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49 Posts on the Art of Making Competitive Offers and Negotiating the Terms of Your Home Purchase

Making competitive offers and negotiating the terms of your purchase should largely be the responsibility of your agent to guide and advise you. However, there is no substitute for consumer knowledge and negotiations on what is probably the most important purchase of your life is worth every bit you can get. Negotiate Terms Many books [. ]

Curb Appeal: 53 Articles on How Dressing Up Your Home s Exterior Improves the Resale Value

With the popularity of home makeover reality and improvement shows, there is a real interest in beautification and restoration of our homes interiors and exteriors. This is not only because we concern ourselves with keeping up appearances, but also because home improvements can positively reflect your home’s worth and resale value. Here is a list [. ]

47 Posts to Help You Determine the Amount of House You Can Afford

Knowing how much you can spend when shopping for a new home makes the process much easier and less stressful. There are many calculators, formulas and guides about figuring out how much home you can afford. Besides mortgage payments, there are closing costs, down payments, taxes and sometimes Home Owner Association fees. These must all [. ]

49 Articles on Renovation and How to Determine How Much Fixin Up is Enough

Many people spend a lot of money renovating their homes. If you buy the home new you may spend less money up front. When thinking of fixing your home up you may wonder how much to really do. You should consider the time you are going to be living there. If you are fixing it [. ]

46 Posts on the Hidden Dangers of the Short Sale

A short sale is a type of real estate sale where the property is being sold off prior to foreclosure. Short sales are held so that the homeowner can earn some money on the sale of the home rather than losing everything to the bank when the foreclosure process is started. There are inherent dangers [. ]

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Become a Homeowner

Think that you cannot buy a home? Think again—Let us give you the opportunity to make your dreams a reality.

What are the benefits to you?

Partnering with Homestead gives you all the benefits of traditional homeownership, plus:

  • Prices you can afford – This means truly affordable monthly housing payments. Homes bought through Homestead cost $50,000 to $100,000 less than the homes’ market-rate value. Many of our homeowners pay close to what they paid in rent. Meet our homeowners and see where they bought their homes.
  • Safe Loans with Reasonable Down Payments – Everyone should have access to safe and secure financing. We offer resources for good interest rates on fixed rate loans, without paying private mortgage insurance, and you must only put down a minimum of $2,500 to buy your home.
  • You can build equity safely – There are no subprime mortgages, balloon payments, or any funny business—our dedicated staff ensures our homebuyers know the ins and outs of homeownership. We provide ongoing support before and after you purchase your home. No one should be uneducated about this next BIG step and you are not in it alone. We want our homeowners to be successful and have homes that last for generations. It works! Not a single Homestead home has been lost to foreclosure.

What makes Homestead different?

With home prices rising, we believe the best way to ensure that everyone can afford to purchase a home — your family today and other families tomorrow – is to make and keep homes affordable.

When you buy a home through any of Homestead’s programs, you become a part of the Homestead family. In doing so, you agree to the following things:

  • You or your family will continue to live in the home for as long as you own it.
  • You will keep the home in good shape.
  • When or if you sell your home you’ll sell it to another moderate-income buyer for an affordable price.

HPD – Owners – Homeowner – Repair Loans, homeowner loans.#Homeowner #loans


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HPD offers eligible owners a variety of low-interest loans for moderate to major renovations.

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Use our Eligibility Tool to find out if you qualify for assistance or learn more about our financing options below.

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What type of building is it for?

What type of work does it cover?

  • Roof and window replacement
  • Heating upgrades
  • Building exterior
  • Electrical upgrades
  • Plumbing upgrades
  • Lead paint hazard reduction, and more!

Our low-cost financing and tax benefits are all you need to upgrade or replace major building systems, reduce your operating expenses, and maintain quality affordable housing for residents.

Learn more about our programs:

Moderate to substantial renovation and refinancing: Participation Loan Program (PLP)

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Green and Healthy Homes

What type of building is it for?

What type of work does it cover?

  • New efficient boilers, roofs and windows
  • Steam distribution upgrades
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Solar electricity and heating
  • Electrical upgrades and facade work
  • Lead paint hazard reduction, and more!

