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 Larry Johnston, Real Estate Broker
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 12
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 Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 25
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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 5
A wonderful 3 bedroom ranch is back on the market. On the market for only one week produced a buyer that had unreasonable expectations. Find out more by calling Coldwell Banker Skokie.A Perfect house for a nature lover. Mature Perennial garden included, right across the street from Harms woods fo...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 18
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 Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 7
Five Bedroom Homes for Sale Delta CO Real Estate Market News Feb 2016This real estate market report covers the five bedroom and larger homes for sale in and outside of Delta. Any of these properties in the 81416 zip code that are listed in the local MLS (multiple listing service) are included in ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
It happens - not always, but it does!What should I do?I have an animal in my attic!Here is the answer from Michael McGuffie ! www.regalclassichomes.com   What Should I Do, I Have An Animal In My Attic?     I recently had a real learning experience and I build custom homes for a living! After livi...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Arizona 4Beds Corner Lot Bungalow for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $149,900   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Arizona 4Beds Corner Lot Bungalow for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGrea...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 5
What Does a Highest & Best Offer Mean to Home Buyers? It is a phrase used in real estate by a listing agent that says go back and bring your highest and best offer for a property so you will not be upset you lost the home to a higher offer.  Explaining this well to home buyers is more than about ...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 2
Opening the front door with your own key and walking into your home for the first time is an incredible moment that you will remember forever.  If you and your family are people of faith, give thanks to God for making your dream possible.  Never take success for granted.  If ever there was a time...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 0
*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Arizona Corner Lot Winter Home for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $149,900   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Arizona Corner Lot Winter Home for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGreat sing...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 3
Villas at shady Brook  is an active adult communty in Middletown township, in  Bucks county Pa. It offers resort style living and lots of activities at the clubhouse. There is an indoor heated pool, exercise room, card room, They also have an outdoor pool and tennis courts.I looked up the mls on ...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 4
Village of Neshaminy Falls in North wales Montgomery  county is a 55plus, active adult community . The community has a outdoor swimming pool,social room, game room, exercise room, card room and lots of activities. It is located close to Montgomery mall.There are 7 active listings in Neshaminy Fal...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
Comments 1
 Thinking of Buying a home in Bushwick Brooklyn    As of Feb 10th, 2016 there 16 residential homes for sale in Bushwick Brooklyn posted on the Brooklyn MLS priced $700,000 to $3,000,000.  If you are  ready to buy a home in Bushwick Brooklyn and you are looking for a Brooklyn Real Estate agent to ...
By Coldwell Banker RCI Realty Bozeman, Montana
(Coldwell Banker RCI Realty)
Comments 16
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 62
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 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 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 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 George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
 Austin Texas - Highly sought after northwest Austin neighborhood and street. In-ground swimming pool. Level 0.2069-acre lot. Backyard oasis with covered patio. 4 sides brick. Formal dining room. Fireplace. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, 2,507 square feet, 3 living rooms: 1) family room, 2)...