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 Chris Bierrum, Real Estate Consultant with Elevate NW Properties
(Elevate NW Properties)
Comments 7
Feeling priced out of certain neighborhoods? Our Hot ‘Hoods section highlights up-and-coming neighborhoods that feature cool restaurants, good schools, family-friendly vibes, and more. This month we feature Burien - a buzzing up-and-comer minutes from downtown with a burgeoning art scene, great r...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
L J Hauser Junior High School, Riverside, IL - October 2015 About L J Hauser Junior High School L J Hauser Junior High School is a 6-8 school in District 96, and is located at 65 Woodside Rd in Riverside, IL. It services homes in Brookfield, North Riverside, and Riverside. Single-FamilyHomes 62 ...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 9
Condominiums And Town Homes Huntsville AlabamaCondominiums and town homes are just two of the different options available to buyers considering that first home purchase, dowinsizing or maybe an alternative to dorm living for the college student here in Huntsville, Alabama. Whatever your needs you...
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 30
Buying a Home After Extenuating Circumstances: Get Started Early               Presently there are many people that previously suffered a Short Sale, Bankruptcy, or Foreclosure during the housing crisis becoming eligible to purchase a home once again ...      The waiting periods surrounding each ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 10
Bel Air, CA the coveted 90077 Zipcode there is a Mega Mansion being built as we speak. Depending on who you talk with anticipated list price will be anywhere from $150 million to $250 million. Truly an incredible property with phenomenal views of Downtown & Century City.  Nearby there is a large ...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
Comments 0
Many consumers don't realize how home insurance quotes can change from quarter to quarter. Among the factors that influence quotes are a home's location, its age, and its size. Another key ingredient of the quote process that can be volatile is the homeowner's credit score, which can radically af...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
Comments 0
Charlotte Luxury Real Estate Market UpdateThanks for watching my Market Update of 5 affordable luxury homes here in the Charlotte NC real estate market. Call or Text 704-345-3400 to see how you can purchase your move-up or downsize new construction home here. And this question lingers in my mind....
By www.searchbroward.com Real Estate, Buy-Sell-Rent
(Success Realty )
Comments 0
 Living at Vizcaya in Miramar, FloridaWhy do people live here?Built between 2000 and 2006 the homes at Vizcaya are well known for there incredible craftsmanship and attention to even the smallest of details. Most of the homes available offer an open floor concept with crown molding throughout, en...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Fisher Farms, Geneva, Illinois - October 2015 About Fisher Farms Fisher Farms is a single family, townhomes and duplex neighborhood built in the early 2000's by Kimball Hill Homes. Fisher Farms is located in Geneva, Illinois on Williamsburg west of Randall on the 421-acre farm owned by the Art F...
By Ralph Gorgoglione, California Real Estate (800) 591-6121
(John Aaroe Group)
Comments 0
Task Lists:  USE them for buyers and sellers!It might sound a bit trivial, but even in today's age of technology buyers and sellers still need guidance on what tasks need to be accomplished during an escrow.Have you ever heard comments or feedback from buyers or sellers stating "my agent doesn't ...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 4
It happens oh so often. I go to a home for an inspection and find things that make me say to myself "What the heck were they thinking?" I mean, how do they come up with this stuff, and at what point do they rationalize in their head that makes them think, "This is a great idea"The other day I ran...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 11
SOLD 8200 Neely Dr Canyon Condo in Austin TX 78759Condo homes in Neely’s Canyon are sought after properties and sell quickly with multiple offers with the low inventory levels in the Austin real estate market.My buyer was referred to me by a special past client of mine. I interviewed to be his ag...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 7
Under Contract - Anthology - Parker CO 80134     It only took two days for the RIGHT BUYER to fall in love with this property.   A REALTOR is the buyer, and they are looking to close in a couple of weeks.   With this property being only a few years new - the inspection was pretty clean.    This ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 19
Kentlands Photowalk: Spider Flower, Cleome hassleriana IMG 5031 Kentlands, our home community within the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878, is a very walkable neighborhood and I enjoy photographing the flowers that are in bloom. My Kentlands Photowalk blog series will be replacing some of the ...
By Adam Hergenrother
(The Adam Hergenrother Team at KW Vermont)
Comments 1
 Broker Open House | 192 US Route 2, Grand Isle Thursday, October 8, 2015 11:00AM to 1:00PM Hosted By: Amanda BellPreview this property and a chance to win a GoPro or iPad mini courtesy of HomeBridge Financial Services! Adorable Cape-style farmhouse in a convenient location with gorgeous hardwood...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 7
Sometimes I ask sellers if they would like me to hold on to their accepted offer for a few hours just in case another offer comes in. Because once I send it to the buyer's agent, it is delivered and they are in contract. This can happen on a Sunday, for example, when we receive an offer before th...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 3
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead-based paint is perfectly safe when treated properly, but lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. Lead is especially dangerous when ing...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Park View Elementary School, Morton Grove, IL - October 2015 About Park View Elementary School Park View Elementary School is a P-8 school in District 70, and is located at 6200 Lake St in Morton Grove, IL. It services homes in Morton Grove and Skokie. Single-FamilyHomes 14 Condos &Townhomes 21 ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Homes for Sale in Wilmette, Illinois - October 2015Wilmette currently has 215 single family homes for sale with an average list price of $1,054,641 and 40 condos and town homes for sale ranging from $108,000 to $1,300,000. The average annual property tax for Wilmette is $13,872. Single-FamilyHome...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
2343 N. Greenview, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois - October 2015 About 2343 N. Greenview 2343 N. Greenview is a 26 unit condo building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. 2343 N Greenview is located near the corner of Greenview and Fullerton. Average taxes in 2343 N. Greenview $4,573 A...