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Review your reviewing rights!

Review your reviewing rights! posted on Jun 14

When debating who to hire for a home improvement job or deciding whether to purchase a new TV from Brand X or Brand Y, many consumers turn to internet reviews to see what others thought of the service or product. Did you know that honest   …Continue Reading Review your reviewing rights!

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Robocalls: Shaken or Stirred? posted on May 22

Robocalls: Shaken or Stirred?

In 2019, 48 billion robocalls were placed to consumers, an increase of 60% from 2018 (according to robocall-blocking service YouMail). In Massachusetts, nearly 500 million robocalls were made to residents, with an average resident receiving 6.3 robocalls in April 2019 (State House News Service). And   …Continue Reading Robocalls: Shaken or Stirred?

Spring 2019 Lemon Law Audit Results posted on May 21

Spring 2019 Lemon Law Audit Results

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation surveys car dealerships in the Commonwealth semi-annually to evaluate their compliance with the Massachusetts Lemon Laws. Massachusetts law mandates that Lemon Law stickers must be displayed on every vehicle for sale, new and used, at every Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Spring 2019 Lemon Law Audit Results

Bubble-wrap your belongings:  A consumer guide to moving posted on May 20

Bubble-wrap your belongings:  A consumer guide to moving

The moving process can be expensive between packing, hiring movers, and storing belongings. Unfortunately, con artists will attempt to take advantage of movers and defraud them of thousands of dollars or even some of their belongings. Scammers may entice consumers by offering incredibly low prices   …Continue Reading Bubble-wrap your belongings:  A consumer guide to moving

Getting into the Cracks: the Role of a Home Inspector posted on May 14

Getting into the Cracks: the Role of a Home Inspector

A home inspection is the visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential dwelling (up to four units). While home inspections are not a guarantee that there are no problems with your home and they are not intended to provide   …Continue Reading Getting into the Cracks: the Role of a Home Inspector

Getting Real About Real Estate Agents—Buying a Home posted on May 13

Getting Real About Real Estate Agents—Buying a Home

Whether you’re buying, selling or renting, working with a quality real estate agent is extremely important to ensure a smooth process. When buying a home, consumers should: Know the difference between a real estate broker and a real estate salesperson: A real estate broker negotiates   …Continue Reading Getting Real About Real Estate Agents—Buying a Home