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Modesto,  CA  95354
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Top Halloween Mishaps and Homeowners Insurance
Before you know it, trick-or-treaters will be at your door. Are you ready? We’re not talking about buying candy and carving pumpkins. We mean what if you get more tricks than treats this Halloween. Are you covered? Luckily, homeowners insurance is there to protect you from these common tricks that are apt to happen.
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Looking at a Home like a House Inspector
Although you should hire a qualified professional home inspector when buying a home, it's useful to learn the basics of home inspection yourself. Being able to see a house though an inspector's eyes allows you to get a general assessment of a home in a short amount of time, helps you know how to prepare for an inspection, and provides guidelines for giving your home an occasional checkup. Although this list isn't a substitute for a professional home inspection, here are some things to look for when assessing a house.
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Five states account for nearly half of completed foreclosures in last 12 mo
Five states accounted for almost half of all completed foreclosures nationwide in the 12-month period ending in August 2014, according to CoreLogic's recently released August National Foreclosure Report.
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The Best and Worst Uses for HELOCs
Home equity is a valuable asset for every homeowner and can provide funds for just about anything. However, when deciding to tap into your home equity, homeowners should use extreme caution and decide how valuable the investment will be in a few years. ...more
 
Smartphone apps let neighbors report water wasters
With Californians being urged to cut water use as the state's historic drought drags on, a growing number of local water agencies are enlisting the public to play water cop with their smartphones. ...more
 
Drought Tolerant Landscaping
With severe drought conditions across large swatches of the west and pockets of the rest of the United States, many homeowners are looking for ways to conserve water on landscaping. But there's no need to rip out your whole yard and replace it with gravel—unless you want to. There are plenty of other ways to create a drought-tolerant landscape while also creating a beautiful and functional space. And drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water immediately, but will be more resilient against future droughts. Here are some ideas: ...more
 
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