Web Site Resources for Consumers 


Credit Union Consumer Facts, http://www.cuna.org/data/consumer/advice/retire_home/hometoc.html



Provides an easy way to assess energy use and get quick tips on saving energy.


Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov

A one-stop shop for advice on testing for and mitigating pollutants, from lead paint to radon to mold.


Equifax, www.eqifax.com

A source of credit reports.


Experian (formerly TRW), www.experian.com

A source of credit reports.


Federal Citizen Information Center, http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/results.tpl?id1=17&startat=1&--woSECTIONSdatarq=17&--SECTIONSword=ww

Offers a list of consumer articles about home sales, financing, and maintenance.


Ginnie Mae, http://www.ginniemae.gov

Provides advice to buyers on affordability and homeownership, including calculators.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, http://www.hud.gov/buying/index.cfm

Offers advice to buyers on finance, fair housing, and more.


ImproveNet, www.improvenet.com

Provides links to contractors and architects for remodeling projects for buyers and repair services for sellers. For a small charge, buyers can use the site's Estimators to determine how much renovating a property they're considering would cost.



Helps buyers and sellers with packing tips and timetables, online mover links, and places to store belongings so that homes look less cluttered.



Offers consumer information for buyers and sellers as well as home listings and links to service providers.


Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC), http://www.rebac.net/hbk.html

Offers a homebuyer's kit with useful information and checklists.


Trans Union Corporation, www.transunion.com

A source of credit reports.



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