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 10
Today my buyer client got a beautiful townhouse at 1829 Wilmette Ave #C Wilmette IL 60091 under contract. This is a very nice property that was on the market for $549,000. An end unit with 3 bedrooms and 4 bath rooms plus a half bath, an attached 2 car garage in a fantastic community. You hear me...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 15
Village of Neshaminy Falls in North wales Montgomery  county is a 55plus, active adult community . The community has a outdoor swimming pool,social room, game room, exercise room, card room and lots of activities. It is located close to Montgomery mall.There are 7 active listings in Neshaminy Fal...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
Comments 1
A Great Home Buyers Tool, Minot Real Estate Minute Minot Real Estate Minute, A GREAT Buyers tool, Thermography smart phone apps that show the heat loss in a home as well as excessive moisture, and maybe even electrical problems. These are NOT free apps but they are well worth the money for a home...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 17 Wedgewood Powell Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for Wedgewood Powell Homes is 165 Days with the average listing price for Wedgewood Powell Homes being $713,371. The most expensive Wedgewood Powell Home for sale is $1,595,000 and the c...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 16 Jerome Village Plain City Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for Jerome Village Plain City Homes is 120 Days with the average listing price for Jerome Village Plain City Homes being $587,343. The most expensive Jerome Village Plain City H...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
Comments 9
"Can I raise chickens in my backyard?"  This isn't an uncommon question among homebuyers in both urban and suburban markets these days. Whether the idea is formed before the home search begins, or whether buyers have been introduced to the concept during showing tours where other homeowners proud...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently 12 Tartan West Dublin Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for Tartan West Dublin Homes is 209 Days with the average listing price for Tartan West Dublin Homes being $626,800. The most expensive Tartan West Dublin Home for sale is $1,090,000, ...
By Coldwell Banker RCI Realty Bozeman, Montana
(Coldwell Banker RCI Realty)
Comments 17
Buying a home is an exciting time.  It can also be stressful and confusing, especially if you are buying your first home.  We asked our agents for their best advice to first time home buyers to help ease the process.  Here are the top ten tips we got…1.  Get your own RepresentationDon’t use the l...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 64
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 45
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 Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 14
I have seen some really creative ways to run a dryer vent. We all know the dryer vent must discharge outdoors... right? Not into the garage, another room, the attic, it must be outdoors! Why? One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heatin...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 2
1827 Bennigan Dr, #89 E, Hilliard OH 43026 PROPERTY DETAILS $142,500LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 215042986Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 2Partial Baths: 2Sq ft: 1392Style: CondoGarage: 2 CarHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2,716.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Fantastic 3 bedroom condo in Hilliard Village with 2 full baths,...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
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By Kate McQueen, REALTOR®, Houston Bay Area, League City-Bay Area Homes
(KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY CLEAR LAKE NASA)
Comments 0
Victory Lakes in League City  is one of Leauge City's premier communities.  Victory Lakes' location, approximately halfway between the Houston metroplex and Galveston Island, is ideal for commuters that want to enjoy Bay Area Houston living and work in downtown Houston or nearby UTMB.Amenities in...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 16
 I Want to Build a Home for My Family. What do I do?  With the limited selections of available homes on the market, many people are turning to the possibility of having their home built. Most know that when you want to buy an existing home, it is best to go through a Real Estate Agent, but what a...
By Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever!
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty)
Comments 1
When is the best time to house hunt, you ask?Right now!  Right now happens to be a very cold cold day in Maryland , and it is an excellent time to look for a house.Why?  Because as a buyer, this is when you can get the deals.  Imagine a home that has been on the market for a few months and the ow...
By Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent
(Solid Source Realty GA)
Comments 2
If you are like most Americans, your residential property is a big piece of your American Dream, and also one of your biggest assets. All of that comfort and security comes, of course, with some maintenance and other expenses. Want to offset some of the costs of home ownership? One way is to make...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 22
A wonderful 3 bedroom ranch is back on the market. On the market for only one week produced a buyer that had unreasonable expectations. Find out more by calling Coldwell Banker Skokie.A Perfect house for a nature lover. Mature Perennial garden included, right across the street from Harms woods fo...
By Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 1
What do HomeTown Heros and Brightwood Trails in Durham NC have in common?  Well Gene Allen of course.  One of my buyers is a veteran which makes them a HomeTown Hero.  My company is Fathom Realty  and along with Parkmont Lending we have teamed up to give back to our HomeTown Heros and in this cas...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 6
One Less Lot To Choose in Cincinnati's 55+ Community Heritage At Miami BluffsMonday morning was one of those days in real estate that I REALLY enjoy!  Karen & Jim signed the paperwork and got the keys to their new construction patio home on the back side of Heritage at Miami Bluffs! One of my fav...