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 15
Many people are interested in 5 bedroom homes for sale in Evanston IL. Evanston has a nice selection of houses ranging from new construction to 19th century Queen Anne Victorians. 5 Bedroom single family homes are a very popular size for families. Evanston IL has great schools, the District 65 El...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 1
 Pflugerville Texas - Executive level HUD owned home located in the high demand Blackhawk golf community. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 3,147 square feet, on a large 0.212 acre lot. Built in 2008 by Centex Homes. Covered patio. Security system. Water softener. Crown molding. Recess lighting....
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
Owning a home in Haiku Maui offers a life style that is set in the tropics.  Finding the right home in Haiku can be a challenge, that's why working with an experienced real estate agent can save you time and money.      I been selling Maui real estate on the north shore of Maui for over 21 years....
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 6
Buying or selling a home is no different than any other important task.  Success most often depends on the proper planning.    Begin with the end in mind (define your goal).If selling your home is the goal then consider these points.   When...  Depending on the type of transaction the time requir...
By Temple Schneider Callahan, Search Ventura County Homes For Sale CA
(Connect Real Estate - REALTOR / BROKER)
Comments 2
 Whether you’re buying a home that needs renovating, or just want to update the kitchen or floors before you move in - an FHA 203k loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration could be the ticket to your financing issues.   Although I am not a Loan Officer myself - I am a Real Estate Broker...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 24
Back when I was still fairly new to the world of Real Estate and the fine art of selling houses in Owasso Oklahoma, I got a call one summer day to go show one of my listings.  I set up the appointment and when the day arrived, headed out a bit early so I could be there when the potential buyers a...
By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
Comments 2
Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®, SFR®   More On Moorpark Real Estate    More on Ventura County Real Estate   View Photos 1055 MARINE VIEW Lane Moorpark, CA 93021 $3,750,000 0 bds 0 ba 1848679 sq ft Status: Active Listing #: 215012749 Attention Builders & Developers! Prime 42+ acres of Mountains and Val...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 7
 www.regalclassichomes.com What’s a Florida Basement And Do I Need One? When homeowners move to Central Florida from other states, one of the first things they ask, where are the basements and where am I going to store all my stuff? Since we can dig a hole and hit ground water at 3’ in most locat...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
Comments 1
Open House - 1278 Lasso Dr Little Elm Texas 75068Sunset PointeSunset Pointe Homes For Sale In Little Elm TexasOffered at $244,975    See additional photos and home details  See This Home In Person At Our Open House  Saturday August 29th from 12:30pm-2:00pm Directions to 1278 Lasso Dr   Curious ab...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 5
We all know there is rarely ideal house in the re-sale market.   Perfect homes are usually custom built although perfect can still be limited by budget.  In the current Brevard County, Florida residential market sales are growing while inventory is not keeping pace with the resulting rise in pric...
By Charles Gaulden, Military Relocation Specialist & New Home Buyers
(Duval Realty of Jax)
Comments 2
Can you use a FHA 203k loan or a Fannie Mae conventional renovation loan on a multi-unit property? YES! You can renovate 1-4 unit properties with both FHA 203k and conventional renovation loans. The renovation loans also allow you to convert a SFR to a multi-unit and a multi-unit back to a SFR as...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
Comments 0
3306 Hoback Ave in Gillette WY is a wonderful Executive Townhome with an amazing floorplan! This home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and almost 1700 sq feet of finished space! Main level living is an added bonus, and all appliances stay; even washer and dryer!This Gillette WY home in Sawgrass E...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
Comments 1
 This post is designed to help in finding homes for sale in Tooele County.We offer a lot of search tools on our real estate website, tooele homes 4 sale. If you are looking for houses or condos you might be interested in buying, or if you are house hunting in Salt lake and would like to compare p...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 1
  Cedar Park Texas - Bank Foreclosure sold As-Is in the high demand subdivision of Cedar Park Towncenter. 2 story, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 1,831 square feet, on a 0.114 acre lot. Built by DR Horton in 2006. Community pool. City utilities. Close to commuter rail, tollways, hospitals, ma...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 28
Actual Text Conversation On PricingDid I "Go Rude" ?The following is a text conversation I had with an unknown texter on Friday 08/21/2015. I've recorded it below exactly as it was, type-os, misspellings and all. I'm not sure how I went from getting thanks to be harassing but maybe you can tell m...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 8
I know that it is still summer, and it is August in Maui.  But I can feel the change of fall coming. Okay so we don't get the fall leaves, and early winter snow.  But I can see it in the ocean as the winter swells slowly start arriving.  It is also a sign to get into the gym and get ready and fit...
In this series, we are providing tips to avoid the Most Common Roadblocks to Home Ownership.  So far in previous weeks, we have discussed how to solve 1) limited or bad credit, 2) no down payment, 3) not having a budget, 4) documenting rent history, 5) not understanding a Buyer’s Agent role.  Tod...
By Isabel Elsesser, North Metro Atlanta Real Estate Specialist
(First United Realty)
Comments 0
Are you tired of paying escalating rent year afer year ?   Stop! With as little as 3.5 % down of the purchase price you can own a home.The funds can come in the form of a gift from a family member.The funds can also come from a retirement savings plan such as a 401k.Down payment assistance is als...
By Kim Bregman, Exclusive Buyer Agent in S. Florida and Western NC
(Optima Properties)
Comments 1
 On November 13, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule regarding changes to current early disclosure and closing documentation used on mortgage loan transactions.  Anyone in the real estate or mortgage industry should understand that new regulations called TRID (TILA/RESPA ...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
Comments 2
Great Starter Home! Everything redone! 2 bedroom, 1 bath, basement with extra door, detached garage with opener, alley access. Vinyl siding, large backyard, newer windows, wiring, plumbing, central heat/air unit, fresh paint. All new appliances stay! (Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher/ washer & dry...