Homes & Real Estate

  • Is a Biweekly Mortgage Plan a Good Idea?

      

    While listening to the Clark Howard Show a few months back, a listener called in to ask if a biweekly mortgage plan (a program where you make half your mortgage payment every two weeks rather than...

  • Sizzling Deal: The Best LED Bulb Deal Ever

      

    LED bulbs will save you so much money over their lifetime that they are still a good deal at full price. Even so, purchasing your bulbs on deep discount is obviously the best way to go. Prices...

  • Websites To Comparison Shop Owner's Title Insurance

      

    When you buy a home or refinance one, you need a simple insurance policy that I just can't get people to buy…even though being without it can be deadly to your finances. Picture...

  • 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...

  • 6 Ways To Cut Home Energy Costs

      

    Utility bills can make up a significant portion of a family’s monthly budget. With a little planning, research, and work, you can cut your home's energy consumption by a substantial...

  • Burglar Alarm Buying Tips

      

    While eating breakfast at a fast food joint, Clark eavesdropped on a conversation at a nearby table. Based on what he overheard, it seemed two of the men were employed by a security alarm company...

  • Best And Worst Home Insurers

      

    A new ranking of home insurance companies shows that just focusing on what you pay in premiums isn't necessarily the smartest idea. A March 2014 update of Consumer Reports names the best...

  • Test drive a home before you buy

      

    TRANSCRIPT: Spring home selling season is just about under way, and there are some new strategies that you're going to experience if you're out buying homes that a seller is using to sell...

  • Tiny Houses Offer Affordable Housing Solutions

      

    For people just starting out in life, it's becoming more difficult to afford a place to live. Bunking up with several roommates is becoming more common around the country. But it's tough.I...

  • Bi-monthly mortgage plans can be a ripoff

      

    Many homeowners looking to pay off their mortgage early are setting up official bi-monthly payment plans. Why it’s a bad idea, and what to do instead.

  • 4 Ways To Get the Best Deal on a Mortgage

      

    Now may be an excellent time to start checking out your local housing markets thanks to interest rates that continue to hover around their lowest point ever. While Baby Boomers and older members...

  • Lumber Liquidators Allegedly Sold Flooring With Too Much Formaldehyde

      

    If you bought laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators in the last 4 years, there's a chance you may have been exposed to unsafe levels of  formaldehyde. Read on to learn about the next...

  • Getting the best rate on your mortgage

      

    Homebuyers, you may be losing cash without realizing it. Here are steps people are *not* taking that are costing them a lot of money.

  • 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...

  • How To Get the Best Deals on Rent

      

    2015 looks set to be the year of low rent if you're willing to accept the shopping challenge! Here are some tips to get you started. The price of rent is going down Apartment complexes are being...