Homes & Real Estate / Realtors & Services

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Outdated features can land you a deal as a homebuyer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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tips for first-time homebuyers

      

    For many people, right now is the 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...

  • 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...

  • Gauging the recovery in housing values

      

    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...

  • What is your home worth?

      

    There has never been a tougher time to try to figure out what a home you want to buy or sell is worth. Real estate markets have been in such turmoil from the bubble all the way through the bust,...

  • Homes now have an energy-efficiency rating

      

    Homebuyers in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin have access to a new way they can measure the energy-efficiency of a potential home they might buy. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a new...

  • Get a more accurate property appraisal

      

    This new free online tool uses multiple databases to deliver a better-informed estimate for the value of the home you're trying to buy or sell.

  • The biggest mistakes made by buyers and sellers of real estate

      

    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...

  • 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...