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Downpayment insurance: What is it and do you need it?
Downpayment insurance: What is it and do you need it? Insurance August 15, 2017
You can get insurance on almost anything — computers, phones, trips, your identity, your credit, your pets...and even the downpayment…
Should both your names be on the mortgage?
Should both your names be on the mortgage? Money & Credit August 15, 2017
You’ve got a solid relationship and you’re ready to take it to the next step—applying for a joint mortgage. In…
Adjustable rate mortgages
Why your adjustable-rate mortgage might become a huge problem Mortgages August 11, 2017
If you have a variable-rate mortgage, money expert Clark Howard says now may be the time to refinance into a…
8 things your plumber won’t tell you that could save you big bucks
8 things your plumber won’t tell you that could save you big bucks Homes & Real Estate August 4, 2017
Plumbing problems can be some of the most expensive and unpredictable situations that can occur in your home. But they…
Becoming a landlord: How to find a good tenant
Becoming a landlord: How to find a good tenant Homes & Real Estate August 2, 2017
The key rule in real estate is obviously “location, location, location.” We  have all heard that before. If becoming a…
Is a biweekly mortgage plan a good idea?
Is a biweekly mortgage plan a good idea? Featured Story August 2, 2017
On the Clark Howard Show a couple of years ago, a listener called in to ask if a biweekly mortgage…
ZIP codes with high real estate returns
The 20 ZIP codes with the highest real estate returns Home Ownership August 1, 2017
Your ZIP code is a pretty important piece of an address, especially when it comes to the real estate market.…
America’s favorite style of home is…
America’s favorite style of home is… Homes & Real Estate July 28, 2017
Ranches are the most popular style of home for sale in America right now, according to a new Trulia report.…
Room for rent sign on mailbox
Shacking up: Empty nesters can earn big bucks renting out a spare room Housing Market Trends July 21, 2017
If you're a cash-strapped homeowner, there could be an opportunity to pick up thousands of dollars annually from an asset…
Buying a home? Here are 9 costly mortgage mistakes to avoid
Buying a home? Here are 9 costly mortgage mistakes to avoid Homes & Real Estate July 15, 2017
A house will likely be the biggest purchase you make in your lifetime — so you don't want to mess…
Convicted burglar reveals 9 secrets to keep your home safe
Convicted burglar reveals 9 secrets to keep your home safe Homes & Real Estate July 12, 2017
Expensive security cameras and alarm systems may not be enough to keep burglars away! Speaking from behind bars, convicted burglar…
3 home energy savings tips to save $500 this year
3 home energy savings tips to save $500 this year Homes & Real Estate July 8, 2017
Electricity is a basic necessity that many of us take for granted (like when we leave the lights on 24/7).…
Ceiling fan vs. A.C.: How to stay cool and save in the heat
Ceiling fan vs. A.C.: How to stay cool and save in the heat Money & Credit July 6, 2017
When it comes to staying cool in the summertime heat, one of the primary concerns is cost. Sometimes things can…
burglar sign
8 ways to safeguard your home during summer vacation Homes & Real Estate June 27, 2017
Summer vacation season is in full swing! Do you want to let criminals know you're not home? Of course not! But…
6 options for buying a home with little or no money down
6 options for buying a home with little or no money down Homes & Real Estate June 23, 2017
Buying a home is an enormous decision, one that has an impact on your credit and finances like no other…
Damaged home
Best and worst home insurance companies Insurance June 16, 2017
A 2017 ranking of home insurance companies shows that just focusing on what you pay in premiums isn't necessarily the…
8 home renovation projects to tackle this summer
8 home renovation projects to tackle this summer Homes & Real Estate June 14, 2017
Summer brings pool parties, ice cream and popsicles, playing in the yard…and renovations. Many homeowners find that some home upgrades…
Best LED bulbs for your money
Best LED bulbs for your money Homes & Real Estate June 13, 2017
LED lightbulbs have come way down in price everywhere you look. But which bulbs give you the best light for…
9 air conditioning alternatives
9 air conditioning alternatives Home June 12, 2017
It's a safe bet that you have an air conditioner -- according to the U.S. Department of Energy, two-thirds of…
Zillow’s new service might change the way you sell your house
Zillow’s new service might change the way you sell your house Homes & Real Estate June 6, 2017
Want to sell your home without all the hassle of getting it cleaned up for showings, having to leave the…
VIDEO: How to open a door that’s locked from the inside — without a key
VIDEO: How to open a door that’s locked from the inside — without a key Homes & Real Estate June 5, 2017
If you have young kids, you know they're in and out of the bathroom all day. Washing their hands, blowing…
This woman gave her kitchen a whole new look for just $375!
This woman gave her kitchen a whole new look for just $375! Homes & Real Estate June 4, 2017
If you dream about a brand new kitchen but a $20,000 remodel isn't in your budget, here's some inspiration! Devin…
These 4 paint colors can increase the value of your home
These 4 paint colors can increase the value of your home Homes & Real Estate June 3, 2017
Before putting your house on the market, a fresh coat of paint will suggest to buyers that your home has been well taken…
6 ways to improve AC performance without calling an HVAC company
6 ways to improve AC performance without calling an HVAC company Homes & Real Estate June 2, 2017
When it's hot outside, you want to be sure your air conditioner is working as well as it possibly can…
These 7 paint colors will increase your home’s value
These 7 paint colors will increase your home’s value Homes & Real Estate June 2, 2017
If you’re looking to sell your home for the most money, start by giving your bathroom a fresh coat of…
Best window air conditioners for the summer
Best window air conditioners for the summer Homes & Real Estate May 30, 2017
You might not realize it if you live in a hot climate where central air is common, but room air…
12 things your homeowners insurance probably doesn’t cover
12 things your homeowners insurance probably doesn’t cover Homes & Real Estate May 27, 2017
Do you know exactly what your homeowners insurance policy would cover in the event of an accident or catastrophe? Unexpected…
VIDEO: How to get a ring that fell down the sink
VIDEO: How to get a ring that fell down the sink Homes & Real Estate May 22, 2017
Remember the story a few years back about the man who went dumpster diving for his wife's $10,000 ring when…
HVAC furnace and filter
How to change your HVAC filter Homes & Real Estate May 16, 2017
Some tasks around the house are so simple that there's almost no need to call in a professional to do…
10 best cities for first-time homebuyers
10 best cities for first-time homebuyers Homes & Real Estate May 15, 2017
Saving up enough money for a down payment is challenging enough for most first-time homebuyers, but the red-hot housing market…
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