We’ll assess your building’s energy efficiency, lead hazard, and rehabilitation needs, develop a cost-effective plan to reduce operating expenses, and provide the loans and tax incentives to pay for the job.

Learn more about our programs:

Moderate rehabilitation, plus energy efficiency or water conservation: Green Housing Preservation Program (GHPP)

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What type of building is it for?

What type of work does it cover?

  • Emergency repairs
  • Upgrades to insulation, electrical, and plumbing
  • Heating Upgrades
  • Lead paint hazard reduction
  • Roof replacements, and more!

Find out how our low-interest loans and grants can help you protect your greatest asset.

Learn more about our programs:

Questions?

Come speak to an HPD finance specialist about how we can help. We host monthly Property Owner Clinics at our downtown location. No reservations needed. Just show up!

Reach out to one of our Landlord Ambassadors – who are community-based nonprofit organizations that can help you take advantage of HPD’s affordable housing program.


Everyday Loans – Loans for Bad Credit, homeowner loans.#Homeowner #loans


Loans for Bad Credit, from 1,000 to 15,000.

Representative 93.6% APR.

With everyday loans, you’re more than just a credit score.

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You’re more than just your credit score. Whether it’s a new car, a new kitchen, or you just need a hand to move forward, we’ll be here to help!

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Flexible, friendly and transparent with great customer service – at least that’s what our customers say!

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Are you Self-Employed or Sub-Contracting? Do you need a loan to help your business grow like buying a new/additional vehicle or equipment?

Why choose everyday loans?

  • Applying with us won’t affect your credit score. We use Soft Searching Technology which means even if you’re unsuccessful; it won’t go against your credit file.
  • We offer loans to those with a less than perfect credit score. You’ll need to be over 18, a UK resident and be able to afford repayments.
  • We’re a direct lender not a broker. We’ll NEVER charge you a fee to consider your application.
  • We’ll give you a conditional decision in just minutes.
  • You don’t have to be a homeowner, we offer tenant loans and loans to people living with their parents too.
  • Our customer service team specialise in helping people with bad credit scores – we’re here to understand and to offer a helping hand.
  • You can borrow from 1,000 up to 15,000 over 24 to 60 months, for almost any purpose. Loans not for business, gambling or illegal purposes.

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Representative Example: Borrowing 3,000 over 2 years at an interest rate of 67.9% p.a. (fixed), you will repay 24 monthly payments of 231.78 per month. Interest payable 2,562.75. Total amount payable 5,562.75. Representative 93.6% APR. Rates from 24.2% to 299.9% max APR.

How it all works

With everyday loans, you’re more than just your credit score. Here at everyday we look at your credit future, not just your credit history. As such even if you have bad credit now or you’ve had a poor credit score in the past, we may be able to help.

There are 3 simple steps to taking out an everyday loans loan. All of our loans are subject to status and affordability.

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    Will applying for a loan affect my credit score?

    No, applying with us won’t affect your credit score. We use Soft Searching Technology which means even if you’re unsuccessful; it won’t go against your credit file.

    Do I need to be a homeowner?

    You do not have to be a homeowner, we offer tenant loans too. We also offer loans to people who are living with their parents.

    Will you charge me any fees to consider my application?

    We won’t charge you a fee to consider your application and we’ll give you a conditional decision in minutes.

    Are you a direct lender?

    Yes, everyday loans are a direct lender. We are not a credit broker.

    How much could I borrow?

    You could borrow anywhere from 1,000 to 15,000. All Loans are subject to status and affordability. Terms and conditions apply.

    Do you have a branch near me?

    We have an extensive range of branches in the UK, take a look here to find out where your closest branch is.

    Loans are subject to status and affordability. Terms and conditions apply.

    We do not charge any fees. If you prefer, talk to us on Freephone 0808 231 5453.

    Everyday Loans is a trading style of Everyday Lending Limited (Company registration no. 5850869, England Wales).

    Registered Office and Trading Address: Secure Trust House, Boston Drive, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5YS.

    Everyday Lending Limited (Firm Reference No. 724445) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Everyday Lending Limited is a member of the Finance and Leasing Association and as a member, we follow its Lending Code.


