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 23
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 Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 3
1827 Bennigan Dr, #89 E, Hilliard OH 43026 PROPERTY DETAILS $142,500LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 215042986Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 2Partial Baths: 2Sq ft: 1392Style: CondoGarage: 2 CarHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2,716.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Fantastic 3 bedroom condo in Hilliard Village with 2 full baths,...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 14
Today my buyer client got a beautiful townhouse at 1829 Wilmette Ave #C Wilmette IL 60091 under contract. This is a very nice property that was on the market for $549,000. An end unit with 3 bedrooms and 4 bath rooms plus a half bath, an attached 2 car garage in a fantastic community. You hear me...
By Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert
(Keller Williams Towne Square Realty)
Comments 0
First Public Open House for this terrific newly listed home in popular Basking Ridge, NJ.  Priced at an attractive $595,000, 46 Cherry Lane will be open for viewing tomorrow, Sunday, February 14 from 1-4pm.  Please join me and if you are unable to come, but interested, call Jeanne 908-337-0943 fo...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
Comments 3
Stunning custom built, all Cedar home set on private, fully landscaped grounds in sought after Pocantico Hills School District. Large heated swimming pool w. natural stone water fall embedded in gorgeous speckled Granite stone works, multi level terraces, patios & decks w. matching wrought iron b...
By TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 10
    Home inspecting isn’t rocket science. For the most part, it’s just plain, o’l common, horse sense. If something I’m looking at doesn’t look right or isn’t functioning correctly . . . something is wrong! Some of the more problematic areas generally revolve around plumbing and electrical. Unhan...
By Robert Quesada, The 4EverTeam
(Mitchell Realty)
Comments 1
7550 Copper Cove, Converse, TX Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Courtesy of Lacy Padilla - Real Living Best Homes Realty $ Click for current price 6 BEDROOMS | 4 (4 full ) BATHROOMS | 2502 SQUARE FEET READY FOR MOVE IN! Home features living room co...
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 7
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 6
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 Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 9
Building Lot #15 is for sale on Oak Hill Blvd, in the beautiful Knollwood Park Villa's in Granger, Indiana. This is the very last lot available for purchase, the community of 86 homes on more than 41 acres has been sold out, except for this one...This nice 100 X 150 level lot is less than two blo...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 20
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 Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Waterfront Expert in Cape Coral FLA.
(Shore Line Realty 239-560-0726 )
Comments 0
 My Story - Successful in helping and supporting people My Passion - Improving peoples lives through real estateMy Support - Encouragement backed by knowledge My Tools - Best Technology in the Industry My Business Strategy-Always Putting People First My Goal -You reaching your goals, You're accom...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
Feel Free To Dream Big A wide variety of loan products and Jumbo loan alternatives to help you achieve both peace of mind and small mortgage payments. Let your dreams take flight! Call or email today to see how I can help you own a home of your own. Cell 480-233-3010 DylanJamesMTG@snmc.com For mo...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 3
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.There are 4 active listings at Knox court condos as of today, February 13,2016 T...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 3
Opening the front door with your own key and walking into your home for the first time is an incredible moment that you will remember forever.  If you and your family are people of faith, give thanks to God for making your dream possible.  Never take success for granted.  If ever there was a time...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 6
How Thick Will the Icing Beon YOUR Mortgage Cake?      I  write mortgage and real estate-related blogs.  But I READ a lot of mortgage/real estate blogs too ... and the subsequent comments made to them.      Often, another blogger's post or a comment left on mine will provide inspiration for my wr...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 2
A Great Home Buyers Tool, Minot Real Estate Minute Minot Real Estate Minute, A GREAT Buyers tool, Thermography smart phone apps that show the heat loss in a home as well as excessive moisture, and maybe even electrical problems. These are NOT free apps but they are well worth the money for a home...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 4
I get many clients that want a certain school district for their kids.  Some for academic reasons and some for sports.Finding the right home in the right school district can be a challenge.Minnesota schools has some open enrollment programs where you can live outside the district you want the kid...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 9
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. When the blazing sun is gone, When he nothing shines upon, Then you show ...
By Lana Bell, ONE Sotheby's Realty Sunny Isles Beach Branch
(ONE Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 1
  acqualina sunny islesWhen it comes to luxe condo towers, there are few things you cannot find. For example, in New York, you can find an “ice room,” where it actually snows inside, as well an apartment with a view of Carnegie Hall where the music has been piped into the water, allowing swimmers...