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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.

Why Starter Homes Are Disappearing

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Why Starter Homes Are Disappearing

Why Starter Homes Are Disappearing

There’s been a lot of talk lately about why first-time home buyers are sitting on the sidelines. Here’s some data that may help explain why: Low-cost starter homes are simply disappearing from the market, and the ones that still exist are being gobbled up by investors and turned into rentals at a stunning rate. The... Read More

It’s Not Just Millennials Who Aren’t Buying Homes

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It’s Not Just Millennials Who Aren’t Buying Homes

It’s Not Just Millennials Who Aren’t Buying Homes

You may have heard some buzz recently about first-time home buyers, with millennials sitting on the sidelines instead of jumping into the housing market. Well, it’s not just them. Basically, Americans in every age group under 65 are showing historic reluctance to own homes, according to an email from Ellyn Terry, an economic policy analysis... Read More

Young Adults Are Skipping Starter Homes, Survey Says

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Young Adults Are Skipping Starter Homes, Survey Says

Young Adults Are Skipping Starter Homes, Survey Says

Young would-be home buyers are still sitting on the sidelines of America’s housing market, with first-time homebuyers representing a decades-low share. Student loans, high prices and low credit scores have all been blamed for this, but Bank of America recently proposed a different explanation. Perhaps they’re just being patient. Young adults don’t want starter homes, the... Read More

The 25 Best Employers If You Want to Work From Home

Personal Finance

The 25 Best Employers If You Want to Work From Home

The 25 Best Employers If You Want to Work From Home

Looking for a more work-at-home friendly job? You’re not alone. But while telecommuting has long been promised as a cure to many ills — poor work-life balance, expensive child care and congested roadways, to name a few — U.S. firms have remained stubbornly lukewarm to the idea. Yahoo famously banned teleworking in 2013, and the firm was hardly alone. A... Read More

Want to Buy & Forgive Debt Like John Oliver? Not So Fast

Managing Debt

Want to Buy & Forgive Debt Like John Oliver? Not So Fast

Want to Buy & Forgive Debt Like John Oliver? Not So Fast

When John Oliver announced Sunday night that he’d purchased medical debts as a faux collector and forgiven those debts, the Last Week Tonight host’s actions led to a serious question: Couldn’t this strategy be used on a wide scale? After all, Oliver managed to forgive about $15 million in debt for only $60,000. It’s a clever... Read More

New Rules Aim to End Payday Loan ‘Debt Traps’, CFPB Says

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New Rules Aim to End Payday Loan ‘Debt Traps’, CFPB Says

New Rules Aim to End Payday Loan ‘Debt Traps’, CFPB Says

Claiming Americans consumers have been “set up to fail” by the short-term lending industry, federal regulators on Thursday issued sweeping new rules that would drastically alter the payday and title lending industries. Under the proposed rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, short-term lenders would have to verify borrowers’ ability to promptly repay loans, and be... Read More

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