• First-time home buyers who did it on their own. Buying an apartment is a daunting task, particularly in a city like New York where even a shoe box can cost an eye-popping sum. Yet somehow, ordinary New Yorkers still manage to buy their own…
  • Your credit score is about to become more forgiving. New changes are coming in the fall to how one major credit score is calculated, and the shift could make the key number more forgiving for people who have debt. The VantageScore, a credit scoring model developed…
  • Six ways Trump's tax plan could affect ordinary taxpayers. President Trump’s plan, which offered few details, could cut taxes for some middle- and high-income families and for parents, and also reduce taxes for businesses large and small. The plan would also substantially increase the standard deduction, which reduces an…
  • The biggest regrets people have after buying a home. Here are some things that others have said they regretted after making their purchase, based on surveys and discussions with industry experts. Not knowing enough about the house and its location. One of the regrets expressed by 22…
  • How is public money spent? Steve Ballmer has the data. The former Microsoft chief executive is unveiling a website aimed at giving United States citizens a transparent look at government budgets. Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and…
  • Yes, all debt is bad debt. Look, I know my views are extreme, almost un-American, in a nation that relies so heavily personally and politically on borrowing money. Student loans and mortgages are marketed as good debt. But having credit card…
  • Move your money, move society?. The 68-year-old community organizer waved his hands in the direction of his new bank about five blocks up Crenshaw Boulevard: OneUnited, the largest black-owned bank in the country. “I’ve been trying to convince as many…
  • Consumer Action INSIDER - April 2017. The April 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter gives you an update on how consumers and advocates are holding Wells Fargo's feet to the fire after its notorious fraudulent account debacle; tells the tale of one person who worked with the CFPB to resolve a two-year mortgage nightmare and others who have had to address problems with defective used cars; details our partnerships with nonprofit groups working to serve low-income and servicemember populations; and more.
  • A real estate boom, powered by pot. Legalized marijuana has already upset societal norms, created a large legal gray area and generated a lucrative source of tax revenue. Now it is upending the real estate market, too.


  • Home inspectors on their weirdest discoveries. When a home is sold, its many secrets can come out of the closet. Brokers, potential buyers and home inspectors step inside properties that may have been completely private for years. They peer into basements,…
  • Embattled bankers embrace Trump's call for deregulation. After spending years humbled by the fallout from the financial crisis, the banking industry is suddenly feeling emboldened. Attendance at the annual association gathering jumped 50 percent this year as bankers sense a rare opportunity…

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