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 Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Designing Your Custom Home, A Builders Perspective- Foyer, Part 4 This is the type of excitement you want in your Custom Home if you can afford it. After crossing the threshold you are immediately presented with a dazzling spectacle. A 2 story ceiling in the living room and gallery. You eyes are ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 46
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
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 33
  With multiple offers being submitted on many homes in Denver this year, many times we are seeing the first offer does not get to closing.    Many buyers are writing on more than one home in hopes that one of their offers will "stick".   If the first offer crashes, the listing agent has to go ba...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 12
MultiGenerational Housing Solutions in East Clark County, WAEach week, we try to highlight a neighborhood, or a particular home style in Camas, Washington and the surrounding communities of Brush Prairie, Hockinson, Fisher’s Landing and Washougal. Today, we’re presenting the homes with dual livin...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
Comments 4
New 780k Basement Home - Springfield Golf Luxury - Fort Mill SC is available now from Evans Coghill. This HomeArama local home builder is known for their distinctives of style and panache. The flair and verve will be felt as you take this Choice Carolina Homes YouTube video tour. Call me to see i...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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These ChoiceCarolinaHomes.co links take you to current listings of these popular relocation and downsizing areas in the Charlotte NC real estate lookup, on both sides of the NC - SC map. Charlotte NC YouTube Relocation Homes GuideCharlotte REALTOR® YouTube Testimony Reviews~ Ardrey Homes For Sale...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 26
Over the weekend I revamped my website, as it was in dire need of some TLC, haha.  I really appreciate all of you on ActiveRain and learn so much from all of you, so I am hoping that you can give me feedback on my website.  Please don't hesitate to criticize, as I won't be offended and it will he...
By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
Comments 2
Lender V. Mortgage Broker: Many people are involved in the buying and selling of your home. A mortgage lender is anyone who is loaning the money to pay for the mortgage. The mortgage broker, on the other hand, is someone who works with the borrower to find the best opportunities. The role of the ...
By Tyrone Brown
(Better Properties Carolinas)
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Buyer's Agents in sumter SC Work for the Buyer and Not the Seller   Buyer's Agents in sumter SC Work for the Buyer and Not the SellerDone correctly, a buyer's agent's job is to put the buyer's interests ahead of the agent's, to disclose all Facts, keep the buyer's information confidential, provid...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia
(Long and Foster REALTORS 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia)
Comments 6
The Williamsburg Virginia current listing inventory is as follows: According to data from the Williamsburg multiple listing service, there are currently 806 active single family detached homes listed for sale in the greater WIlliamsburg area. The lowest priced single family residential property i...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 3
1112 Wiconisco Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $229,500 MLS #PM-22879  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 rooms, family ro...
By Kevin Boudreaux, When experience counts, you can count on me!
(CENTURY 21 Roo Realty)
Comments 10
Buying your first home for you and your family is often a stressful process. There are so many decisions that you have to make and houses to look at. My team and I work with a lot of first-time homebuyers so we thought we would put together a list of the commons mistakes first time homebuyers mak...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 9
Buying a home takes preparation and commitment. Nicole Doty Broker and Owner of Zion Realty in Gilbert, AZ makes 5 excellent points of what buyers need to be ready to commit too in order to be successful in their home purchase. If you’re considering buying a home and aren’t ready for these steps ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 8
Hosta, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4736 This hosta photograph was taken in our Kentlands home garden in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. To obtain a background like this, simply place a sheet of colored paper behind the flower. It is fun to try different colors.If you enjoy ...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 25
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 Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 4
Lake Sinclair, Georgia's best kept secret, with the exception of planned draw downs (one of which is scheduled for this October) by Georgia Power that occur every few years for shoreline maintenance and dam re-certificiation stays at or near full pool.  Many of Georgia's lakes are more than 10 fe...
By Gloria Valvasori, MASTER-ASA, Your Streetsville Village Connection
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
Comments 0
You Have a Pre-Qualified Buyer, the Seller Refuses the Appointment Request If you had a serious Buyer, with financing pre-approval in place, anxious to get out there and buy a home.... and you were trying to book appointments and run into a roadblock with one of the listing appointments, what wou...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 1
The Functions of an EscrowBuying or selling a home (or other piece of real property) usually involves the transfer of large sums of money. It is imperative that the transfer of these funds and related documents from one party to another be handled in a neutral, secure and knowledgeable manner. Fo...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 6
It is still raining - for the third week in a row! While tomorrow is supposed to be better weather, I think everyone around has a bit of cabin fever at this point. There were over 7 inches of rainfall in Tampa yesterday and it was worse on Saturday. My sister-in-law posted photos on Facebook of t...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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There are some people we work with as a Sacramento real estate team who do not even realize they are working with a real estate team because we just get the job done and don't make a big deal out of it. Lately, though, I have found myself explaining to sellers and home buyers why working with a r...