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Whether you're buying your first home or selling your seventh, real estate transactions can be tricky. Once you are in a home, taking care of it can be overwhelming to you and especially to your wallet.Helpful Guides and Links:
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How To Handle Home Maintenance on a Budget

As a single mother of three, I decided it would be best to use the FHA loan program to purchase a drastically reduced foreclosure and get instant equity, plus a mortgage payment less than my former rent. That left a little wiggle room for maintenance and the potential to renovate ...

Protect against foreclosure deficiency claims

Protect against foreclosure deficiency claims

Have you been foreclosed on in the last 7 years? Bill collectors may be seeking what's called "deficiency." Here's what you need to know to protect yourself.

Georgia Natural Gas Guide

  Ready for a blast of winter, Georgia? It's still fall, but it's feeling like winter and natural gas rates are on everyone's mind. Which company has the best rate for you? My monthly update on natural gas rates in Georgia can help you decide... Here are the low-cost leaders ...

A Look at the Nest Thermostat

A former Apple executive has given the lowly programmable thermostat in your home a high-tech makeover. The Nest Learning Thermostat is the brainchild of Tony Fadell, who had a role in the design of the iPod and iPhone. What can the Nest thermostat do for you? The Nest is a ...

Is a Reverse Mortgage a good deal for you?

Is a Reverse Mortgage a good deal for you?

Retired homeowners strapped for cash are turning to Reverse Mortgages. But there are large fees the celebrity spokepeople aren't telling you about...

Solar Panel Installation Guide

Is your power bill getting too costly? Now may be the time to consider installing solar at your home. Residential solar installations are expected to be up 50% year over year. A small number of states where laws are favorable to solar account for a big chunk of that growth: ...

 

The Worst Places for Mortgages and Refinances

Do you know that it's a rip to get a mortgage or refinance from a giant monster mega-bank? Giant monster mega-banks are the full price people, like the Nordstrom or Saks in terms of pricing, but not in terms of service! Credit unions and mortgage brokers challenge the banks The ...

A new fee-free mobile banking option

A new fee-free mobile banking option

Are you one of millions of Americans on the secret bank "banned list," banned from opening a new bank account? Here's a fee-free solution for you.

Do Real Estate Agents Really Matter Anymore?

With all the technology out there for home buyers and sellers, do real estate agents really matter anymore? For buyers, the research you can do online and with your phone is amazing. Apps like Redfin and HomeSnap will let you drive down a street, pull out your smartphone, aim it ...

10 Things To Know Before Buying a Home

If you've read my previous articles on ClarkHoward.com, you know that I paid off my $86,000 mortgage in 2 years. Now, I'm excited to be moving into a new home after recently becoming a third-time homebuyer. While the real estate process isn't new to me, there's always something to learn ...

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