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 Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 9
These ocean views photos were taken today in Santa Monica, CA. The Ocean View is from a Public Parking Structure near Santa Monica Blvd and 2nd St.“The Ocean Stirs the Heart, Inspires the Imagination and brings Eternal Joy”I love this quote by Robert Wayland, beloved and known to most people only...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 7
   Enjoy waterfront livng in Pewaukee with the convenience of a condo and the natural eye candy of the waterfront.  Lake living at an affordable price without the maintenance !  It just doesn't get better and the opportunities to own these beauties are rare at such great prices...a definite snooz...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 27
The Wrong Way to Approach a Home You WantBeing a Top Bristow Listing Agent, I get to see plenty of negotiating tactics that buyers and their agents will use to "get a deal" on a home.  The recent Bristow real estate market has been favoring sellers, and buyers are clearly frustrated by this.  Hom...

By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
Comments 1
Imagine a homeowner consulting with their agent about the price to place on their home. The agent suggests that the market data indicates that $200,000 to 210,000 would produce a quick sale by pricing it properly. The owner puts a $210,000 price on the home.The first person who looks at the home ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 41
Hiring the Right Realtor®: 10 Tips for Happy Home-buying Before the onset of Internet real estate marketing, I crafted a marketing postcard titled, “Hiring the Right Realtor® makes a world of difference.”  I used that card for years and it has been copied by local agents more times than I can cou...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 12
   One of the “favorite places” for all things lake living in lake country, (Western Waukesha County) is a city of just over 15,000 residents called Oconomowoc.  It looks harder than it is to pronounce…OH Con O Mow Walk !  It  is another Potawatomi Indian name meaning “Waterfall”.  It is just a l...

By Zee Mahan, Get your own piece of Maui paradise...
(Berkshire Hathaway Maui Properties)
Comments 3
As you enjoy this extended holiday weekend I wanted to invite you to my open house at International Colony Club this weekend. I know many of you look for a good rental opportunity or know friends and family that are relocating to Maui. International Colony offers world class Ka'anapali location, ...

By Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Expert
Comments 1
Naples Homes Sold the Week of April 2ndOverall, the number of Naples Homes Sold during the week of April 2nd was 310 properties. This is an expected decline from the previous week when 426 homes sold.  The biggest change was the number of single family homes and vacant lots sold during the previo...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 10
SOLD in the Hawk's Nest Subdivision in Kathleen GA 31047SOLD in Kathleen GAMy buyers were relocating from out of state and came for a weekend to find the right property for their needs. They came prepared and it did not take us long to find them the ideal home!  After a quick negotiation they wer...

By John Myers, Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor
(Myers & Myers Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 0
Zip Code Search Homes For Sale In Albuquerque NMSearch All The Houses For Sale By Zip Code In Albuquerque NM Click on the links below to search Albuquerque NM Homes For Sale By Zip Code87102, 87104, 87105, 87106, 87107, 87108, 87109, 87110, 87111, 87112,  87113, 87114, 87120,  87121, 87122, 87123...

By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
Comments 2
As people near or enter retirement, one of the decisions that typically comes up is whether to sell their "big" home and buy a smaller one. If you know anyone who has been faced with that situation, selling one home and buying a smaller one may not save enough money to make it worthwhile.There ar...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 6
All About Brian England - Million Dollar Homes Click Here to Request Your FREE Relocation Guide!!! For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZ I don't get to show million dollar homes every often, but when I do, it is a lot of fun to see such luxury...

By Anita Sullivan
(RE/MAX Suburban)
Comments 0
Ashcroft, Oswego, Illinois - May 2018 About Ashcroft Ashcroft is a single family home subdivision built in the early 2000's. Ashcroft is located in Oswego, Illinois west of Plainfield Road off of Arboretum Way. Average taxes in Ashcroft $8,760 Average association fees in Ashcroft $14 ($14 - $14)...

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
 Today's real estate environment is much different than years past and the need to counsel your buyers and sellers as to reasonable expectations is critical.    This seems to be even more important when they have purchased or sold homes prior to 2008.   The loan process has changed dramatically. ...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 1
100 Shire Street, Gilroy, CA 95020  Stop by and see this wonderful 5 bedroom 3 bath home!  Beautiful Newer Home in Oak Place Overview Maps Photos Features Description Open House Market Stats IDX Search $849,999 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 2,269 sqftL...

By Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com)
Comments 3
James is a man of his word and is super punctual and reliable. He is helpful, has a nice manner and easy to work with.  If you would like a market analysis of your home and to talk about your home selling goals we would be happy to help. We also excel at representing buyers. Please call or email ...

By Anita Sullivan
(RE/MAX Suburban)
Comments 0
Homewood Train Station, Homewood, Illinois - May 2018There are currently 49 homes for sale within 1 mile of the Homewood station, including 42 single family homes with an average list price of $183,624, 3 condos/townhomes with an average list price of $111,000, and 2 multi-unit homes with an ave...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 14
 This looks like a normal ranch home under construction.  It's going to have curb appeal, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2 car garage, a walkout basement with finished rec room, and a deck with a GREAT view of the valley below.Structurally the home is sound, built to code and no concerns.  The home is ...

By Brad Thomsen, Real Estate Services
(Big Bear Realty)
Comments 0
 Let's face it, everyone's got two cents, and everyone's got two minutes. Here's my two cents in under two minutes... Click below to watch: Moving Closer To Your Church  Make sure to watch the video embedded in this vBlog:  Moving Closer To Your Church  by clicking the image above.  Connect with ...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 12
On May 17, 2018, Jamie Wiebe published the fallowing helpful report on www.Realtor.com list of tips about when and best time to make an offer below asking price.1. When the seller wants out,2. When the home is blatantly, obnoxiously overpriced,3. When you're not picky,4. When the home has hopped ...