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 Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 5
(3/25/17)    WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE A HOME? The Program is available in these Cook County communities and all unincorporated Cook County areas only.WESTBedford Park, Bellwood, Bensenville, Berkeley, Berwyn, Bridegview, Broadview, Brookfield, Burbank, Burr Ridge*, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Harwood He...

By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Elite Pacific Properties Maui)
Comments 2
I just listed 1428 N. Kilou Pl Wailuku Maui. If your looking at buying a home with a great ocean view Oceanview Estates is the home for you. This island home just had a make-over with fresh paint inside and out, new roof, re-finished oak floors and new tile floors. What I really like about this h...

By Jenifer Duguay
(RE/MAX Pearland)
Comments 2
 An abundance of indoor and outdoor living space! Private pool with no back neighbors!$429,000 PRIVATE OASIS! This 2 story Perry Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4,506 sq.ft. and a 3 car tandem garage! Stunning brick elevation and extensive landscaping welcomes your guest. Special featu...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
2121 Magnolia Avenue, Ontario, CA Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews Market Update Video Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale Avoid Foreclosure Free Home Values Presented By: The Richard Daskam Team Broker-...

By Cindy Allen, Baton Rouge Internet Marketing Specialist
(Louisiana Homes and Land Group at Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners )
Comments 0
Call today for your appointment!  225-366-8656For all homes available, visit BatonRougeRealEstateDeals.com     About Lasalle PointLasalle Point is an exquisite gated community in Prairieville, Louisiana. With close proximity to Baton Rouge, it is one of the most sought after subdivisions in Ascen...

By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Comments 1
BEFORE AFTER Click to See 107 Oswayo Drive Pocono Lake 107 Oswayo Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 MLS #PM-44521New remodeled and updated 4 bedroom home with 2 full baths within walking distance to the Minisink swimming pool. Home is in the process of being completed with finishing touches. Living room ...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Comments 0
OPEN HOUSE, MARCH 26TH FROM 2-4PM   Beautiful two story in Cobb Farm Overview Maps Photos $475,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 3,800 sqftLot: 0.23 acre(s)Year Built: 2011MLS #: 13562390 Location 12340 Payne StreetFrisco, TX 75033USA M...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Comments 1
Beautiful two story in Cobb Farm OPEN HOUSE Sunday, March 26th from 2-4pm   Overview Maps Photos $475,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 3,800 sqftLot: 0.23 acre(s)Year Built: 2011MLS #: 13562390 Location 12340 Payne StreetFrisco, TX 750...

By Bandele Oguntomilade, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
Comments 3
Open-House Events:                 Sun 3-26-17 from 3-5pm Property:                                     1701 S. Stanley Ave, Los Angles, CA 90019Virtual Tour:                               www.1701Stanley.comOffered At:                                  $805,000Call:                               ...

By Bandele Oguntomilade, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
Comments 1
Open-House Events:                 Sun 3-26-17 from 12-2pm Property:                                     1623 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angles, CA 90019Virtual Tour:                                www.1623Fairfax.comOffered At:                                   $787,000Call:                            ...

By Michael Blue, REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad
(Home Smart Realty West)
Comments 1
Encinitas Single Level Home Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood Open House Market Stats $610,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full BathroomsInterior: 1,249 sqftYear Built: 1983MLS #: 149405 Location 1768 Gentle Breeze LnEncinitas, CA 92024USA Michael J Blue Hom...

By Cindy Allen, Baton Rouge Internet Marketing Specialist
(Louisiana Homes and Land Group at Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners )
Comments 0
Call today for your appointment!  225-366-8656For all homes available, visit BatonRougeRealEstateDeals.com    **See this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home here (click link)** About Legacy HillsLegacy Hills Subdivision is located in Prairieville, LA in Ascension Parish. It is a family friendly neighborho...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Comments 0
Golf course and lake view in Bridlewood! OPEN HOUSE this Saturday, March 25th from 2-4pm Overview Maps Photos Market Stats $599,900 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 3,914 sqftYear Built: 1999MLS #: 13563033 Location 5009 Balmoral LaneFlowe...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
Comments 0
OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, March 25th from 2-4pm   Golf course and lake view in Bridlewood! Overview Maps Photos Market Stats $599,900 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 3,914 sqftYear Built: 1999MLS #: 13563033 Location 5009 Balmoral LaneFlower ...

By TIM GRISSETT
(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
Comments 1
A good home appraisal is one of the most important components of getting approved for a mortgage. This appraisal ultimately decides just how much a bank is willing to lend to you, and a bad appraisal can kill your plans for a new home faster than a bad credit score. A home appraisal is the best w...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 1
Getting a Legitimate Lender and Getting Pre-ApprovedIt used to be that buyers could go house shopping and when they have found their dream home, then they go to get pre-approved. However, in today’s market, that has proven to be one of the least effective methods in landing the dream home.Most le...

By Barbara Le Pine, S & W Real Estate, Newport OR
(S & W Real Estate, serving Lincoln County)
Comments 4
When the sun came out a couple of days ago, I was out on Yachats River Road to see a house. Mine eyes were pleasantly surprized by this little gem of a covered bridge!  My olfactory was enchanted by the sweet scent of apple blossom mixed with the more earthy waft of swamp lanterns, also known as ...

By Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert
(Keller Williams Towne Square Realty)
Comments 1
Jeanne Feenick, Keller Williams Towne Square Realty, has introduced a gem to the Basking Ridge market, 28 Addision Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, MLS #3372245.  In any market this home would stand out from the pack, but with inventory scarce in this popular price point, 28 Addison Drive, Basking...

By Ron Trzcinski
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre)
Comments 4
Why Is This Cash, As Is Deal So Difficult? Spoiler alert: I do not have the answer. The home was listed at under $10,000.  The offer was for over $14,000. The Listing Agent says that the Seller, a bank, will accept the offer.  Oh good!We wait a week; we wait two weeks; without trying to be pests,...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 16
Jacuzzi Time in Whitewing, Gilbert, AZ   Who Should I Call For A Market Analysis of My Gilbert AZ home?   For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ   Whitewing Homes Currently for Sale   Whitewing Homes Recently Sold   Whitewing is another name synonymous wi...