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Rebecca Hovater

Car Insurance Tips For Newly Or Nearly Married Couples

December 20, 2014

Okay, so auto insurance savings might not be at the top of your list of reasons to get married. But there are some car insurance benefits to be reaped from your wedding. Policy consolidation. This will simplify the billing process and could save you money. See if you qualify for additional discounts. For example, if […]


Preventing Frozen Pipes

December 15, 2014

What’s worse than a major home maintenance disaster? How about several major home maintenance disasters at once? For the quarter-million families who have their homes ruined and their lives disrupted each winter because of frozen water pipes, frigid nights can very quickly turn to ongoing, inconvenient, extremely expensive ordeals. In cold and warmer climates alike, […]


When Potholes Become Costly

August 21, 2014

Winter brings a number of driving hazards, but one tends to rear its ugly head after the snow is melted and signs of spring return – the dreaded pothole. A close encounter with a crater can lead to wrecked tires, wheels, and suspension components. A State Farm® study shows that vehicle repairs from damage caused […]


Help Improve Driving Skills With Brain Boosters

August 14, 2014

Are you worried about staying safe behind the wheel? As a person ages, the specific skills necessary for safe driving begin to deteriorate. Eyesight and hearing worsen, reflexes slow and cognitive functions decline. Even though older adults are less likely to practice risky driving behaviors, a person’s chances of being in a fatal car accident […]


Backyard Playground and Trampoline Safety

August 7, 2014

Kids love to play and explore and one of the best places to do that is their own backyard. So it’s important that you know all you can about playgrounds and trampoline safety. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 51,000 emergency room visits are the result of injuries from home playground equipment each year. […]


Keep Your Home Safe During Your Vacation

July 31, 2014

Most vacations require some degree of planning. So does protecting your residence against home invasions during your absence. Here are some simple things you can do to help protect your home while you’re away. Don’t share your travel itinerary on social media. Avoid chatting about your vacation plans on social media sites, such as Facebook […]


Buying A Car: New Or Used?

July 23, 2014

With spring’s warmer weather drawing prospective car buyers back to dealer lots, an old question re-emerges: Is it better to buy a new car or a used one? We look at a few of the pros and cons with help from Mitch McCullough, Editor-in-Chief of New Car Test Drive. Why to buy new: Reliability “A […]


Are You Buying a Flood-Damaged Vehicle?

July 16, 2014

A prospective used car buyer usually has questions about a vehicle’s past mileage as wells as performance and repair history; but what about flood damage? Hurricanes and large storms can produce floods, which can cause irreparable damage to any car or truck that has been partially or completely submerged in water. Flood water – especially […]


Tips for Your Home Inspection Checklist

July 9, 2014

Buying a house is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so it’s important to be sure your potential new home has a proper home inspection before you sign the papers. Getting a qualified home inspector can be an important first step. A home inspector is a qualified professional who visually inspects the structure and […]


Choosing The Right Amount Of Car Insurance Coverage

July 2, 2014

It’s a common question: How much car insurance do I need? Unfortunately, there’s no black and white answer: It depends a lot on what coverages you need and what kind of deductible you feel comfortable with. (Need a primer on coverages and deductibles?) So let’s try to break it down: How high should my liability […]


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