November 8, 2016
If you’ve got your eye on a new city where you can buy a bigger house with an affordable mortgage payment, don’t be too quick to sign those closing documents.
If you don’t do a little research first, you may get ambushed by unexpected costs of living in the city of your dreams.
Below are five cost-of-living factors you need to check out before you...
November 7, 2016
Auto technology is moving ahead faster than a Texas speed limit. Automatic braking prior to an accident, blind-spot warnings in traffic, rear-view cameras and a host of other options now increase the safety of new models.
But will these new devices lead to discounts by auto insurers? No, according to a study by The Zebra, a car insurance comparison website....
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October 30, 2016
Does being behind on your bills make you more likely to crash your car?
Yup, statistically speaking.
That’s why Missourians with rotten credit pay an average of $704 per year more for auto insurance than people with good credit. The difference in Illinois is $745, according to a recent analysis by
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October 25, 2016
A bevy of construction trade organizations and a nonprofit policyholder advocacy group urged the Florida Supreme Court on Monday to rule that a construction defect claim notice constitutes a suit triggering an insurer's defense obligations, throwing their support behind a building contractor in its coverage dispute with Crum & Forster.
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October 20, 2016
Twenty-five years after a horrific firestorm killed 25 people and wiped out nearly 3,500 homes in the Oakland hills, the conditions are ripe once again for a similar — if not worse — disaster.
The 1991 inferno led to improved policies and equipment for fire and emergency crews, as well as fire-proof materials on homes and roofs. But the highly flammable trees...
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October 18, 2016
This month — Thursday of this week to be exact — is the 25th anniversary of the Oakland/Berkeley hills firestorm. Many of you were here that day. Some of you — like my husband and me — escaped the flames with just the clothes on our back and the knowledge that our lives would never be the same.
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October 17, 2016
Hurricane Matthew wreaked a lot of damage in a rather short time, but property insurers have long memories -- and clever lawyers. So keep an eye on the changes that will almost certainly be part of your next homeowner’s policy.
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October 11, 2016
Sherri Bertrand shares experience of losing home. A previous wildfire victim in El Paso County is offering advice to victims of a recent fire in Pueblo County. Sherri Bertrand of Black Forest said she was out of town the first week of the Beulah Hill Fire, which ultimately destroyed eight homes and 16 other structures.
"When I came home, I thought my...
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October 4, 2016
Like an umbrella that protects you from the elements on a rainy day, an umbrella insurance policy can shield your personal assets from large liability claims.
Umbrella excess liability protection can help you avoid financial ruin if you’re found to be responsible for legal damages that exceed the limits of your homeowner or auto insurance policies.
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September 27, 2016
Among the decisions you must make when buying life insurance, one of the most important is: How long should the policy last? Choose wrong and it could cost you or your survivors.
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