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Homeowners Insurance Covers Halloween Mishaps

Although Americans plan to carve away at their Halloween budget this year — spending an average $75.03, about $5 less than last year, according to the National Retail Federation — overall, spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent since...
October 7, 2013

Tax Credit for New Windows, Doors

Homeowners still have time this year to rack up a $200-$500 federal tax credit on new windows and doors, according to consumer website HouseLogic. The key is ensuring they install products that fit the Feds’ exacting standards. Lead the...
September 27, 2013

Weather-Stripping Cuts Energy Costs

Weatherstripping is an easy and cost-effective way for home owners to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. And many home owners install it themselves. Show your clients how...
September 20, 2013

Beware Spotty Mold Insurance Coverage

Owners with mold in the home may face a double-whammy: Their insurance policy may not cover the damage it’s caused. Mold needs water or moisture to grow, but not all causes of water damage are covered by homeowners’ policies,...
September 16, 2013

Decluttering Tips for Your Clients

Forty-three percent of Americans admit to being disorganized, according to the 2012 Ikea Behind Closed Doors survey. That translates into 55 minutes a day the average American spends looking for things. Help home owners ratchet down their stress levels...
September 6, 2013

Help Clients Determine What They Can Afford

Applications for mortgages continued their decline in the week ending Aug. 16, according to the most recent seasonally adjusted data from the Mortgage Bankers Association, dropping 4.6 percent from the previous week. The cause? Contract interest rates for conforming...
September 3, 2013