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Here are 7 tax credits every homeowner should know about
Here are 7 tax credits every homeowner should know about Homes & Real Estate January 19, 2017
The benefits of home ownership are many. There is, of course, the monetary investment you hope will increase over time,…
New FHA loan limits may help you buy a home
New FHA loan limits may help you buy a home Homes & Real Estate December 28, 2016
Just before Thanksgiving, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released the conforming loan limits change for 2017. This change resulted in…
Buying a home through the VA loan program: What you need to know
Buying a home through the VA loan program: What you need to know Buying a Home November 11, 2016
When it comes to home buying, there are special considerations that go along with wearing the uniform of our nation.…
HARP gets 1-year extension to help more underwater homeowners
HARP gets 1-year extension to help more underwater homeowners Homes & Real Estate August 29, 2016
Homeowners who are underwater in their mortgage will have another chance to refinance now that the Home Affordable Refinance Program…
New mortgage lets you borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades
New mortgage lets you borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades Homes & Real Estate June 15, 2016
Want to make some energy-efficient upgrades to your existing home or a new one you're getting ready to buy? Maybe…
Tips for first-time homebuyers
Tips for first-time homebuyers Homes & Real Estate May 30, 2016
Here are some key pointers to keep in mind as you undertake the process of qualifying for a loan and…
Get a mortgage with only 3% down payment
Get a mortgage with only 3% down payment Homes & Real Estate March 15, 2016
Read more: Bank of America's new mortgage program requires down payment of 3% 4 Ways To Get the Best Deal…
Saving for a down payment: How much and where to stash it
Saving for a down payment: How much and where to stash it Homes & Real Estate March 1, 2016
Are you saving for a down payment on a home? How much will you need and where should you put…
Do real estate agents really matter anymore?
Do real estate agents really matter anymore? Homes & Real Estate January 5, 2016
With all the technology out there for home buyers and sellers, do real estate agents really matter anymore? For buyers,…
New bill would protect military members’ right to go to court
New bill would protect military members’ right to go to court Jobs & Military December 1, 2015
A few years ago, the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act was strengthened to provide new protections to active duty military. But after…
Flood insurance: What your home policy won’t cover
Flood insurance: What your home policy won’t cover Homes & Real Estate October 23, 2015
Hurricane Patricia is expected to be one of the most dangerous storms in history -- possibly the most dangerous. With millions of…
Multi-generational living at the crux of new Fannie Mae mortgage rules
Multi-generational living at the crux of new Fannie Mae mortgage rules Homes & Real Estate October 15, 2015
New mortgage rules mean that many families who previously couldn't qualify for a mortgage now may be able to do…
18 confusing mortgage terms explained
18 confusing mortgage terms explained Homes & Real Estate July 16, 2015
If you think mortgage jargon is confusing, you're not alone. And it's not only novice homebuyers who are stumped. Some…
First time homeowners: Save big on mortgages
First time homeowners: Save big on mortgages Homes & Real Estate February 2, 2015
Clark breaks down the changes in the FHA loan program and tells you what to look for while shopping for…
New Mortgage Requirements for First-Time Homebuyers
New Mortgage Requirements for First-Time Homebuyers Homes & Real Estate January 22, 2015
Good news for first-time homebuyers or those who don't own a home today and want to. The strict regulations that…
Foreclosure deals for the average homebuyer
Foreclosure deals for the average homebuyer Homes & Real Estate March 16, 2014
Special cash incentives are on the table for homebuyers who want to owner-occupy our…
Fannie Mae offers cash incentives toward closing costs
Fannie Mae offers cash incentives toward closing costs Homes & Real Estate February 26, 2014
Fannie Mae is offering special incentives to buyers if you buy one of their REOs through March 31, 2014. Up…
Winter heating bill too high? Consider an energy tax credit
Winter heating bill too high? Consider an energy tax credit Homes & Real Estate November 18, 2013
Is your winter heating bill too high? Grab an energy tax credit for yourself to offset the cost -- before…
Wells Fargo flouting mortgage relief settlement?
Wells Fargo flouting mortgage relief settlement? Homes & Real Estate October 3, 2013
UPDATE: Wells Fargo is being sued by the Attorney General of New York for failing to comply with the terms…
New help for foreclosure recovery
New help for foreclosure recovery Homes & Real Estate October 1, 2013
Thought you were barred from buying a new home after a foreclosure or a…
Buying a home again after a foreclosure, short sale
Buying a home again after a foreclosure, short sale Homes & Real Estate September 10, 2013
If you thought you were barred from buying a new house after a foreclosure or a short sale, the Los…
5 tips for successful FHA refinancing
5 tips for successful FHA refinancing Homes & Real Estate August 27, 2013
  Whether you opted for an FHA loan because you wanted to make a lower down payment or because you…
Clark’s take on reverse mortgages
Clark’s take on reverse mortgages Homes & Real Estate August 26, 2013
Reverse mortgages let retired folks who are running out of money remain in their…
Clark’s take on reverse mortgages
Len Penzo’s Consumer Blog on ClarkHoward.com Money & Credit April 18, 2013
Why Some Who Cut Expenses to the Bone Still Can't Make Ends Meet by Len Penzo of Len Penzo dot…
Monetary compensation coming for those who faced foreclosure
Monetary compensation coming for those who faced foreclosure Homes & Real Estate April 11, 2013
A new settlement could put a check in your mailbox as early as next week if you rightfully or wrongly…
Monetary compensation coming for those who faced foreclosure
Clark Howard University Online Classes January 15, 2013
FHA: Recent foreclosure? No problem!
FHA: Recent foreclosure? No problem! Homes & Real Estate November 16, 2012
The FHA is undertaking a controversial move that could either help alleviate the inventory of foreclosures on its books or…
Real estate flipping…is back?!
Real estate flipping…is back?! Homes & Real Estate November 8, 2012
One of the most dangerous trends that led to the real estate bust is…
New hope for upside-down homeowners
New hope for upside-down homeowners Homes & Real Estate September 24, 2012
New rules coming in November could allow you to do a short sale under…
Real opportunity for mortgage assistance
Real opportunity for mortgage assistance Homes & Real Estate August 7, 2012
Don't miss this opportunity to receive assistance on your mortgage. 93% of Americans will…
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