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    1. Don't skimp on property insurance

      Don't skimp on property insurance

      Understanding the different coverages a homeowners insurance policy offers your family can be tricky. This article in the Lowell Sun delves into the details and particulars of what a standard policy can offer and also certain details where homeowners should pay extra attention.

      Having the right coverage is essential to protecting your home and family. This piece can help you learn more:

      When selecting the amount of property insurance coverage, a homeowner considers the cost to replace only dwelling's structure -- not the market ...

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    2. Vacant Home Insurance: Keeping Your Unoccupied Home Safe

      Vacant Home Insurance: Keeping Your Unoccupied Home Safe

      There are many reasons why you may leave your home unoccupied, whether it's a second home you use seasonally or you are in the midst of home renovations. You may not be aware of the insurance implications of a vacant home. 

      Leaving your home unoccupied isn't as simple as just buying a homeowners insurance policy and hoping for the best. There are coverage nuances related to vacant homes that should be considered before you lock up and leave.

      Learn more about insuring your vacation home on Realty Times:

      Although your homeowners' insurance offers financial protection against property damage ...

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    3. Home Insurance 101: The Fundamentals of Home Quality

      Home Insurance 101: The Fundamentals of Home Quality

      So, how do homeowners insurance companies price out your homeowners insurance? Get the scoop with this post from Realty Times.

      Buying a home for your family is a huge investment and one you'll want to protect. Read this post to learn more about the specific coverages homeowners insurance offers as well as areas in your new home you'll want to pay particular attention to when insuring it.

      Learn also how different factors and features of your home can affect your homeowners insurance rates. Speak with an insurance agent to learn more about how you can save on your ...

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    4. Understanding Insurance Home Value -

      Understanding Insurance Home Value -

      Wow! Two out of three American homes are underinsured! Does your family have enough coverage? If you were to face a total loss, being underinsured could be a costly predicament, indeed. Read on for more information about properly assessing your home's value.

      Understanding the Difference Between Dwelling Value and Real Estate Value.

      The insured value of your home, dwelling value or reconstruction cost determined on your home insurance must be enough to rebuild your home after a covered loss. According to Nationwide Insurance two out of every three homes in America are underinsured.

      One of the reasons people are ...

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    5. Down Payment Insurance: Smart Protection or Total Waste of Money?

      Down Payment Insurance: Smart Protection or Total Waste of Money?

      Should you consider down payment insurance? Learn more:

      The housing crash of 2008 shattered the long-held notion that a home is a rock-solid, inviolable investment in your future. With home prices climbing steadily again to what seems like improbable (and possibly unsustainable) heights in some markets, many fear that we’re in another housing bubble—one that could burst, taking their life savings with it.

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    6. Open House Safety Tips

      Open House Safety Tips

      If your family is about to host an open house to sell your home, you're probably more focused on the staging and curb appeal than worrying about safety. Don't forget that you are liable for what happens on your property. Take measures to keep guests safe and ensure you have the proper coverage to help protect you and your family!

      Often safety is overlooked when a seller is busy making sure that the interior and exterior spaces of a home are in pristine condition. When it comes to selling your home in DFW, keep private showing and open ...

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    7. Moved Out? Watch Out, Teens May Be Partying in Your Old Home

      Moved Out? Watch Out, Teens May Be Partying in Your Old Home

      Whoa! Did not think of this one, but it's certainly a risk to be aware of, especially since your homeowners insurance may not cover a vacant home. Check with your agent if you've moved out to ensure you have coverage for damages, whether they're caused by the weather or neighborhood teens looking to party.

      Teenagers are always on the lookout for a house party—and there’s nothing better than a venue where it’s all but guaranteed that nobody’s parents will barge in and disrupt all their risky business: vacant homes!

      That’s right, if ...

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    8. HGTV Is Adding a New Home Renovation Show to Its Lineup

      HGTV Is Adding a New Home Renovation Show to Its Lineup

      Get the popcorn ready!

      Calling all HGTV addicts! The network has announced a brand new show, called Listed Sisters, that will be premiering Monday, March 28, at 8 p.m.

      Here's what you have to look forward to: Alana and Lex Leblanc are not only identical twins, but a real estate-and-design force in Nashville. The ladies' mission is to help clients transform their homes into hot properties that will demand top dollar.

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    9. Typical Homeowners Insurance Falls Short of Properly Protecting a Rental or Investment Property

      Typical Homeowners Insurance Falls Short of Properly Protecting a Rental or Investment Property

      Your homeowners insurance has real limitations when it comes to covering a home you don't live in. Make sure you know what your homeowners insurance will cover when it comes to a property you're renting out or investing it.

