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Study: The best and worst states for millennials to buy a home
New survey: The best states for millennials to buy a home Homes & Real Estate October 23, 2018
It's been well known in real estate circles for years that location is supremely important when it comes to buying…
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Ask Clark: What percentage of my income should I budget for rent or a mortgage? Homes & Real Estate September 13, 2018
Wondering where you should set the cap on your housing expenses? Money expert Clark Howard has new advice that's been…
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What’s the difference between PMI and MIP? Homes & Real Estate September 4, 2018
If you choose to buy a home with little or no money down, there's an additional expense you'll have to…
Reverse mortgage
4 alternatives to a reverse mortgage Homes & Real Estate August 20, 2018
Long-time followers of money expert Clark Howard know that he is not a fan of reverse mortgages. What is a…
Tips for first-time homebuyers
Tips for first-time homebuyers Homes & Real Estate May 1, 2018
Shopping for your first home? Here are some key pointers to keep in mind as you undertake the process of…
10 cities where you can buy a home for $800 a month
10 cities where you can buy a home for $800 a month Home Ownership April 24, 2018
After nearly bottoming out about a decade ago, home prices are again on the upswing around the United States. Attesting…
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More homebuyers are taking out mortgages that stretch them thin Homes & Real Estate April 11, 2018
Could we be seeing warning signs of a new housing crisis in the making? A disturbing new report from mortgage-data…
What is an amortization schedule? Use this chart to pay off your mortgage faster
What is an amortization schedule? Use this chart to pay off your mortgage faster Mortgages March 22, 2018
If you're a homeowner, you probably received an amortization schedule during the closing process, but have you looked at it…
How paying off a mortgage in 2 years changed this woman’s life
How paying off a mortgage in 2 years changed this woman’s life Mortgages March 6, 2018
All year long, Clark.com's Michael Timmermann is sharing quick and easy ways to save money as part of our Michael Saves series. Check…
Ready to buy a home? Mortgage interest rates are rising…
Ready to buy a home? Mortgage interest rates are rising… Mortgages January 18, 2018
The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose above 4% for the first time since May 2017, according to the latest Freddie…
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…
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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:…
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