Consumer Resources

Consumer Information & Resources

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Borrowing Money
Consumer Education
Credit Information
Mortgage and Loan Info
Moving Resources
Title Insurance
Schools and Education
Tax Info and Resources
B0RROWING MONEY
Borrow Smart - loan shopping, borrowing strategies and money management
Debt Counselors - Consumer assistance to get out of debt
CONSUMER EDUCATION
Consumer Action - consumer education and advocacy - site is in English and Spanish
Consumer Reports - an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization.
Consumer Review
 - product reviews and ratings written by consumers
CREDIT INFORMATION
Credit Guide - Multi-lingual guide to knowing and understanding your credit
Equifax - provider of credit information
Experian - provider of credit information
Trans Union - source of credit information, offers risk and portfolio-management services
FINANCIAL NEWS AND INFO
Bloomberg Investment - provides news, data and analysis to the business community and media outlets. 
CNN Financial Network
 - coverage of world business news and financial markets
Forbes - real-time original reporting on business, technology, investing and lifestyle
HOME INSPECTIONS
ASHI - National professional organization of home inspectors in the US and Canada
CSLB - Contractors State License Board licenses and regulates contractors 
Code Check - guide to the most commonly cited code violations for one and two family dwellings.
Pest World - Why you need to inspect a home for termites before buying or selling
LEGAL RESOURCES
Attorney Directory - Search for an attorney based on location & practice
Better Business Bureau BBB report can help you determine if a company has a good record
Consumer Law Page - A "know your rights" consumer law resources site
Find an Attorney - Categories of lawyers across the US and around the world
FindLaw - provides access to a comprehensive and fast-growing online library of legal resources for use by legal professionals, consumers and small businesses
It's Legal
 - do-it-yourself legal resources for consumers
LectLaw - material on problems and questions consumers run into
Legal Survival - extensive information on consumer, debtor/creditor, divorce/family, traffic, e-commerce, elder, estate planning, health care, immigration, landlord/tenant, municipal, personal injury, real estate, small business and tax law
MONEY MANAGEMENT
Hoover's - money management, career development, news, and business travel
Kiplinger News - personal finance and business forecasting guidance
Quicken - organize and track your finances
Your Money Page - tools and calculators for your financial future
MORTGAGE AND LOAN INFO
Multi-lingual Mortgage Guide - download a free guide to choosing the right mortgage, in Spanish and English 
Daily Mortgage Rates - mortgage rate updates by mortgage market information services
Fannie Mae
 - financial services make it possible for low, moderate, and middle-income families to buy homes
Freddie Mac
 - corporation chartered by Congress to create a continuous flow of funds to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing.
MOVING RESOURCES
Click and Move - They've compiled a directory of over 1,000,000 moving and relocation related services.
TITLE INSURANCE
American Land Title - ALTA represents the interests of the land title industry on a national level
The Title Report - Market information for the Title Industry
Title Web - Online source for information on title industry technologies and trends
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION
eSchool Profile - Providing quality school information online
Great Schools - The premier online guide to K-12 schools
US Department of Education - Promoting education excellence for all Americans
TAX INFO AND RESOURCES
Taxpayer Relief Act - Explanation of 1997 law and it's imlications
1031 Exchange - Use a 1031 exchange to defer payment of capital gains taxes