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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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What Coverages Are Included in Auto Insurance?

When it comes to auto insurance, most drivers know that they need it, they know the basics about their policy choices—deductible, premiums, covered drivers—but rarely do consumers have a in-depth understanding of exactly what their policy covers. While it can be somewhat boring to pour through the pages of you insurance policy, it's important to understand the details of your coverage to ensure you aren't under-or over-insured.

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Protect Your Vehicle Value from Severe Weather

Over the last few years, severe weather events have become more common and damaging than ever, costing the nation millions of dollars in damages. As weather threats increase, protecting your possessions should be a priority; this includes your vehicle(s). Since vehicles are typically parked out in the elements, they are directly exposed to any type of weather that strikes them. Though vehicles are durable, they cannot withstand severe weather as much as your home—making them vulnerable to damage.

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The Rise of Auto Insurance Rates and How You Can Avoid Them

In the auto insurance world, the news of late is not good for anyone—auto insurers are making less money than they used to, and in an attempt to recoup some of their lost profits, insurers are charging higher rates for coverage. Here's the lowdown on why auto insurance rates are rising and what you as a policyholder can do to minimize the increases.

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Establishing Rules for Your First-Time Drivers

Handing over a set of car keys to your first-time teen driver can be exciting and frightening at the same time. Setting the right expectations and rules before they get behind the wheel can help you prevent potential accidents and keep your teen safe.

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Five Peculiar Things Covered By Insurance

When you buy a home, your lender requires that you secure a homeowners insurance policy, and you’re likely aware of how important it is to protect your home and your possessions from potential damage. Things like a bathroom flooding or home burglaries, unfortunately, happen every day so it’s necessary to protect yourself. However, did you know your policy may also protect you and your home and belongings from things that you thought only happen in the movies?

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5 Essential Home Maintenance Projects for Spring

Homeowners are encouraged to maintain their home in order to retain its property value over the long term. Warm spring weather offers a great opportunity for you to pursue home maintenance tasks that can improve the appearance and function of your property. Here are five tasks that you can do to upgrade your home.

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7 Ways to Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Premiums

As a homeowner, you’ve probably noticed that your homeowners insurance premiums have increased over time. This is completely common and to be expected, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some steps to lower these costs. Take these seven suggestions to heart if you’re looking for ways to save some money on your premiums.

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Your Boat, Jet Ski, and RV Need Insurance, Too

If you own a boat, jet ski, or RV, or you're thinking about investing in one, protecting them with the right type of insurance coverage is important. After all, they are very big investments that can range from $5,000 to well over $100,000. You might think your current auto insurance policy could provide the insurance protection you need, but that’s not quite the case. Each of these specialty vehicles requires its own kind of insurance coverage to ensure you’re covered in case of an accident or covered loss.

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Why Flood Insurance May Not Be Enough Protection for Your Home

I think at this point, given the multitude of weather-related events that have occurred, we have all seen online and on TV the damage and downright destruction a flood can cause. You've probably heard the stat that 80% of homes in Houston, Texas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey related flooding, did not have flood insurance. That's because some of the households live in a moderate- to a low-risk area for flooding, so homeowners didn't believe the need was great enough to purchase flood insurance from either Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who runs the program, or a private firm. However, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) states that 25% of all flood claims come from outside of the high-risk zones. That means there's a chance that flooding can happen anywhere, regardless of where your home is located.

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