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 Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 53
Why Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?I've always preached to my boys and their friends to save their money to invest in real estate, a home of their own.  "Why pay someone else's mortgage when you can be paying your own mortgage and building equity in a home?"A recently released report regarding homeo...

By Greg Harrelson, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(C21 The Harrelson Group / C21 Charleston Expert Advisors)
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Established in 2004, Riverwood Farm sits in the heart of the picturesque countryside between Greer and Greenville. This exciting new gated community of about 300 homes in Greer offers three distinct subdivisions called The Townes, The Cottages, and the Estates with something sure please everyone....

By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
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Looking to buy a Single Family Detatched Home for Sale in Silver Spring or Takoma ParkMaryland?  There are  68 Single Family Detached Homes for Sale in Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland with Open Houses today - Sunday, February 26th, 2017Open Houses in the Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryl...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 58
Buyers with Agents, But No RepresentationWhen someone is looking to buy or sell a home, usually the first person they go to is an agent that helped them previously.  If they have never bought or sold before, maybe they reach out to friends and family for a recommendation.  Or, they can look to th...

By Nathan Gesner, We don't just manage!
(American West Realty & Management)
Comments 13
Some Sellers want a few extra days (sometimes weeks or months!) after closing to pack up and move. This isn't unusual but Buyers should educate themselves on the pros and cons of this type of agreement.CAVEAT EMPTOR (Buyer Beware)I don't need the house for a couple more weeks. Is there anything I...

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
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The tales about buyer's remorse have been popular within the real estate market. These are the feelings of doubts and the concerns that buyer's have after the purchase of the house. But have you heard of seller's remorse? They refer to the doubts and concerns that linger in the minds of home sel...

By Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise ID)
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4 bedroom3 bathroom3112 Square Feet3 Car Garage.53 Acre Lot$349,900 Beautiful Country Style Home on over a half acre which features natural lighting & beautiful indoor & outdoor living areas. Expansive trex style deck overlooks park-like backyard with beautiful gardens, pond, & views of the valle...

By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Rarely available rehabbed vintage condo, with heated garage, in Evanston's trendiest neighborhood, in one of its coolest buildings. Spacious, quiet and sunny 1-Bedroom unit overlooks courtyard fountain, and boasts natural hardwood floors throughout; truly one of a kind, this unit has been fully r...

By J. Michael Manley
(J Michael Manley Team)
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While cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Miami seem to get all the national fame, the fact of the matter is that there are other exciting places to live. We all know the cost of living in many of these famed cities is sky-rocketing, so smaller, cheaper alternatives are proving t...

By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 13
Don’t Let Student Loans Stop You from Buying a Home Buying a home is considered by many, to be an integral part of the American dream. But what happens if you have student loans, that means that you aren’t financially capable of buying a home, right? WRONG. Student loans may affect your monthly b...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
This is a beautiful light fixture!  But don't forget the insulation!This is new construction.  The entry way featured an open ceiling with a circular, wrapping staircase leading to an upper level hallway that serviced all the bedrooms.A very attractive, hand-painted globe was in the ceiling.And t...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 4
Charlotte Home Sales at Historic Pace - Sales Prices & InventoryAre you going to be one of the 1-in-4 Americans who will be purchasing a new home this year?  If so, here is more data to demonstrate that NOW is the time!  Home prices are on the rise...as are interest rates.   Here are the national...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 17
There’s Nothing Mellow about Mello Roos in Carlsbad I read an interesting new listing today for Carlsbad. The agent stated that there were “Mellow Roos,” which is a good thing to know because it’s more money out of your pocket as the new owner. But there’s nothing "mellow" about Mello Roos in Car...

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 43
 Denver is experiencing another year of a HOT real estate market, and we are in the fourth year now.    In lower price points, you have to drop everything and get to a new listing right away, or there is a possibility the Seller will accept an offer as they come in.   Most Sellers want to review ...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Redesigned Website for Real Estate in East Valley AZ   Click Here to request your FREE Relocation Guide!!!   For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ   I recently found out that my hosting site no longer supports the website builder that I used to originall...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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I thought I would mix up some of the blogs today about my new listings this month. It can be less interesting sometimes to read solely about square footage or numbers of bedrooms and baths, when there is also a good story behind-the-scenes that goes along with it. I know people like to read about...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 10
Flowers Mill is an active adult community that offers resort style living in Bucks county. The clubhouse has indoor swimming pool , exercise room, banquet room, and offers lots of activities. There is also an outdoor pool. There are tennis courts. I looked up the mls this morning for active listi...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 19
I Don’t Mean to Question Your Lifestyle, But I Must!! Perhaps that sounds like an intrusive question, but it’s an important one when searching for a new home in Carlsbad, or nearby. I work with a lot of buyers who are relocating here from other parts of California, or other states, and usually th...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 0
Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, HUD suspends FHA mortgage ins. premium reduction An announced cut in FHA mortgage insurance premiums, effective April 27, would have saved buyers money, but the reduction was canceled unexpectedly on Friday. Read more.        Are you paying too mu...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Buckhead Atlanta: Pets in the Home and Buyer Visits - REALTOR Survey  Finding the right home is important for the owners and also important for their special pets. No matter how much someone likes a home --- if it isn't the right one for the family- two legged or four-legged - it will not be purc...