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 Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 42
I have seen some really creative ways to run a dryer vent. We all know the dryer vent must discharge outdoors... right? Not into the garage, another room, the attic, it must be outdoors! Why? One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heatin...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 32
I Want to Buy a House These are Magic Words  Magic words are spoken when I get a phone call and the person on the other end says " I want to buy a house "  What do I need to do  ? Most of the time people just want a price or they think we are just people who open up houses and show them  at their...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 9
Spur Of The Moment Home BuyersWe've put a lot of effort into developing custom search pages for many subdivisions in our market.  Those pages place well in the search results and the good news is that means we get found by buyers.  And in most cases that's a pretty good thing.Some already have an...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 3
I think of Lafayette Park as the Crown Jewel of parks in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Encompassing 4 city blocks, it is perched on a knoll bordered by Washington and Sacramento Streets on the north and south, and Gough and Laguna on the east and west. This morning the mood o...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 10
When I work with buyers I suggest they drive by the house they are considering at different times of day to see how the sun rises and sets and to see the goings on in the neighborhood. But Pat Starnes suggests knocking on the neighbor's door to get even more information. It is not a bad idea if y...
By Richard L. McKinney P.A., For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!
(Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)
Comments 1
 See all condos currently available at Harbour Isle Harbour Isle at Hutchinson Island is a community is located in the beautiful city of Fort Pierce, Florida. Being part of the Harbour Isle at Hutchinson Island neighborhood provides the local residents a tropical paradise lifestyle, known only to...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 0
Here are some suggestions to get your agent to love you as their special buyer and want to keep you as a client for life.  How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with Them It's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. ...
By Christopher Lotte, Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
Comments 0
There are currently (waiting..) KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Ohio Homes for Sale in Columbus Realtors MLS. The average days on site for KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Homes is 80 Days with the average listing price for KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Homes being $207,774. The most expensive KINSALE VILLAGE Powell Home ...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 46
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 Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 33
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 Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 3
1827 Bennigan Dr, #89 E, Hilliard OH 43026 PROPERTY DETAILS $142,500LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 215042986Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 2Partial Baths: 2Sq ft: 1392Style: CondoGarage: 2 CarHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2,716.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Fantastic 3 bedroom condo in Hilliard Village with 2 full baths,...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 1
  More and more frequently I am being contacted by baby boomers who are either thinking of downsizing or who are just embarking on an active search. Most are opting for condominium living while a few others are looking to reside in a small single family home. The few who are interested in a small...
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 28
Under Contract - Lake of the Rockies - Monument CO 80132  It is wonderful when past clients call and say -- come on down and we have something to talk about!   They want to find a property with acreage and views somewhere rural.    We started the search, and after a couple of weeks I got another ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 19
Today my buyer client got a beautiful townhouse at 1829 Wilmette Ave #C Wilmette IL 60091 under contract. This is a very nice property that was on the market for $549,000. An end unit with 3 bedrooms and 4 bath rooms plus a half bath, an attached 2 car garage in a fantastic community. You hear me...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 24
How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with ThemIt's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. Those of us in real estate business love it when a buyer falls in love with a house and the excitement grows. What a great V...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 0
Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89002 - February 13, 2016Henderson ZIP code 89002 covers the southeastern corner of the city. Its general boundaries are everything south of Horizon Drive and Equestrian Drive, and east of the mountains that are part of the McCullough Range. Residents of 89002 can e...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 13
You Qualify to Buy the House, But Can you Afford It?  Here in Central Connecticut we are still in a buyer's market. This adds additional value for buyers, as there are homes that are within the upper reaches of their buying power that would be beyond them in a sellers market. This adds a temptati...
By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Ensenada, Baja, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
Comments 6
Baja real estate now Are you thinking of retiring in Baja? If so, let us at Rosarito Beach Real Estate help you find the perfect housing in an ideal location. Baja real estate now is known to be some of the most beautiful property you'll find anywhere in the world. In fact, all you have to do is ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 4
Our friend, colleague and mentor, Debbie Reynolds, puts a great spin on ways buyers can help themselves in the home-buying process. Read her suggestions to buyers - whether you live in Tennessee or California, these suggestions are important ones for all buyers. How Buyers Get Their Real Estate A...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 1
Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89012 - February 13, 2016Henderson ZIP code 89012 runs along Black Mountain and the hills of the McCullough Range, south of the I-215 beltway between Green Valley Parkway and the I-515 freeway. Because of the increased elevation, many homes have expansive views of t...