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4/29/2014
The best way to avoid trouble with any business transaction is to be a knowledgeable consumer. Better Business Bureau has prepared the following 27 Questions For Homeowners to quiz your knowledge about remodeling, re-roofing, re-siding, waterproofing and other home improvements. Each question indicates an area in which complaints have been reported to BBB. Weigh every word carefully and check every question. If you already have an offer for the work compare it against the quiz and see if you sho
4/20/2014
The goal of academic accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Academic Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.
4/29/2014
An adjustable rate mortgage is a mortgage with an interest rate that changes, periodically, during the life of the loan, according to a specified index and time schedule. Since interest rates for fixed-rate financing remain the same for the life of the loan, a lender may lose money if for example, inflation increases interest rates.
6/23/2014
Discouraged by high interest rages and hard-to-find risk or investment capital, businesses in need of commercial loans to expand or even stay in existence may use the services of loan brokers who promise to find needed funds for a fee. Loan brokers should not be confused with either mortgage brokers, who arrange real estate loans, or money lenders, which include such entities as banks, savings and loans, and credit unions.
6/23/2014
Discouraged by high interest rages and hard-to-find risk or investment capital, businesses in need of commercial loans to expand or even stay in existence may use the services of loan brokers who promise to find needed funds for a fee. Loan brokers should not be confused with either mortgage brokers, who arrange real estate loans, or money lenders, which include such entities as banks, savings and loans, and credit unions.
4/29/2014
Regardless of the reason, if you are interested in moving into a new apartment you must do your homework to find a reputable apartment complex with a reliable landlord. Refer to these tips when searching for an apartment to rent.
4/29/2014
Regardless of the reason, if you are interested in moving into a new apartment you must do your homework to find a reputable apartment complex with a reliable landlord. Refer to these tips when searching for an apartment to rent.
4/29/2014
If you are interested in making a major purchase or need financial assistance, you are probably looking into taking out a loan. Taking out a loan is a big commitment that requires responsibility, which is why it is crucial to do extensive research. Use these tips as a guide when taking out a loan.
4/29/2014
Deciding to hire an au pair to be apart of your family and help take care of your children can be an extreme change.  For this reason it is important to feel 100% comfortable with the person coming to live in your home.  The key step to making this process smooth and stress-free is to carefully do all your research with various au pair agencies before settling with one.
4/29/2014
Deciding to hire an au pair to be apart of your family and help take care of your children can be an extreme change.  For this reason it is important to feel 100% comfortable with the person coming to live in your home.  The key step to making this process smooth and stress-free is to carefully do all your research with various au pair agencies before settling with one.
4/29/2014
The last words any automobile owner wants to hear are: "I think your transmission is gone." Repairing a transmission, especially an automatic transmission, requires special training and tools usually well beyond the capacity of a neighborhood filling station. 
4/29/2014
Whether your car is in need of a simple touch-up or a complete repaint, an auto body paint shop is helpful for the job. It is important to hire a reliable shop that can provide quality work that will last. Use these tips as a guide when searching for an auto body paint shop.
4/29/2014
Automobile services can range from a minor oil change to extensive repairs or anywhere in-between. When it comes time for a repair, it is necessary to find an honest auto body shop that you can trust your vehicle and money with. The best way to avoid an auto repair scam is to do your research first. 
4/29/2014
Looking to find a reliable repair shop? Here are some helpful tips for your search:
Shop before there is damage
Ask for recommendations
Get a written estimate
4/29/2014
Choosing a caregiver to watch your children can be a nerve-racking task. Relying on family members or friends to babysit may not always work out, so it is important to start looking for a responsible caregiver before you need one. Doing so will allow both the children and parents to be comfortable with the babysitter.
4/29/2014
Consumers ask BBB many questions about beauty pageants; this report addresses these concerns and suggests points to consider before entering a pageant. Information on a specific organization and its directors may be obtained from your local BBB. 
4/28/2014
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
4/29/2014
Before visiting a dentist it is important to do some research first. Ask friends and family for recommendations, or ask your primary care provider who they would recommend. You can also search the Accredited Business Directory for a BBB Accredited dentist in your area.
4/29/2014
Hiring a building contractor is a big commitment. It is important to be confident that the business you choose will give you the best deal for your money. Consumers should carefully research all of their prospective contracting candidates to prevent scams. Use these helpful tips when searching for a reliable building contractor.
4/29/2014
The smooth-talking voice on the other end of the line claims to need some information to “confirm” your existing phone book listing. Fast forward a few weeks and your mailbox is jammed with “invoices” threatening legal action if you don’t pay up. Chances are you’ve been hit by a business directory scam.
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