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 Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 28
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 Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 5
OPEN HOUSE - A home for heart Day!! 2/14 ~ 12-2 p.m.  OPEN HOUSE, February 14, Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11006 Seven Pines Lane, Champlin, MN Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS (4 full) 4441 Square Feet Cus...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 5
Everybody knows that "cash is king" and that cash buyers have an edge in the real estate market.If you are planning on buying a house in Tallahassee in the coming months and you know you'll need to borrow money, does this mean you have to be at a disadvantage to the fortunate buyers who are curre...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 9
It sounds so funny but the tradition these days says that the Spring Real Estate Market starts the minute the football season is over. I think that is a little bit silly but it is all good. Whenever you think it is time to make change in your life, we have help for you. Below are direct links to ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
  Buyers sometimes have long lists of things ...from the location to the lot size, number of bedrooms, style, updates, etc. on their wish lists when they begin their home search. Some items are more realistic than others...and some are just that...wishes.    We always work with Buyers as a Buyer...
By Christopher Collins, The Collins Home Team
(RE/MAX Renaissance Realty)
Comments 3
A very well maintained newly updated Annapolis model home in the heart of Sun City West. New paint, carpeting, cabinets and counters, a very large utility room perfect for hobbies, crafts or exercise. New roof in March of 2013. this home in Sun City West is a must see!! 13246 W JADESTONE Drive Su...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
Comments 0
No Margin for Error When there’s no margin for error, call in the experts When your loan needs a quick turn-around and it has to be done right...Call in the experts. Let’s all live in a world of smooth transactions. Cell 602-421-4300 Cappy.Capozzoli@snmc.com For more information visit: SecurtyNat...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 12
I almost fell off my chair when my client uttered that phrase.  I had to do a double take and ask her to repeat it so that I was certain that I had heard it.  It was rephrased but the message was still there:  Like a car, one should never pay list price for a house.This initiated all manner of th...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 1
Dear TZ, I am buying a home and I'm getting a Home Inspection.  But the inspector said I need a termite inspector, radon test and a tank sweep.  Are those required?  Why do I need all that?Buyer Bill  ****** Dear Bill,In New Jersey it is not required to get a home inspection, but doing so is high...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 11
Cedaredge, CO Five Bedroom Homes for Sale Feb. 2016 Real Estate InformationNot much has changed in the way of new listings and sales of five bedroom homes since last month's report. This report covers homes with at least five bedrooms. These homes tend to be larger, or have a basement. Homes with...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 9
Have had an absolute rash of damage in my listings recently and they all have something in common - they're vacant. Now they are in good shape, recently remodeled & detailed & there would be no need for any immediate work in these properties. Disrespect? Lack of control on the part of the agent? ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 3
A Home Buyer with a blank look asked how they would know if they LOVED a home they saw. Which Manchester NH area Home would be Right for them. They have been looking at homes for 3 months with another agent and today they came to the realization they needed a new agent. When meeting with a new b...
By Teresa K. Nelson
(Marketplace Sotheby's Intl Realty)
Comments 3
In the Greater Seattle area, rents are creeping up past what a house payment could be. This is a great time to take advantage of a state loan program for downpayment assistance! My colleague Suzy and I have teamed up with our favorite lender to offer Home Buyer classes that will teach a qualifyin...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 2
Considering buying a home in Scottsdale, Arizona but not sure how to go about it? Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation so we can share with you our proven process that has resulted in hundreds of successful transactions for the benefit of our clients. No hype. No gimmick...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 5
I remember my first featured post, a difference of opinion about that washer, dryer and refrigerator!Ralph Gorgoglione warns us, in this post, that even if MLS has some items shown as included in the sale of a house means nothing!MLS is NOT the contract! Personal Property:  The MLS is NOT the con...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 2
Are you searching for real property in Northern Virginia? Then you’ve come to the right place. Condo-Alexandria.com is the official site of Nesbitt Realty . Our real estate agents provide this site to help educate and assist home buyers with their real estate needs. Please don’t hesitate to take ...
By Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist
(The Ballen Group Real Estate Network, The Ballen Method)
Comments 3
The tiny house movement is very attractive to people who are searching for ways to lower their cost of living in order to work less or avoid a mortgage. While it's common to see claims on the internet of tiny homes being build for only $5,000, less than one year's rent for many people, these stic...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 8
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZHomes Currently for Sale in Val Vista LakesHomes Recently Sold in Val Vista Lakes Val Vista Lakes is more than just a great master-planned community. Our nine hundred acre "water-wonderland" consists of  four spacious ...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
Comments 6
 First Time Buyers Ask: Want FSBO But Who Pays Broker's Commission?First Time Buyers seeing advertisements for FSBO (For Sale By Owner) properties often ask Want FSBO But Who Pays Broker's Commission? The answer varies  with each transaction. However, as with all business arrangements, anticipati...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 8
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...