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 Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 34
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 26
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 Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 20
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 Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 52
The High of the Accepted Offer...Back to Reality! Once the excitement of the accepted offer wains down, it is time to get back to work.  I mean, now the real work begins.   Over the weekend, I wrote an offer with a first time home buyer.  We were able to get our offer accepted with a couple of co...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 0
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 12
Everybody knows that "cash is king" and that cash buyers have an edge in the real estate market.If you are planning on buying a house in Tallahassee in the coming months and you know you'll need to borrow money, does this mean you have to be at a disadvantage to the fortunate buyers who are curre...
By James Potenza, POTENZA Team Realtors. Sell Your Home, Buy A home
(TEXAS BUYER REALTY LLC)
Comments 0
Here you will find homes for sale in Meridiana Texas. Meridiana Texas is a new community located in Manvel, Texas, just south of Houston.In this article, I have included resources to find homes for sale in Meridiana Texas as well as important Meridiana Texas community information.  This is a good...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 14
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 Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 1
Hoolei Wailea Maui luxury Villa's Wailea Resort     Hoolei means to give a lei. a Hawaiian tradition of welcoming you to the Hawaiian Islands. Hoolei Wailea is part of a planned developement in Wailea Resort. Marty Quill, a local Maui Resident is the developer of Hoolei. There is over 30 acres of...
By Debra B Albert PA - "Ron and Debbie Albert" KW Port St Lucie, FL 34986, Ron and Debbie Make The Most of Your Move
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
 Don't get caught of guard! There are extra costs when making a home purchase.  There are closing expenses and how about the down payment and promogated expenses.  Each situation is different - so make sure you are covered. 13 Extra Costs to Be Aware of FREE DownloadWhether you're looking to buy ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 4
Dear TZ, I am buying a home and I'm getting a Home Inspection.  But the inspector said I need a termite inspector, radon test and a tank sweep.  Are those required?  Why do I need all that?Buyer Bill  ****** Dear Bill,In New Jersey it is not required to get a home inspection, but doing so is high...
By Kelly Turbeville, Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality
(Keller Williams)
Comments 2
Here in South Orange County, we have several new communities popping up.  Locally we have Baker Ranch, The Oaks at Portola Hills, Skyridge in Mission Viejo, Camden Square in Foothill Ranch just to name few.  This is good, as resale inventory is very tight.   However, it is also an area that Home ...
By George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
 Lakeway Texas - Foreclosure with in-ground pool, hill country views, and limited lake views, being sold As-Is by VA (Veterans Administration). 2,842 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, pool, 2 car garage on an oversized 0.324-acre lot. Built in 1986. Slab foundation. Contemporary design with ope...
By Christopher Collins, The Collins Home Team
(RE/MAX Renaissance Realty)
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This 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Peoria is in the highly sought after Country Meadows neighborhood. No HOA but pride of ownership throughout. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Peoria boasts extra large garage, sparkling pool, large back patio open kitchen and much more. Dont miss this great buy on this ...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 8
 Does Buying a Home Mirror Falling in Love?  Some surveys are better than others, and I just happen to stumble on a survey I want to share that compares buying a home to falling in love. I always find surveys interesting, especially when the survey is about real estate. So, what happens when the ...
By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
Comments 4
11611 6th Ave Ocean, Marathon, Fl 33050 305-395-0814 Waking up refreshed in the morning with a smile on your face, it really does not matter if your first thought is devoted to your swim with dolphins, your new golfing record, the wonderful taste you gifted yourself at the restaurant by the boat ...
By Victoria Roberts, Alaska Best Homes
(Real Estate Brokers Of Alaska)
Comments 0
View Every Eagle River  Home ForSale Here! New Listings Added to the site daily. Take look below and click the photo to check out the current stats, schools and more....Search all Eagle River Homes available by clicking here    Victoria Roberts - BrokerAlaska Best Homes 907-351-9434www.alaskabest...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 6
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 r&b realty group, For all your relocation needs.
(Keller Williams Realty New Tampa)
Comments 1
If you are looking for your dream home but need to staywithin a set budget, Meadow Pointe in New Tampa is the place for you! Meadow Pointe is located right at the border between Hillsborough County and Pasco County - offering access to all the great things New Tampa has to offer. http://meadowpoi...
By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (800) 591-6121
(John Aaroe Group)
Comments 2
Opportunity Alert!  South Maui condo for only $175,000! While looking through listings, I came across this one-bedroom condo in South Kihei.  It just hit the market today.Ever wanted to own your own Maui get-away condo?  Here's your chance for only $175,000!Just a short walk to beautiful Charley ...