Month: November 2017

Holiday Traditions in California

The holidays are a time to join family and honor history and heritage. In our state, we have a diverse range of cultures, and each of these groups celebrates individual holiday traditions that make California unique during the holidays. Tamales Many Texas holiday traditions can be traced back to Latin American and Spanish cultures. Tamales …

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Insurance You Need as a Homebuyer

Reviewing the numerous types of insurance available during the home buying process can be overwhelming. You already have so much to do to close on your home—do you really have to jump through more hoops? Well, yes. No sensible car owner would drive without insurance, so it stands to reason that no new homeowner should …

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Thanksgiving Traditions in California

When military governor General Bennett Riley proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in November 1849 during the turmoil of the Gold Rush, California was not yet a state. In September 1863, President Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Before that declaration, the celebration was sporadically held, mainly in the New England states, as a …

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Home Payment Liability After Natural Disaster

At the beginning of September 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had declared more than 46 official natural disaster areas. These disasters have lingering effects, but such declarable events include flooding, fire, tornadoes, hurricanes, monster winter storms, tornadoes, hailstorms, and other emergency situations. The question of whether you have to pay your mortgage even if …

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Is There a Best Time to Buy a House in California?

Early spring is traditionally the beginning of home shopping season in California. It’s often a period of optimism for would-be home buyers, since spring is when the highest number of homes for sale are newly listed. This is a great time for buyers most interested in finding the perfect home—but be aware that as a …

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Houseplants that can Improve Indoor Air Quality

NASA began studying houseplants in the late 1980s, as a means of providing purer and cleaner air for space stations. Many different houseplants, they learned, can help to purify the air. These plants filter out certain harmful compounds and make the air much healthier to breathe. They are easily obtained and can be added to …

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How to Get Ahead of Community Tragedy

They say that into each life a little rain must fall. Unfortunately, looking at the headlines today literal AND metaphorical rain can get to some pretty catastrophic proportions. But as always, there’s hope! And it starts wtih each one of us being informed and involved before tragedy strikes. If you’re not as active within your …

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What are the Initial Steps I Need to Take Before a Natural Disaster Strikes?

Every part of the world is susceptible to natural disaster, as we’ve seen in the USA this year. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and wildfires have affected numerous locations across the country. Learn about the types of disasters that are likely in your community and the local emergency, and shelter phone numbers, websites, and plans for …

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