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 Coldwell Banker RCI Realty Bozeman, Montana
(Coldwell Banker RCI Realty)
Comments 15
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 61
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 Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 59
Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG!Ten Tips to Owning Property  Why not? I've always been a believer in dreams. Having them, shooting for and making  them come true. Build foundations under them and dreams CAN come true. Here are ten tips to BUILD A FOUNDATION to owning property.   1. Make...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Comments 0
 150 Mohican Trl, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$219,500 MLS #PM-31937  Click here for more on this Arrowhead Lake Home ---->Winter lake views from this spacious Contemporary home in Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Featuring 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, this home offers hardwood and tile floors...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 42
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 Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 32
You can Buy a Pre Owned Home at Top Dollar, we are in a Seller's Market, or Build A Home of YOUR own? You still have choices...                   Yep, it is still snowing, and more cold weather yet to come, and only 21 Days left before our Spring Real Estate Market starts!Buyer's with pre-qualifi...
By Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 11
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 Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 0
When Hollywood comes to Washington D.C. there's a good chance they'll be filming in McLean VirginiaMcLean is home to diplomats, high ranking government officials and members of Congress. McLean Virginia is a short drive to the Central Intelligence Agency and downtown Washington D.C.Single family ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 6
  Phoenix 3 Bedoom Home for Sale with Pool 85021   Arizona weather is getting warmer and closer to swim season.  This could be your home for your next "Big Swim Party "! Look at the beautiful sparkling Diving Pool and Lovely Backyard   View Virtual Tour!    8443 N 17th Drive Phoenix AZ 85021  Spa...
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 24
All We Ask is a bit of Courtesy   As a listing agent you are hired by a seller to sell a home at a price the seller will accept.     You market, follow up with the feedback and even hold open houses in order to sell a home! Another responsibility would be to alert showing agents that there is an ...
By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
Comments 2
Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®, SFR®, CDPE®, CHS®In today’s real estate market it is very common for buyers’ agents to show property, write an offer for their buyers and submit that offer via email without ever talking to the listing agent. When this happens, the listing agent and seller have no idea ...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Comments 1
Connecticut home buyers here is a great list of do's and don'ts as a first time home buyer or even a seasoned buyer when considering the right mortgage for you. Having enough reserves for closing costs, repairs and emergencies is key. If done properly owning a home can be a long term investment t...
By Steve Houck Realtor-Broker/Owner Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Associate
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
Comments 1
These styles are the ones that are way and above the most popular styles for new construction in our part of the country. They have been for quite some time and their popularity shows no sign of declining. There have been a couple of attempts by developers locally to try other styles with siding,...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 8
 Are You a Hopeful Home Buyer?Did You Just File Your Taxes?         Did you just file your taxes?  Or hoping to soon?            If so, and thinking of buying an IL/Chicago-area (or Wisconsin) home in the near future, now is the perfect time to talk to me to get started with your financing.      ...
By Mike & Ruth Feast - High Desert Real Estate, Serving You A Real Estate "FEAST"
(The Feast Team at Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Open House in Apple Valley!Join us this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 & 14 from 11 - 3pm, and preview this beautiful Apple Valley residence. This property features a total of 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,716 sq. ft on 5 acres.If you have dreamed of having your own family compound, then this property...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 1
Move in ready!  Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home over 2,000 SF including a den, large screened lanai, and pool coming on market. This home is situated in Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida and is convenient to A rated schools, shopping, the library and YMCA.  $262,500.   Give me a call to chat...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
Comments 0
If You Read Just One Article about Cameron Creek from MI Homes - Read This One>National home builder M/I Homes has a strong presence in the Charlotte NC real estate market, including the Fort Mill - Tega Cay SC corridor nearby. I featured their new Cameron Creek single family and town home develo...
By Marcus Rice, Richmond & Northern VA REALTOR/Principal Broker, CEO/Owner, CDPE, RAR, FAAR, BBB
(Equity First Realty )
Comments 0
Are you financially ready to buy a home? The house you’ve been eyeing has a for sale sign in the front yard. You’re excited. You’re ready to take a look at it. Great… but are you ready to buy it?Before you meet with your realtor, you should first meet with your lender to make sure. In order to ma...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 12
What Does a Rice Cooker Have to do With Real Estate . . .Yesterday, I went to the store and I bought a rice cooker.  It's the first rice cooker I've ever purchased and it's one of those "Why did I wait so long?" DUH moments in my life.I had the same thing happen with . . . the leaf blower AND the...
By Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 8
Pet Friendly Waterfront Condos for Sale Toscana in Highland Beach FLFind similar waterfront condos for sale at Toscana in Highland Beach FL. If you are looking for a pet friendly condo  in Highland Beach, FL, then Toscana may be a good choice for you.   Highland Beach is a small town of 1.6 miles...