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 Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
Comments 25
This past Sunday, there was an article in our Sunday paper which was entitled "As closing costs drop, you'd better shop around." It was written by Bankrate.com, and it basically stated the cost a borrower needs in order to close has dropped by 7% in 2015 over 2014. When I read the title, I though...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
Comments 21
 Buying a Home with Leased Solar Panels?  What Do You Need to Know? You found the home you love.  You're ready to write the offer.   You turn to your Realtor and ask "What about the solar panels?"   I recently listed and and sold a property that had leased solar panels.  It added an interesting l...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 8
Newly enacted laws and regulations have undoubtedly reduced predatory lending activity. However, it would be naïve to think that problem has been eliminated entirely. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) advises borrowers to keep an eye out for these signs of predatory lending: Exorbitant fee...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 7
Affordable Homes for Sale Cedaredge, Delta...Del Ray Subdivision August 2015Nestled almost half way between Cedaredge and Delta, CO is Del Ray Subdivision. It's located just outside of the small mountain community of Eckert. The lots are larger with most of them starting at half an acre, and ther...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 6
 Your Agent Can Lose You The House, If They Don't Know-Move On I have a listing that is in escrow and I'm trying very hard to save the transaction. These are first time home buyers with a seeming inexperienced agent. The term "door opener" comes to mind. She's a very nice person...but doesn't und...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
This is a 'DIFFERENT' market!Once buyers WIN the bid at multiple offers, they are waiting for just one thing - a closing day!Yes, there is a Home Inpsection step in-betweenHowever, as Fred Hernden says in this post...'The Inspection is a formality'. There's a saying that the buyer will make up hi...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia
(Long and Foster REALTORS 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia)
Comments 3
The home that is under contract at 212 Beeston Fields is one step closer to closing.  The home inspection contingency was removed today!   This stunning home is located in Fords Colony.  Fords Colony has golf, tennis, swimming pools, a resort and much more to offer residents. If you are intereste...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 3
Gunston Hall Plantation is located in Fairfax County near Lorton and Mason Neck.  In it’s heyday this Georgian-style home was at the center of a 5,500-acre tobacco and corn plantation. The owner of Gunston Hall was George Mason IV (1725-1792)—known historically as an author of the Virginia Declar...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 2
Kentlands Photowalk: Clematis IMG 4613 Kentlands is a planned neo-traditional community located within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. This very walkable neighborhood is a favorite for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC. White picket fence...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Mckenzie, Wilmette, Illinois - September 2015 About Mckenzie McKenzie is a subdivision of single family homes located in Wilmette south of Lake Avenue and west of Green Bay Road. Average taxes in Mckenzie $12,188 Average association fees in Mckenzie $0 Average home size in Mckenzie 3,162 ft2 Ave...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Glen Ellyn Countryside, Glen Ellyn, Illinois - September 2015 About Glen Ellyn Countryside Glen Ellyn Countryside is a subdivision of single family homes. Glen Ellyn Countryside is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois south of Fullerton Avenue and west of Glen Ellyn Road. Average taxes in Glen Ellyn ...
By Realtor Ben Townsend, www.benhomes.com
(Acquire Homes)
Comments 1
 Yep, Thats the Moon over the Air Force Academy over the Flying Horse Golf Course   Flying Horse Real Estate
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 9
Sold and Closed in Ashburn Village in Ashburn, Va 20147Sold: 43987 Kitts Hill Terr Ashburn, Va 20147This three level 2 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse located in Ashburn Village is now sold and closed courtesy of Amanda Davidson with Living A Dream Real Estate. My first time homebuyer was a referral ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 16
Kentlands Photowalk: Honeysuckle IMG 4573 Our home community is Kentlands, a very walkable neighborhood within the City of Gaithersburg, in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite area for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC.The aroma of honeysuckle is...
By Debra Albert - Team Albert, Make The Most of Your Move with Ron and Debbie
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
JUST Reduced! Golf/Lake View HomeSt James Golf ClubPort St Lucie, FL 33483                                                     3/2/2   ***   $224,000!                   Excellent family friendly community in Port St Lucie                   LOW HOA - $150/mo                   Beautiful Clubhouse -...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 6
Absorption Rate in Gilbert, Arizona July 2015 Real estate market data for Gilbert, AZ provided by Nicole Doty of  Zion Realty. What is the Absorption Rate when it comes to real estate? The Absorption Rate chart shows how long the current inventory of properties would last at the current rate of s...
By William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate
(WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group)
Comments 1
Upper Fulton Park Waterbury CT Home For Sale Overview Maps Photos Features Neighborhood $130,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,313 sqftLot: 0.14 acre(s)Year Built: 1927MLS #: W10075878 Location 43 Eldridge StreetWaterbury, CT 06704USA William James Walton Sr W...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 1
When you decide that the time is approaching to put your home on the market, you probably take special interest in exploring the conditions that are likely to motivate families to buy your Henry County house. Most of the research on the subject indicates that it has at least as much to do with ho...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 2
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
Phoenix ranks as sixth best U.S. real estate market but Texas dominates, from the Phoenix Business Journal, reports that Phoenix ranks sixth on a new national ranking of the best U.S. markets for real estate investments. Houston-based commercial real estate firm Situs RERC ranked 48 U.S. metro ar...