      Real Estate has never been more expensive than it is today. Mix that with the lowest borrowing rates in decades and you get an influx of people ...

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    10. Homeowners now more likely to use equity for renovations

      Homeowners now more likely to use equity for renovations

      Are you a homeowner looking to invest in renovating your home? Don't forget to give your insurance agent a call to make sure you don't have to "renovate" your policy to cover your home's new features. Old limits may not provide enough coverage for the value of your renovations.

      Homeowners have begun to invest more in their homes as property values continue to rise, according to TD Bank.

      Of the 1,350 homeowners in the bank's survey from late December through early January, about 56% believe their home’s value has increased and about 60% say ...

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    11. What You Need To Know About Home Improvements And Taxes

      What You Need To Know About Home Improvements And Taxes

      Good info for families who have made some home improvements!

      When we bought our first house, it was perfect. Well, except for the 40-year-old heater. And the green kitchen with beige appliances circa the 1970s. And the creepy basement. (But otherwise perfect.)

      Over the years, we made a number of improvements. We also made a number of repairs. We replaced the roof, added a powder room, and replaced the front porch. We painted walls and swapped out windows and doors.

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    12. Increase Home Value: Upgrade Your Landscape

      Increase Home Value: Upgrade Your Landscape

      It's all about curb appeal! Does your family's home have?

      Learn how certain landscaping techniques can increase the perceived value of your home and make it more attractive to buyers. Know how native and minimalist landscaping can support the environment and appeal to buyers.

      The post Increase Home Value: Upgrade Your Landscape appeared first on Coldwell Banker Blue Matter.

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    13. 7 Ways Buying A Home Is One Of The Hardest Things You’ll Ever Do

      7 Ways Buying A Home Is One Of The Hardest Things You’ll Ever Do

      Good luck and don't forget the homeowners insurance!

      Buying a home isn’t a single action, but rather a series of small steps that eventually lead to homeownership. It’s stressful, because each step in the process has its own challenges. But you can make the process go much more smoothly if you understand each step, and are prepared to deal with it individually.

      Here are the seven hardest parts of buying a home, not only from my own personal experience, but also from my 15-year stint in the mortgage business.

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    14. Prepare Your Home Now If You Plan to Sell It This Spring

      Prepare Your Home Now If You Plan to Sell It This Spring

      Is your family looking to move? 

      Selling a home doesn't happen overnight. To maximize your sale price, stand out from the competition and sell quickly, your home needs to go on the market in tip-top condition.You only get one chance to make a good first impression in real estate. Once your home's listing goes live, the days on market start ticking. In the Internet age, with access to so much information, buyers will punish a seller whose home has been on the market for many months.

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    15. Real Estate Fail: 4 Big Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home

      Real Estate Fail: 4 Big Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home

      If your family is looking for a new home avoid these 4 mistakes!

      Buying a home is a major decision that can have disastrous long-term side effects if done improperly. Below introduces four of the biggest mistakes that people make when buying a […]

      The post Real Estate Fail: 4 Big Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home appeared first on The HomeSource.

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    16. Renovating Our House Nearly Ruined Our Relationship

      Renovating Our House Nearly Ruined Our Relationship

      Before you settle on this fixer upper, consider the effects it could have on your family...

      Shortly after Mike and I married, we began house-hunting. Unfortunately, it was the early 2000s, and trying to find an affordable house during the real estate boom of the time was extremely difficult. Our realtor showed us a listing of a two-family house in our price range, located about 30 minutes northwest of where we lived. We were excited to go take a look.

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    17. Will My Taxes Look Different Now That I’m a Homeowner? Magic 8 Ball Says Yes

      Will My Taxes Look Different Now That I’m a Homeowner? Magic 8 Ball Says Yes

      If you're a new homeowner - congratulations! A new home may also bring some new details while doing your taxes. Check out these helpful tips.

      Taxes? Gross! Who wants to think about government paperwork, especially when your hand still aches from signing the 977 forms required to buy your first house? But listen up: As a new homeowner, you can typically wave bye-bye to the 1040-EZ form and say hi to itemizing your deductions on Schedule A.

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    18. 5 Inexpensive Upgrades That Can Increase Your Home's Value

      5 Inexpensive Upgrades That Can Increase Your Home's Value

      Upgrades that won't break the bank and will up the family home's value? Yes, please! Don't forget to call your insurance agent once the work is done to make sure your new features are covered!

      Now that you know the mistakes that can decrease your home's value, it's time to turn your attention to the things that can actually make your abode worth more money in the long run.

      According to Trulia, you don't have to spend a fortune on upgrades to see the value of your home increase. In fact, some of the ...

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