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 Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 7
CLOSED SALE at Boca Pointe La Corniche in Boca Raton FL  This gorgeous pool home on La Corniche Circle in the pet-friendly community of Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, Florida, closed last week. I represented the buyers.  This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 2-car garage and just under 2900 ...
By Melissa E. Spittel, Realtor, "Helping You Make The Right Move"
(Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty)
Comments 0
Manchester Farms is a popular neighborhood located in Manchester, Maryland. Manchester Farms has been constructed in multiple phases by Bob Ward Homes. The fifth and final phase, consisting of Starlight Court, is currently under construction. This final phase of Manchester Farms consists of 15 ho...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
With a fixed rate mortgage, the interest rate does not change for the term of the loan; the monthly payment is always the same. Typically, the shorter the loan period, the more attractive the interest rate will be. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage is the most popular type of loan when borrowers are ...
By Joy Bender, NAR Certified International Property Specialist
(Pacific Sotheby's)
Comments 3
Search Homes For Sale in La Jolla California The seaside resort of La Jolla known as the jewel by the sea, extends along 7 miles of sandstone cliffs and white sand coastline. Centered around a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the Village of La Jolla includes luxury homes, many high end boutique shops, fin...
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
The Celtic Connection Realty Team - We Take the High RoadSolutions Real Estate - Multi-Million Dollar Producers 2004-2015 Direct: 480-987-9322 Cell: 480-612-7968 Fax: 800-410-9607  To search for homes go to our web sites:http://www.QueenCreekRealEstateSolution.com   (includes San Tan Valley)http:...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
2853 Sunset View, Signal Hill, California Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE February 06, Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Market Update Video $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2710 SQUARE FEET Newer home...
By Ana Moniz, Broker Associate, "Excellence in Real Estate"
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 1
New Bergen County Home for Sale*NEW LISTING* – 774 Tiffany Ave in River Vale – Gorgeous Custom built home with 4,300 sq. ft of living space on a beautiful street in River Vale. Perfect for the extended family! Please join me for a Super Bowl Sunday Open House from 1-4pm!! Send your buyers!Welcome...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 1
Denver Foreclosures are in incredibly short supply. As the market continues to respond to the lack of available inventory, home buyers are required to make stronger and stronger offers on all types of Denver Homes. HUD helped us out a little by recently releasing a Green valley ranch Denver Home ...
By Ed & Tracy Oliva, Arizona Agents
(West USA Realty - Arizona)
Comments 9
13859 N SUNSET Drive Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Come and visit this home! SLIDESHOW VIEW A VIRTUAL TOUR SPECIAL FEATURES Price: $1,095,000 MLS Number: 5349828 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.5 Fountain Hills Sunridge Canyon Mountain Views Pool & Spa Guest Casita Large Master Suite 3 car garage with stora...
By J. Michael Manley
(J Michael Manley Team)
Comments 2
 400 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609 Homes for Sale in Greenville SC   New to market is this wonderful 3 beds, 1 bath home located just off of State Park Road in Greenville SC. This home has all the features you’d come to expect. Built with comfort in mind, this home for sale in Greenville ...
By Norma Skeete, REALTOR, GRI, SFR, SRES, Arlington VA Condos for S
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
6207 Everglades Drive, Alexandria, VA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE February 07, Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 1410 SQUARE FEET Renovated remodeled single family home rambler with a 10,500 square ft l...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 18
I looked up the mls and found 16 active listings of condos for sale in Warminster. on February 2, 2016There are 9 units  for sale in Meadow wood condos The lowest price is $40,500 for a studio apartment in Meadow wood. The highest price is $114,900 in Meadow Wood for a 2 bedroms,2 baths condo.The...
By Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX TerraSol)
Comments 3
By Angela Colley Ryan McVay/Getty Images Buying a house is a process. One where you’ll spend a lot of quality time with your Realtor®. One where you might even drive him or her a little … nuts. No, we’re not talking about that time you called after 10 p.m. because you saw a house online and had t...
By William Piotrowski
(Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation )
Comments 0
 5 Months from TRID launch -Where Are We Now Last October, the TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID) replaced the old TIL-GFE. Paperwork for the homebuyer was reduced, fees were itemized, and the forms were made easier to read so consumers could have a better understanding of the costs of ...
By Adam Crocker
(Elite Properties)
Comments 0
 Built into the way an Olympia home changes ownership is the institution of the appraisal report—the document which attempts to place a dollar value on the property in question. That word “attempts” is the key when it comes to appraisals. Although it would make life easier if Olympia appraisals c...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 3
Lake Lanier Million Dollar Homes | Luxury Lake Homes Lake Lanier million Dollar Luxury homes for sale.  Search MLS listings of waterfront estates, mansions and homes for sale on Lake Lanier in North Georgia.  Find luxury Lake Lanier homes for sale in the million dollar price range in Forsyth Coun...
By Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate
Comments 0
Everyone sooner or later wants a space of their own. A place that is truly theirs and where they can be king of their castle. For some that castle may be a private single home while others prefer to invest their money in a condo. When trying to decide whether a condo or a house is a better choice...
By Marty Snyder, SFR, Ohio Homes for Sale
(OwnerLand Realty)
Comments 2
With the current economic conditions, lease purchases and land contracts are very popular.Our advise, AVOID the immediate urge of buying a home if you cannot obtain a mortgage!We get at least 2-3 calls DAILY from people who are/were involved with trying to buy a home on a lease purchase only to d...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 50
The High of the Accepted Offer...Back to Reality! Once the excitement of the accepted offer wains down, it is time to get back to work.  I mean, now the real work begins.   Over the weekend, I wrote an offer with a first time home buyer.  We were able to get our offer accepted with a couple of co...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
Comments 3
 Look at the Impact of Different Interest Rates! Here's an example that shows how interest rates directly impact the cost of the home you can afford. As you can see .... Interest Rates GREATLY impact the end result in what home you may qualify for and even the slightest increase can hugely impact...