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Bob Sullivan is author of the New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other publications. He has appeared as a consumer advocate and technology expert numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and various other radio and TV outlets. He helped start MSNBC.com and wrote there for nearly 20 years, most of it penning the consumer advocacy column The Red Tape Chronicles. See more at www.bobsullivan.net. Follow Bob Sullivan on Facebook or Twitter.

10 Areas Where Home Sellers Are Making Bank

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10 Areas Where Home Sellers Are Making Bank

10 Areas Where Home Sellers Are Making Bank

It’s a good time to sell a home. Buyers are back to fighting over properties in hot markets and that means less time sellers need to wait around. Realtor.com says homes stayed on the market 14 days less in March 2016 than March 2015, a dramatic drop. The number of homes listed has dropped, too,... Read More

6 Ways to Save on Your Cable Bill

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6 Ways to Save on Your Cable Bill

6 Ways to Save on Your Cable Bill

It’s a great time to be a pay TV (aka cable) consumer. Really. After decades of helplessly paying skyrocketing TV bills (helpless because many consumers were stuck within monopoly situations) the worm is finally turning. New entrants like Verizon’s FiOS and SlingTV have created genuine competition, while the “cord cutting” phenomenon has helped many consumers... Read More

Is Refinancing Your Car Loan Worth It?

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Is Refinancing Your Car Loan Worth It?

Is Refinancing Your Car Loan Worth It?

Auto sales keep setting records, with 2015 seeing the highest number of trucks and cars ever sold (more than 17 million). This is partly because borrowing money to buy cars keeps getting easier. Longer terms, lower credit score requirements, and persistently low interest rates keep enticing Americans to buy new wheels. Most of those cars... Read More

Payday Loans Are Shutting Down Some Americans’ Bank Accounts

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Payday Loans Are Shutting Down Some Americans’ Bank Accounts

Payday Loans Are Shutting Down Some Americans’ Bank Accounts

Online payday lenders are creating new hazards for borrowers, leading to large overdraft fees and even loss of access to checking accounts, federal regulators claimed Wednesday. Online payday lenders often have direct access to borrowers’ checking accounts for deposits and payments. When borrowers don’t have sufficient funds in their accounts to pay the lenders, repeated withdrawal... Read More

How to Avoid Car Repair Gotchas

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How to Avoid Car Repair Gotchas

How to Avoid Car Repair Gotchas

A captive consumer is someone who isn’t in a position to bargain and, in turn, could overpay. For example, a traveler purchasing Wi-Fi on an airplane is captive because there’s only one option and a pay TV subscriber is captive if there’s only one cable company in the area, or if it’s difficult to install a... Read More

The Most Common Car Repairs You Have to Make

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The Most Common Car Repairs You Have to Make

The Most Common Car Repairs You Have to Make

When your car’s check engine light flicks on, the first thing that pops into your head is probably “how much is this going to cost me?” But new data show that for newer cars about half the time the problem is often as simple as a loose gas cap. That doesn’t mean you should ignore... Read More

Lease or Buy: The Definitive Guide for Car Buyers

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Lease or Buy: The Definitive Guide for Car Buyers

Lease or Buy: The Definitive Guide for Car Buyers

Americans love a good rivalry: Yankees versus Red Sox, Coke versus Pepsi, and most of all, leasing versus buying. Leasing a car is sizzling hot right now. New data show one out of every three new cars is leased. And leasing may very well rule the future, as it shot up 46% over the last five years among millennial... Read More

The Average American Has 7.2 Jobs by Age 28

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The Average American Has 7.2 Jobs by Age 28

The Average American Has 7.2 Jobs by Age 28

Feel like you’re bouncing around between jobs? Have no fear, you are hardly alone. A typical young adult in the U.S. has held an average of 7.2 jobs by age 28, new research shows, which is roughly equivalent to having one new employer each year. The study, released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, examined... Read More

The U.S. Cities That Are About to Become Unaffordable

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The U.S. Cities That Are About to Become Unaffordable

The U.S. Cities That Are About to Become Unaffordable

When you hear affordable cities, there are four that should be familiar to you now: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Omaha. But here’s a list of U.S. cities that are rapidly becoming less affordable: Cincinnati, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Omaha. In other words, the secret is out. The good news is, many of these places are still affordable — for... Read More

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