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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 25
When we're not busy with real estate we like to flower garden.  We have some large beds with a variety of perennials.  Small, large, a host of colors and styles and we enjoy the beauty of the blooms.  We pick flowers to be good for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and considering whe...

By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
Comments 0
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qua...

By Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers!
(To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty)
Comments 0
       Are you ready to make the transition into HOME OWNERSHIP? That's awesome, and in this exciting time you can be turning to friends and family for an insight into the process. However, there seems to be a circulation of misinformation spreading around, so we're here to clear up a few myths. ...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 74
 If you are new (or even not so new) to the home buying process, there are 10 myths about buying a home that you need to stop believing NOW! MYTH #1 ALL REAL ESTATE AGENTS ARE THE SAME FACT: Buyers think anyone with a real estate license is equally capable of assisting them in buying a home. But ...

By Shonn Thompson, Experience and Results To Move You!
(Thompson Realty Group)
Comments 0
Budgets: They reflect a reality that we either revel in or despise. If yours is reflecting the fact that, yes, you can afford to make a mortgage payment every month, but it will be tight, you have some tough decisions to make.These include the obvious, such as putting off the purchase until you h...

By Jerry Murphy, CRS, Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate
(Long Realty West Valley)
Comments 4
I brought the buyer for this fantastic home in the Traditions active adult community in Surprise, AZ.If you're looking to purchase a home give me a call, 602-334-3757. 

By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 2
We have a fantastic listing coming up later this week in Shadow Ridge Littleton Homes for sale. Here's a quick preview:  11908 W. Cooper Drive Littleton 80127 4 beds 3 bath $494,900   Bright Vaulted open entry in this Beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with Walk-Out Basement. Superior Location in t...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 46
When you hire us to help you buy a home, we typically explain that our commission is being paid by the listing agent's company, as compensation for bringing you, the buyer, to the transaction. And that commission is generally a portion of the commission negotiated between the seller and the listi...

By Gwen Kelly, Long Beach, CA Real Estate
(Broadmoor Realty, Inc)
Comments 4
Two Bedroom, Two Story Townhome Style Home with 2046 square feet.  Located in the desirable Crown Pointe community in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach Asking $575,000. DOUBLE DOOR ENTRY opens to fireplace, vaulted ceilings and wood flooring.  The first floor is perfect for entertaining.  Large...

By Gwen Kelly, Long Beach, CA Real Estate
(Broadmoor Realty, Inc)
Comments 2
Traditional 5 Bedroom 3 Bath Alamitos Heights home with approximately 2324 square feet located across from Marina Vista Park Asking $1,100,000 A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to own a traditional classic-styled Cape Cod home in the southern part of exclusive Alamitos Heights. Located across from beautiful M...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 13
8 Home Buying Tips for First Time Buyers Buying a home is a huge process and a substantial financial one. As a first time buyer there are some important things you should do in order to have a good experience and be successful in your quest to become a homeowner. So, assuming you have made the de...

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 8
 It is wonderful when you get a call from a potential Buyer, and they let you know it was a past client who referred them to me.    This group of young professionals are now starting to think about buying their own homes.   After having a few house warming parties, others are thinking this could ...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 11
I work with both home buyers and sellers. I have open houses on Sundays for the sellers and I show homes on Saturdays, During the week I am available for both sellers and buyers but I do not get to spend as much time with home sellers as I get to spend with home buyers.When I show homes I listen ...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 1
 Indemnification on a MisrepresentationQuestion:I am trying to understand the indemnification on a misrepresentation.For instance, the listing agent descripted the sq ft in the listing according to the seller. The buyer put the offer and it was accepted. However, before the closing, the buyer fou...

By Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor
(Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. )
Comments 1
My daughter Jordan is all grown up and on her own now.  She has her Masters in Accounting and is doing quite well.  However,  as a Realtor®, it bothers me that she is still renting and not committing to invest her hard earned money into home ownership.  It's definitely a big commitment, obviously...

By Dusty Brazil, Realtor specializing in North County & Coastal SD
(Pacific Sotheby's International Realty- Serving all of San Diego County & South Orange County)
Comments 0
I've been showing a client a lot of homes in Oceanside lately. We are trying to get west of the 5 in Oceanside under 650K, but most places are fixers. We've also been looking nearby in Historical Loma Alta community and Fire Mountain. Yesterday I showed a really cool home that featured GOOGIE arc...

By Carrie Courtney and Company, Changing Latitudes Real Estate
(Changing Latitudes Real Estate)
Comments 0
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 91,000 properties regained equity in the first quarter of 2017. This is great news for the country, as 48.2 million of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation.Price Appreciation = Good News for HomeownersFrank Nothaft, CoreLog...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
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Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - Do you know when you need a survey?Buying a home in Pennsylvania and in Tredyffrin Easttown School District does not require the buyer to obtain a survey. it is a choice unlike some other states around us.However, there are circumstances whenyou should definitely...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 1
Is Buying a Home Still a Smart Plan?With the burst of the housing bubble, credit crisis, and millions of foreclosures across the country, you may wonder if buying a home is such a good idea after all. However, it’s important to consider all of the facts. The important message to take away from th...

By Erika Albert, Real Estate Agent Extraordinaire in Austin, Texas
(E*Rae Realty- Powered by eXp Realty LLC)
Comments 3
I love all of the commercials that depict buying a house on T.V.  You know the ones where the husband and wife see the perfect house, then seconds later they are hugging inside of their dream home and their dog sits perfectly poised looking out through the windows.  I hate to break it to you, but...