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Virginia real estate investor Olivia Quinn says she lost her mortgage because Rent-A-Center, the nation’s largest rent-to-own company, failed to correct her credit report. She had paid off her rented merchandise — twice.

Leroy Walton of Georgia settled his account with Rent-A-Center in 2013, his records show. But for years after, he says debt collectors pursued him, even threatening him with arrest. 

Stephanie Kuo / KERA News

Every Wednesday, nearly two dozen people cram into a small office in Dallas to listen to Yasmin Thomas talk about leases.

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Apartment rents in North Texas continue to rise, outpacing many cities across the country but still remaining slightly below the national average. One reason Dallas-Fort has seen increasingly higher rents — more people are moving here to start or develop their professional lives. 

Lara Solt / KERA special contributor

KERA's series One Crisis Away: Rebuilding a life, looks at tornado recovery for folks on the financial edge. It's estimated only 40 percent of people who lease apartments or houses have renters insurance. They need that money to buy food and pay the bills.

Matthew Rutledge

A report released last week by Apartment List shows Texas rent prices jumped 3.5 percent last year, which outpaces the national increase. Other research shows almost half of Texans spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent.

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A new study shows 38 million Americans are renting apartments and homes. In Dallas, the home ownership rate is significantly below the national average.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: rent eats up more income in Dallas, President Obama taps Sarah Saldaña to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more Texans are choosing urgent care centers over hospitals, and more.