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Mortgages

Mortgage and retirement
Should you pay off your mortgage before you retire? Money & Credit November 29, 2017
Among the central issues of retirement planning is whether you should pay off your mortgage before you stop working. While…
House destroyed by Hurrican Irma
What lenders are doing to help storm-hit homeowners Mortgages September 19, 2017
In the wake of the damage and disruptions caused in Texas, Florida and other parts of the Deep South by…
Buying a home? | 15 ways to shop for the lowest mortgage rates
Buying a home? | 15 ways to shop for the lowest mortgage rates Homes & Real Estate September 1, 2017
Want lower fees, higher returns, more convenience and better customer service from your bank? Join our #SwitchDitchSave movement Oct. 2…
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…
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…
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…
StreamLoan app simplifies the mortgage application process
StreamLoan app simplifies the mortgage application process Homes & Real Estate February 27, 2017
Apple is admired the world over for how it keeps users in its ecosystem. Amazon too keeps Prime customers firmlyensconced…
50 ways house hunters can get ready for homebuying season
50 ways house hunters can get ready for homebuying season Homes & Real Estate February 23, 2017
Spring will very soon have sprung — which means “For Sale” signs will be in full bloom— and if you’re…
Simple steps to get your home ready to be listed in 2017
Simple steps to get your home ready to be listed in 2017 Homes & Real Estate February 9, 2017
Spring is almost here and you may be thinking about putting your home on the market. But is it really…
Want to buy a home in 2017? These 5 mistakes could jeopardize your mortgage
Want to buy a home in 2017? These 5 mistakes could jeopardize your mortgage Money & Credit December 29, 2016
Shockingly, enough people still do things that can cause themselves heartache when applying for mortgages. Here’s what you need to…
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.…
Why the holidays may be the best time to sell a house
Why the holidays may be the best time to sell a house Homes & Real Estate October 26, 2016
There's no place like home for the holidays—and that's especially true if you're looking to sell a home right now!…
This habit will help you get approved for a mortgage
This habit will help you get approved for a mortgage Money & Credit October 24, 2016
Paying your credit card balances in full has always been the smart way to use plastic. Now it can help…
Track your mortgage with these free tools
Track your mortgage with these free tools Homes & Real Estate October 21, 2016
Years ago when Clark had his first home, he tells the story of how the mortgage was sold off by…
When does paying off your mortgage ahead of time make sense?
When does paying off your mortgage ahead of time make sense? Homes & Real Estate October 20, 2016
Many years ago, my wife and I hosted a neighborhood get together at our house. It was our first home,…
These government programs may have prolonged the recession
These government programs may have prolonged the recession Homes & Real Estate October 19, 2016
Have government programsintended to help struggling homeowners actually prolonged the recession instead? Read more:This tool shows how much you'll pay…
Fifth Third Bank helping unemployed customers find work
Fifth Third Bank helping unemployed customers find work Jobs & Military October 18, 2016
One of the nation's regional banks has a solution to mortgage default that happens because of sudden unemployment or underemployment:…
First-time homebuyers may benefit from new program
First-time homebuyers may benefit from new program Homes & Real Estate September 26, 2016
Getting into a house is about to get easier for a first-time homebuyer thanks to moves by Freddie Mac. Read…
Owner’s title insurance: What is it and when do you need it?
Owner’s title insurance: What is it and when do you need it? Insurance September 22, 2016
When you buy a home or refinance one, you need a simple insurance policy that most people just won't buyeven…
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…
No mortgage and no utility bills? Meet one couple living off the grid
No mortgage and no utility bills? Meet one couple living off the grid Homes & Real Estate August 17, 2016
Andy Hickman and his wife Rosemary Kimble live entirely debt free in an off-the-grid home that he built with his…
Is that refinance offer you got in the mail actually a good deal?
Is that refinance offer you got in the mail actually a good deal? Homes & Real Estate August 2, 2016
Picture this: You receive a mortgage offer in the mail for a fixed-rate loan with a ridiculously low interest rate.…
Bad credit? Here’s what you need to know to get a mortgage
Bad credit? Here’s what you need to know to get a mortgage Money & Credit July 27, 2016
Credit scores play a vital role in your ability to get a home mortgage. First things first: Credit scores are…
Mortgage rates are falling: Thank you, Brexit?
Mortgage rates are falling: Thank you, Brexit? Money & Credit July 1, 2016
Prospective homeowners may be able to save a bit on amortgage, courtesy of Brexit. (If you're want to know Clark's…
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…
How to buy a house with cash
How to buy a house with cash Homes & Real Estate May 19, 2016
Many experts tout owning a home as an essential part of the American Dream. One of the problems with that…
15-year vs. 30-year mortgage: Which loan is best for you?
15-year vs. 30-year mortgage: Which loan is best for you? Homes & Real Estate May 6, 2016
When you're buying a house, it is tempting to buy as much as house as you possibly can. Because of…
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