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 Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 7
We all know there is rarely ideal house in the re-sale market.   Perfect homes are usually custom built although perfect can still be limited by budget.  In the current Brevard County, Florida residential market sales are growing while inventory is not keeping pace with the resulting rise in pric...
By Charles Gaulden, Military Relocation Specialist & New Home Buyers
(Duval Realty of Jax)
Comments 5
Can you use a FHA 203k loan or a Fannie Mae conventional renovation loan on a multi-unit property? YES! You can renovate 1-4 unit properties with both FHA 203k and conventional renovation loans. The renovation loans also allow you to convert a SFR to a multi-unit and a multi-unit back to a SFR as...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 24
Kentlands Photowalk: Thistle IMG 4602 Kentlands, in zip code 20878, is a planned neo-traditional community within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite neighborhood for families moving to the Metro Area of the District of Columbia.When you t...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 24
Kentlands Photowalk: Blue Ageratum, Mist Flower, Flossflower IMG 4662 Kentlands is a planned neo-traditional community located within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland 20878. This is a very walkable community and one of the favorites for families being relocated...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
Kentlands Photowalk: Dahlia IMG 4998 This dahlia is from our Kentlands home garden in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. To obtain a blank background like this, simply position a sheet of paper behind the flower. It is fun to try different paper colors.Kentlands is a planned neo-traditional community ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 3
Kentlands Photowalk: Honeysuckle IMG 4573 Our home community is Kentlands, a very walkable neighborhood within the City of Gaithersburg, in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite area for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC.The aroma of honeysuckle is...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 12
  I CAN SEE IT! They left the porch light on and it is in beautiful Austin Texas. Let's take a closer look.  Austin Texas market is on fire. Took buyers to see a home 3 days on the market while we were writing up the offer another full price cash offer hit the brokers desk. I am listing a home ne...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
Kentlands Photowalk: Dahlia IMG 4992 This dahlia is shown in our home garden in the Kentlands community in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. Kentlands is one of the preferred communities for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC. Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, U...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
Agents are not only wasting their time, they are not serving their buyer-clients if they don't have the financial talk before doing any showings. Agents are not only wasting their time, they are not serving their buyer-clients if they don't have the financial talk before doing any showings. Ideal...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 2
10711 Wildwood Way in Universal City TX is For Sale This four-bedroom home has two master bedrooms, one on each of the two stories. Located in Springwood, a gated community, in Universal City. This area is northeast of downtown San Antonio and very near Randolph Air Force Base. Springwood has ove...
By Belinda Johns, Northern Virginia "Hometown" Realtor
(Exit Realty)
Comments 0
GROVETON WOODS IS NOW SELLING!Call Belinda Johns to schedule at tour703-919-6289  Lennar is offering 6 unique duplex units in three different buildings. Located in Alexandria, VA in Fairfax County, Groveton Woods gives you the opportunity to experience the luxury and convenience of living nearby ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 13
Beginning the search for your home without a prequalification letter is not a good idea. Don't Put the Cart Before the Horse, Get Prequalified First Once a buyer gets the idea to look for a home to purchase the excitement starts building inside of them. It usually begins with looking online and p...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 2
 Pflugerville Texas - Executive level HUD owned home located in the high demand Blackhawk golf community. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 3,147 square feet, on a large 0.212 acre lot. Built in 2008 by Centex Homes. Covered patio. Security system. Water softener. Crown molding. Recess lighting....
By Michael Brown
(Keller Williams Ballantyne)
Comments 0
 Your one stop shop for all real estate that's for sale in Charlotte, NC . Browse thru all homes for sale in Charlotte or search by some of the most popular neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County. While looking thru houses you are able to save any home that you like as a favorite, and when you find ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 18
Many people are interested in 5 bedroom homes for sale in Evanston IL. Evanston has a nice selection of houses ranging from new construction to 19th century Queen Anne Victorians. 5 Bedroom single family homes are a very popular size for families. Evanston IL has great schools, the District 65 El...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 25
Back when I was still fairly new to the world of Real Estate and the fine art of selling houses in Owasso Oklahoma, I got a call one summer day to go show one of my listings.  I set up the appointment and when the day arrived, headed out a bit early so I could be there when the potential buyers a...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
Comments 1
Open House - 1278 Lasso Dr Little Elm Texas 75068Sunset PointeSunset Pointe Homes For Sale In Little Elm TexasOffered at $244,975    See additional photos and home details  See This Home In Person At Our Open House  Saturday August 29th from 12:30pm-2:00pm Directions to 1278 Lasso Dr   Curious ab...
By Temple Schneider Callahan, Search Ventura County Homes For Sale CA
(Connect Real Estate - REALTOR / BROKER)
Comments 2
 Whether you’re buying a home that needs renovating, or just want to update the kitchen or floors before you move in - an FHA 203k loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration could be the ticket to your financing issues.   Although I am not a Loan Officer myself - I am a Real Estate Broker...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 3
Owning a home in Haiku Maui offers a life style that is set in the tropics.  Finding the right home in Haiku can be a challenge, that's why working with an experienced real estate agent can save you time and money.      I been selling Maui real estate on the north shore of Maui for over 21 years....
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 3
With the collaboration of some of the most skilled new home builders in the industry we create elegant and distinctive luxury new construction homes in desirable neighborhoods of North/ Central New Jersey. Click For Complete Info on Our New Homes. http://www.njestates.net/real-estate/nj/luxury-ne...