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Recommended Publications

Consumer Action would like to recommend these selected publications created by other organizations, corporations and the government. Our recommendations cover a variety of housing topics. The Editor welcomes your feedback and suggestions. Click here to e-mail the editor.

Chronology of Data Breaches Cover Art Chronology of Data Breaches. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been tracking breaches since 2005 and publishes a Chronology of Data Breaches.

Mortgage loan relief for disaster victims. The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has produced a guide to assist those helping homeowners struggling after a hurricane, flood, fire or other natural disaster.

Spanish-English glossary of real estate terms. A new Spanish-English glossary of commonly used real estate terms has been released to help real estate agents and brokers make the home buying process more manageable for consumers who seek to better understand the complexities of a mortgage transaction in Spanish. The glossary offers both formal and colloquial translations of key mortgage terms.

2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub Cover Art 2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub. The WalletHub study gives us information on the connection between credit scores and car insurance.

CFPB Monthly Complaint Report: Credit Reporting Issues. Complaint reports from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) focus on a different issue each month providing a snapshot of complaint trends by type, state and company, and highlight actual complaints reported by consumers.

California Lifeline carrier search tool. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has a multilingual tool that enables consumers to search for California LifeLine service providers.

Owning a Home Cover Art Owning a Home. Designed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Owning a Home features an interactive, online set of resources and tools to help borrowers.

Public access online to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched an online tool to provide consumers with easy access to public mortgage information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The tool enables greater transparency by helping inform people of trends in their local mortgage markets.

Working Cars for Working Families Cover Art Working Cars for Working Families. Working Cars for Working Families is a project of the National Consumer Law Center to help people get good used cars.

5 Tips for Shopping for a Mortgage Cover Art 5 Tips for Shopping for a Mortgage. The Federal Reserve Board recommended 5 tips for shopping for a mortgage for consumers.

Bank Payday Loans… They’re Baaaaaaaack Cover Art Bank Payday Loans… They’re Baaaaaaaack. Payday lending is popular with consumers, especially those without bank accounts or access to credit. But the price of payday loans is very high.

Consumer Connection - Special Credit Edition Cover Art Consumer Connection - Special Credit Edition. Consumer credit card debt has become an increasingly burdensome drain on many families' resources. Credit card debt nationwide more than quadrupled from 1989 to 2007, rising from $211 billion to $961 billion.

Faces of Foreclosure Cover Art Faces of Foreclosure. Consumers Union created this series of short videos featuring the stories of people targeted by predatory lending practices and how they were forced by the bad mortgages to make difficult decisions.

Health insurance 'Premiums vs Paychecks' Cover Art Health insurance 'Premiums vs Paychecks'. Throughout the first eight years of the new millennium, health care costs have skyrocketed, while working families’ wages have stood still.

The Crime You Pay For Cover Art The Crime You Pay For. A brochure outlining how insurance fraud scams hurt everyone.

Your Home Inventory Cover Art Your Home Inventory. You never know when a disaster may strike—but you can be prepared with a home inventory.

9 Ways To Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs Cover Art 9 Ways To Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs. A publication listing ways to save on auto insurance.

Your insured deposits Cover Art Your insured deposits. This guide describes the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's rules for insurance coverage of bank and savings association deposits.

Protect Yourself From Mortgage Fraud. Short film on how to spot home equity fraud.

Beehive Guide to Homeownership. The Beehive Guide to Homeownership, created by the global nonprofit One Economy, is a multilingual self-help web site for homeowners and people preparing to buy a home.


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