Homes & Real Estate / Buying a Home

  • 3 big reasons a mortgage prequalification isn't enough to buy a home

      

    Homebuyers are often told they need to prequalify for a mortgage. That's good advice, up to a point; a prequalification is only a baby step toward getting a loan. What's better -- by far...

  • 12 things I learned when buying my first home

      

    My name is Tim Manni, I’m a 32-year-old first-time homebuyer. While my wife briefly owned a co-op prior to our home purchase, I was a career renter up until last month. Despite immersing...

  • Real estate trend: Tiny homes are hot!

      

    This housing trend could cut your mortgage or rent payment down to almost nothing. Why buying a tiny house can save you big time.

  • 18 confusing mortgage terms explained

      

    If you think mortgage jargon is confusing, you're not alone. And it's not only novice homebuyers who are stumped. Some of the terms are so tricky even the experts don't agree about...

  • Threatening Letters force Couple To Flee $1.3 Million Home

      

    A family in Westfield, New Jersey thought they were buying their dream home. Instead, they find themselves in the middle of a nightmare. Soon after they purchased the six bedroom, $1.35 million...

  • Move Over Man Caves, Here Come "She Sheds"

      

    By Rick Couri of KRMG HOUSTON — “She Sheds” are meant to be a place where ladies can get away from those smelly men and do the things ladies want to do. Tamara Harbert...

  • 3 Bad Choices That Can Kill Your Home's Value

      

    By Iris Price of ImprovementCenter.com When you buy a house, are you already thinking about the day you sell it and its potential value? Unless you're a house-flipper, that's...

  • 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...

  • Credit Unions Offer Creative Mortgages To Save You Money

      

    Years ago, credit unions weren't the best place to look for a mortgage. But that was then and this is now. Today, credit unions are a great source for mortgages, especially if you're...

  • The Truth About the Cost of Escrow Payments

      

    Ever since I bought my first house, the concept of escrow payments has always seemed unfair to me.  Many banks will allow you to stop making escrow payments to them, but they charge a fee for...

  • 4 Simple Tweaks That Will Enhance Your Home's Value

      

    ShopSmart magazine did a Top 10 list of things you could do to your home that have the greatest payoff in enhanced value. These easy DIY projects will increase your property's...

  • 5 Things Millennial Home Buyers Should Know

      

    It’s no secret; millennials are struggling to get into the housing market. Many millennials prefer the flexibility of rentals, and others struggle to accommodate saving for a home on top of...

  • 5 Smart Steps To Getting an FHA Home Loan

      

    Despite today's economy, even minimum wage workers can achieve the American Dream of homeownership. The Federal Housing Administration offers you the ability to generally bring the least...

  • 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...