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Is Climate Change Increasing the Likelihood of Severe Weather?

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017, it left over 200,000 damaged homes in its wake, and caused $125 billion in total damages. Of the houses and businesses affected by the storm, 80% were located outside of the 100 year flood plain. The vast majority of these property owners did not have flood insurance.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat

Sweet, sweet summertime! We love spending time outdoors during this time of year, especially with our furry friends. While you’re enjoying the sunshine, keep a close eye on your pet—the heat may affect your fur baby more than you realize! Here are some tips to make sure your pets are protected from the intense summer sun.

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Tips for a Successful Open House

Should You Host an Open House?

When it comes to selling your home, hosting an open house to drive foot traffic and attract buyers has traditionally been part of the process. However, statistics show that open houses may be becoming a relic of the past. According to the National Association of Realtors, only 3% of buyers visited an open house before purchasing their home.

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Filing a Flood Claim: What to Expect

Experiencing major damage to your beloved home after a flood can be devastating. Sadly, it doesn’t take very much water to cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home and your belongings. In fact, according to FEMA, just one inch of water can cause more than $25,000 worth of damage. If you, unfortunately, experience flood damage, the first thing that you’ll want to do is begin the steps to file a claim with your flood insurance provider.

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Do I Need to Buy Rental Car Insurance?

In my experience, traveling can quickly inspire a new state of mind. It’s easy to leave the mundane details of our daily lives on the runway when we leave for a new destination. There are, however, some very useful mundane details that can travel with you—without taking up luggage space!

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Obtaining a VA Loan in the Current Housing Market

If you serve or have served in the military and are considering buying a home with your VA home loan, you probably have a lot of questions. The homebuying process can be difficult enough to navigate without adding the VA loan to the mix, but if you know the basics and work with a knowledgeable loan officer, buying a home could be a breeze.

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Tips for Finding a Home That is Best for You: Part 2

In a recent blog post, we provided a few tips on what to consider when you're buying a home. Here are a few more to help you on your homebuying journey!

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Increase Your Home's Value in 5 Simple Steps

No one knows your home like you do. You see its flaws, charm, and room for improvement daily. Whether you are looking to increase the value of your home over time, sell in the near future, or simply for a new project, follow these steps to make your home stand out, and reap the potential financial benefits:

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Tips for Finding a Home that is Best for You: Part 1

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your life. Generally speaking, most homebuyers take on a 15- to 30-year mortgage loan, and with that kind of expense and time commitment, you’ll want to be sure you find the home that best suits your and your family’s needs. Here are some helpful tips that you should take into consideration when shopping for your home.

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How to Prepare for a Hurricane

When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017, it affected an estimated 13 million people in the Gulf Coast region. It claimed 88 lives, left over 200,000 damaged homes in its wake, and caused $125 billion in total damages. According to the National Hurricane Center, three out of five of the costliest hurricanes on record—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—occurred in 2017. Combined, these devastating storm systems racked up $265 billion in total damages to homes, businesses, and infrastructure in just one hurricane season.

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