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If your real estate or mortgage-related business is within the jurisdiction of the FTC, it's important to see to it that your advertising, marketing materials, and day-to-day practices meet legal standards.

Plain Language Guidance

Focusing on federal truth-in-advertising standards, this A-to-Z primer is an essential resource for businesses of any size.

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Many older homeowners are considering reverse mortgages, but some unscrupulous lenders mislead people about the key features. Learn how you can spot and report deceptive practices related to reverse mortgages.

Financial institutions covered by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act must tell their customers about their information-sharing practices and explain to customers their right to "opt out" if they don't want their information shared with certain third parties. Is your company following the requirements of the Privacy Rule?

The Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule makes it illegal to charge upfront fees and requires specific disclosures in ads and when you forward a lender’s offer to a homeowner. Are you covered by the Rule? Are you up on your compliance obligations?

The Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule includes specific provisions that address attorneys’ obligations. Learn more about activities that fall within the scope of the rule and how to make sure you're in compliance.

Ten practical lessons businesses can learn from the FTC's 50+ data security settlements.

Landlords, property managers, or other housing providers: If you run tenant background checks using companies that compile background information, consider your legal responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.