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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - November 2019 The November 2019 issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER announces JPMorgan Chase's funding of Consumer Action's innovative new fintech initiative to help underserved consumers reach their financial goals; gives an overview of our National Consumer Empowerment Conference, held in September outside of Chicago (featuring a presentation from CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger); informs readers of what action to take when they believe they're being scammed by a contractor operating on "behalf of" the federal/state Weatherization Assistance Program; updates readers on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's work; and more. (Friday, November 01, 2019)

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Five Recent Publications

Financing Home Repairs (2006)

Financing Home Repairs (2006).

This publication outlines some ways to finance repairs and improvements to your home and how to protect yourself from home improvement problems that might cost you money. It covers personal loans, Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loans, home equity loans, and for veterans who live in California, CalVet loans.

Don’t Lose Your Home (2006)

Don’t Lose Your Home (2006) How to Avoid Home Equity Loan Fraud .

A brochure that explains how a “home equity loan” allows you to borrow money against your home’s equity. However, your home secures the loan; if you are unable to make the home equity loan payments, you can lose your house. This fact sheet explains the need for caution when agreeing to such loans.

Don’t Lose Your Home (2006) (Spanish)

Don’t Lose Your Home (2006) (Spanish) Cómo evitar el fraude en préstamos sobre el valor líquido de la vivienda .

Un folleto que explica cómo un “préstamo sobre el valor líquido de la vivienda” le permite obtener dinero contra el valor líquido de su casa. Pero si no puede pagar los pagos del préstamo, puede perder su casa. Este folleto explica porqué es necesario tener cuidado con estos préstamos.

Questions and Answers About Home Equity Loan Fraud

Questions and Answers About Home Equity Loan Fraud CBO leader's guide to accompany 'Don't Lose Your Home: How to Avoid Home Equity Loan Fraud' fact sheet.

A manual for community and consumer advocates working to educate senior, low income and minority home owners about the dangers of home equity loan fraud. Topics covered include home improvements, hiring a contractor, warning signs of fraud and the possibility of losing your home through a home equity loan.

Financing Home Repairs (Spanish)

Financing Home Repairs (Spanish).

Hoja informativa que discute varias formas de financiar reparaciones y mejoras en su hogar, como contratos de pignoración y préstamos para mejoras de la vivienda de FHA Title 1. 60.

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Avoiding the CON in Construction Cover ArtAvoiding the CON in Construction 

Renovating a home is an expensive undertaking even when things go right. When things go wrong, unexpected costs and delays can be financially devastating. This book can help you make informed contracting decisions.

Kia Ricchi, a Florida-based contractor, says there are steps homeowners…

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