Art of the Appraisal

When insuring valuable pieces, insurance companies look for appraisals written to USPAP standards, for the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice—the generally accepted standards for professional appraisal practice in North America. USPAP contains standards for all types of appraisal services, including real estate, personal property, business and mass appraisals. Continue reading

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Tax Season Riddled With ID Theft Scams

The IRS says more than 3,000 taxpayers have been victimized by phone scammers claiming to be IRS agents and demanding payments by either by pre-paid debit cards, or by deposit into online payment accounts.

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Managing Home Renovations

With spring approaching, many homeowners are looking to begin home renovation projects. But regardless of whether you’re starting a small kitchen upgrade or looking to add a new wing, home renovations are not without risk. In fact, rarely do homeowners face such a diverse set of property and financial risks as they do during home renovations. Continue reading

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The Big Thaw

The arrival of warmer weather and the melting of accumulated snow and ice may bring welcome relief to winter-weary residents in the northern United States, but the arrival of spring also creates conditions that promote the growth of mold and … Continue reading

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