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Homes & Mortgages

Buying or renting a home is a big financial decision. And whether it¡¯s a condo, a townhouse, or a single family residence ¡ª new construction or a home with a history ¡ª this transaction will have a significant impact on your budget. What do you need to know?

Information is critical when you are shopping for a mortgage. And it¡¯s equally important to know the consequences of falling behind on your payments and the telltale signs of a foreclosure rescue scam. What about a reverse mortgage? When could it be a good deal ¡ª and when can it be a dud?

Building a deck? Installing an alarm system? Repaving the driveway? You can save time, money, and frustration by knowing the signs of a home improvement scam, and the consumer protections in the Cooling Off Rule.

Energy efficiency comes in all sizes and shapes ¡ª from appliances and toilets to windows and light bulbs. The choices you make for your home or business can have a big impact on your budget ¡ª and on the environment.

If you¡¯re a renter or a property owner, scammers use tricks to try to get your money, like bogus rental listings and timeshare reseller rip-offs.