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After a disaster like a hurricane or tornado, homeowners are especially vulnerable to fraudulent or incompetent home repair contractors. See Post-Disaster Home Repair Fraud Common, Preventable.

Buying a vacation getaway? If your idea of a suitable vacation place is something more than a fishing shack... with indoor plumbing and a mortgage, better see our checklist of questions in Considering a Vacation House? Consider Carefully

Homeowner Hotline. This free Smart Consumer Services newsletter offers updates and insights into major issues affecting consumers nationwide. If you're not already on our e-mail list to receive Homeowner Hotline you can subscribe by sending a request to [email protected]

We track a variety of issues related to fair practices and legislation in the real estate, home and remodeling industries, as well as health and safety in the residential environment.

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