  • HPD – Owners – Homeowner – Repair Loans, homeowner loans.#Homeowner #loans


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    Homeowner loans

    HPD offers eligible owners a variety of low-interest loans for moderate to major renovations.

    Homeowner loans

    Use our Eligibility Tool to find out if you qualify for assistance or learn more about our financing options below.

    Homeowner loans

    Multifamily Financing

    What type of building is it for?

    What type of work does it cover?

    • Roof and window replacement
    • Heating upgrades
    • Building exterior
    • Electrical upgrades
    • Plumbing upgrades
    • Lead paint hazard reduction, and more!

    Our low-cost financing and tax benefits are all you need to upgrade or replace major building systems, reduce your operating expenses, and maintain quality affordable housing for residents.

    Learn more about our programs:

    Moderate to substantial renovation and refinancing: Participation Loan Program (PLP)

    Homeowner loans

    Green and Healthy Homes

    What type of building is it for?

    What type of work does it cover?

    • New efficient boilers, roofs and windows
    • Steam distribution upgrades
    • Energy efficient lighting
    • Solar electricity and heating
    • Electrical upgrades and facade work
    • Lead paint hazard reduction, and more!

    We’ll assess your building’s energy efficiency, lead hazard, and rehabilitation needs, develop a cost-effective plan to reduce operating expenses, and provide the loans and tax incentives to pay for the job.

    Learn more about our programs:

    Moderate rehabilitation, plus energy efficiency or water conservation: Green Housing Preservation Program (GHPP)

    Homeowner loans

    Homeowner Repair Loans

    What type of building is it for?

    What type of work does it cover?

    • Emergency repairs
    • Upgrades to insulation, electrical, and plumbing
    • Heating Upgrades
    • Lead paint hazard reduction
    • Roof replacements, and more!

    Find out how our low-interest loans and grants can help you protect your greatest asset.

    Learn more about our programs:

    Questions?

    Come speak to an HPD finance specialist about how we can help. We host monthly Property Owner Clinics at our downtown location. No reservations needed. Just show up!

    Reach out to one of our Landlord Ambassadors – who are community-based nonprofit organizations that can help you take advantage of HPD’s affordable housing program.


    California Housing Finance Agency, CalHFA, homeowner loans.#Homeowner #loans


    CalHFA supports the needs of renters and homebuyers

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    What’s New at CalHFA

    • Program Bulletin #2017-13 – Proposed Federal Tax Reform and the Uncertainty of Mortgage Credit Certificate Program
    • Press Release 2017-11-09 – CalHFA Launches New Path to Homeownership for Service Members and Veterans
    • Video – Cal-EEM + Grant helps homebuyers with $24,000 of energy upgrades
    • Press Release 2017-10-03 – CalHFA Increases Access to Manufactured Home Loans
    • Program Bulletin #2017-12 – Closing Document Revisions for MyHome Assistance Program and Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program (ECTP) when combined with a CalHFA Government Insured/Guaranteed First Mortgage
    • Program Bulletin #2017-11 – CalHFA Launches New CalHFA VA Loan Program
    • Press Release 2017-09-14 – Michael Carroll is CalHFA s New Director of Multifamily Programs
    • Program Bulletin #2017-10 – Updated Sales Price Limits
    • Program Bulletin #2017-09 – Updated Income Limits for all CalHFA Conventional and FHA Loan First Mortgage Programs
    • Program Bulletin #2017-08 – Updates to Manufactured Housing Guidelines for All CalHFA FHA Loan Programs
    • Press Release 2017-07-11 – CalHFA Helps Hundreds with Free Homebuyer Education
    • Program Bulletin #2017-07 – Escrow Holdbacks Allowed and Name Change for the Notice of Conditional Approval
    • Get to know CalHFA and our programs by viewing our Video Library.
    • Enews announcements can be found on our Archived Page.

    Hardship Foreclosure Assistance

    • Keep Your Home California programs are designed for homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgages.

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    • The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is available on loans owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If these loans were insured by the California Housing Loan Insurance Fund they may be eligible to have existing mortgage insurance transferred to a new refinance loan.

