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 Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque
(eXp Realty)
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Here's an excellent post by Albuquerque home inspector Fred Herndon. This is certainly a home feature that I look for on older homes in Los Ranchos and elsewhere.  I did an Inspection the other day in the Los Ranchos, it's an extension of the Albuquerque area. This home was built in 2000 and is p...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 43
Insurance Companies Are Tougher on Homeowners Insurance What a difference 10 years makes in real estate and in home insurance.  In RI real estate we have so much waterfront or near waterfront that insurance companies can have stringent restrictions on whether they insure in an area or not for hom...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 59
    Today’s hot real estate market often finds new home shoppers going to the on-site agent to purchase their new home in attempts to save having to pay commission fees. Of course, the on-site agent gets paid by the builder/developer and they will do their best to steer folks away from getting a ...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 1
Anthem Homes for Sale - Henderson NV 89044 and 89052 - November 27, 2015Anthem offers a great selection of homes in one of Henderson Nevada's most desirable master planned communities. The development has regular, gated, guard-gated and active adult neighborhoods, plus some fantastic golf courses...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 2
These web pages are provided as a public service for home buyers, sellers and residents in the North/Central New Jersey. Click on County Page for all towns. If you are interested in other communities please contact us, and we will be happy to obtain the information for you and send it to you. Cl...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
Comments 1
Friendly Reminder:Next week the "End of the Month Sales Data" will  be posted for the month of November. Are you looking to buy a home in either Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Naples or the Peninsula in Long Beach, CA? If so you have found the Friday Night Home Listing Report for these neighborhood...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 29
What Happens to the Earnest Money I Submitted with my Offer? Is the check cashed? Where does the money go? Do I get it back at closing?These are valid questions that buyers ask when purchasing a new home. Where DOES the earnest money go?Earnest money is offered to show the seller you are a SERIOU...
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 15
Finding the Right Moving Company     Part of buying or selling a home involves moving, and if you are thinking of hiring a moving company, there are things you should check into prior to signing on the dotted line if you plan to get from House A to House B with all of your belongings! Check HERE...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 2
New Home Construction Neighborhoods now enjoying robust sales in: Bristol Sylvan Meadows Elkhart Concord GrandviewHidden Meadow ReservesSandy CreekSimonton at the CrossingStoneybrook ShoresTimberstoneWestleaf ManorWoodfield Villa's Goshen Fieldstone CrossingSongbird MeadowsWestoria Middlebury Ced...
By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
Comments 2
5432 Island Avenue, Seminole, FL Just Listed Property Video Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2128 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work What is Your Home Worth? Pre...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 22
Here in Washington, we have seen the rapid gentrification of some formerly funky neighborhoods.  And in some never funky areas, there has been a lot of new development.Every parking lot becomes the site of a new "luxury" condo building.  Any lovely old Victorian townhomes coming on the market are...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
Comments 1
You’re about to make an offer on a home. Then, to your despair, you find out that three other offers have also come in for the same property.Be careful. It’s all too easy to get swept up in the excitement and, like a hand raised one too many times at an auction, end up paying more for the home th...
By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
Comments 2
6131 51st Street South, St Petersburg, FL Property Video Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 4 (2 full, 2 half ) BATHROOMS | 2578 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! St Petersburg Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You...
By TANIA MICHAELS, Local roots. A breadth of experience.
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace One)
Comments 2
South Summerlin Las Vegas, NV - Tania Michaels has listed a South Summerlin home for sale in the Mesa Village located at 5607 Beckett Hill Court, Las Vegas NV 89135.  As most former models are, this 2011 former Richmond American Homes model is set on top of one of the best lots in the Amado neigh...
NEW PRICE $155,000 Chain of Lakes Private Access..........Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home 21 E BAY AVE, YALAHA, FL 34797             Chain of Lakes Private Access..........Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home on a double lot with newer roof shingles features a split bedroom floor plan, a living room, a ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 6
Exterior Lights at Doors for residential homes- A little history.As a home inspector I know that often things are missed or not done because of various reasons, some of it just human error some of it is you don’t know what you don’t know.  In a recent conversation with a specific organization I d...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 2
What are the reasons NOT to get your hopes up too high in the beginning of the escrow? Many transactions “fall out” of escrow and you may be disappointed So you can make a good business decision to cancel your contract if needed Keep a backup plan for the other houses you liked Many transactions ...
By Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
Comments 4
There are some great areas in Henderson Nevada that would be ideal to build a custom home.Whether your looking for a lot way up on a bluff overlooking the Las Vegas lights and Strip, Vegas Bob can help you find that perfect place in Henderson. There are some 1/2 acre lots all the way up to 5 acr...
By Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
Comments 4
One of the most beautiful places around the Las Vegas Valley has to be Red Rock Canyon around Summerlin in Las Vegas Nevada.And now is your chance to own a piece of Red Rock Canyon before it's gone! Vegas Bob has been hiking around the Red Rock Canyon now for over 20 years and it is one of his f...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 9
Four Bedroom Homes for Sale Cedaredge Nov 2015 Real Estate InformationThis real estate market report covers the four bedroom homes listed for sale in the local multiple listing service, (MLS). While there may not be many four bedroom homes on the market, there is a wide variety of them. This repo...