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The real estate industry is going through changes, despite the attempt of some to keep it the same. Learn more about reduced commission agents, online options and other non-traditional services.

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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 ...

The real way homes are bought and sold today

The real way homes are bought and sold today

The way real estate is bought and sold is changing. Here's how technology can help (and hurt ) you in today's market.

9 Things To Ask Before Selling Your Home

Just the other day I got an ad in the mail from a real estate agent. The bold print screamed "PRICES ARE UP 15% FROM LAST YEAR" and "HOMES ARE SELLING FASTER." Have you received these mailings too? Maybe you're wondering if now is the time to put your home on the market ...

Outdated features can land you a deal as a homebuyer

When you’re buying or selling a home, what features either hurt or help you? Buying a home is such an emotional thing. When you go to buy, I’ve long said you want to try to have ice water in your veins. Homes with dated features can hurt you as seller ...

Fannie Mae offers cash incentives toward closing costs

Fannie Mae is offering special incentives to buyers if you buy one of their REOs through March 31, 2014. Up to 3.5% in closing cost assitance is available strictly for people who want to occupy these REOs (real estate owned properties); this is not people looking for homes as investments. ...

Interest-only mortgages make a comeback

Interest-only mortgages are roaring back to life after doing some much harm to so many. But is this kind of loan automatically a bad idea? I remember getting the first calls about 15 years ago when interest-only loans started being offered. It was like callers wanted me to condone their ...

First-Time Homebuyer Guide

For many people, right now is most ideal time that may come along in your lifetime to be a first-time homebuyer. There are two reasons: Cheap home prices and incredible mortgage interest rates. Here are some key pointers to keep in mind as you undertake the process of qualifying for ...

House hunting during the holidays

There's no place like home for the holidays – and that's doubly true if you're looking to buy a home right now! After being flat on its back, the housing market has come roaring back to life with a nice rise in home prices across much of the country. In ...

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 ...

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