Homeownership

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

CalHFA offers below-market interest rate first mortgage programs and a variety of down payment assistance programs to eligible first-time homebuyers.

Discrimination in obtaining a mortgage is against the law. If your'e in the market for a mortgage, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides you with information to better understand mortgages so you'll be able to recognize if you're being discriminated against.

How to protect your home and your equity.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

These databases enable homeowner and automobile insurers to exchange information - without notice to you unless your state requires notice - about claims for loss of property.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

A home is one of the most expensive purchases you'll make, so it's important to know who is handling your payments and that your mortgage account is being managed properly. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants you to know what a mortgage servicer does and what your rights are.

Many home warranties are backed by the builder; others are purchased by the builder from an independent company that assumes responsibility for certain claims.

Your rights to cancel after signing a contract.

Complaints within the board's jurisdiction involve failure of a licensed contractor to fulfill the terms of an agreement.

The Section 203(h) program allows the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure mortgages made by qualified lenders to victims of a major disaster who have lost their homes and are in the process of rebuilding or buying another home.

The purpose of this booklet is to provide basic information about using the services of a mortgage broker, which may assist you in making an informed decision when seeking a home loan

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

The Office of the Attorney General has limited, discretionary authority to intervene on behalf of homeowners who are denied certain prescribed rights provided by the California Corporations Code.

Section 203(k) insurance enables homebuyers and homeowners to finance both the purchase (or refinancing) of a house and the cost of its rehabilitation through a single mortgage or to finance the rehabilitation of their existing home.

The Homeowners Insurance Comparison Tool provides assistance for those shopping for homeowners, condominium, renters, or earthquake coverages.

Info about how reverse mortgages work, types of reverse mortgages available, and how to get the best deal on a reverse mortgage.

The Buying a Home Leader?s Guide provides detailed information, written in question-and-answer format, to help teach potential homebuyers how to navigate the often complex process of purchasing a home. The guide covers such topics as how to choose a real estate professional, how to qualify for a mortgage, and what is involved in the settlement (closing) process. It also explains unfamiliar terms and provides tips and suggestions to help the purchase process go more smoothly.

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A step-by-step guide on what to do when your lender changes your home equity line of credit.

The video guides consumers through the process of selecting, hiring and managing a contractor including: how to verify a contractor's credentials, what to include in the written contract How to prevent common disputes, and where to go if problems arise.

What should my first steps be? What does the Additional Living Expense (ALE) part of my policy cover? Will my insurer cover the cost if I live in a trailer during reconstruction? Who is responsible for clearing the debris from my lot and is that covered under my policy? How can I get a fair claim settlement? What are my legal rights in California? The insurance company will only pay according to its "pricing guidelines"?

How to figure out the market value.

It"s very likely that a mortgage servicer that files for bankruptcy will sell its assets under the supervision of the bankruptcy court to another financial institution and transfer the servicing of your loan to another company. A mortgage servicer that simply goes out of business probably would transfer the servicing of your loan to another company as well.

Information about fraudulent foreclosure rescue scams and where to find help.

What to do if a mechanics lien has been recorded on your property.

A "utility allowance" is an amount federally subsidized tenants receive to help pay for reasonable utility bills.

A guide to avoiding contractor scams and contacting the CSLB.