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 Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 8
Home Buyers - The Holiday Season may Create a Wonderful Buying OpportunityIt is the Holiday season and that probably will mean fewer people are thinking about buying a new or resale home in the Katy or surrounding areas. If you’re in the market or seriously thinking of buying a home, this situati...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
   SOLD 1408 RIVERSIDE ROANOKE, TX 11/24/2015 Home Ownership is a gift resulting from many sacrifices, dreams, desires, needs, and wants. In today's world of many entitlements, the dream of owning a home is the gift one gives thyself because goals are achieved requiring financial stability and ha...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Maricopa Single Level Home for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $155,000   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Maricopa Single Level Home for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGreat single level...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
This Secret Source Of Far Below Market Investment Properties In Charleston…… is for serious investors and buyers only please.See Our Charleston Investment Properties For Sale. From Handyman deals like this one, to foreclosures, to great looking but cheap investment properties, join our Buyers Lis...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The four walls, floor and ceiling you call the Maine home, the needs change depending on the people living inside.Especially around the holidays. When all the leaves for the dining room table pin everyone to the wall. Or there is just not room for a table period.Or space. In other areas of the Ma...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 35
Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
Comments 0
Millcreek Homes Here are a few homes on the market so you can be into a new home by the holidays. . . . 1357 E LAKEWOOD CIR SLC, UT 84117  4  Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms,  Priced $270,000 Gorgeous updated home with 2184 total square feet in prime location near schools, shopping, and parks. Clean and mo...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 8
Woodlake Towers in Falls Church, Va 22044 – Under Contract3100 S Manchester St. #239 Falls Church, Va 22044This one bedroom, one bath condo located in Woodlake Towers is now under contract. My clients located me online and were already pre-approved and ready to start touring. We toured #239 on ou...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 1
Country living at it's best and just minutes from Denham Springs. This spacious 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home is situated on approximately 4.05 acres of tree shaded land. The living areas feature wood flooring throughout, with tile flooring in the kitchen and bath areas. The spacious living room fea...
By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max All Properties New Lenox Illinois)
Comments 0
According to the United States Census Bureau in 2013 there were 19.6 million veterans living in the U.S. VA Loans are the perfect mortgage program for buyers that are Veterans. A few Benefits of VA Mortgages No Down payment- Rather than paying 5, 10, or 20 percent or more with a VA loan your buye...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 0
Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath home with low maintenance landscaping and situated on a beautiful corner lot. This features an open/split floor plan. Lots of windows for natural light. Home has great storage, ceramic countertops in kitchen. Ceramic floors and carpet. Custom cabinets and recessed ceili...
By Nicholas Brown
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Purchasing a home is a major life accomplishment. In fact, for most of us, it’s easily the most expensive purchase we’ll ever make. The financial burden alone can make the path to homeownership pretty daunting which is just one of the reasons why the number of people in the United States with dee...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Scottsdale Arizona has been voted as one of the best places to  live in the US. Although more expensive to live and buy a home than other cities in Arizona, a Condo, Townhome, Patio Home For Sale in Scottsdale, Arizona is oten a less expensive way to go.  Check here for pictures, prices and detai...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
Comments 8
This is a new feature which I will post about weekly. It will highlight what I consider the best values in different price ranges and property types throughout the Napa Valley. It should be used as a guide and is not meant to guarantee anything. Do to the dynamic nature of real estate here, thing...
By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 0
Cedar Run is one of the newest new construction home developments in Columbus Ohio. Built by M/I Homes, this new development is located in the Blacklick community of Columbus featuring an amazing location with everyday conveniences close by. Residents will be close to Target, the Easton Town Cent...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 3
Waikiki Wiki:    Discovery Bay Condos   Discovery Bay        1778 Ala Moana Blvd.,        Honolulu, HI       $189,000 - $950,000   Discovery Bay is a popular 42-story PET FRIENDLY(verify) residential condo in the West-end of Waikiki. This Lease Hold property has Studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom c...
By Paula McDaniel, Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor!
(Realty Center)
Comments 1
Visit us online at www.allchattanooga.com 0 Emerald Pointe Dr Price: $144,900 Beds: -1 Baths: -1 Sq Ft: 0 A rare find! Build your dream home on this 7.4 +/- acre lot in Emerald Bay Subdivision which features a community pool and clubhouse. Wooded and winter lake views!!!!! If you are searching f...
By Bret & Meredith Amon, Real Estate Breckenridge,Keystone,Silverthorne CO
(Re/Max Properties of the Summit)
Comments 0
Chateaux Condos For Sale In Breckenridge Search Current Chateaux Condos For Sale .   Chateaux Condos are true ski-in, ski-out properties in the heart ofBreckenridge, Colorado.  Walk to everything!  There is a great club house with an indoor outdoor pool and hot tubs.  There is also a sauna, steam...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 1
In this day and age, with all the MLS feeds Zillow lost, and our own MLS leaving up it each broker to indepently  report it to Zillow, Trulia and some of the others, the last thing you are getting from them, is an accurate and up to date picture of what is for sale.And trust me, if your dream hom...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 5
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus — and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to home buying. According to Prudential Real Estate’s third-quarter Consumer Outlook Survey, men and women are quite different when it comes to what they value most about home ownership and the process of buyin...