    Other Information

    • Homeowner loansThe California Victims Compensation Board is available to help California victims of the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas. If you’ve lost a family member, been injured or attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival where this terrible tragedy occurred on Sunday night, CalVCB can provide financial assistance. Visit the California Victims Compensation Board website and news release for more information.
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    A homeowner loan could cost you less.

    Whether you need a loan for home improvements, to consolidate loans or just about anything else, Ocean Finance could help you find a great deal. We could help you even if you have a bad credit rating.

    • Find homeowner loans for any purpose
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    • No up-front fees
    • Borrow from £10,000 to £150,000

    THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT.

    Secured loans. Rates start from 7.3% APR. We also offer a range of products with rates up to 26% APR, which allows us to help people with a range of credit profiles. 15.3 APR typical variable. 2 out of 3 customers will receive this rate or lower. Ocean Finance arranges secured loans from a panel of lenders. Ocean will receive a commission from the lender upon completion. A fee of 12.5% of the net loan amount, capped at £2975, is payable upon completion. The actual rate available will depend upon your circumstances. Ask for a personalised illustration.

    Debt consolidation loans

    We offer a number of debt consolidation loan deals for homeowners. Consolidating your debts could help you to:

    • Replace multiple debts with one easy-to-manage monthly payment
    • Reduce the amount you pay each month
    • Free up money for other purposes

    Get in touch and see how much smaller your monthly payments could be! Bear in mind that repaying your debts over a longer period could increase the amount of interest to be paid.


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    A homeowner loan could be the right option if you’re looking to borrow a large amount of money and you have equity in your property. Find out more and compare deals.

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    Key points


    • Homeowner loans are secured against your property
    • Rates are likely to be more attractive then for personal loans, but your home’s at risk of repossession
    • The amount you can borrow, term and interest rate depend on equity in the property, credit history and personal circumstances
    • Homeowner loans are typically repaid over five-to-25 years and are for sums over £15,000, but such figures are not definitive

    Homeowner loans are debts that are secured against your property and, as such, they are only available to homeowners with equity.

    These products could also be called secured loans, although technically the latter could be secured against another asset, such as a car.

    You’re likely to need a decent credit history to qualify for a homeowner loan, although lenders may be less fussy than with an unsecured loan.

    It’s typical for homeowner loans to be considered by people looking to borrow larger sums – perhaps between £15,000 and £100,000 – and for the loan term to be over a considerable period – perhaps between five and 25 years.

    None of these figures are set in stone, though – the loan amount and/or term could be higher or lower, depending on circumstances.

    The amount of equity you have in a property, your personal circumstances and your credit history will all play a part in determining the deals you’ll be offered.

    Homeowner loans v unsecured loans

    The reason that lenders are less fussy about your credit history when taking out homeowner loans as opposed to unsecured ones is because they have some certainty that the debt will be repaid as the borrowing is tied to your home.

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    • Gocompare.com helps you review homeowner against personal loans with a smart search that won’t impact on your credit file

    For the same reason you’re also likely to find that rates are lower than with unsecured loans, but you always need to remember that you’re putting your home at risk.

    Gocompare.com’s service allows you to conduct a smart search for loans. meaning that you’ll only see the products you’re likely to qualify for and helping you avoid failed applications that can damage credit scores .

    The best-buy table also lets you see homeowner loans against unsecured borrowing options, helping you find the right deal for your particular situation.

    Types of homeowner loans

    Broadly speaking, there are three types of homeowner loans to choose from:

    Short-term fixed rate homeowner loans

    With this sort of product you pay a fixed amount every month throughout the short term of the fixed rate (usually between one and five years).

    Your repayments will then revert to the lender’s standard variable rate, meaning that your payments could go up or down.

    Fixed for term homeowner loans

    With fixed-for-term deals you pay a fixed amount every month throughout the term of the deal, giving you peace of mind that your repayments will not fluctuate and the ability to budget your outgoings.

    Variable rate homeowner loans

    With variable rate deals the interest rate you pay may fluctuate depending on the Bank of England base rate or market forces. This means that your monthly repayments and the total amount you repay over the term could increase or decrease.

