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Consumer Information & Resources

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Borrowing Money
Consumer Education
Credit Information
Financial News and Info
Home Inspections
Legal Resources
Money Management
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
LegalZoom.com
- 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.
Mortgage Daily - Latest news in the mortgage industry
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
California Land Title Association - Representing the entire title industry for California
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION
eSchool Profile - Providing quality school information online
Great Schools - The premier online guide to K-12 schools
McCormack's - Newcomer-relocation-school guides to metro California
CA School Test Scores
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