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When you buy a home, it is strongly recommended that you get homeowners insurance. If you have a home mortgage, you likely must carry certain coverages, per your lender's requirements. By getting at least the required coverage, you will create some protection for yourself. READ MORE >>

Gainesville is home to one of the largest universities in the United States. That creates a large workforce of young people, many of whom want to stay in the area after graduation. If you are one of them, you might be at the point of moving out of an apartment and buying a home. READ MORE >>

The Villages is a popular retirement destination. Home prices average around $275,000, and countless seniors find the community affordable. Even so, when you retire, you may decide to cut back on certain household expenses. You might want to review your homeowner's insurance premiums. READ MORE >>

On average, Ocala's home values sit at around $139,000. Experts expect these values to continue increasing steadily for the foreseeable future. However, home value is not just based on the local property market. It also varies by the specific features of a house itself — notably its upkeep. READ MORE >>

Many residents of The Villages rely on fixed incomes. If you are one of these people, you want to keep your budget in line. However, you still must meet such standard costs as your home insurance premium. All the same, you can take steps to keep your policy costs affordable. READ MORE >>

No one is immune to property crime. Theft and burglary can strike anywhere. For larger towns, the community might face higher risks of these crimes. In Gainesville, the same trend generally applies. Why do these risks occur? How can you make your home and belongings more immune to these problems? READ MORE >>

Here in Ocala — and in Florida in general — we see our fair share of precipitation. Our area averages around 50 inches of rain each year, and when heavy rain threatens, there's a heightened risk of floods developing. Though we have both high and low locations throughout town, a flood might happen anywhere. READ MORE >>

If you live in The Villages, you're part of one of America's best communities for senior citizens. You have a lot of convenient resources right outside your front door. You can age comfortably in your home while still living a vibrant, active lifestyle. Still, aging in your own home requires preparation. READ MORE >>

Many people recognize Florida for its pristine winters. While the weather is cold and frightful further north, the Sunshine State is basking in some of its most beautiful weather of the year. It's a far cry from the rest of the year, when hurricanes, humidity and thunderstorms loom as threats. READ MORE >>

In the aftermath of hurricane Irma, if a third-party vendor contacts you about repairs, think twice. Do not contract with a vendor without first carefully reading any contract they propose. Please remember that the insurance companies can help you locate a reputable, licensed contractor for home repairs. READ MORE >>

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