Category Archives: Tips for homeowners

9 Things Typical Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Actually Cover

designbase/iStock Think your home insurance policy covers every mishap that can come your way? Keep thinking, friends. The exact instances that are and aren’t covered by typical home insurance depend entirely on the details of your policy—and, contrary to what you may think, each policy … Read More

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Peace of Mind Is a Well-Stocked Earthquake-Preparedness Kit

When was the last time you refreshed the supplies in your earthquake-preparedness kit? What? You don’t have one? In one of the most active earthquake zones in the world? You’re not alone, of course. It’s a fact of life that … Read More

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Check Yourself: 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in October

Ah, October. Temperatures are dropping, the days are growing shorter, and the pumpkin spice latte is, in a word, inescapable. But before you go hog wild with the Halloween decorations and settle in for that horror movie binge session, take some … Read More

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Pacific Union Quarterly Report – Q2 2017

For the most part, the number of Bay Area homes for sale did not improve in the second quarter from one year earlier, except in Marin County and Sonoma Valley. Consequently, home prices rose in all regions year over year … Read More

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10 Steps to Secure Your Smart Home

Lock down your network in 20 minutes Getty Images / Morsa Images  Safety first Whether you and Alexa are already on a first-name basis, or you’re about to pull the trigger on investing in a Nest, chances are you’re a … Read More

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House-Hunting Secrets for New Parents, Empty Nesters, Job Seekers, and Others

 baranozdemir/iStock; A-Digit/iStock; realtor.com Life is unpredictable, no matter how carefully you plan. And yet, when you buy a house, you are essentially committing to live in the same place for a certain period of time. The number of bedrooms, the … Read More

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10 Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Most homeowners have some concerns when it comes to hiring home improvement professionals. Some are afraid of overpaying, some worry that they’re hiring an unqualified professional, and others wonder about the character of the individuals they’re inviting into their homes. … Read More

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Termite Damage? The Answer Might Bug You

hadkhanong_Thailand/iStock Termites eat 24/7, and if they’re in your walls or foundation, your home is basically the insects’ all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch—that banquet comes at a major cost to homeowners. According to the entomology … Read More

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Check Yourself: Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Tackle in April

georgeclerk/iStock Ah spring! It took you long enough to get here, but we’re happy to see you. In fact, we’re so grateful for the slightest hint of warmer weather that we’re ready to rush outside, full of fresh energy, and take … Read More

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7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do

CBCK-Christine/iStock When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor®, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things. (We’re not pointing … Read More

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