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 Kelly Turbeville, Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality
(Keller Williams)
Comments 0
If you are listening to the news these days in Orange County you are hearing often how low inventory is, and pricing continues to go up.  Great news for home sellers. Some stats you look at in individual areas can show pricing up from 10%, to one I just looked at noted 42% from Jan 2016.   Open h...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 3
Q#4: What does the Homeowners' Association Fee cover?A: We have our own water treatment plant and sewage treatment plant, so all of your water and sewer are covered by the annual dues. It also includes/covers: several employees, both full and part time social events tennis court/ basketball area/...

By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 0
Looking to buy a Single Family Detatched Home for Sale in Silver Spring or Takoma ParkMaryland?  There are  68 Single Family Detached Homes for Sale in Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland with Open Houses today - Sunday, February 26th, 2017Open Houses in the Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryl...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
Comments 0
The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:“Owning a home (in Ocean County) embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most Amer...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 0
Homes for sale with RV garages in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area with pictures, prices, details map locations and more in a full page format.                             Homes for sale with RV garages in the Phoenix metro area on full page Note, many of the homes on this list have a full RV gara...

By Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise ID)
Comments 6
4 bedroom3 bathroom3112 Square Feet3 Car Garage.53 Acre Lot$349,900 Beautiful Country Style Home on over a half acre which features natural lighting & beautiful indoor & outdoor living areas. Expansive trex style deck overlooks park-like backyard with beautiful gardens, pond, & views of the valle...

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
Comments 2
The tales about buyer's remorse have been popular within the real estate market. These are the feelings of doubts and the concerns that buyer's have after the purchase of the house. But have you heard of seller's remorse? They refer to the doubts and concerns that linger in the minds of home sel...

By Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 14
Don’t Let Student Loans Stop You from Buying a Home Buying a home is considered by many, to be an integral part of the American dream. But what happens if you have student loans, that means that you aren’t financially capable of buying a home, right? WRONG. Student loans may affect your monthly b...

By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 1
 Sometimes you just can't find the perfect building lot when looking for a place to build your new home. Many factors can affect a buyers decision. It could be access easements, road maintenance agreements, internet access, terrain, land use, utilities, quality of well water, location of drain fi...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
Comments 5
Charlotte Home Sales at Historic Pace - Sales Prices & InventoryAre you going to be one of the 1-in-4 Americans who will be purchasing a new home this year?  If so, here is more data to demonstrate that NOW is the time!  Home prices are on the rise...as are interest rates.   Here are the national...

By J. Michael Manley
(J Michael Manley Team)
Comments 0
While cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Miami seem to get all the national fame, the fact of the matter is that there are other exciting places to live. We all know the cost of living in many of these famed cities is sky-rocketing, so smaller, cheaper alternatives are proving t...

By Michael McGlynn, Buyers Like Mike!....Find Out Why!
(Celebrity Homes)
Comments 0
Real estate is the overwhelming preferred choice by Americans as identified in a recent survey. With the Dow Jones industrial average reaching record highs, it might be expected that the stock market would be the favored choice but that wasn’t the outcome.Analysis of the report suggests that the ...

By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
Comments 0
A townhome may sit on top of another townhome.  Individual homes in this townhome structure would be referred to as 'piggy-back' townhomes with the upper and lower units.  Sometimes the lower unit hosts garages for both units.  Consequently, the upper unit could have considerably more interior fl...

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Comments 1
US Housing Market Is Moving into 'Buy Territory'! According to the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index, the U.S. housing market has continued to move deeper into buy territory, supporting the belief that housing markets across the country remain a sound investment. The BH&J Index ...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 19
There’s Nothing Mellow about Mello Roos in Carlsbad I read an interesting new listing today for Carlsbad. The agent stated that there were “Mellow Roos,” which is a good thing to know because it’s more money out of your pocket as the new owner. But there’s nothing "mellow" about Mello Roos in Car...

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 45
 Denver is experiencing another year of a HOT real estate market, and we are in the fourth year now.    In lower price points, you have to drop everything and get to a new listing right away, or there is a possibility the Seller will accept an offer as they come in.   Most Sellers want to review ...

By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
Comments 4
 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.   N...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
Is a BRA which Omits the “Brokerage” Enforceable? (Ontario) Question:The client wants out of the BRA. I looked at it and it doesn’t include the name of the Brokerage. Is that enforceable? Answer:It is quite possible to have a contract which is entered into on behalf of an undisclosed principal.Ha...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
Comments 0
RISK MANAGEMENT CourseRunning a Course tomorrow on Monday 27 February on Risk Management.We will cover informed consent, some contract issues with Offer and Acceptance, improper usage of some Forms, Lawyer Approval Clauses, Counter-Offer Forms, Vacant Possession, Title Insurance and the concept o...

By Tim Anderson
(BloomTree Realty)
Comments 0
Click here to see more pictures and detailed information.     Schedule a Showing Prescott Homes for Sale Prescott Lakes Homes for Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work PrescottFineHomes Website Current Market Trends Free Home Values Mortgage & Refinance The Tim Anderson Re...