English Library: Housing

Some of the following Consumer Action publications are available in bulk for non-profit or government agencies to distribute for educational purposes. Further info can be found on the How To Order Publications page.

Disaster Relief Resources

Library: English | Disaster Relief Resources

This free fact sheet is designed to help you assist homeowners in your community to access benefits and protections to help them save their homes from default and foreclosure. The resources listed in this fact sheet are legitimate statewide or national programs available to disaster-impacted homeowners at low or no cost.

Category: Foreclosure Housing Mortgages on Mar 14, 2007

 
Before You Buy a Home (2006)

Library: English | Before You Buy a Home (2006)

Checklist of items for homebuyers who have already found a home they wish to buy. Topics include checking neighborhoods, verifying building permits, using a home inspector, and considering all costs of homeownership.

Category: Foreclosure Housing Buying a Home Home Financing Housing Insurance Mortgages on Jan 04, 2007

 
Financing Home Repairs (2006)

Library: English | Financing Home Repairs (2006)

This publication outlines some ways to finance repairs and improvements to your home and how to protect yourself from home improvement problems that might cost you money. It covers personal loans, Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loans, home equity loans, and for veterans who live in California, CalVet loans.

Category: Housing Home Repair on Nov 02, 2006

 
Don’t Lose Your Home (2006)

Library: English | Don’t Lose Your Home (2006)How to Avoid Home Equity Loan Fraud

A brochure that explains how a “home equity loan” allows you to borrow money against your home’s equity. However, your home secures the loan; if you are unable to make the home equity loan payments, you can lose your house. This fact sheet explains the need for caution when agreeing to such loans.

Category: Foreclosure Fraud/Scams Housing Home Financing Home Repair Mortgages on Oct 18, 2006

 
Before You Add Someone To Your Title (2006)

Library: English | Before You Add Someone To Your Title (2006)

There are just a few valid reasons to amend your homeownership by adding another person’s name to the title to your home. This is also called transferring title. If you transfer all or part of your ownership to another person, you lose control.

Category: Fraud/Scams Housing Buying a Home on Aug 25, 2006

 
Inspection reports

Library: English | Inspection reportsWhat you need to know before you buy a home

Home inspection and hazard reports detail existing and potential problems with the home or property you are considering. These reports can help you decide whether repairs or mitigations (cures or preventative efforts) are needed.

Category: Housing Buying a Home on Jan 09, 2006

 
Questions and Answers About Home Equity Loan Fraud

Library: English | Questions and Answers About Home Equity Loan FraudCBO leader's guide to accompany 'Don't Lose Your Home: How to Avoid Home Equity Loan Fraud' fact sheet

A manual for community and consumer advocates working to educate senior, low income and minority home owners about the dangers of home equity loan fraud. Topics covered include home improvements, hiring a contractor, warning signs of fraud and the possibility of losing your home through a home equity loan.

Category: Foreclosure Fraud/Scams Housing Home Financing Home Repair Mortgages on Oct 01, 2000

 
Real Estate Terms You Should Know

Library: English | Real Estate Terms You Should Know

A fact sheet that lists real estate terms that are helpful to know if you own or are thinking of buying you own home.

Category: Foreclosure Housing Buying a Home Mortgages on Apr 01, 1995

 
 

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