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 Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 33
Whether you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Los Angeles with its extremely low inventory, you will need to pay attention to the value of comps, or how the list price of a home is calculated. I am sure you have heard the term "comps" bandied about. Comps are comparison properties, and ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 25
A closet case or not? Defining the Bedroom.Wenatchee Home Inspections This comes up often in many forums and discussions. I even recently had a discussion with a very good builder I know.  Like so often I hear “Closet” attached to the defining a bedroom. Now I know many in the appraisal industry ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 52
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 June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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"Way to Stay" Socialsponsored by Live BaltimoreJoin Live Baltimore for a "Way to Stay" Social in Northeast Baltimore.Learn about various schools and education options for your school age children, mingle with parents of school age children and socialize with other families of school age children ...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 1
Hoolei Wailea Maui luxury Villa's Wailea Resort     Hoolei means to give a lei. a Hawaiian tradition of welcoming you to the Hawaiian Islands. Hoolei Wailea is part of a planned developement in Wailea Resort. Marty Quill, a local Maui Resident is the developer of Hoolei. There is over 30 acres of...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 10
Everybody knows that "cash is king" and that cash buyers have an edge in the real estate market.If you are planning on buying a house in Tallahassee in the coming months and you know you'll need to borrow money, does this mean you have to be at a disadvantage to the fortunate buyers who are curre...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 4
Dear TZ, I am buying a home and I'm getting a Home Inspection.  But the inspector said I need a termite inspector, radon test and a tank sweep.  Are those required?  Why do I need all that?Buyer Bill  ****** Dear Bill,In New Jersey it is not required to get a home inspection, but doing so is high...
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 1
 Don't get caught of guard! There are extra costs when making a home purchase.  There are closing expenses and how about the down payment and promogated expenses.  Each situation is different - so make sure you are covered. 13 Extra Costs to Be Aware of FREE DownloadWhether you're looking to buy ...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 5
 Does Buying a Home Mirror Falling in Love?  Some surveys are better than others, and I just happen to stumble on a survey I want to share that compares buying a home to falling in love. I always find surveys interesting, especially when the survey is about real estate. So, what happens when the ...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 5
OPEN HOUSE - A home for heart Day!! 2/14 ~ 12-2 p.m.  OPEN HOUSE, February 14, Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11006 Seven Pines Lane, Champlin, MN Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS (4 full) 4441 Square Feet Cus...
By George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
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 Lakeway Texas - Foreclosure with in-ground pool, hill country views, and limited lake views, being sold As-Is by VA (Veterans Administration). 2,842 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, pool, 2 car garage on an oversized 0.324-acre lot. Built in 1986. Slab foundation. Contemporary design with ope...
By Tamara Elliott-Deering
(Central Metro Realty)
Comments 0
 When your faced with a move, the first thing you need to decide is whether to rent vs. buy. Most advice about this decision focuses on the financial ramifications of buying vs. renting. For instance, currently the median price of rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,554 and the monthly payment (...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 2
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZHomes Currently for Sale in Red Mountain Ranch Homes Recently Sold in Red Mountain Ranch Red Mountain Ranch sits nestled in the far Northeast corner of the valley. The East Valley has been called perhaps the most 'liva...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 9
It sounds so funny but the tradition these days says that the Spring Real Estate Market starts the minute the football season is over. I think that is a little bit silly but it is all good. Whenever you think it is time to make change in your life, we have help for you. Below are direct links to ...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 0
There are $0 (zero) down payment homes for sale in the greater Phoenix metro area. Here are homes for sale in the Phoenix metro available for $0 Down by using a USDA loan. Others are available through other methods. 3 Ways to Buy a Home in Arizona for "Nothing" Down There are three primary method...
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 Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
Comments 4
11611 6th Ave Ocean, Marathon, Fl 33050 305-395-0814 Waking up refreshed in the morning with a smile on your face, it really does not matter if your first thought is devoted to your swim with dolphins, your new golfing record, the wonderful taste you gifted yourself at the restaurant by the boat ...
By Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434, Weichert Office 301-681-0550)
Comments 1
Silver Spring, Maryland Home For Sale15929 Mount Everest Ln Zip 20906Beautifully situated on 2.6 Acre Private Treed Lot List Price $679,900 This single-family, Colonial-style home in Silver Spring, Maryland boasts an open floor plan, generous living space, bright lighting and windows—and that’s n...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 13
I almost fell off my chair when my client uttered that phrase.  I had to do a double take and ask her to repeat it so that I was certain that I had heard it.  It was rephrased but the message was still there:  Like a car, one should never pay list price for a house.This initiated all manner of th...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
Bank Partnership Program What is the Bank Partnership Program? SecurityNational Mortgage (SNMC) has developed a partnership program with local banks in order to help expand the home loan products available to their members. Who can participate? Banks that have a net worth of at least $10 million ...