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Bicycle Safety and Insurance

A bicycle is more than just a possession. It can represent transit, exercise, or leisure. Some cyclists use their bikes for all three. However, in our society we often treat bikes with less seriousness than we reserve...

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Insurance and College Students

As students head off to college, it's important to make sure they are protected against common risks. Whether it's automobile accidents, or theft of personal property, it is wise to plan for the worst and hope for the...

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Why Do I Need to Insure My Home for More Than It’s Worth?

You may have noticed that your covered for more than it’s worth, know that this is not a mistake! - The market value of your home located in Beaverton Oregon, Portland Oregon or elsewhere may have risen or dropped, but...

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3 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Homeowners Insurance

Whether or not this is your first time purchasing home insurance, there are questions you must ask when purchasing a homeowners insurance policy. - Trying to find the right homeowners insurance in Beaverton Oregon,...

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3 Ways You Can Prevent Home Burglary

homeowners insuranceHomeowners InsuranceHelping to deter criminals in Beaverton Oregon, Portland Oregon, and elsewhere can be as easy as setting up a few simple tasks around your house. - “Ocean’s 11” proved that...

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3 Costly Mistakes Homeowners Commit

Mistakes that could end up costing you. - Record-setting snows pummeling the Northeast, tornadoes sweeping across the Midwest, unbelievable heat searing the southwest, and storms flooding the south: we are now starting...

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Home Repairs Best Left to the Professionals

As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to keep your home in good repair. Many times, you can do your own home maintenance and upkeep, but a few jobs are best left to the professionals. In interest of your personal...

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What Are Standard Exclusions?

Have you ever heard the term “standard exclusions” and wondered what it means? If you’ve ever placed an insurance claim and discovered that your loss was listed as a “standard exclusion,” the term may seem frightening...

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What Is Standard Coverage?

How many times have you heard the term “standard coverage”? Although you’ve probably heard it several times, you may not understand what it means. In this blog post, we’d like to help fix that.Standard coverage is a...

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Easy DIY Home Projects and Repairs

The New Year is almost upon us, and homeowners often have several projects that make it onto a New Year’s resolution list. At Fox Insurance Agency, we want our customers to understand that some projects are best to do...

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Holiday Fire Safety

The winter holidays are wonderful times to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, every year, some families observe the holidays by losing their homes to fire. Although Fox Insurance Agency will be here to...

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Home Security is Easier and Better Than Ever!

Think home security in Portland and Beaverton Oregon is still about bulky camera equipment and wires running all throughout your home? Think again. Today, things have changed quite a bit, and the playing field has been...

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Neighborhood Watch help keep their communities safe!

For more than 40 years, Neighborhood Watch has enabled private citizens to join with law enforcement to help keep their communities safe. Watch groups keep track of neighborhood goings-on and maintain a responsible,...

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Staying Safe When the Ground Shakes in Oregon

The scary thing about earthquakes (one of them anyway)? They're so unexpected. Earthquakes aren't limited to any one time of the year, and you certainly don't see them coming. They simply hit (and can hit in every state,...

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Tips to Stay Cool in Beaverton, OR without the AC on!

Two-thirds of households in America have air conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy - and they spend a total of $11 billion each year running them. Our guess is that most of those households (which may...

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Portland Homeowners: Is It Time to Replace Your Appliance Hoses?

You probably know someone who has come home from vacation to find water all over the laundry room - and the rest of the house. The cause? Most likely, the hose connecting the washing machine to the water supply. That's...

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Spring Into Home Maintenance Mode in Beaverton Oregon

Spring is a time for rejuvenation, and, as the weather gets warmer here in Portland, Oregon, Beaverton, Oregon, and the days grow longer, there's a positive energy in the air. Many people decide it's the perfect time...

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What You Should Know About Flood Insurance

You've probably heard this horror story before - someone loses a home due to a flood and learns after the fact that standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage. At Fox Insurance Agency, we want you to be...

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Stop Wasting Energy and Money in Beaverton and Portland

Are you tired of high utility bills landing in your mailbox in Beaverton or Portland Oregon? Not sure how to lower those bills without turning your heat way down or taking cold showers? We at Fox Insurance Agency can...

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Time To Spring Into Home Maintenance Mode in Portland Oregon

Spring is a time for rejuvenation, and, as the weather gets warmer here in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon, and the days grow longer, there's a positive energy in the air. Many people decide it's the perfect time for...

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Spring Maintenance for Your Portland Oregon Home

When springtime rolls around in Portland and Beaverton Oregon, almost everyone thinks of cleaning. That's fine (we probably all need to do a little more of that, after all), but there's something even more important to...

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Am I covered if I borrow my friend’s car?