    If interest rates go up, you could repay a lot more than you originally budgeted for or, in the worst-case scenario, be unable to meet your repayments.

    Other things to look out for on homeowner loans


    Early repayment fees


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    Some lenders may charge a penalty if you repay the debt early (because they will not be earning the interest they expected). The fee will vary between lenders and products.

    Lenders may charge a fee for same-day transfers. With normal transfers (usually two-to-three working days) you can usually avoid this fee.

    Check the terms and conditions thoroughly for other fees, such as arrangement fees.

    Payment breaks/deferment periods

    Some lenders may offer ‘payment holidays’. While these can be beneficial if finances are tight, you should bear in mind that interest will continue to be charged, meaning that the total amount you have to repay will increase.

    Eligibility criteria

    Many products have strict eligibility terms such as age (usually you must be 21-65) and residency.

    In most cases you must have been a UK resident for at least three years, have a current account and have a regular income.

    Low advertised rates

    Beware of headline rates – by law these rates only need to be given to 51% of successful applicants.

    So, 49% of successful applicants are likely to pay a different, more expensive rate, and others are likely to be turned down with a mark placed on their credit files.

    What are homeowner loans used for?

    There could be a number of reasons why you need to borrow a large amount, and you should realise that your lender is likely to want to know what you plan to do with the cash.

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    • If you’re considering a large homeowner loan, look into whether remortgaging is more appropriate

    Perhaps the most common reason people take out homeowner loans is to fund property improvements or to consolidate existing debt .

    You might decide it makes sense to pay for home improvements using such a deal because it could add value to your property – for example, if you build an extension or conservatory.

    Borrowers wishing to consolidate their debts could cut the interest they pay quite dramatically – for example, you may be paying a high rate of interest on credit card debt or for other smaller, unsecured debts.

    A homeowner loan could have a much lower rate of interest, allowing you to save money and simplify your finances, but you must always remember the risk you’re placing your home under.

    Alternatives to homeowner loans

    If you want to borrow a smaller amount, or you’re unsure about securing a debt against your home, then you might want to consider an unsecured, personal loan .

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    If you are looking for a small amount, take a look at the peer-to-peer lending options that are available, consider an authorised overdraft and think about the pros and cons of using a low APR or even a 0% credit card .

    Another option – likely to be more appropriate for larger debts – is to remortgage. freeing up a chunk of your home’s equity to fund your project.

    Of course, that will mean you spend longer repaying your mortgage and you should look out for high arrangement fees, but it could work out to be the cheapest way to borrow the cash.

    Protecting a homeowner loan

    Although it may be cheaper than an unsecured deal, taking on a homeowner loan is a serious financial decision. If you can’t keep up repayments then you risk repossession.

    This means that you should only consider such an option if you’re really confident that you can meet the monthly repayments.

    If you know you can afford it but want to protect your repayments in case you became ill or were made redundant, it’s worth considering an insurance policy to protect your homeowner loan.

    The entire income protection industry has tended to be unfairly tainted by the payment protection insurance (PPI) scandals, but the right policy can help provide genuine peace of mind.


    10 Best Home Owners Insurance of 2017 #homeowner #insurance #rates


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    10 Best Home Owners Insurance of 2017

    Homeowners insurance is meant to protect your home from damages to the house itself, or to possessions within the home. It can also provide liability coverage if someone other than the property owner or renter is injured while on the property, and decides to sue. Exceptions to most policies include acts of war and so-called acts of God , such as earthquakes, floods or mudslides. Additional policies for some of these may be purchased separately.

    In the U.S. there are seven forms of homeowners insurance that have become standardized in the industry, ranging from HO1-HO8, which typically cover most scenarios in which damage may occur. Some homeowner s insurance is designed specifically for renters, (HO-4) this typically only covers possessions inside the home, and isolated events that aren t included in the owner s insurance.

