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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 19
The Condo scene in Evanston is booming. One of the most popular areas we see people looking for property is the condos that are near the downtown area. You get everything within walking distance including the public transportation via the Metra and EL trains. You could be in downtown Chicago with...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 1
  The most recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) found that 85 percent of major metropolitan areas saw an increase in housing affordability in the first quarter of 2015."The past two quarters have seen an improvement in affordability as mo...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Regal Classic Homes Building a home involves much more than picking a plan and finding the perfect location.  It is a journey, without the right guidance, expertise and commitment to the highest standards, it can be filled with stress, frustrations and runaway budgets.  Michael McGuffie, owner an...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 20
Is homeownership still the American Dream? Homeownership to the extent we know it in the United States is a uniquely American tradition and has long been referred to as the American Dream. So is homeownership still the American Dream? If you study the infographic below from KCM (Keeping Current M...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 10
THE RESERVEThe Reserve in Huntsville Alabama is a popular community on the west side of Zierdt Rd. and just a couple of minutes from the Redstone Arsenal's Gate 7. Click on the photo below of the entrance to the Reserve for a daily updated list of homes for sale.  NEIGHBORHOOD STATISTICSAt the wr...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
Comments 19
Everyone knows that Vegas Bob like to refrain from negative things, and tries his best to surround himself with positive and happy things ... but! Vegas Bob can no longer hold this back ...Since the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, Vegas Bob learned about some information from several diffe...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 1
Cracks In Concrete A question that drives Builders crazy, why are there cracks in the concrete  slab of my custom built home? Consumers with little home building experience usually ask this question. It's many times delivered with an accusatory tone, as though the Builder has provided an inferior...
By Susan J. Penn, PA, CDPE, SFR
(EWM)
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By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
Comments 0
 Are you looking for a home at a bargain price that could benefit from some loving care? You might want to cast your eyes on the homes which are available as foreclosed or short sales in Reston Virginia. I've put together a list of homes which are currently available. Visit www.Reston-Area.com/fo...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 15
Million Dollar Tract Homes? Really?! I often get a request from buyers wanting to live in subdivisions or planned communities here in Carlsbad and surrounding areas.  But I also get specific requests to not be in tract housing. Tract homes here in our area, and no doubt elsewhere, typically consi...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 34
There's a saying that the buyer will make up his mind if he likes the home within 10 minutes of walking through the door... maybe even shorter. I'm not so sure about that but one thing I have run up against in my 11 years as a Home Inspector. LOTS of times when I arrive at the home, I can tell in...
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
Comments 0
The inventory of Condos for sale in Herndon was 39 homes active on the market as of 1 July 2015. If you've been hanging back, this might be the moment to re-start your shopping. Visit Available Herndon Homes at http://www.reston-condos.com/forsale.htm to view currently available condos in Herndon...
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
Comments 0
 The inventory of Lakefront Community homes for sale in Reston was 44 homes active on the market as of 1 July 2015. Direct Lakefront homes typically sell off at a faster rate than other homes in the Reston area. If you'd like to live on one of Reston's lakes ... This might be to moment to come ou...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 9
The market continues to be a seller's market in many parts of the country.  If you are have lost out in a multiple bid situation before, you will find this post useful for the next time you fall in love with a property! If you are looking for a home in the DC metro area, Give the Lise Howe Group ...
New Metro Silver Line Stations opened for service last July.  Phase 2 … Extending to Dulles Airport is currently planned for 2018.  There are a number of homes (of all types) located within walking distance of the new and planned Silver Line stations (w/i a radius of 1 mile) currently available f...
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
Comments 0
 The inventory of Condos for sale in Reston was about 167 homes active on the market as of 1 July 2015 with new contracts running at about 45 a month. Consequently, the absorption rate for these homes is about 3.5 month's worth on the market. If this sales rate continues, about 2 in every 7 of th...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
 Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales are 9.2% higher than just one year ago. Home Prices are 7.9% higher than last year this time. The $250-500K price range leads the way with the largest improvement from last year at 17.4%. http://www.sellcvilleandrvahomes.com/
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
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 The inventory of townhomes for sale in Reston was 130 homes active on the market as of 1 July 2015 with new contracts running about 60 a month. Consequently, the absorption rate for these homes is about 2 month's worth on the market.  If this sales rate continues, about 1 in every 2 of the townh...
By Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes
(At Home Kansas / www.AskRobLang.com)
Comments 2
 930 Alma Dr, Lawrence, KS, Homes For Sale, Wood Burning Fireplace, Pantry, Treed Lot. New A/C unit and new furnace in 2014, exterior repainted 2014, 80% new interior paint 2015, new carpet downstairs 2015, new water heater 2009, refrigerator, cook top self-cleaning range, dishwasher, microwave, ...
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
Comments 0
 The inventory of homes for sale in Reston's Town Center area was about 83 homes active on the market as of 1 July 2015. The available homes run the full spectrum of condos through townhomes from almost new to about 20 years in age. Prices ranged from a low of about $200k to the $1.5 million neig...