Most people in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere have an idea of what's covered and not covered under their various insurance policies. But at Fox Insurance Agency, we get a lot of questions about borrowing or loaning a...

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Helping Seniors In Portland Have a Wonderful Winter

Slippery sidewalks. Freezing temperatures. Power outages. Winter isn't always a wonderland. That's why, if you regularly lend a hand to a senior friend or family member here in Portland, it may be a good time of the...

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Warm Up To Fireplace Safety Tips In Portland - Fox Insurance Agency

The wood is stacked, the flue is open and the match is in hand. You're about to enjoy a wonderful winter evening by the fire in Portland or Beaverton, Oregon. Just know this first: Heat sources ignite more than 50,000...

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Be Prepared For Storms With A Winter Weather Prep Kit In Beaverton, Or - Fox Insurance Agency

Now that winter has arrived, it's time to prepare for winter weather conditions. At Fox Insurance Agency we have a few suggestions to help you get prepared before the winter storms hit! Of course you want to have the...

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This Holiday Season In Portland, Oregon Be Charitable, Safe, and Sensible - Fox Insurance Agency

It's that time of year that many people feel most charitable. It also may make them most vulnerable to having their personal information compromised by others. Because of that, this is a great time a good time to go...

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10 Ways to Help Make the Holidays Greener - Fox Insurance Agency

Buying. Wrapping. Shipping. Decorating. Here in Portland, Oregon and everywhere else, the holiday season is in full swing, and that means all of the waste that goes along with the festivities is beginning to pile up....

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Avoid These Common Holiday Travel Mistakes From Portland, OR - Fox Insurance Agency

With travel during the holidays comes the ever present battle of airport crowds, or the fight through traffic on the drive to visit family and friends throughout Oregon, Washington, and points beyond. Sometimes the...

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Consider Holiday Safety Tips For Your Four Legged Pets In Portland, OR - Fox Insurance Agency

To many pet owners our pets are like family, so it's important to help them stay safe during the holiday season. As much as possible it is important to try and keep your pets on a regular routine, even during the...

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Be Sure To Protect Your Belongings This Holiday Season in Portland, OR - Fox Insurance Agency

Here in Portland, Oregon and beyond, you can't help but notice that the holiday season has officially arrived! For many of us that means shopping, gifting, decorating, partying, and traveling. And a whole lot of it! At...

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Floaters and Endorsements: Special Coverage for Valuables

A standard homeowners policy in Beaverton, Portland, Oregon and elsewhere may include coverage for jewelry and other precious items such as watches and furs. These items may be covered for losses caused by all the...

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Celebrate National Night Out in Portland or Beaverton Oregon With Your Neighbors

In 1984, National Night Out - "America's Night Out Against Crime" - began as a way to promote crime prevention through neighborhood camaraderie. Since then, according to the National Association of Town Watch (NATW),...

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Make Recycling and Reducing Routine in Portland, Beaverton, and Elsewhere!

"Reduce, reuse, recycle." Most likely, you've heard that catchy phrase connected with information about saving natural resources and even saving your family money. But how many of us really make reducing, reusing and...

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The Ins & Outs of Staying Cool in Portland Oregon during a Power Outage

Ah, summer. It's warm outside and comfortable inside, with air conditioners and fans blowing a cool breeze throughout the house. What a perfect time of year! Until the power goes out, that is. Now it feels just as warm...

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Keep the Fire (Pit) Burning in Portland and Beaverton Oregon, but Keep It Safe

Sitting around a backyard fire pit here in Portland, Beaverton, and throughout Oregon is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a nice summer evening. Without the proper precautions, however, it can also be quite...

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Choosing The Right Fire Extinguisher

Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property when a small, contained fire breaks out in your home or business. But different types of fire extinguishers fight different types of fire - and using the wrong one...

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Proper Fire Extinguisher Use

You should know exactly how to use a fire extinguisher in the event a fire develops and you feel you are safely able to fight it. It is recommended that only those trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers...

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Let's Keep Our Lawns - and Ourselves - Safe in Oregon

For many of our neighbors in Beaverton and Portland Oregon, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard - often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about...

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Grilling safely in Portland Oregon and beyond!

Many Americans fire up the grill when the weather is warm, especially during summer holidays and family get-togethers. This adds up to more than three billion barbecues a year. But serious accidents can occur without...

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Protect Your Most Cherished Possessions

If you're like most people in Portland, Beaverton, and throughout Oregon and elsewhere, there are certain items you own that you can't imagine ever losing - possessions you deeply cherish or those that would be...

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Eight Surprising Ways Comprehensive Auto Insurance Works For You

Even the most careful drivers occasionally get into accidents-that's why auto insurance was created. But, your car can be damaged even if you're not in a crash-which is why there's comprehensive auto insurance....

