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 Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 14
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 Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 2
Beautiful Equestrian Property with acreage This magnificent country house is situated just south of Atlanta and North of Macon.With around 6 acres of land, beautiful private pool, as well as fantastic equestrian facilities, Riata makes the perfect equestrian home for you, your family and your ho...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 2
479 Northwest Ravenswood Lane, Port Saint Lucie, FL Pending Sale Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 2158 SQUARE FEET Get the Sales Price! Search All Homes for Sale in Torino Area of Saint Lucie W...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
Comments 26
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 Scott Gregory
(The Scott Gregory Team, Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast)
Comments 0
2579 Hidden Estates Circle, Navarre, FL 32566, Exclusively Listed by The Scott Gregory Team 850-982-2039You will feel right at home in this beautiful 4-bedroom home that's in move-in condition. Welcome home to 2579 Hidden Estates Circle in Navarre.This listing is brought to you exclusively by The...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 0
www.regalclassichomes.com Should My New Custom Built Home Have A Circular Driveway? Absolutely! Sometimes it’s not possible depending upon the size of your lot and foot print of your home but I highly recommend it. Perhaps, one of the more annoying issues is with visitors that park in front of yo...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 2
LIST OF VICTORIA HOMES AVAILABLE TO MOVE INTO FOR THANKSGIVING! Do you need to find a home in Victoria to move into Quickly... Now and Before THANKSGIVING?? Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October. This year it's on October 12/15 Good News, currently there are 63 Home...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 7
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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 3
With the collaboration of some of the most skilled new home builders in the industry we create elegant and distinctive luxury new construction homes in desirable neighborhoods of North/ Central New Jersey. Click For Complete Info on Our New Homes. http://www.njestates.net/real-estate/nj/luxury-ne...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 5
Denver Metro Area Rents Keep On Rising According to the Denver Post, the average rents in the Denver, Colorado metro area are rising at more than twice the national average.  In August, rents increased 6.9% as compared to the national average of 2.3%. The average two bedroom apartment in the Cent...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
We all remember Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the twin quasi-public organizations who backstopped the home loan industry for the whole country. Freddie and Fannie were thought by some to be on the verge of extinction during the home loan crisis, but they revived when Washington stepped in. Freddie’...
By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
Homebuyer Eligibility Buyers must have a minimum FICO credit score of 640 and maximum 45% debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. Standard loan guidelines exist for qualification (i.e., adequate income, acceptable credit, and down payment requirement). All buyers must attend a homebuyer education course and...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 20
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 Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
Comments 31
 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 Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 15
 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 Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
Comments 1
This Home went Pending in 4 Days!  See more great Northend Boise Idaho Homes For Sale HERE!   NOW PENDING!  2401 West Madison Avenue, Boise, ID Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 1972 SQUARE FEET Charm abounds i...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 11
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 Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 16
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ Homes Currently for Sale in Val Vista Lakes Homes Recently Sold in Val Vista Lakes Val Vista Lakes is more than just a great master-planned community. Our nine hundred acre "water-wonderland" consists of  four spacio...
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 Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 8
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ Homes Currently for Sale in Red Mountain Ranch  Homes Recently Sold in Red Mountain Ranch  Red Mountain Ranch sits nestled in the far Northeast corner of the valley. The East Valley has been called perhaps the most '...