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 Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 9
Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners are pleased to share this 5-Star Review  from one of our favorite clients, who was a first time home buyer needing a lot of encouragement and hand-holding through the process. (It is nerve wracking to buy your first home, even under the best of circums...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 11
Monday Morning Surprise The week started out with a pleasant Monday morning surprise when the Spring Hill community manager of Adams Homes, a local builder, stopped by the office to see me and delivered cake and wine as a thank you for a recent new home sale.   Since inventory of resale homes is ...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 5
 June 2015: Austin-area home sales top 3,000 sales (7/24/2015) AUSTIN - Austin-area home sales topped 3,000 sales for the first time since July 2013, increasing 5 percent year-over-year to 3,051 sales for the month of June, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released July 21 b...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 9
Azalea Trace Home at 2931 Prince Dr. Clarksville TN 37043 SoldIt only took a little over 3 weeks to get this Azalea Trace home from pending to closed. The buyers were relocating from out of town and had all their ducks in a row so closing came sooner than expected. They commented how much the pap...
By Pete X with X Group Real Estate Advocates, Huntington Beach, CA 714.459.2017 OCLister.com, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
(Investments to Luxury)
Comments 2
                                                         LAGUNA BEACH   Caravans scheduled for most weeks, this week 7 luxury homes for $1.2 to $2. million including more than one unlisted home (pocket listing). Meet-up at office on Broadway St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Pete Xavier Luxury GroupBro...
By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
Comments 1
I Inherited A Home, Now I Want To Buy.  Am I a First Time Buyer?If you own a property (even if it is inherited) AND it is your primary residence, you are not considered a first time home buyer.  If you own the property but do not live there, you may still be considered a first timer.   If you cho...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
(HOME INSPECTOR USA)
Comments 5
Bed bugs are small, flightless, rust-colored parasites that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. Inspectors should learn the telltale signs of these pests and be capable of providing information to their clients.   Bed bugs were diminished to an historical footnote after th...
By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 2
Historic Mounds view home for saleWelcome to 2525 County Road I Mounds View MN 55112 click here for more photos and detailsReal estate market data in Mounds View MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic RealtyCharming historic home in Mounds View. Front porch is screened and is the perfect pl...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 0
           Summer Time Fun in Florida. Own Your Own Pool Home.                       1474 SW Dimperio Avenue, Port Saint Lucie, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2572 SQUARE FEET Spectacu...
By Ashley Kimble Slaughter
Comments 2
How to Create Your Home Buying ChecklistIf you find yourself riding through neighborhoods and making mental note of interesting features, or your random doodling on a notepad takes form and becomes a home layout, it may be time to begin creating your home buying checklist. This is one of the fun ...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 0
         Search Here for More Homes for Sale in Heritage Oaks Located in Tradition of Port Saint Lucie Florida         10067 Southwest Chadwick Drive, Port Saint Lucie, FL Just Sold Description Photos Maps & Local Schools My Reviews $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 0
  SEARCH for 4 Bedroom  Homes in Saint Lucie County   SEARCH for 4 Bedroom Homes in Saint Lucie County
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 1
350 Fawn Rd, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$162,500 MLS #PM-26079 Click here for more on this Locust Lake Village home ----->Raised Ranch situated on 0.45 acres in Locust Lake Village, a Gold Star Community. This home has it all with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings in living/dining ...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 2
Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89044 - July 26, 2015   Single Family Condo Townhouse Homes for Sale 205 3 10 Average List Price $409,759 $236,100 $223,110 Median List Price $377,995 $228,900 $237,400 # of Short Sales 15 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) # of Bank Owned (REO) 4 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)         Search...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 23
Great Mesa Updated Home with 3 bed/2 bath home shows pride of ownership - move in ready! Tile and wood floor throughout, no carpet! Enter into the family room with brick fireplace and sliders to lovely back yard. Kitchen features updated cabinets and hardware, solid surface counter tops, Breakfa...
By Bryon Crosby, Professional Service | Outstanding Results
(Keller Williams)
Comments 1
                                        Affordable, Updated Vintage Home              For Sale: 5159 B Street in Springfield, Oregon! Enjoy a spacious 1686 square feet with a large living area, as well as a cute, updated kitchen with nice cabinets. This home has an open layout, and ample natural ...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 0
Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89052 - July 26, 2015   Single Family Condo Townhouse Homes for Sale 377 39 17 Average List Price $790,208 $180,796 $242,664 Median List Price $449,000 $140,000 $239,900 # of Short Sales 13 (3%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) # of Bank Owned (REO) 6 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)         Search...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
(HomeInsurance.com)
Comments 0
Home renovations happen for a variety of reasons – breathing life into a fixer-upper, for example, or making room for a new family member.From style to function, making updates around your home can make it a more comfortable space for you and your family to live in. But while home renovations can...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 34
When I initially meet with my Buyers, one of the first things they share is that they DO NOT WANT A COOKIE CUTTER HOME!  (Which isn't so surprising as I do tend to list the more unique properties in the area)This is defined as what was once called Tract Housing and has now expanded into the typic...
By Bryon Crosby, Professional Service | Outstanding Results
(Keller Williams)
Comments 1
                                        Edge of Urban Growth Boundary              Fabulous Lot Just Waiting for your Dream Home! Located at the end of a quiet, dead end street at the very edge of the Urban Growth Boundary. This lot offers beautiful views of the Lorane Valley and Farmland. Enjoy ...