RI near the ocean the weather is milder.  It definitely is amazing to see the snow melt and the grass come through...squirrels foraging for food and the birds being songstresses.  Even the horsemen are ou...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 0
Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, Are vacationing homebuyers cause the listing shortage? A Capital Economics economist says nearly 1 million homes are now held vacant for "personal reasons" - an increase from just under 800,000 in 2012. Read more.   Are you paying too much in Prop...

By Eagle Ridge Real Estate Agents, Representing Buyers and Sellers in Eagle Ridge
(Eagle Ridge Realty)
Comments 0
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