When you buy a house, your lender asks for proof of insurance. They also require an appraisal that supports the purchase price, What has always surprised me is neither the lender or the insurance company require a home inspection or ask for the report. And I never understood why my State Farm agent would personally … Read More
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With the cost of new home construction going up, more condominiums are being built with shared land that makes homes more affordable. Are you’re buying your first home or first condominium? You’ll want to learn more about the condo insurance you’re buying to make sure you’ve got the right coverage in case of an emergency. … Read More
This article is meant to change the culture at Allstate, and other corporations like them, that to date do not recognize the gender bias built into their business processes. I have been treated respectfully by my Allstate insurance agents. Sadly they have little/no influence on changing the way Allstate’s software applications are implemented.
Hopefully the biggest toilet problem you’ll ever have is getting someone to deliver a roll of toilet paper to you when sitting on the throne. But toilets have lots of moving parts and get lots of use. That means you’ll probably need to deal with at least one toilet problem in your life as a … Read More
Have you seen windmills in Holland? Or driven past wind farms with hundreds of modern windmills? They show how yesterday’s windmills have evolved to capture the wind, sunshine and more. Because sustainable energy means no matter how much we use, there’s just as much energy tomorrow. So let’s look at how
Buying a house used to be simple. Most realtors told you it’s all about location, location, location and for many years this was true. That’s because “… You can buy the right home in the wrong location. You can change the structure, remodel it or alter the home’s layout but, ordinarily, you cannot move it. It’s attached to the … Read More
Springtime. It’s the season for airing out the house, washing windows, scrubbing floors and all-around general cleaning to clear off the last bits of winter. But home maintenance means more than cleaning the inside of your home.
The largest housing industry show occurs at the beginning of each year, and this year it was held in Orlando, Florida. Design & Construction week combines several shows to introduce housing industry trends to the world’s builders, remodelers
Wondering what net neutrality means and why you should care? The best analogy I’ve come up with is your cable TV bill. If you’re old enough you remember when television was free, when families watched the Ed Sullivan show
Buyers focus on the mortgage but it doesn’t tell you the true cost of home ownership. With your first home, you compare your mortgage payment to the rent you’ve been paying but wait, what expenses were included in your rent?