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Useful Web Links:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - "Avoiding Foreclosure: Maryland"

Federal Housing Administration: "My Money, My Home, My Future"

Federal Trade Comission - Building a Better Credit Report

National Foundation for Credit Counseling: "Debtadvice.org"

Federal Reserve Consumer Help

Maryland HOPE (Home Owners Preserving Equity)

Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation - Mortgage and Foreclosure Information

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Maryland Small Business Development Center

National Retail Federation

Maryland Retailers Association

--Compiled by Jasmine Jernberg and Laurie White


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Published Nov. 14, 2008; last updated Dec. 9, 2008

Special report produced by Maryland Newsline's Laurie White, James K. Sanborn, Avital Medoff and Jasmine Jernberg. With additional reporting by Newsline's Michelle Williams, Tamra Tomlinson and Karen Shih, and by Capital News Service's Christopher Carey, Karisse Carmack, David Hill, Eli Segall, Lindsey McPherson, Ben Swartz, Megan A. Conlan, Jessica Groover, Jenn Bogdan, Kelly Wilson, Kate Elizabeth Queram and Will Skowronski. Edited by Chris Harvey (Web-only stories, video, art and interactives) and Adrianne Flynn and Rafael Lorente (CNS print stories).

Banner graphic byNewsline's James K. Sanborn

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