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 Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 49
If you're searching for a new home, odds are you've been using one of the big on-line search sites. And it's likely that you have seen a home you really liked, but when you asked your agent to show them to you, he told you that it was either already under contract or sold. And this has probably h...

By Norma Skeete, ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA
(Keller Williams City Wide Realty)
Comments 0
Duplex for Sale in Arlington VA OPEN HOUSE: June 25, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: 519 South Veitch Street, Arlington, VA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score $ Click for current price 2 BEDROOMS 1 BATHROOMS (1 full) Renovated duplex in Penrose neighb...

By Joe Boylan
(SpringsHomes)
Comments 1
Showings are the most public side of the real estate business. The preparation for this side of the practice is actually more significant than people realize. Individual appointments need to be made on each house, sellers schedules need to be accommodated, the route needs to be planned, etc… Duri...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 3
You might think selling a home is pretty simple.  A buyer offers a certain amount of money for the home, the seller agrees or doesn't, rinse lather repeat until they come to an agreement on price, dates and other critical aspects.But the reality is it's not quite that simple, not even close.  The...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 4
Why Should I Buy a Home Facing North or South in Arizona? In different parts of the country, a home's orientation may or may not make a difference.  In Arizona, we follow the sun a little differently than other cooler climates.   In cooler climates, you might want a home facing west to take advan...

By Janet Larsen
(Remax Connection)
Comments 1
Are you a builder looking for prime development?  This 20 acre site had prior approvals for 90 Age Restricted Townhomes or 45 Single Homes.  Utilities all at site.  70 % of the engineering has been completed.  Owner willing to finalize approvals and wetland deliniation for a serious buyer. Low In...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 0
If you have been thinking of selling you lake home or cabin, NOW is the time.Most people looking to buy a lake home want to be able to enjoy their investment right away and not wait until spring.So waiting until September will impact the number of people looking and many are bargain shoppes.I hav...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 0
In new construction the thermal barrier in the attic should be verified by an attic insulation certificate.This house is supposed to be Energy Star compliant for Virginia standards.  As such there are criteria that are to be met.  For example, windows and doors should have certain U-factors and s...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 14
COMING SOON!  Northwoods Ranch Home! This adorable ranch will be gone before you can blink your eyes!   3-bedroom, 2-bath renovated ranch home on a fabulous CUL-DE-SAC lot features the following: New architectural shingles/roof - 2012New HVAC (A/C & furnace) - 2015Renovated master bath - (shower ...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Park Shore, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - June 2017 About Park Shore Park Shore Condos is a 56-story high-rise condominium building in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Built in 1991, Park Shore is located at 195 N. Harbor within steps of Michigan Avenue shopping, museums, restaurants, theaters,...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
River City, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - June 2017 About River City River City is a luxury mid-rise condominium built in 1986. River City is located in the South Loop area of Chicago, IL at 800 S Wells Street. Situated just off the south branch of the Chicago River, River City is close to Grant Par...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Paper Place Lofts, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - June 2017 About Paper Place Lofts Paper Place Lofts is a historic 10-story condominium building located in the South Loop area of Chicago, IL at 801 S. Wells Street south of Harrison Road. Paper Place Lofts is situated in the Printer's Row and is clos...

By Kasey & John Boles, Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com)
Comments 6
Two Rivers is beautiful subdivision in Eagle between the north and south channels of the Boise River off of Eagle Road. It has amazing, mature landscaping, flowers, bushes & trees and includes 17 lakes and 41 waterfalls & water features. It is a 245 acre community with beautiful views and walking...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 5
SouthPark Open House - Saturday, June 24 - 1:00 - 3:00PM6711 Churchill Park CT, Charlotte, NC - Join us for an Open House in our luxury townhome that feels just like a Single Family Home! This property is situated in one of the most primo locations in SouthPark and has access to everything Charlo...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 14
Home Buyers are ready to buy, but some can not find a home they want to buy. Some areas have a shortage of homes for sale. Buyers are finding my Active Rain Blog when searching for tips to how to buy a home in the Manchester NH Area.   I have put together a list of some the questions that are ask...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 14
The waiting is the hardest part. Once the buyer has decided on a home, the seller cannot accept it fast enough.   When a City is experiencing a strong Seller's market, multiple offers are usually seen, and there are times where the Sellers are "collecting offers", and want to review as many as th...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 9
 Why Do I Need to Be Pre-Approved to Buy a Home?The phone rang today with a very nice woman on the other end of the line. She explained that she remembered me from visiting her neighborhood, although she isn't ready to sell her home.  Hmmm, "I thought, what's this about?"   Could it be that she h...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 9
Buyers’ Expected Costs in a Real Estate Transaction There are multiple costs a buyer will need to pay in a real estate transaction here in the Carlsbad, and it’s important to understand what to expect so there are no, or few, surprises during the process of buying a Carlsbad home. Your buyer agen...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Comments 1
Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - Do you know when you need a survey?Buying a home in Pennsylvania and in Tredyffrin Easttown School District does not require the buyer to obtain a survey. it is a choice unlike some other states around us.However, there are circumstances whenyou should definitely...

By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 11
Dick Greenberg really hits home with this blog.  I have always wondered how a client found a home that was off the market or not available. He outlines the process very well for clients.  Now each MLS may use different terminology for the categories of homes on our local MLS (Multiple Listing Ser...