Another Year of Hippo in the Books

 

End of year, wrap and reflections.

2017 was infamously the costliest year on record for natural disasters. However, between the Mendocino and Carr Fires, Hurricanes Florence and Michael and Subtropical Storm Alberto, I predict 2018 may just take the title. While we at Hippo have been watching traditional insurance companies keep up

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7 Ways to Evaluate Expenses and Save Money in the New Year

7 Ways to evaluate expenses and save money in 2018

As the year comes to a close, many of us are looking ahead to the new year. Regardless of whether you kept the resolutions you made last January, you’ll soon have a clean slate. This is the perfect time to reevaluate your budget and consider making some changes. But that doesn’t mean you have to

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How to Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

Holidays home safety tips and advice.

While most of us are focused on spending time with family and friends, shopping for gifts, and making travel plans over the holidays, it’s also important to keep your home safe during this busy season. Yes, the holidays can be stressful, and the thought of a fire, theft or …

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Pennsylvania Homeowners and State Laws Every Resident Should Know (Now)

Pennsylvania laws and homeowner regulations every resident needs to know.

All homeowners have certain expectations about what their insurance policies will cover. But the laws pertaining to coverage vary by state. State-specific laws are important to understand when signing up for a homeowners insurance policy and this is particularly true in Pennsylvania. Homeowners insurance

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Are Starter Homes a Nonstarter?

Starter home? Or skip straight to a forever home?

Thinking about buying your first home? For a long time, Americans would follow the same pattern: save up, buy a one- or possibly two-bedroom house, build equity in that home by making consistent, timely mortgage payments for five to seven years, then sell that house for

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When is a Good Time to Sell?

Find the best time to sell, before you plot your next move.

The best time to ask yourself this question, obviously, is before you actually need to sell. It’s always best to anticipate your future needs: is your family growing? Will you need a bigger home in the next five years? Are you in an

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4 Ways to Turn over a New Financial Leaf this Winter

Set your sights on a new financial plan next year.

Summer vacations, beach trips, weddings, concerts, bonfires and cookouts tend to leave our souls and stomachs fuller than our wallets. In fact, according to a recent Capital One survey, 87% of Americans spend more money on socializing during the summer months than any other

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Guide to Alabama Homeowners Insurance

Guide to finding the best home insurance in Alabama.

Whether you consider it a necessary protection or a lender requirement, every homeowner needs insurance. Standard policies provide coverage for dwellings, liability and personal property as well as additional living expenses if a disaster makes your home uninhabitable. Covered perils vary, but typically include incidents

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Let’s Talk Pipes

How to avoid the dreaded mid-winter pipe burst.

Burst water pipes due to freezing can leave you, your family and your home in a state of crisis. When water freezes in your pipes, it expands and that expansion can cause a rupture. Typically, the rupture doesn’t occur at the point in the pipe where it’s

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My First Rental Rehab: 5 Lessons Learned Along the Way

What you need to know before you take on your first home rehab.

A rental property can be a great way to generate income, but when a rental sits vacant, it can quickly drain your bank account. I recently lost my long-term tenants. As I walked through my empty rental, I realized it was a

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