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 Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 17
I have seen some really creative ways to run a dryer vent. We all know the dryer vent must discharge outdoors... right? Not into the garage, another room, the attic, it must be outdoors! Why? One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heatin...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 12
Today my buyer client got a beautiful townhouse at 1829 Wilmette Ave #C Wilmette IL 60091 under contract. This is a very nice property that was on the market for $549,000. An end unit with 3 bedrooms and 4 bath rooms plus a half bath, an attached 2 car garage in a fantastic community. You hear me...
By Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Waterfront Expert in Cape Coral FLA.
(Shore Line Realty 239-560-0726 )
Comments 0
 My Story - Successful in helping and supporting people My Passion - Improving peoples lives through real estateMy Support - Encouragement backed by knowledge My Tools - Best Technology in the Industry My Business Strategy-Always Putting People First My Goal -You reaching your goals, You're accom...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 7
Building Lot #15 is for sale on Oak Hill Blvd, in the beautiful Knollwood Park Villa's in Granger, Indiana. This is the very last lot available for purchase, the community of 86 homes on more than 41 acres has been sold out, except for this one...This nice 100 X 150 level lot is less than two blo...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 18
Village of Neshaminy Falls in North wales Montgomery  county is a 55plus, active adult community . The community has a outdoor swimming pool,social room, game room, exercise room, card room and lots of activities. It is located close to Montgomery mall.There are 7 active listings in Neshaminy Fal...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 4
I get many clients that want a certain school district for their kids.  Some for academic reasons and some for sports.Finding the right home in the right school district can be a challenge.Minnesota schools has some open enrollment programs where you can live outside the district you want the kid...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 6
How Thick Will the Icing Beon YOUR Mortgage Cake?      I  write mortgage and real estate-related blogs.  But I READ a lot of mortgage/real estate blogs too ... and the subsequent comments made to them.      Often, another blogger's post or a comment left on mine will provide inspiration for my wr...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 2
How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with ThemIt's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. Those of us in real estate business love it when a buyer falls in love with a house and the excitement grows. What a great V...
By Robert Quesada, The 4EverTeam
(Mitchell Realty)
Comments 0
7550 Copper Cove, Converse, TX Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Courtesy of Lacy Padilla - Real Living Best Homes Realty $ Click for current price 6 BEDROOMS | 4 (4 full ) BATHROOMS | 2502 SQUARE FEET READY FOR MOVE IN! Home features living room co...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 1
A Great Home Buyers Tool, Minot Real Estate Minute Minot Real Estate Minute, A GREAT Buyers tool, Thermography smart phone apps that show the heat loss in a home as well as excessive moisture, and maybe even electrical problems. These are NOT free apps but they are well worth the money for a home...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 10
Villas at shady Brook  is an active adult communty in Middletown township, in  Bucks county Pa. It offers resort style living and lots of activities at the clubhouse. There is an indoor heated pool, exercise room, card room, They also have an outdoor pool and tennis courts.I looked up the mls on ...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Comments 2
Jane Peters, consistently has so many great posts and most importantly is terrific about sharing it to us Rainers and beyond. This article is such an exciting new way of presenting information I'm anxious to learn from it! So many times I just write the data and really don't think that it gets th...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 16 Jerome Village Plain City Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for Jerome Village Plain City Homes is 120 Days with the average listing price for Jerome Village Plain City Homes being $587,343. The most expensive Jerome Village Plain City H...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 17 Wedgewood Powell Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for Wedgewood Powell Homes is 165 Days with the average listing price for Wedgewood Powell Homes being $713,371. The most expensive Wedgewood Powell Home for sale is $1,595,000 and the c...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 12 Tartan West Dublin Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for Tartan West Dublin Homes is 209 Days with the average listing price for Tartan West Dublin Homes being $626,800. The most expensive Tartan West Dublin Home for sale is $1,090,000, ...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 2
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. When the blazing sun is gone, When he nothing shines upon, Then you show ...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 12 River Valley Highlands Lancaster Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for River Valley Highlands Lancaster Homes is 70 Days with the average listing price for River Valley Highlands Lancaster Homes being $174,675. The most expensive River V...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 9
"Can I raise chickens in my backyard?"  This isn't an uncommon question among homebuyers in both urban and suburban markets these days. Whether the idea is formed before the home search begins, or whether buyers have been introduced to the concept during showing tours where other homeowners proud...
By Coldwell Banker RCI Realty Bozeman, Montana
(Coldwell Banker RCI Realty)
Comments 17
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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 64
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...