    Most homeowner s insurance policies offer coverage for the main dwelling, other structures (garages, storage sheds, fences, etc), personal property, and loss of use, which typically covers living expenses over and above your regular ones, if you are forced to leave while repairs are being made, or are denied access by a government order. Additional property coverage may provide for fire-department service charges, debris removal, property removal, theft or illegal use of credit cards, and building collapse.

    Another factor to consider when choosing a homeowners insurance policy are endorsements. For an additional cost, endorsements provide extra protection in case of theft, a second property or credit card forgery. Other examples of endorsement can help you pay for the cost of rebuilding your home, keep up with inflation, or insure your house for a specific value and add a 20-25% extended limit if reconstruction costs run over.

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    What is Home Insurance?

    Home insurance (also referred to as homeowners insurance) protects your home, property and personal belongings from damage resulting from accidents such as fire, natural disaster, theft and vandalism. Additionally, it also includes liability coverage in case you or your property are responsible for accidents and bodily injury that occur in connection with your property. For instance, if your usually harmless dog bites the mailman, a tree in your yard falls on your neighbor’s new sports car, or a girl scout falls on your driveway while delivering cookies.

    Am I required to have homeowners insurance?

    Homeowners insurance is not required by law, but if your home is being financed by a mortgage, chances are the lender will require you to have a homeowner insurance policy. This will protect you (and their financial interest in your home) against any unforeseen damage.

    If you buy a condominium or co-op, your housing association may also require you to purchase insurance regardless as to whether or not you have a mortgage. And some townhome communities have group insurance coverage, which only requires you to have renters insurance, so it’s worth looking into before making any purchases.

    Even if you aren’t required to have homeowners insurance, many people still choose to cover themselves. The cost of repair after a natural disaster or accident can cost tens of thousands of dollars, making home insurance a worthwhile purchase for most.

    How much does home insurance cost?

    The answer to this question is based on a number of factors including your home’s age, quality of construction and materials used, location, risk factors, your credit score, preventative measures taken (like smoke detectors or home security systems), and others.

    The average cost of homeowner insurance varies significantly by state, and most sources report state averages fall between $550 and $2000, with the national average around $1000.


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    Home Insurance Guidelines: Mold Facts and Coverage

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    In recent years, horror stories about “toxic mold” growth in homes, businesses and schools have become a common theme in the news. These headlines have all got us wondering: just how afraid of mold, fungi and bacteria should we actually be?

    Mold spores can certainly be toxic, but scenarios in which growths are large enough to pose poisoning risks to humans are rare. The more common problem with out of control mold growth is property damage. What s worse is that most insurance policies don t cover mold damage, and typically insurers deny these kinds of claims. So, what should you do when you find mold, fungus or bacteria in your home?

    The more common problem with out of control mold growth is property damage and typically insurers deny these kinds of claims

    Types of Mold

    For homeowners, the most important kinds of molds to know about are the four most common indoor molds: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Mold is happiest and grows best where conditions are warm and damp, so basements and showers are high-risk growth areas. Check out the CDC s list of basic facts about molds here for more details.

    In terms of health, the good news is that most people are not affected by mold at all. But for those who are mold-sensitive, certain types of mold have the potential to cause some severe and mysterious symptoms. Routine exposure in the home or workplace can cause eye and skin irritation or breathing difficulties in people with pre-existing conditions like asthma or eczema. And for those with serious mold allergies, reactions can be much more severe. The Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization has even found that exposure to mold causes respiratory problems in otherwise healthy children. For those with chronic lung illnesses, mold infections are a serious danger. Generally speaking, children and the elderly carry are at a higher risk.

    If you believe you or someone you love is becoming ill from mold exposure, see a doctor. Remember that agencies like the CDC cannot treat health problems and only a local health care provider can provide the care you or your family needs. The CDC recommends that you first consult your family doctor or PCP and ask whether you need to see a specialist like an allergist, an infectious disease doctor, or a pulmonary physician. Remember, if your health problem is an emergency, get help immediately.

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    Mold damage also harms the value of your home. Actual devaluation is subjective, but since severe cases of mold infestation can make it nearly impossible to insure a home, mold can render your home essentially unsellable. While the different kinds of spores might have slightly different growth patterns, all require moisture and warmth, and all should be eradicated when found.

    mold can render your home essentially unsellable

    Whether or not your home insurance will cover mold-related damages or mold eradication procedures depends on your policy and the factors contributing to the mold’s growth. Most mold growth is caused by water leakage or poor ventilation and unfortunately, many homeowners policies do not cover all kinds of water damage.