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Portland and Beaverton Home Security Tips

Everyone wants to keep their home safe from burglars or intruders in Portland, Beaverton, and elsewhere in Oregon and beyond, but not everyone wants to have an alarm system installed. There are plenty of people who...

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Stay Safe on the Portland and Beaverton Roads During a Hailstorm in Oregon

It may sound surprising, but there are approximately 3,000 hailstorms in the United States each year which of course includes Portland, Beaverton, and the rest of Oregon. The size of hail can widely vary - from golf-...

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Remodeling your home in Portland, Oregon, Beaverton or elsewhere?

If you plan to remodel your home in Portland, Beaverton, Oregon or elsewhere, make sure that the house, the contractor and the subcontractors have adequate insurance coverage. Don't make the mistake of waiting until an...

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Keep Water from Going Where it Shoudn’t

One of the most disheartening experiences is to find flooding or extreme water damage to your treasured home in Beaverton, Portland, or elsewhere in Oregon. At Fox Insurance Agency, we know you want to protect what's...

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What Type of Insurance Do I Need If I’m Renting Out My Home?

There are many reasons why you might want to rent out your home on either a short- or long-term basis. Whether you own a second home that you plan to lease to a tenant, or want to rent out a room in your house...

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Does My Homeowners Insurance Cover Flooding?

Standard homeowners and renters insurance in Portland, Beaverton, and other parts of Oregon and beyond do not cover flood damage. Flood coverage, however, is available in the form of a separate policy both from the...

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Protecting Your Credit Score

Your credit score is important in many ways. It allows you to purchase a home, buy a car, and can even be a factor in getting the best insurance rates. However, credit scores can be confusing too. Here are 3 ways to...

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March Home Maintenance Tasks

Below is a short list of tasks that you can do to help take care of your home, vehicle, and family in Portland, Beaverton, and elsewhere. Consider them a helpful reminder of what needs to get accomplished throughout the...

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Vacation Checklist

A vacation is your time to relax and enjoy life. - Vacation is for fun and relaxation. Help save yourself some worry about what could be happening at home in Portland, Beaverton, Clackamas,Oregon, or elsewhere by...

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Cooking is the cause of two out of every five home kitchen fires*

Cooking has long been and continues to be the most common cause of home structure fires and home fire-related injuries. Whether in Portland, Beaverton, Milwaukie, Oregon or elsewhere, preparing for a family dinner or a...

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Have some new Valentine's Day jewelry in the house? Protect it!

Valentine's Day is here, and love is in the air. Well, love and a few other things, such as chocolates, romantic dinners, candy hearts that say "Be Mine" - and, of course, jewelry. It's exciting to receive jewelry from...

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Winter Weather Safety Tips For Portland, Oregon and Beyond!

In Portland, Beaverton, and throughout the northwest, severe winter weather can occur in many forms. Rain, sleet, ice, snow, hail, blizzards in any combination is possible. Often, a change of only a few degrees in...

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Power outage? Use your generator safely!

Storms or natural disasters in Portland, Beaverton, West Linn, and throughout Oregon and Washington can have the ability to knock your power out for an extended period of time. During an outage, portable generators can...

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Help prevent common household fires in Beaverton, Oregon and elswehere!

Using claim data, regardless if you live in Portland, Beaverton, Wilsonville, Oregon, or elsewhere, the following is a list of common causes of fire-related losses as well as some things you can do to help prevent them....

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Shovel Snow Safely This Winter in Portland, Oregon and Elsewhere!

Winter is here, and with it comes many traditions and activities: Holiday celebrations with loved ones in Portland and Beaverton, skiing and snowboarding outings in the mountains, fireplace-lit living rooms, homemade...

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Winter Tires In Portland, Oregon. Here's Some Information To Consider - Fox Insurance Agency

It's just a matter of time. You know it's coming. Everything Mother Nature likes to throw at us every winter. Snow and slush. Freezing rain. Ice and black ice. It's on the way so be prepared. Are prepared for all of...

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Getting Ready for Winter Weather in Portland, Oregon

Winter has arrived, but there's still time to get ready for winter weather, including storms. Extreme cold is always a possibility here in Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, and throughout Oregon and Washington, so we at Fox...

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Household Safety Tips Change With the Season

As winter settles in at Portland, Oregon, Beaverton, Lake Oswego and elsewhere, our habits tend to change. Most of us typically spend more time hunkering down at home and less time frolicking at the beach. That usually...

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Make Home Safety a Priority While You’re Away for the Holidays

The holidays can be a great time to get out of Portland or Beaverton, Oregon to visit family you rarely get to see, hit the slopes or flee to the beach. Regardless of how you spend your time away, you need to ensure...

