State Hosting Free Webinar To Warn Of Housing Scams - WSPA.com

State Hosting Free Webinar To Warn Of Housing Scams

Posted: Updated:
UPSTATE, S.C. -

In honor of June being National Homeownership Month, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is offering you a free way to learn about the top issues that impact those wanting to buy a home and those in fear of losing one. It's hosting a webinar June 17th on the topic.

Consumer Affairs says housing scams and credit repair are the top issues that jeopardize homeowners the most.

In Spartanburg, counselors at Upstate Housing Partnership say the biggest hurdles people in our area are facing right now include credit issues and money management.

They say if you're trying to buy a home and you have bad credit, there's no quick fix. It may take months, even years, to get you prepared to buy a home. But they work with you every step of the process.

Counselor Cedric Herbert says if you're facing foreclosure, watch out for offers that "guarantee" to fix your problem.

"A lot of the clients are coming back and telling us that they are getting letters in the mail or having things slip in their door saying, hey give us a call if you want to save your house, or guaranteeing that they can save their homes," said Herbert. "A lot of that is scam. There is nobody that can guarantee it."

Herbert says to also watch out for offers to repair your credit for a fee. Those offers often include things you can do on your own for free.

To contact the Upstate Housing Partnership, call (864) 504-3090.

Consumer Affairs also has a section dedicated to homeowners on its website.

To file a complaint or report a scam, click here.

The free housing webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th from 11am-11:45am.

It's open to the public, but they do ask that you register.

Tracey Early
Tracey co-anchors the 5:30 and 7 p.m. newscasts and is a general assignment reporter.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WSPA.com

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • SC Film Commission Releases New App

    SC Film Commission Releases New App

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:03:32 GMT
    Much of the movie "Leatherheads" was shot in South Carolina.Much of the movie "Leatherheads" was shot in South Carolina.
    A new app released by the South Carolina Film Commission is for directors, producers and tourists and film buffs as well. The app provides information on South Carolina locations, support services and production incentives so film makers can find the perfect place to make films, television shows and commercials.
    A new app released by the South Carolina Film Commission is for directors, producers and tourists and film buffs as well. The app provides information on South Carolina locations, support services and production incentives so film makers can find the perfect place to make films, television shows and commercials.
  • Hospital To Discuss Discharge Of Ebola Patients

    Hospital To Discuss Discharge Of Ebola Patients

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:19:19 GMT
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, says Dr. Kent Brantly has recovered. A news release from Emory University Hospital didn't say when the two would be discharged or if it had already happened.
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, says Dr. Kent Brantly has recovered. A news release from Emory University Hospital didn't say when the two would be discharged or if it had already happened.
  • Deputies Looking To I.D. Spartanburg Fondling Suspect

    Deputies Looking To I.D. Spartanburg Fondling Suspect

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:45 AM EDT2014-08-21 08:45:30 GMT
    The Special Victims Unit of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in trying to identify a fondling suspect.
    The Special Victims Unit of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in trying to identify a fondling suspect.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.