“After climbing for much of 2018, mortgage rates have been falling since the beginning of the year. The average mortgage APR (annual percentage rate) was recently at 4.28%, according to Freddie Mac, compared to a high of 5% in 2018. But just because rates are down doesn’t mean you’re getting a good deal, says Consumer Reports.”
A new study from Chubb finds that while homeowners are nearly unanimous (90%) in saying they are “vigilant” or do an “okay job” at home maintenance, their responses tell a different story when it comes to water damage prevention, the number one cause of property-related claims.
Insurance Companies Can Attract New Client by Advertising Discounts to Homeowners Who Make These Improvements
“With home-improvement season in full swing, this is the time of year when you might make upgrades that can protect your home from burglaries, fires, and storms, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. According to Consumer Reports, if you take steps to make your home safer, your homeowners insurance company could reward you with a premium discount, depending on what you’ve done.”
At a time when Americans’ lives are busier than ever and to-do lists feel never ending, organizing makes homeowners into masters of their universe; a staggering 95% of homeowners say they feel when their home is organized that their life is organized, according to a new MasterBrand Cabinets home organization survey. The nation’s leading cabinetry manufacturer conducted a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adult homeowners ages 25-65, revealed today.
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to pay close attention to their property’s landscaping as it could have a major impact on value. In fact, a well-landscaped home can add approximately 6 to 13% in value compared to a property with no landscaping, according to one source.
Budgeting for monthly expenses like groceries and utility bills is a no-brainer, but according to a new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance, Americans aren’t budgeting for essential home or car maintenance. The research found that the majority (80%) of homeowners and (74%) of auto owners don’t have a plan or budget in place and tend to procrastinate or deal with home and car maintenance issues as they arise. In fact, almost half of Americans (48%) have less than $1,000 saved for home maintenance issues or repairs and one in three have no money saved. When it comes to auto maintenance, the majority of Americans (60%) are saving less than $500 and more than one-fourth aren’t setting aside any money at all.