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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 36
Home Buyer Tax BreaksTax season is here and many consumers are not completely aware of the home buyer tax deductions and breaks they may be entitled to. While we all need to pay our fair share of taxes, it is nice knowing we may get a refund  if we are able to itemize and claim some of the homeow...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 13
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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 7
Over hill over dale, we will hit the golfing trail...  ...as those fairways keep rolling along! What an amazing day for a round of golf. Temps in the high 50s, plenty of sunshine and greens just begging to be played. Sand Hollow Golf Resort in Hurricane, Utah is just the place to book a tee time....
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 7
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   BACK ON MARKET !     This Beauty is Back on the Market !   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure       Search All Homes For Sale   616 N Hartwell Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186-5025   Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Current Pri...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 4
It sounds so funny but the tradition these days says that the Spring Real Estate Market starts the minute the football season is over. I think that is a little bit silly but it is all good. Whenever you think it is time to make change in your life, we have help for you. Below are direct links to ...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
Feel Free To Dream Big A wide variety of loan products and Jumbo loan alternatives to help you achieve both peace of mind and small mortgage payments. Let your dreams take flight! Call or email today to see how I can help you own a home of your own. Cell 480-233-3010 DylanJamesMTG@snmc.com For mo...
By Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 8
CLOSED SALE at Boca Pointe La Corniche in Boca Raton FL  This gorgeous pool home on La Corniche Circle in the pet-friendly community of Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, Florida, closed last week. I represented the buyers.  You can read their testimonial here. This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms, 3.1 bat...
By Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 2
Testimonial - Boca Pointe in Boca Raton FL Elyse Berman is a dedicated professional who takes the time to understand her clients' needs and works tirelessly to meet their goals.  She knows her market and shares her expertise which was a real plus coming from out of state. Elyse's sincerity and po...
By Faith LaRosse, Realtor(R)
(Springer Realty Group)
Comments 0
New home buyers may not be aware of all the wonderful tax breaks they now have as a homeowner!  This is one of the very beneficial reasons to becoming a homeowner.  Renters, you won't be deducting any portion of the rent!  Some great information to consider in this excellent post by my colleage A...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
Comments 4
SUMMER RENTAL SEASON IS HERE CANDLEWOOD LAKE AREA, CT  Similar to the fashion industry, which always seems to be a few seasons ahead, the summer rental season for a vacation or week-end home in the Candlewood Lake area in Connecticut is here.  Just as you may not feel like shopping for winter boo...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 9
There are many advantages to owning your own home and the tax benefits are some of the strongest reasons to own a home. Take a look at the following post by Anita Clark and see if you are maximizing your savings. Home Buyer Tax Breaks Tax season is here and many consumers are not completely aware...
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 ...)
Comments 5
 First Time Buyers Ask: Want FSBO But Who Pays Broker's Commission?First Time Buyers seeing advertisements for FSBO (For Sale By Owner) properties often ask Want FSBO But Who Pays Broker's Commission? The answer varies  with each transaction. However, as with all business arrangements, anticipati...
By Virginia Hepp, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
(ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale)
Comments 2
Just in time for Mesquite NV Income Tax Season |Real Estate Buyer Taxable Deductions - Info is not just for First Time Buyers.Thank you, Anita Clark for writing an easy to understand reminder of some of the tax benefits of owning a home.  There are quite a few costs of buying as well as with sell...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 7
Repairs to structural components are more cost effective to address during the framing process as compared to doing things after the fact.       It would be nice if more folks would get pre-drywall or framing inspections during on new construction during the framing phase but many do not feel the...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 1
A generation ago, buyers didn’t have the luxury of the Internet to research and investigate real estate. Today, of course, many enter the real estate market with statistics and information gathered online. Or the best one is always well we seen them get a really good deal on HGTV. Despite all thi...
Many Dallas home buyers, especially those that are first time home buyers, often have to use their imagination to picture how furniture will fit within the dimensions of a room.  First time home buyers often move into their first home from an apartment or a smaller home and then will buy furnitur...
By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
Comments 0
I was showing an older home to a young couple the other day and they saw the laundry chute and did not know what this feature was - it was very cool to tell them about features of an older home.  It made me think would it not be cool to bring back some of these features into new construction as a...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
Surveys, Boundaries and Adverse Possession The course on the “Surveys, Boundaries and Adverse Possession” will run on 8 February 2016, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Goulart’s offices, Better Homes and Gardens, Signature 186 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3G1.What is a survey? ...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
Chattels and Fixtures The course  on the “Law of Attachment: Chattels and Fixtures” will run on 8 February 2016, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Nelson Goulart’s offices, 186 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3G1.This is a topic which is often misunderstood. It’s not that complicated, bu...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 8
600 Enfield Road, Columbus OH 43209   PROPERTY DETAILS $125,000 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 216002924Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 1Sq ft: 1219Lot Size: 61 x 112Style: 1 StoryGarage: 1 Car - DetachedHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2214.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Nice quality home in a great Eastmoor location. First ...