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2024

February

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  • Here’s why you should check your credit report. Credit report mistakes are the leading cause of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here’s how to check your report and fix mistakes if you find them. File a dispute with each
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  • Pros and cons of second-chance checking accounts. Pros Consumers won’t have to resort to check-cashing services which can come with costly fees that quickly chip away at your funds.  Any ongoing banking activity on your second-chance account will get

January

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  • Rent reporting is affecting tenants’ credit scores. In New York City recently, more landlords have started reporting tenants’ rent payments to credit bureaus. While on time payments can help build tenants’ credit scores, tenants who miss payments or withhold their

2023

November

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October

September

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  • When Wall Street buys most of the homes on your block. First-time buyers, who overwhelmingly rely on mortgages, were often outmatched by cash buyers at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, when interest rates plummeted below 3 percent and home prices soared. Across the U.S., more
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July

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  • How Philadelphia kept tenants from being evicted. Philadelphia has kept in place one key lockdown-era protection program — at least for the moment. Under this program, if a tenant owes less than $3,000 in back rent, landlords must try mediation in good faith

March

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  • Insurers slashed Hurricane Ian payouts insiders reveal. After years of more frequent and intense storms, national insurance carriers have pulled back from the market and smaller, regional carriers with smaller financial reserves jumped in. In the wake of Hurricane Ian, those companies
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January

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  • White House unveils Renters Bill of Rights. The Biden administration is releasing a “Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights” that highlights the need for clear and fair leases, the right to organize, and eviction prevention and diversion, among other

2022

November

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  • Sharp spike in Black, Asian and Latino homeownership. Helped by pandemic-era stimulus programs, Black, Latino and Asian households saw the sharpest increase in homeownership in 2021 since the Great Recession, when all their levels of owning had fallen, according to an analysis of new

October

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  • U.S. mortgage rates soar past 7%. Mortgage rates barreled past the 7 percent mark to their highest level since 2002, as the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate increases, meant to combat inflation, continued to seep through the economy and worry markets.

September

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August

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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2022. The September issue of INSIDER brings you stories about some new grants and initiatives at Consumer Action, as well as standard features, like Hotline Chronicles (a terrible snafu with airline tickets) and CFPB Watch (a rundown of what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been up to). Learn about some upcoming class action settlements, too.
 

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