Homes & Real Estate

  • New website tells you if someone died in your house!

      

    Some time ago, there was an unfortunate incident at a house near us where a man committed suicide. When his estate put the house up for sale, they found it was a hard sell because many people knew...

  • 7 tax credits every homeowner should be aware of

      

    The benefits of home ownership are many. There is, of course, the monetary investment you hope will increase over time, and even more than that, most people gain a sense of stability and belonging...

  • Woman uses YouTube tutorials to build her family home

      

    YouTube is filled with animal videos, videos of kids doing adorable things and a bunch of people who aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. But it is also home of educational videos that...

  • 3 words you should never use when selling a home

      

    Most homebuyers spend lots of time browsing Internet listings before they go touring homes, so it’s important for a seller’s listing to be on point. While it seems that real estate...

  • How I paid off my $86,000 mortgage in 2 years

      

    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 in every Monday as he puts new and familiar savings...

  • Want get organized in 2017? Follow this guide to turn that clutter into cash

      

    It’s that time of year when millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. It should come as no surprise that losing weight is number one. The number two resolution for folks is...

  • 13 money mistakes that will haunt you for a long time

      

    We all mishandle our money from time to time -- whether it's an impulse buy, a forgotten bill or just poor planning. But there's a big difference between going shopping and...

  • A monthly New Year's plan to declutter your home

      

    When the holidays are over, do you panic wondering what to do with all the gifts, new holiday decor and ornaments? Do you ask yourself, "Will another tub fit on that groaning garage shelf...

  • Want to buy a home in 2017? These 5 mistakes could jeopardize your mortgage

      

    Shockingly, enough people still do things that can cause themselves heartache when applying for mortgages. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about buying a...

  • What the Fed rate hike means for your money in 2017

      

    Interest rates are going up, and the time to prepare yourself and your money is now. Read more: How to save $5,000 this year with the 52-week money challenge Three rate hikes expected...

  • New FHA loan limits may help you buy a home

      

    Just before Thanksgiving, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released the conforming loan limits change for 2017. This change resulted in higher loan limits beginning in January for many counties...

  • How the mortgage interest deduction may change under Trump's tax plan

      

    If you own a home, you may be one of the millions of people who count on the home mortgage interest deduction when you file your income taxes. In most cases, it allows borrowers to deduct all...

  • 3 things you need to fix before applying for a mortgage

      

    Buying a home is a big decision that can have a considerable impact on your finances and your future. If you're thinking about buying a home, you'll want be to well-informed and...

  • 6 top tips to prepare your home for rent

      

    There are several reasons why you might consider renting your house; maybe the market is slow or you’re moving away for a while, but plan on returning. Often times renting is financially a...

  • Should both your names be on the mortgage?

      

    You’ve got a solid relationship and you’re ready to take it to the next step—applying for a joint mortgage. In an ideal world, you want both of your names on the mortgage. This...