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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2016 The January issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on coalition activities. This month we also highlight our recent National Consumer Empowerment Conference; offer a guide for consumers on how to act when a collector calls; tell of one consumer's tale of woe after he signed up for Match.com; and give an update on a series of workshops that we've held on new phone networks and Internet safety. (Monday, January 04, 2016)

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Five Recent Publications

Money Management 1-2-3: THREE: Planning a Secure Future

Money Management 1-2-3: THREE: Planning a Secure Future. The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part three, Planning a Secure Future, focuses on leaving the workforce, funding your retirement and protecting what you've accumulated. Topics include tapping your investments and home equity, staying adequately insured, managing medical expenses, the basics of estate planning and, for some grandparents, raising a second family.

Money Management 1-2-3: TWO: Achieving Financial Goals

Money Management 1-2-3: TWO: Achieving Financial Goals. The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part two, Achieving Financial Goals, addresses updating your budget, accumulating a nest egg and protecting your assets. Topics include budgeting and debt management, filing your tax returns, saving and investing, homeownership and insurance.

What you need to know about ‘alternative’ mortgage lenders

What you need to know about ‘alternative’ mortgage lenders. Nearly 50 percent of all home loans are made by mortgage lenders that are not banks. Non-bank mortgages offer benefits for many borrowers—if they know which loan terms to look for and which to steer clear of. In addition to highlighting potentially risky loan terms to avoid, this fact sheet explains the consumer protection requirements lenders must meet and offers tips and resources for homebuyers shopping for a mortgage.

You Can Buy a Home - The keys to homeownership (Chinese)

You Can Buy a Home - The keys to homeownership (Chinese). 購屋可說是你這輩子所做的最重大的一件事。在這本手冊中,我們專門為可能成為屋主的人提供一系列購屋要訣,包括購屋前的準備,預估購屋花費,尋找合適的房子,還擇合適的房屋抵押貸款比價及下訂單房屋。
Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. In this brochure, we cover key topics for potential homeowners, including preparing to buy a home, predicting homeownership costs, finding the right home, shopping for a mortgage and making an offer.

Buying a Home - Leader’s Guide

Buying a Home - Leader’s Guide. The Buying a Home Leaderʼs Guide provides detailed information, written in question-and-answer format, to help teach potential homebuyers how to navigate the often complex process of purchasing a home. The guide covers such topics as how to choose a real estate professional, how to qualify for a mortgage, and what is involved in the settlement (closing) process. It also explains unfamiliar terms and provides tips and suggestions to help the purchase process go more smoothly.

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Recommended Publications

Monday, December 21, 2015

Interactive map: The Uneven housing recovery. While the housing market in many of our country's major cities has rebounded since the foreclosure crisis, many markets in other parts of the country are actually getting worse, according to research by the Center for American Progress (CAP). More than seven million homeowners are still underwater struggling to avoid foreclosure, says CAP. See which counties remain hardest hit today.

Friday, November 20, 2015

CFPB Monthly Complaint Report: Mortgage Complaints. 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. Mortgage complaints highlight continued problems preventing foreclosure and trouble when home loans are transferred.

Friday, September 04, 2015

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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Shelterforce Cover Art Shelterforce. The nation’s oldest continually published community development magazine brought to you by the National Housing Institute (NHI).

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