Listen weekdays from 1-3pm ET
(No audio? Try our help)
Recent shows | More media

Listen Live: Mon-Fri 1-3pm ET

Building



Check out the reputation of the builder by talking with people who live in some of the builder's houses. Also, never negotiate directly with a builder's agent in a new home subdivision.

28 items
Results 1 - 10 of 28next >

Is the recovery in housing values over?

Here we are having been through a real estate cycle where everything was sizzling and then things fell off a cliff. More recently, we've seen a dramatic recovery in housing values, especially in places that were hit by the worst of the housing bust. Where are we today? Should we ...

Landowner fights government extortion

In a long overdue move, the Supreme Court has stepped into to protect landowners from government extortion. Years ago, I had an option on a piece of land. I was going to build a home to live in on the land. So I purchased building plans and selected a builder ...

Solar is getting cheaper

I feel very strongly that we as a country can do so much more on the energy independence front than we've done.  We've only just begun with our exploration and conservation efforts. I believe we need a national policy of having our truck fleets run on natural gas. Natural gas ...

Home buying and selling mistakes

We're coming up one of the housing market’s peak buying and selling times. With that in mind, what are the biggest mistakes made by both sellers and buyers? For sellers, I find the number one mistake they make is in selecting an agent. If you're interviewing agents, don’t list with ...

Who knew using a porta-potty could be a team sport?

Real estate recovery highlighted by return of the Porta Potty!

It's one of the most oddball metrics I've ever seen of the housing recovery: The portable toilet business is booming once again thanks to new construction making a comeback. Call it the Porta Potty index! So many Porta Potties had been in storage when the housing market collapsed. Central Florida ...

Pre-fab construction comes to commercial real estate

Pre-fabricated construction is finding a small but growing niche in commercial real estate. Using CAD (computer-aided design), it's now possible to build the components of an office building, a retail store, or even a hospital in a factory and then assemble the parts on site. Doing so yields much lower ...

Increase in home equity bodes well for worker mobility

Equity in homes is going up for the first time since the real estate bust began. That's a clear sign of recovery in so many places. One third of Americans who have a home now own it free and clear, according to the latest data from Zillow. The cities where ...

Sandwich generation impacts home sales, building trends

Get ready to take a bite out of the great American sandwich! As if raising children weren't hard enough, many of us are now taking on financial responsibility for parents too. The sandwich generation -- a term that describes those homeowners who are getting hit with money obligations arising from ...

Pre-fab building technology goes green to save you green

The promise of net zero energy homes is getting more affordable thanks to the marriage of green technologies with prefab building. A California builder named Steve Glenn who was once doing ultra-high end homes has now turned his attention to lower-priced homes that are designed on a computer and are ...

Clark rebuilds in Joplin, MO - May 2012

Marking the one-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado, Clark Howard returned to the decimated Missouri city to build a Habitat for Humanity home during a special day of reconstruction and healing. The consumer champ is building alongside hundreds of volunteers pouring in from across the country. The May 22 build ...

28 items
Results 1 - 10 of 28next >