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!

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By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 29
Do you believe it? Lockbox on the front door, home is empty, go and see anytime? My thought was, maybe in May when this snow melts? Yes this is what it is like to show a home in the middle of winter here in Manchester NH. Well not every home, just the ones that the listing agent does not seem to...

By Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, REALTOR® - Tampa Bay/Wesley Chapel
(Charles Rutenberg Realty - www.WesleyChapel4u.com)
Comments 0
Wesley Chapel Florida Homes for Sale January 19th 2018Currently, there are 304 single family homes for sale in the 3 Wesley Chapel, Florida zip codes (33543,33544,33545).  In the past 30 days there have been122 single family homes SOLD in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Please let me know if you have any...

By Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Comments 7
Five weeks ago Darryl and Elisa flew to Jackson International Airport to buy a house, but because it was snowing heavily, the second leg of their flight (Chicago to Mississippi) was turned around. After a  stressful day of travel, the plane eventually was cleared to land and we started their home...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Comments 0
Luxury Finish Out + Elevated Tree-lined View Overview Maps Photos Features Open House Market Stats $524,900 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms4 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 4,099 sqftLot: 8,369 sqftYear Built: 2013MLS #: 13728419 Location 12938 Ablingdon Dr.Frisco, TX 75035USA...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 14
Live the Desert Lifestyle in Red Mountain Ranch, Mesa, AZDo You Need A Buyers Agent to Find Mesa AZ Homes?For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZHomes Currently for Sale in Red Mountain RanchHomes Recently Sold in Red Mountain RanchFor over 30 y...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 2
The Three Little Homebuyers: A Curly Tail Story. Once upon a time there were three little homebuyer's that each set off in search of a home sweet home. They were most excited about the journey while anticipating the many benefits of home ownership. The decisions made along the way would determine...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 2
 If you're unsure about where in Greater Cincinnati you want to build your new patio home, you might want to consider Fischer Homes.  While Fischer Homes isn't the only builder of new construction patio homes in Greater Cincinnati, they do currently (early 2018) offer the widest variety of locati...

By Robin Smith, The Smith Team here for all your real estate needs
(The Smith Team)
Comments 0
Granite Heights by Toll Brothers located in the Cliffs Village of Summerlin offers residents spectacular views of nature’s beauty.  The neighborhood is at the closest point to Spring Mountain where the ridgeline can be seen and there are incredible views of the Strip.The gated neighborhood featur...

By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 2
4124 Old Plantation Loop, Tallahassee, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 1862 SQUARE FEET Great townhome in NE Tallahassee! Close to shopping, restaurants, parks, and night...

By Joe McCord, Making It Rain On The Regular
(Property Investment Wise)
Comments 0
 Purchasing your first home can be an enjoyable experience, but a challenging one as well. There are various things to consider: the place you would like to reside in; the type and size of home you need; eligibility of First Home Owner Grant; and, unmistakably the amount you are ready to pay. The...

By Pat & Sharon Mistowski, Horizon Lending Services, LLC
(Horizon Lending Services, LLC)
Comments 0
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers appealing home loan options to qualifying service veterans. However, there are some strict requirements that must be met before a veteran can qualify for a VA loan. Once qualified, though, VA loans can offer many benefits and advantages for borrowers...

By Matt Harber
(Keller Williams-The Harber Home Group)
Comments 1
6615 Silver Springs Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE January 19, Friday 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM January 20, Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 ¾ bath ) BATHROOMS | 2...

By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 11
  Arizona HOA's What You Need to Know! Arizona HOA's can be a hot topic - and then some! Some folks love HOA's and other folks hate HOA's. Why is that? Well that's a deep subject of which I'll attempt to cover briefly in this short article. For more information I suggest you get a copy of Arizona...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 4
Buy YOUR Custom Home in Whitewing, Gilbert, AZCall Brian For A Market Analysis for YOUR Gilbert Home!!!For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZWhitewing Homes Currently for SaleWhitewing Homes Recently SoldWhitewing is another name synonymous wit...

By Matt Harber
(Keller Williams-The Harber Home Group)
Comments 3
Xxx 5th St, Steilacoom, WA Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure Free Home Values FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale Presented By: Matt Harber Managing Broker Keller W...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
Comments 0
As a property inspector, my busy time for recreation inspections starts in January and goes through to the end of Spring. Here on the Pacific west coast we don't usually have snow or freezing temperatures to hold back prospective buyers from looking at island get-aways. As long as one dresses for...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 15
Author: Patricia Feager, 1/17/18 FROM A BIRD'S EYE POINT OF VIEW Just like people's eating habits change in winter, bird diets do too! In order to survive without insects and berries, birds depend on what's available. A little help from the humans goes a long way to ensure survival of our fine fe...

By Greg Harrelson, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(C21 The Harrelson Group / C21 Charleston Expert Advisors)
Comments 2
Just outside Conway city limits, Cat Tail Bay is a well-established community that was started in the early 2000’s and it continues to grow today. The houses are mostly custom built. Ranch-style homes with ¼ acre manicured lawns, all the best upgrades, and 2-car garages are popular choices in thi...

By Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
A Single Family Home for under $300,000! Yes, thats right, a whole house in the Seattle area for under $300,000! Welcome home to this recently remodeled rambler for only $284,000!Ready to move right in! Flexible open layout for entertaining in the living and bonus room. Slider off dining room lea...

By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
Comments 0
Crown Gaithersburg MD | Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC] As Gaithersburg has developed over the years, many neighborhoods are now blended with one and another without any distinction or personalities.Not in CROW, the newest and most vibrant community in Gaithersburg MDLocated next ...