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FORECLOSURE INFORMATION

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TODAY'S REAL ESTATE NEWS SITES

Realty Times Real Estate News

Mortgage News Daily.


NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATION

An excellent site for crime reports near an address!

Get crime, neighborhood, and school reports here!

Another good site for crime statistics!

Locate Sex Offenders - Georgia Bureau of Investigation


CITY & COUNTY INFORMATION

PLEASE CLICK ON ANY CITY OR COUNTY BELOW TO ACCES INFORMATION

For Public School Information, please click on appropriate city/county to see school system website.

Georgia City Demographic Information - Alphabetical

GEORGIA SCHOOL SYSTEM INFORMATION

Greatschools.org website - reviews of schools by parents and students

Search and compare public schools with Schooldigger.com

Georgia Department of Education

Private School Websites and Information

General School News

Topic Information Source
Georgia School Grades Reports The Georgia School Grades Reports website provides school reports for all public elementary, middle, and high schools in Georgia. The reports include A-F letter grades based on school performance as well as other information about schools, such as performance on state tests, the make-up of the student body, and the graduation rate. The purpose of these reports is to help parents, students, educators, and communities understand how their local schools are performing and focus improvement efforts on the most critical challenges. Georgia School Grades Reports
Georgia Education Curriculum Review the proposed Georgia Education Curriculum for the school year Georgia Department of Education Website
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GENERAL CONSUMER INFORMATION

ADDRESSES

How can I reduce JUNK MAIL?...Contact THE MAIL PREFERENCE SERVICE, Direct Marketing Association, 11W. 42nd Street, P.O. Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861.

PHONE NUMBERS

Identity theft is becoming more real...call 800-269-0271 (Social Security Fraud Hotline.

DRIVERS LICENSE - Call 678-413-8500 to schedule an appointment to transfer or renew your driver's license in Cobb County.

If a person has questions about any communication that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security’s toll-free customer service 800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday


Credit Scoring and other General Consumer Information

Topic Information Source

CREDIT SCORING INFORMATION

National Foundation for Consumer Credit This is where you can turn to if you need professional help to get out of debt. Non-profit consumer credit counseling services. (Source: AJC, The Motly Fools Q&A Column)
National
-or-
Atlanta area
800-251-2227
Fair Issac (FICO) Credit Scoring This is the leading source (but not the only source) that lenders use to evaluate credit worthiness of a borrower.
Fair Issac Credit Scoring
FICO Score Explanation This pamphlet explains what and how the FICO score is calculated.
Fair Issac Credit Scoring Pamphlet
Other Credit Scoring Resource Provides your FICO credit score for a fee.
MyFico Website

CREDIT BUREAU SERVICES

Go to www.annualcreditreport.com -

8-23-05: I just heard Clark Howard recommend that you span your credit report order over several months from the 3 Credit Reporting Agencies and not order them all at once.

As a Georgia resident, you will be able to obtain your credit report twice per 12 month period from each of the three credit service bureaus. You may contact any one (and I suggest all) of the following three major credit reporting agencies for your free report:

EXPERIAN - CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY (888-397-3742)

EQUIFAX - CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY (800-685-1111)

TRANSUNION - CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY (800-888-4213)

EXPERIAN - CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY (888-397-3742)

EQUIFAX - CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY (800-685-1111)

TRANSUNION - CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY (800-888-4213)

CONSUMER INFORMATION

USO Care Package to Troops in IRAQ Send some items needed by the troops in IRAQ. Link to USO website for donations to troops.
Find out where the lowest gas prices are in the Metro Atlanta Area! Click here for cheapest gasoline prices in your zip code. General website search
Junk Mail How can you stop it? Contact THE MAIL PREFERENCE SERVICE, Direct Marketing Association, 11W. 42nd Street, P.O. Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861.
Victims of Identity Theft? If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, be sure to follow some important steps using the referenced website from the Federal Trade Commission Click here for help from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

You may also want to call 800-269-0271 (Social Security Fraud Hotline) if your social security card is lost or stolen.

