10 tips for making a first-time home purchase go smoothly

Able real estate agents know the first step with first-time (and really all) buyers is to get them pre-qualified — preferably with a lender who is accustomed to working with this group of buyers and who has the patience to explain (early and often) all the costs related to a property purchase.

How to help homeowners recover from fire damage

Just two months after fires devastated sections of Northern California, a cluster of fires have broken out across Southern California, fueled by dry brush and Santa Ana wind events. Southern California has seen an outbreak of at least six major active fires.  …

5 types of insurance first-time homebuyers should consider

Buying a home is a huge deal. It’s not only a sanctuary to raise your family, but it’s also an investment in your future. New homeowners want and need insurance to protect this investment. Here are five types of insurance homeowners need to protect their home …

5 types of insurance first-time homebuyers should consider

Buying a home is a huge deal. It’s not only a sanctuary to raise your family, but it’s also an investment in your future. New homeowners want and need insurance to protect this investment. Here are five types of insurance homeowners need to protect their home …

5 costly homeowner’s insurance mistakes your clients should avoid

You’re buyers recently closed on a home. The paperwork has been signed, and keys have been transferred from the previous homeowner to your client, now new homeowners. Naturally, the next milestone is purchasing a homeowner’s insurance policy that complements both the budget and needs of your clients …

5 costly homeowner’s insurance mistakes your clients should avoid

You’re buyers recently closed on a home. The paperwork has been signed, and keys have been transferred from the previous homeowner to your client, now new homeowners. Naturally, the next milestone is purchasing a homeowner’s insurance policy that complements both the budget and needs of your clients …

Lemonade’s chatbot dishes out homeowners insurance in 90 seconds

What if you could buy homeowners insurance in 90 seconds and file claims in three minutes? Lemonade, an “insurtech” startup that’s raised $60 million to date, says it’s made this possible — and at cheap rates. …

How to Prepare Yourself for Becoming a Landlord

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How to eliminate common roadblocks to homeownership

The story is familiar: hard-working real estate agent takes pre-qualified buyers to dream home. Excitement builds and contracts are signed. As the mortgage process begins, the clouds roll in …

Number of homeowners with insurance falling nationwide

Whether buying a beach house in Miami or cabin in Appalachia, you probably need homeowners insurance — but what kind? While you can skip over hurricane insurance in Appalachia, that’s not a nationwide trend, according to a new study …