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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - April 2015 This month's INSIDER brings you stories on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plan to allow complainants to share their "stories" with the public, how people without Social Security numbers can still request free annual credit reports, a new class action open for claims, and a new educational package on automobile insurance released by Consumer Action. Hotline Chronicles looks at a case of a disgruntled mortgage holder who paid on time but is still being hounded for his payments. ( Tuesday, March 31, 2015 )

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Five Recent Publications

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

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

Keeping Your Home - Protect your investment (Spanish)

Keeping Your Home - Protect your investment (Spanish). Las personas que planifican, hacen un presupuesto y ahorran para tener éxito como dueñas de casa tienen muchas más posibilidades de mantener su hogar e incrementar su patrimonio a medida que el valor de su propiedad aumente con los años. Este folleto explica las responsabilidades financieras de los propietarios de una vivienda y cómo administrar estas responsabilidades, cómo mantener y proteger su hogar, y cómo aumentar y conservar el valor líquido de su vivienda.

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

You Can Buy a Home - The keys to homeownership (Korean). 주택 구입은 여러분 생애에 있어서 가장 중요한 구매 중 하나입니다. 이 소책자는 주택 구입 준비, 예상 주택 소유 비용, 적합한 주택 찾기, 모기지론 받기, 그리고 구입 절차 등의 예비 주택 소유주를 위한 중요 정보에 대해 설명하고 있습니다.

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.

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

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

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Recommended Publications

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).

Monday, October 14, 2013

CreditSmart in Spanish helps people plan for homeownership. Freddie Mac offers online financial tools in Spanish to assist families in achieving the skills needed for homeownership

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

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.

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