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 Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 2
602 East Greenway Drive, Tempe, AZ Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 05, Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2104 SQUARE FEET Fabulous Tempe location - Minutes from ASU, Airport, Shopping, Freeways buses & downtown - Mo...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 2
14401 Grandview Street, Overland Park, Kansas Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 05, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS | 5 (4 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 4505 SQUARE FEET This home is being marketed exclusively by The Mowe...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 10
New On the Market Well Maintained Townhome, Cedaredge, COThis is a wonderful place to call home. It's been recently painted inside and outside. The carpet is newer and it has a metal roof. There's also a covered patio. The yard is nicely landscaped. Price $120,000Here's a list of the features: 2 ...
By Margaret Hickman, REALTOR, GRI, ABR, SRS
(Keller Williams Realty - Cenla Partners )
Comments 1
Have you ever called a REALTOR and asked to see a house only to be told you need to get pre-approved with a lender first?  Did it make you angry, or did it make you wonder why?  Were you told you needed to come into the office before seeing the house?  Here are a few things for you to think about...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
Comments 5
This is a weekly feature I will do every Saturday for those wanting info on open homes in the Napa Valley. If I can help you find the perfect property here in the Napa Valley, please contact me. For those wanting a map and more details, here is the link to the Napa Register’s open house page.   ...
By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 4
120 Lila St. Steilacoom, WA 98388 Beautiful Steilacoom Home Live in this amazing home and walk to quaint downtown Steilacoom to dine in an outdoor cafe and take in the gorgeous views of Islands, Olympic Mountains and Ferries crossing the Sound. Interior Features: Family Room, Laundry Room, Pantr...
By Dianna Mandzuk, Dianna Mandzuk
(RE/Max Jazz Inc., Brokerage)
Comments 4
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JULY 5 2-4pm 48 Mortimer Cres., Ajax    Lovely John Boddy home in preferred "Eagle Ridge on the Green". Spacious front entrance with classic columns and coffered ceiling in the combination front living room and dining room. Sunken family room complimented by elegant twin lancet...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 3
Remember, there are things about the home you can easily change, and other things that are difficult to change, or cannot be changed at all.  Try to overlook cosmetic things such as paint color, wallpaper, and carpeting.  Most homeowners will want to add their own touch by redecorating anyway.  L...
By Cheryl Dukes Real Estate, Agent with Solid Source Realty South Fulton Atlanta GA RE License #274930
(Solid Source Realty, Inc.)
Comments 3
CherylDukesRealEstate is pleased to present this beautiful affordable ranch home for sale 673 Ridge Way in the Stonebridge Woods neighborhood Lithonia Georgia 30058. Open House scheduled for Sunday, June 12, 2-4pm. 673 Ridge Way Lithonia GA 30058 | Hits the Market at Bargain Price | $115,000 | Fo...
By Jack Lewitz
(IL Real Estate Specialists)
Comments 3
 I applaud the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Rights to Marriage. With that decision the LGBT community is not only given the right to marry but now can share in owning real estate together.Real Estate Deeds transfer Title from Seller but a buyer must choose how to take title. What kind of Title i...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 2
*** ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL***Maricopa 2 Story Home for Sale w/ Heated Pool in Cobblestone Farms$259,90044222 W Copper TRL Maricopa, AZ 851394 Beds/ 3 Baths3208 SqFt Active / 5247238  Gorgeous 4 bedroom/3 bath home located in desirable Cobblestone Farms. The oasis of a backyard is surrounded b...
By CJ Harrington, Cleveland OH Listing Realtor Keller Williams Agent
(Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland Southwest - 18318 Pearl Rd.; Stronsgville, OH 44136)
Comments 1
 Cleveland Ohio Homes for Sale - 20004 Ellsworth Dr - Strongsville, OH 44149 - CALL 440-336-0612  Cleveland Ohio Homes for Sale - 20004 Ellsworth Dr - Strongsville, OH 44149 - CALL 440-336-0612 Charming Full Brick Front colonial with side load garage in The Woods! Bright and cheerful interior wit...
By Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making Real Estate EZ - REMAX
(ReMax Realtec Group)
Comments 9
Hidden in a quite corner of Dunedin FL, just yards from the inter-coastal waterway, sits a secluded community of single family homes. An ideal location for those who like to stay active!  Big water view Big water access Pinellas Trail  Golf cart convenience to downtown Private Edgewater linear pa...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 76
Purchasing a home for the very first time can be a joyous yet stressful event. Whether you've been a long time renter, or are a young millennial ready to spread your wings and fly out on your own, buying a home is a much more complicated process than searching properties on the Internet. Today's ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 1
Search Union County Homes for SaleFind Real Estate Listings, New Homes and more        REAL ESTATENJEstates.netNJEstates.infoSomerset CountyMorris CountyUnion CountyHunterdon CountyMiddlesex CountyTown & School Info SERVICESBuying InformationSelling InformationCustom HomesNewsletters/AdviseFacebo...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 1
  REAL ESTATENJEstates.netNJEstates.infoSomerset CountyMorris CountyUnion CountyHunterdon CountyMiddlesex CountyTown & School Info SERVICESBuying InformationSelling InformationCustom HomesNewsletters/AdviseFacebookTwitterContact Us Morris County New Jersey Real Estate You need to have the best re...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 9
THE RESERVEThe Reserve in Huntsville Alabama is a popular community on the west side of Zierdt Rd. and just a couple of minutes from the Redstone Arsenal's Gate 7. Click on the photo below of the entrance to the Reserve for a daily updated list of homes for sale.  NEIGHBORHOOD STATISTICSAt the wr...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 0
 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comTown Squire Condominiums in Edmonds - close to everythingWhen thinking of buying or selling a cond...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 17
Brandon Saad, Hockey Negotiations, and Buying a Home    What You Can Learn             Anyone that knows me very well can relate a few basics about me.  One is, I'm a lifelong Chicago Blackhawks hockey fan.         Actually, I'm a fanatic.  Just ask my wife.  I hauled her to a hockey game on our ...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 47
I did an inspection last week in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque's friendly neighbor to the northwest, separated by the mighty Rio Grande river. When you're at the top of one of our area mountains overlooking the two cities, they look to be as one.This house was a "flip" home, sometimes this means troubl...