3 Foolproof Ways to Secure Your Second Home

The 3-steps to vacation home safety and peace of mind.

It’s nice having a vacation home to escape to, especially when the summer rolls around. But since you probably spend more time at your primary home, keeping bad guys away from your cabin in the woods or your beachfront property can be tricky. Read on

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Guide to California Homeowners Insurance

Guide to California home insurance.

California may seem like the center of fun and sun, but homeowners in the Golden State can’t be so carefree. In addition to being the most wildfire-prone state, California has a property crime rate that’s rising in certain cities. There are many reasons why California residents should purchase a

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Ask Hippo: Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Identity Theft?

Certain aspects of identity theft can be covered by your home insurance.

Standard homeowners insurance policies don’t typically cover identity theft. But this crime has become a bigger problem in recent years. A 2018 report from Javelin Strategy & Research reveals that 16.7 million people became victims of identity fraud in 2017, resulting in more

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Mendocino & Carr Fires: What’s next for homeowners


Wildfire support and preparedness.

California is the most wildfire-prone state in America. As Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America Spokeswoman Nicole Mahrt-Ganley said, “Fire has been part of California’s landscape for some time and will continue to be.” Yet even after 9,000 wildfires scorched 1.4 million acres, destroyed 11,000 structures, killed 46

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7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

As temperatures rise, you’ll be tempted to crank up the AC. But think about what that’ll mean for your electric bill.

Luckily, there’s more than one way to avoid overheating this summer. There are steps you can take to make sure your air conditioner runs efficiently. Your wallet — and Mother Earth — will thank

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Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Solar Panels

Solar panels: Energy efficient or a money pit?

Got home improvement projects on the brain? Now that the seasons are changing, you might be inspired to install some solar panels. Depending on where you live, you could potentially save more than $10,000 by adding solar panels to your home.

The cost of solar panels

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Top 10 States for Happy Homeowners

Does your home make homeowners happy or sad? See where your state ranks.

Most of us don’t think about our insurance policies too often. That likely won’t be a topic of discussion at your next summer party. But knowing what kind of coverage other homeowners have — and whether they’re satisfied with their providers

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Ask Hippo: Does Homeowners Insurance Cover College Accommodations?

Sending your child off to school? Here’s where your home insurance policy can help.

Homeowners insurance policies protect the personal possessions in your home as well as the structure of the home itself. But what happens when you take your personal belongings out of your home? Are they still covered by your insurance plan?


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The Deductible Debate: How Much Should You Pay Upfront for a Claim?

How to narrow down your home insurance deductible to best fit your home and budget

When it comes to insurance, the word deductible comes up a lot. This is the amount that policyholders agree to pay out of pocket before their insurance kicks in. The deductible is subtracted (aka deducted) from their claim payment. Most

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Prepare, Don’t Repair: How to Avoid the Most Expensive Home Fixes

Preparing for seasons and fixes will save you $ and time in the future

If you think buying a home is expensive, just wait until you own one. A lot of unexpected costs come up, including expenses tied to home maintenance. One thing is for sure: The more effort you put into caring for your

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