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Consumer News and Advice Archive


As Lenders Tighten Mortgage Standards, Credit Unions Stay the Course

By Amy Hoak ...


California Responds to Foreclosure Crisis Weak

RISMEDIA, August 22, 2007—A coalition of California consumer organizations demanded stronger, swifter action on the part of the California legislature in response to the subprime mortgage crisis at a press conference in Sacramento today as well as in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee. ...


What’s a Borrower to Do?

RISMEDIA, August 22, 2007—(MCT)—It used to be easy to refinance, tap into home equity for cash or get 100-percent financing for a home. No longer. So what's a borrower to do? ...


How to Protect Your Home from Hurricane Damage

RISMEDIA, August 21, 2007—(weather.com)—Hurricanes are like no other storms on earth. From Maine to Texas, and in Hawaii, these ferocious weather systems bring torrential rain, flooding, storm surges and devastating winds that damage homes, destroy treasured keepsakes and disrupt family life. You don't have to be blown away when a ...


Tapping Health Plans’ Hidden Benefits

By Kristen Gerencher, MarketWatch ...


How to Work out a Problem Mortgage with Your Lender

By Lew Sichelman ...


Mortgage Group Says Psychological Effect Alone Could Sink Consumers

By Amy Hoak, MarketWatch ...


Mortgage Mayhem Doesn’t Seem to Be Contagious for Other Types of Credit

RISMEDIA, August 21, 2007—(MCT)—There is a severe credit crunch in the home mortgage market, but there should be few problems for consumers seeking other types of credit, such as car and personal loans, experts said Friday. ...


What If Your Lender Goes Bust?

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—(MCT)—The stock markets fell in early trading Thursday in part because a financial analyst raised concerns about the liquidity of Countrywide Financial, the nation's largest home lender by volume. ...


Los Angeles to Study Homeowner Bailout Fund

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—(MCT)—With a growing number of homeowners facing potential foreclosure in a slowing housing market, Los Angeles officials agreed Tuesday to study creating a special emergency loan fund. ...


How Market Jitters Could Affect You

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve last Friday tried to ease investor concerns by pumping $38 billion into the financial system. Banks have become averse to taking risks following the meltdown of so-called subprime loans, which were given to borrowers with weaker credit histories. ...


HomeVestors Issues Free Report on Seven Secrets of Successful Real Estate Investing

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—Psst. It’s a secret to many, but one company is sharing why plenty of people are still buying houses and finding success in residential real estate investing across the U.S. despite the fluctuating economy. ...


Why It Makes ‘Cents’ to Include a New Garage Door in Your Home Remodeling Project

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—According to an online survey, 71% of homeowners who recently replaced their garage door believe it increased the value of their home. ...


Condos Add Pet-Friendly Amenities

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—(MCT)—When Georgia Tech chemistry professor Steven Giradot decided to find a new home closer to his job, he had to account for something besides his own preferences in choosing the next place to live. ...


Got Mold? Mold Remediation Gives You A Tax Deduction

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—Did you know that if you are a landlord or a homeowner and you have to have mold removed from your home, it is tax deductible? It qualifies as a repair that has to be done to protect the investment of your home. ...