Searching for Lost Money Online Search websites that list money or personal property that may be legally yoursClick here for free search - National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators Wall Street Journal, 2-17-2004, Page D2
Discount Coupons for Shopping Coupons from several department stores Click here for coupons Wall Street Journal, 12-3-2003, Page D2
FCC Moves closer to portability of wireless phone numbers. November 24, 2003 is when the FCC has indicated we can have portability of cell phone numbers between service providers.

This means if you don't like the services of one cell phone provider, you may switch to another and keep your cell phone number.

FCC guidelines call for carriers to switch the numbers within 2.5 hours of the customer request to transfer.

FCC doesn't require balance due to be settled before transfer.

Wall Street Journal and FCC website - search here


HOME BUYER RELATED WEB SITES!


See Clark Howard's website to visit the Real Estate Forum

Ilyce Glink - Real Estate Advisor


SOME LARGER TITLE INSURANCE COMPANIES

CHICAGO TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

CHICAGO TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY - 601 Riverside Avenue- Jacksonville, FL 32204 - (888) 866-3684

FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY - 601 Riverside Avenue - Jacksonville, FL 32204 - (888) 866-3684

THE FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION

THE FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION - 1 First American Way - Santa Ana, California 92707 - Toll Free: 800.854.3643 - Local: 714.800.3000

OLD REPUBLIC NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

OLD REPUBLIC NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY - 400 Second Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55401-2499 - (612) 371-1111 (800) 328-4441 (US) (612) 371-1191 FAX

STEWART TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

STEWART TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY - 1980 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 800 - Houston, Texas 77056 - Office: 713-625-8100 - Watts: 800-729-1900 - Fax: 713-629-2323

Some reasons for title insurance:

  • Lost or forged deeds
  • Married seller who represents himself or herself as single
  • Claims of undisclosed heirs
  • Impersonation of owner(s)
  • Clerical or recording errors by courthouse clerks
  • Incorrect legal description of property
  • Previous contracts signed by minors or mentally incompetent persons
  • Improperly probated will
  • Confusion of title resulting from similar names

RECYCLING CORNER

RECYCLING OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS & ELECTRONICS PRODUCTS
NAME OF ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION of SERVICE WEBSITE &/or PHONE #
FREECYCLE.ORG Recycle Old Stuff in your House - Give old stuff to people instead of tossing it into the garbage.
Click here to join Freecycle_Cobb
Click to join Freecycle_Cobb
Recycle Refrigerators Georgia Power offers programs to properly Disposal of non-primary refrigerators. To find out more about the program, call 1-866-446-9250, or Click here to find out more about Georgia Power refrigerator recycling program.
Recycle Computers Proper Disposal of computers in your area. To find computer equipment recyclers in your area, Click here to find recycling organizations in your area.

To find a recycling center closest to your home who does not send junked computers to developing countries, Click here for recyclers.

You may even want to try the Tommy Nobis Center in Marietta, GA CLICK HERE to go to Recycletronics website and discover more about recycling electronics items.

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation Proper Disposal of Rechargeable Batteries-Properly dispose of anything from laptop to cell phone batteries.

I think Best Buy, Lowes, and Home Depot have stations at their entrance/exit area to dispose of rechargeable batteries and cell phone batteries.

National Cristina Foundation Where you can donate your old computer.

NCF

Or

Goodwill

Verizon Wireless Donate your old, used cell phone to help fight domestic violence. You can donate your used wireless phone to support Donate a Phone CALL to PROTECT, which aids in the fight against domestic violence. Wireless phones are reprogrammed with emergency phone numbers and redistributed free of charge to victims in need.
Verizon Wireless - Hopeline
If you know of other resources that helped you, let me know.


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Bicycle Paths & Bicycle Trails in Atlanta

Financial Aid for College Students

IRS Publication 523 - (Proceeds from) Selling Your Home

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