Owning a home can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also come with headaches involving taxes, permits, upkeep and repair, fees, insurance and more. Look for more information here in our articles, blog posts, videos and radio shows about what it means to be a homeowner.
What to do when your home is overvalued by your homeowner’s insurance company. Hint: You may want to consider changing companies. Q: Every year, I get a renewal notice from my homeowner's insurance company and it indicates the value of my home. The insurance company lists my residence value at over $700,000. I understand that [...]
A mild fall is one thing, but if you don't prep your home for winter, you could be putting your home value at risk. Prepping your home for winter means more than just digging out the shovels and filling a bucket with salt. A cold winter season can cause damage to your home and property, which translates [...]
If you’ve ever thought about starting a home-based business, you know what an attractive idea it is. Plenty of profitable companies start out this way, but it’s not as simple as just having a great product or service. Even if you’re only using your home (or maybe even the garage) to launch the company, you’ll [...]
If you’ve paid off the mortgage, you might be ready to celebrate. Except don’t get too excited: While you’re done with the mortgage, and hopefully your home equity line of credit, you won’t be living in the house for free. Here are four post-mortgage expenses every homeowner has to handle and a few things [...]
Home sharing is a great way to leverage your extra space into additional income, but it’s not as simple as you might think. And even with large companies making it easier for you to share your home, there are still some risks to consider first. Here are four things to think about before becoming a [...]
Selling your home is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit scary. The end result - a sale - depends a great deal on correctly timing your sale. So, if you’re planning to sell this fall, during the middle of a presidential election, here’s what you need to know: 1. Your local [...]
When it comes to homeowner’s insurance, some pet owners are finding theirs goes to the dogs these days. Some insurance carriers are refusing to insure homeowners who own certain breeds of dogs that have been deemed dangerous, such as the Pit bull dog, Rottweilers, and Chow Chows. Others may take the dogs on a case-by-case [...]