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 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...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Comments 0
1112 Wiconisco Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$225,000 MLS #PM-31775 Click here for more on this Spacious home ----->Spacious Contemporary home in amenity-filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home has all the space you need with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living & dining room with sliders t...
By David & Lisa Webber, www.webberteam.com
(RE/MAX Executive)
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 We received this from a mortgage lender this morning and thought you might find it helpful!  Credit goes to MGIC for creating the infographic and helping us understand more about credit.  MGIC is a mortgage insurance company and if you need mortgage insurance, that rate is going to be based on t...
By Temple Schneider Callahan, Search Ventura County Homes For Sale CA
(Connect Real Estate - REALTOR / BROKER)
Comments 0
 [Buyer's Agent's please don't hate me]  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that using a buyer's agent is not always ideal, all the time.  In some circumstances, such as a multiple offer situation, the easiest way to get favor with the seller is to make your best offer with the seller's a...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 64
What Is An Off the Grid Property?In my area you often see off the grid properties listed for sale. When you work and live around them, you tend to take for granted that everyone knows what this means, but that's not always the case.Simply put...an off the grid property doesn't rely on public util...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 3
 Your Home is Your Castle…  It does not matter whether you rent or own- your home is your castle. Not only is your home where you create precious memories, but also, it provides much-needed protection. But how do you know whether renting a home or buying a home is best for you?  Knowing whether o...
By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
Comments 0
Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®        Oxnard REO Coming To Market          What Is My Home Worth?  Weekly Mortgage Rate Update Most of the economic data released     over the past week fell short of     expectations. However, strong wage   growth in Friday's employment report   offset some of the weak...
By George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
 Austin Texas - Highly sought after northwest Austin neighborhood and street. In-ground swimming pool. Level 0.2069-acre lot. Backyard oasis with covered patio. 4 sides brick. Formal dining room. Fireplace. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, 2,507 square feet, 3 living rooms: 1) family room, 2)...
By Steve Houck Realtor-Broker/Owner Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Associate
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
Comments 3
People, in general, are obsessed with square footage numbers. And why not? Appraisers go by dollars per square foot, as do we Realtors and mortgage companies. If 2 homes are in the same neighborhood, built at the same time and have the same square footage, even if one has 25,000 more upgrades, ch...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Comments 1
1124 THUNDER LN, Pocono Summit, PA 18346 $10,500 MLS #PM-31770  Click here for more on this Stillwater Lot ---->Building lot of 0.26 acres. No studies have been completed. Use your own builder or we can help you find a builder.Stillwater Estates is a private Pocono lake community with a lake, be...
By Marcus Rice, Richmond & Northern VA REALTOR/Principal Broker, CEO/Owner, CDPE, RAR, FAAR, BBB
(Equity First Realty )
Comments 0
If you are former or active military, law enforcement, firefighters, health care providers, first responders, and/or teachers there are home buying and home selling savings programs just for you! The two programs Virginia Hometown Hero and Military Appreciation home savings programs will suit you...
By Debra B Albert PA - "Ron and Debbie Albert" KW Port St Lucie, FL 34986, Ron and Debbie Make The Most of Your Move
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
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By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 1
Scottsdale is one of the top 10 cities to live in the US! Here are 3+ garage homes with a pool for sale in Scottsdale with pictures, prices and maps. Scottsdale, Arizona is ranked as one of the top 10 cities to live, "foodie" cities and safest cities in the US by independent national studies! For...
By Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes
(At Home Kansas / www.AskRobLang.com)
Comments 0
Running Ridge Road Lawrence Kansas is located in 66049 (Northwest Lawrence KS).  It is about halfway between Monterey Way on the West and Kasold Dr on the east. Running Ridge Road homes are located in FALL CREEK FARMS.  Click on Fall Creek Farms homes for sale Lawrence KS if you are looking for p...
(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 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 Monique Bryher, MSPH, Broker-Associate - Physician Relocation Housing
(Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc.)
Comments 0
For people who are on the fence as to whether to continue renting or to purchase, I say this: make the leap and buy a house or condo - while you still can. There is a huge demand for housing in Los Angeles right now and interest rates are at historically low values.What about the next bubble?Fift...
By Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA
(http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com)
Comments 0
Homes For Sale In Falmouth MA - Open This Weekend - Feb 6 & 7 2016If you'd like a list of homes for sale in Falmouth, MA that are open this weekend, here it is. There are around 40 Open Houses in Falmouth, in spite of the Super Bowl. Some of the available properties are new listings and some have...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
Comments 1
 Another Midwood One Bedroom Co-op For Sale - Listed by Fillmore Real Estate Ave J Br One Bedroom co-op with patio  for sale Midwood Brooklyn $195,000Avenue K & Ocean Ave  Fillmore Real Estate Ave J Br - just listed this spacious co-op for sale in Midwood Brooklyn- this Brooklyn co-op for sale fe...