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 Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 59
From the buyers’ standpoint, getting into a bidding war for a house they want is never fun. They can end up offering more money than they ever planned to spend, and still end up without the home of their dreams.A real estate agent should be able to tell you ahead of time if bidding wars are likel...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 17
  Ready ... Set ... GO!"Get Organized" and Ready to Buy a Home Did you know that January is "Get Organized" (GO) month? Every January, since the inception of "Get Organized" Month in 2005, the National Association of Professional Organizers has highlighted and promoted the many benefits that can ...

By Joe Kendall, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 1
  Discover Southwest Florida "Hidden Jewel" Saint James City located on the west coast of Fort Myers & Cape Coral Florida .  Get to know a little bit about Saint James City, its located on Pine Island Florida. This seventeen-miles-long and two-miles-wide Pine Island is the largest island on Flori...

By Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert
(NextHome Premier)
Comments 3
Just listed for the 2018 Spring Market, 7 Decicco Drive, Raritan, NJ 08869, MLS #3440956 is available for your consideration.  Situated in the estabished community setting of Whyndam Manor, a collection of comparable homes, 7 Decicco Drive is priced at $629,000 and can accommodate a quick close.B...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 2
If you want a new construction patio home in Greater Cincinnati, first you have to determine which builders build them.  Some have a decent web presence, but some don't, or don't make it clear that they build Cincinnati patio homes.Now there's one easy way to make sure you know what your options ...

By Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978, Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE
(RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma )
Comments 2
Finding the Cash to buy a Sherman Home  Finding the cash for any down payment and/or closing costs the house of your dreams could appear challenging, or impossible, to a lot of Texoma homebuyers, nevertheless it does not really need to be. There are a number of programs to help minimize the amoun...

By Dan Tabit
(Northstone Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 2
I wrote Keys to Home Buying Happiness and listed 5 points that I thought would help a buyer navigate the market.   The 4th key is Don’t rely on false, misleading or uninformed sources.  There are more sources of bad information than I can list here, but these are the most common.Family and close ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 24
    It is our practice, to meet with Buyers and have a "getting to know you" consultation.  The Buyer gets some insight as to who we are and how we work and we have a better understanding...beyond the pre approval of who the Buyer is, what is important to them ....make sure that everyone is comfo...

By Lance Loken, The Loken Group
(The Loken Group)
Comments 2
Homes for Sale in Houston: 208 Grove Street, Houston, TX 77020 208 Grove Street, Houston, TX 77020MLS #: 83236243Bedrooms: 3 Bed(s)Baths: 2 Full & 1 Half Bath(s)Square Footage: 1,688 Built. Sqft. Call Lance Loken at 281-861-4624 to see if this property is still available and to schedule a showing...

By Michelle Dickison, REALTOR® serving Clarksville, TN area
(Platinum Properties)
Comments 2
You've decided you want to buy a home. You've probably been looking at homes on many websites, trying to get an idea of what is available and what you like. You may be looking for a real estate professional or have already decided to use the REALTOR® your best friend referred you to. You feel lik...

By Jeffrey Masich- Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Comments 1
The Islands at McCormick Ranch are characterized by custom built homes in the heart of McCormick Ranch which is very desirable and one of the first mult builder property owner associations in the US adjacent to Gainey Ranch and Paradise Valley. This area is surrounded by resort hotels, fine dinin...

By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
Comments 2
Williamsburg is a fantastic newer subdivision right off Interstate 30 in Fate. This town is just past Rockwall and is in the Rockwall ISD. Williamsburg builders are Megatel, Hampton Homes and DR Horton. Prices start in the low $250's to upper $300's. These homes have gorgeous stone elevations, ro...

By Robin Smith, The Smith Team here for all your real estate needs
(The Smith Team)
Comments 1
As we know 2017 was a very good year for the Las Vegas Valley.  What should we expect in 2018?The economists weighed in and voiced positive views.  All agree that Southern Nevada has recovered from the Great Recession and has been outpacing national growth for the past two years.  The National Bu...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 14
Author: Patricia Feager, 1/20/2018 FOR SALE 1102 Wildflower LN, Mesquite, TX  Listed on 1/19/2018 is 1102 Wildflower LN, Mesquite, TX 75149 in Dallas, Texas. Property backs to Green Belt and Samuels Farm. There are 5 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, living room dining room combination, large updated kitchen,...

By Lance Loken, The Loken Group
(The Loken Group)
Comments 1
Homes for Sale in Stafford: 2530 Willow Drive, Stafford, TX, 77477 2530 Willow Drive, Stafford, TX, 77477MLS #: 83267130Bedrooms: 4 Bed(s)Baths: 2 Full & 1 Half Bath(s)Square Footage: 2,320 Built. Sqft. Call Lance Loken at 281-861-4624 to see if this property is still available and to schedule a ...

By Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less
(Complete Design)
Comments 2
New custom home special Granite Bay This special incentive on this amazing New custom Santa Barbara style home in Granite Bay is open today saunday 1/21 1 to 4 pm

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
    Ready ... Set ... GO! "Get Organized" and Ready to Buy a Home   Did you know that January is "Get Organized" (GO) month?   Every January, since the inception of "Get Organized" Month in 2005, the National Association of Professional Organizers has highlighted and promoted the many benefits t...

By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
Comments 1
Multi-Generational Home with TWO kitchens, TWO laundry rooms & TWO iving areas for your family! Need a home that you can move your mother in or an adult child ? There is a home in Sachse Texas for you! It is a Multi-Generational home which means it has TWO kitchens, 2 separate living areas and 2 ...

By Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Comments 9
Five weeks ago Darryl and Elisa flew to Jackson International Airport to buy a house, but because it was snowing heavily, the second leg of their flight (Chicago to Mississippi) was turned around. After a  stressful day of travel, the plane eventually was cleared to land and we started their home...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
Comments 10
OPEN HOUSE: 465 W Omni Lane Washington Utah 84780 | MLS# 17-189479 Date: Saturday, January 20th, 2018Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pmPlace: 465 W Omni Lane, Washington UT 84780 Stop by with buyers and see this custom walkout home that sits up high overlooking the valley with granite throughout, plantatio...