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If you are faced with foreclosure, you can work to save your home - or at least limit the financial damage caused by foreclosure - if you understand your options and take the appropriate steps.

Latest Home Articles

Can landlord make us pay for utilities after we move out?

Dear Consumer Ed:  Our apartment lease is up at the end of this month, but our landlord is requiring that we leave the utilities on for five days after our lease expires for the move-out inspection. Can they require us to pay for utilities almost a week beyond the end of our lease?

Can mortgage lender charge a fee for waiving escrow requirement?

Dear Consumer Ed:  I told my mortgage lender that I would prefer to pay my property taxes in full each year instead of having a portion rolled into my monthly mortgage payments and held in escrow. Are they allowed to charge me a fee if I do that?

Are landlords required to provide a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors?

Dear Consumer Ed:  By law, is it the landlord’s responsibility to provide a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors in the apartment?