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 24
Today we closed 100 E. Bellevue Place #25C in Chicago's Gold Coast. A top of the line 2 bedroom and 2 bath condo for $487,500. A gut remodel awaits it's dated interior and my buyer clients are just thrilled. They are excited to choose the new kitchen and room finishes. In one of the best streets ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 28
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 Kevin Shin, & Associates
(Prudential California Realty)
Comments 2
13681 Cherokee Ct, Fontana, CA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1712 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! 15 Second Home Valuations Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 19
A Home Buyer demanded to be able to Offer what ever price THEY wanted on a new Listing of mine. There is certainly nothing that can keep them from making a lowball offer on this Manchester NH area Home. There is a "HOWEVER" though, that WHY would you make an offer that has ZERO chance of being ex...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 20
 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 Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 8
Cane Island Katy Hosts Party Under the Arches Cane Island a new Master Planned Community located just west of Old or Historic Katy and north of Interstate I-10 is hosting a party Under the Arches on Sunday September 6, 2015. The festivities start at 6 PM and last until 9 PM. This will be unveilin...
By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Landon Homes)
Comments 4
NEW HOME near Historic St. Augustine Room for a pool Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood $249,990 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 2,125 sqftYear Built: 2015MLS #: 154784 Location 117 Plaza Del RioSaint Augustine, FL 32084USA Marjorie Taylo...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 14
If You are going to be an Irresponsible Little Twit…  At least call back.Nothing is more irritating than to take time from your important tasks of the day than to go show a home to someone who does not show up.The irritation is only compounded when they do not call, do not answer their phone, or ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 3
www.regalclassichomes.com A Builder’s Test, How To Quickly Determine The Quality Of A New Home? Let’s call this the 5 minute Builder’s test. It’s probably really unfair but we are all busy and there are lots on new homes to view.  1. If you pull up to  a new home and it’s foundation elevation is ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 12
Affordable Homes for Sale Stone Mountain Village Delta, CO Sept. 2015This is a popular and newer subdivision in North Delta. Stone Mountain Village is a place people love to call home. It's a quick drive to shopping in Delta, and an easy commute to Grand Junction and Montrose.  There's a neighbor...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
Comments 0
Homebuyers enter the process with one of two mindsets. There are those who know what kind of house they want – the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the type of kitchen and maybe whether or not they want a yard. Then there are those who knowwhere they want to live, such as a specific school distr...
By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
Comments 2
3122 Roberta Street, Largo, FL Just Listed Property Video Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price4 BEDROOMS | 1784 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Largo Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work What is Your Home Worth? Presente...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 6
Reduced 126 Parkland Cir. Clarksville TN | Willowbrook SubdivisionIf you want a super deal on a home in the Sango area then you need to take a closer look at the value tucked into 126 Parkland Circle. This traditionally crafted home in Willowbrook Subdivision has a nicely laid out floor plan with...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 1
 222 Croasdale Ct, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$105,000 MLS #PM-23693 Click here for more on this Arrowhead Lake Home ---->Make sure you check out the drone video with this affordable Chalet in Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Located on a cul-de-sac, this home features an addition, 3 bedrooms, 2 ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Hampton Woods, Algonquin, Illinois - September 2015 About Hampton Woods Hampton Woods is a single family neighborhood built in 1989 by Sundance Homes. Hampton Woods features 79 homes with floor plans ranging from 1,875 to 2,550 square feet of living space. Hampton Woods is located on Longwood of...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Sterling Oaks, Streamwood, Illinois - September 2015 About Sterling Oaks Sterling Oaks is a single family home neighborhood built in the early 2000's by Pulte Homes. Sterling Oaks is located in Streamwood, Illinois on Rosewood and Schaumburg Road west of Route 59. Homes range from 2,550 to 3,372...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Cambridge Walk, Carol Stream, Illinois - September 2015 About Cambridge Walk Cambridge Walk is a single family home neighborhood built in the late 1990's by Cambridge Homes. Cambridge Walk features 114 homes with floor plans ranging from 2,366 to 3,387 square feet of living space. Cambridge Walk...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Kensington Place, Downers Grove, Illinois - September 2015 About Kensington Place Kensington Place is a townhome community built in the late 1980's by the Kensington Group. Kensington Place features 143 town homes Kensington Place is located in Downers Grove, Illinois east of Woodward and south ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 1
238 Chinook Cir, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$225,500 MLS #PM-25905 Click here for more on this Arrowhead Lake Home ---->Lots of room in this Contemporary home with finished basement in Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home features 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with tile and hardwood laminate floors th...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Olympic Terrace, Naperville, Illinois - September 2015 About Olympic Terrace Olympic Terrace is a single family home neighborhood located in Naperville, Illinois. Olympic Terrace is located on Gartner west of Washington. Average taxes in Olympic Terrace $6,682 Average association fees in Olympic...