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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 55
Home Buyer Tax BreaksTax season is here and many consumers are not completely aware of the home buyer tax deductions and breaks they may be entitled to. While we all need to pay our fair share of taxes, it is nice knowing we may get a refund  if we are able to itemize and claim some of the homeow...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 49
Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG!Ten Tips to Owning Property  Why not? I've always been a believer in dreams. Having them, shooting for and making  them come true. Build foundations under them and dreams CAN come true. Here are ten tips to BUILD A FOUNDATION to owning property.   1. Make...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 40
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 29
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 Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX TerraSol)
Comments 2
By Jamie Wiebe   Knowing you want to buy a home is one thing; knowing what you can pay for is quite another. Too often, dreams and reality collide: You’re yearning for a four-bedroom Colonial, but your wallet can handle only a two-bedroom bungalow. So how do you filter the myriad options out the...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 22
You can Buy a Pre Owned Home at Top Dollar, we are in a Seller's Market, or Build A Home of YOUR own? You still have choices...                   Yep, it is still snowing, and more cold weather yet to come, and only 21 Days left before our Spring Real Estate Market starts!Buyer's with pre-qualifi...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 12
Gayle does a terrific job here outlying the issues associated with achieving the dream of homeownership, whether a new buyer or not. And for those of us who help buyers archieve their dreams this speaks loudly to the important tasks, and decisions, that must be accomplished to make this dream a r...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Comments 2
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Comments 0
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 2
5707 Blendon Valley Dr, Columbus OH 43230   PROPERTY DETAILS $128,000 LISTING INFORMATION Bedrooms: 2Full Baths: 2Sq ft: 1111Lot Size: CondoStyle: RanchGarage: 1 Car - AttachedHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2298.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Fabulous find in this 2 bedroom, fully renovated condo. The layout ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 4
Www.regalclassichomes.com Washer & Dryer Connected To The Internet, Latest Trend!  The home Laundry Room is about to change. Now your washer and dryer can be connected to the Internet. So what? With the latest technology you can schedule, check availability, history and even energy consumption. Y...
By Coldwell Banker RCI Realty Bozeman, Montana
(Coldwell Banker RCI Realty)
Comments 1
Buying a home is an exciting time.  It can also be stressful and confusing, especially if you are buying your first home.  We asked our agents for their best advice to first time home buyers to help ease the process.  Here are the top ten tips we got…1.  Get your own RepresentationDon’t use the l...
By Selvin Herrera
(BOSS Residential Mortgage Lending)
Comments 0
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 18
A Home Buyer with a puzzled look asked how they would know Which Manchester NH area would be RIGHT for them? They have been looking at homes for 3 months with another agent and today they came to the realization they needed a new agent. When meeting with a new buyer the standard starting questio...
By Paula Prince, Top 10% Grossing REALTOR in NWA
(Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney and Faucette)
Comments 2
      Majestic Home located 5 minutes from shopping, restaurants, medical facilities and the AMP – Bentonville Schools -3036 Sq. ft., Open floor plan, 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths on main floor, formal dining, kitchen with eat-in area, and bonus room on second floor with spacious closet and full b...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Comments 1
1112 Wiconisco Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$225,000 MLS #PM-31775 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 room with sliders t...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 5
My good friend Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 has a featured post.  I am impressed with it for its value, to us, for everything we do...not just searching for homes.  Well done Gayle.  Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG! Ten Tips to Owning Property   Why not? I've al...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 10
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 Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 14
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 Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
Kirkland Condo_WOW price is only $265,000 for 3 BedrmThe lowest price 3 Bedroom Condo in Kirkland and it is move in READY!New carpet and paint welcome you home. The living room has a cozy wood burning fireplace. The dining room has built-in buffet, pass through to the kitchen and a slider leading...