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2022

May

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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - May 2022. This month's INSIDER features stories about our recent activities, including a webinar exploring the impact of COVID on small businesses and a project using FinTech to improve financial wellness. Hotline Chronicles relates a woman's difficulty in receiving her income tax refund after attempting to have it sent to a prepaid card. And, we announce new settlements in our Class Action Database.

April

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  • Emergency assistance for tenants and homeowners (Spring 2022). This issue of Consumer Action's quarterly newsletter provides an update on the various types of financial assistance available to help qualifying homeowners and renters stay in their homes. It also presents various efforts at preventing inaccurate eviction records from impeding consumers' ability to rent a home.
  • Emergency assistance for tenants and homeowners (Spring 2022). This issue of Consumer Action's quarterly newsletter provides an update on the various types of financial assistance available to help qualifying homeowners and renters stay in their homes. It also presents various efforts at preventing inaccurate eviction records from impeding consumers' ability to rent a home.
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  • Find out and fix what big data says about you. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau maintains a list of consumer reporting agencies that’s currently 38 pages long. In addition to the big three credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — the list includes 22
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  • Aging in place easier with smart home technology. Technology helps all homeowners, but especially seniors, by automating “things that are a pain or difficult to do,” says Michael Miller, author of “My Smart Home for Seniors.” Tech advances also

March

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  • Remote appraisals of homes could reduce racial bias. The majority of appraisals on home purchases in the United States can now be conducted without an appraiser ever stepping foot into the home — a move that some lawmakers and real estate professionals say
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February

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  • See where investors bought a record share of homes. Last year, investors bought nearly one in seven homes sold in America’s top metropolitan areas, the most in at least two decades, according to the realty company Redfin. Neighborhoods where a majority of
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  • When private equity becomes your landlord. Rents soared. Trash collected in the hallways and on the rooftop deck, Cooper said. The security guard showed up less often. Another renter described having to heat her bathwater on the stove after she woke
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  • Free weekly credit report offer extended through 2022. Free weekly access to your credit reports will be available through the rest of 2022, according to an announcement from the three major credit-reporting companies. That means you can continue to access your credit reports from
  • Rents are up more than 30 percent in some cities. Average rents rose 14 percent last year, to $1,877 a month, with cities like Austin, New York and Miami notching increases of as much as 40 percent, according to real estate firm Redfin. And Americans expect rents will

January

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  • Credit bureaus drew more than half of consumer complaints. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveals that more than half of the complaints the agency has received from the public from January 2020 to September 2021 were directed at Equifax, Experian or TransUnion,
  • Here’s what pandemic aid remains available. There continues to be billions of dollars in federal rental assistance accessible to tenants who’ve fallen behind. The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a state-by-state list of the
 

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