    Typically, standard homeowners policies do not cover water damage caused by “maintenance” problems. These include slower, ongoing problems like continuous water seepage or repeat leaks, ongoing humidity problems, problems related to your landscaping or drainage on the property, or condensation. You should also know that almost all homeowners policies generally exclude flood damage, so if your home develops mold from a flood this is probably not going to be covered.

    Conversely, typical homeowners policies will often cover sudden and accidental water issues such as burst pipes. If you have sump pump coverage or sewer back coverage, you probably know it, but check your policy to be certain. Other than these kinds of water sources, though, the odds of your policy covering your water source are slim.Remember to make sure to investigate to make sure your pipes were in proper working order and that there were no failures or defects; finding this kind of water damage source may be the only way you can get coverage.

    The bad news? Insurance companies are getting tired of mold too. Even if your insurance does cover some water damage many companies now explicitly limit or completely exclude coverage mold-related damage, regardless of the source. Be sure to read your homeowners policy every year, because providers are starting to trim their mold endorsements.

    Insurance companies are getting tired of mold too. Even if your insurance does cover some water damage many companies now explicitly limit or completely exclude coverage mold-related damage, regardless of the source

    If you need mold coverage and don’t have it, there may be other options. Some policies, for instance, offer “buy-back” endorsements for mold claims which let you pay more money in exchange for some limited mold coverage. Other policies simply cap the amount of mold coverage or pay only for certain things such as cleanup or testing. So whether you’re buying a new home or switching policies, just be aware. it is far more difficult to find a mold damage inclusive policy for a home that has a history of mold.

    Warning Signs and Preventative Measures

    The very best way to protect yourself, your family and your home from mold is to prevent it! There is no substitute for preventative measures when it comes to mold infestation. Don t rely on your insurance to make you whole when it comes to mold. Take your health and your home into your own hands and follow these simple steps to avoid mold (and check out this guide from the Insurance Information Institute for more information):

    • Keep the humidity level in your home low, preferably no more than 30-50%.
    • Use and maintain bathroom ventilation systems.
    • Use both air conditioners and de-humidifiers.
    • Install and maintain all-season attic and crawlspace ventilation systems.
    • Keep drain lines from your air conditioning unit clean and unobstructed.
    • Use exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and using any other appliance that creates moisture.
    • Add mold inhibitors to paints before using them.
    • Insulate windows, walls, pipes, roofs, exterior, floors and other cold surfaces to reduce condensation.
    • Routinely check indoor sources of moisture (leaky pipes, appliance hoses, faucets, toilets).
    • If you see condensation or water collecting anywhere, dry it quickly and find the water source so you can get rid of it.
    • Use steel-reinforced hoses instead of plastic ones.
    • Check all entrances for leaks, stains, and odors.
    • Fix plumbing problems right away. Wet areas that get and stay dry 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens usually do not mold.
    • Don t install carpet in wet areas like bathrooms, basements and kitchens.
    • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products like bleach and keep them dry.
    • Line crawlspaces with plastic sheeting.
    • Repair holes and cracks in walls and foundation of basement and crawlspaces.
    • Make sure landscaping outside slants away from your foundation.
    • Clean and maintain your rain gutters and drainpipes.
    • Watch your utility bills; an unusually high water bill could signal an interior leaking problem.
    • Turn off your main water valve when you travel.

    Take your health and your home into your own hands

    The Bottom Line

    Recognizing the sources of mold growth and the costs of letting them go is the first step to mastering this situation. The next step is understanding exactly what your home insurance policy does and does not cover when it comes to mold and water damage—two different things. Once you understand your the risks that mold poses specifically to your family and property, you can learn to control it.

    Remember, mold doesn’t have any tricks up its sleeve. It needs very specific things to grow and its movements are predictable. So until mold develops a genetic resistance to bleach, you’re in charge here.

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