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100 Questions and Answers About Buying a New Home
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Focuses on finances—from how much home you can afford, to various mortgage loan programs, insurance, taxes, and more.

 

Buying Your Home: Settlement Costs and Information
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Describes the home buying, financing, and settlement (closing) process. Also gives tips on shopping for a loan.

 

What You Should Know About Home Equity Lines of Credit
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Provides questions, terms, tips and a checklist to find the plan that meets your needs and protects your interests. Explains how to compare a line of credit to a traditional second mortgage, and what to do if your lender freezes your line of credit.

 

A Consumer's Guide to Mortgage Refinancings
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Learn about the costs of refinancing and how to tell if the time is right. Includes a mortgage shopping worksheet with a dozen key questions to ask.

 

Mortgage Payments Sending You Reeling? Here's What to Do
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Learn tips on how to save your home, and how to recognize and avoid foreclosure scams.

 

Act Fast to Avoid Foreclosure

What to do when you can't afford your mortgage payment. Lists what you need to have in hand when you make the call for help.

 

Home Electrical Safety Checklist, PDF

Provides room-by-room checklist for spotting possible safety problems before they occur. 

 

Making Your Home Safe from Fire and Carbon Monoxide

Shows how to prevent fires, protect yourself with smoke detectors and fire extingushers, keep carbon monoxide out of your home, and develop an emergency home escape plan for your family.

 

Safety for Older Consumers - Home Safety Checklist, PDF

Helps seniors to prepare for an emergency and to spot possible safety problems in their home.

 

Care for Your Air: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality, PDF

Provides quick and simple overview of some key indoor air pollutants including radon, secondhand smoke, asthma triggers, volatile organic compounds, molds and combustion pollutants.