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How To Protect Your Belongings This Holiday Season

The holidays have officially arrived! And for many of us in Portland, Beaverton, and throughout Oregon and Washington that means shopping, gifting, decorating, partying, and traveling. And a whole lot of it! Fox...

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Real or Fake? The Christmas Tree Conundrum

The kind of tree that adorns a person's home in Portland, Beaverton, and the rest of Oregon and Washington during the holidays can provoke debate as much as Coke vs. Pepsi or Chevy vs. Ford. When it comes to Christmas...

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Make Sure Your Holidays Stay Happy … and Safe

You'll no doubt hear the phrase "Happy Holidays!" about a thousand times over the next month or two. Here at Fox Insurance Agency, we'd like to change that a little bit: "Happy - and Safe - Holidays!" While the holidays...

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Add Some Strategy to Your ‘Black Friday’ Shopping

If there's anything more satisfying than melting into the couch following a multi-course Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the fixings, it has to be shopping for the best deals of the season the day after in...

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Before the Wind Blows, Secure Your Trees and Shrubs

The seasons are changing, and the colors of autumn abound. Regrettably, fall's stunning display is often accompanied by some unwelcome weather hazards in Oregon and Washington - namely, wind - that can cause...

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Make Football Season Not Just Fun, But Also Safe

Finally, we're welcoming fall, that eagerly anticipated season when we get to enjoy cooler temps, colorful leaves, the start of school and, of course, football season in Oregon! Football season in Portland and Beaverton...

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Halloween Safety: Be Ready When the Little Goblins Come Out in Portland

It's a night full of treats for both kids and adults in Portland and Beaverton. But a number of factors - including lots of people walking in the dark, the threat of wet and stormy weather, strangers coming to your door...

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Winterize Your Home and Property

Ice, snow and wind can have devastating consequences on your home. The time to winterize is when the leaves begin to turn and not when the snow begins to fall. Homeowners should take the following precautions: Maintain...

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Prepare Your Home For Cooler Days Ahead

Fall foliage is beautiful, but not when it builds up in your gutters! Take these tips into account during the cool autumn months. Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician. Keep...

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When the Kids Head for College, Put ‘Insurance 101? on Your Class List

It's an exciting time when your child is heading off to 'college'. Whether they're headed to school here in Oregon or all the way across the country, there are a ton of things to get done - and a ton of things to pack!...

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Ways to help prevent home theft

Burglars will not find your home an "easy mark" if they are forced to work in the light, if they have to take a lot of time breaking in, or if they cannot break in without making a lot of noise. Research shows that if...

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Grilling Safety

Americans enjoy more than three billion barbecues each year. But barbecuing can be dangerous, even deadly, if you are not careful. The following tips can make your grilling experience safer: When ready to barbecue,...

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Preparing for a summer road trip

The summer months are quickly approaching, which means many families will be embarking on vacation getaways. Summer travel and readying the car for trips can be the most stressful part of the vacation. Below are some...

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Vacation Checklist

- A vacation is your time to relax and enjoy life. - Vacation is for fun and relaxation. Help save yourself some worry about what could be happening at home by protecting it from theft - which increases during the...

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Backyard summer safety tips

More and more, people are vacationing in their own backyards. If you have turned yours into a "staycation" hot spot, consider these summer safety tips to help keep your oasis fun and free of danger. The Pool The pool...

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Be Prepared with a Car Emergency Kit

Having a car emergency kit in your car is sort of like having good insurance. You hope you'll never need it-but boy are you glad it's there on road trips if you have an accident or need to help others. If you become...

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Protecting Your Home When You Travel

Stopping mail delivery, putting a few lights on a timer, and leaving a key with a good neighbor are still wise home protection ideas before leaving on vacation. And while it's important to protect yourself with these...

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Spring Maintenance Tips

Are you ready for spring? Spring gardening and spring maintenance go hand in hand. Here are some tips to help you prepare. Inspect your smoke detectors, and make sure that there is one on each floor of your home. Test...

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Get Ready to Safely ‘Spring Forward’

In most places in the United States, Sunday, March 10, 2013, is Daylight Saving, when clocks are moved forward one hour. We here at Fox Insurance Agency want to remind you it's also a great time to improve your family's...

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Spring is coming to Oregon!

With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, we here at Fox Insurance Agency are starting to think about spring. (Or at least hoping that springtime is coming, anyway.) And whether spring arrives on time,...

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Renters Insurance in Portland, Oregon and Beyond!

If you rent a house or apartment, your possessions are NOT covered under your landlord's policy. Having renters insurance can protect your belongings and give you peace of mind. For more information about...

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When the Weather Turns in Oregon, Make Sure Your Home is Ready

Summer has ended, but there's no need to fret here in Portland and Beaverton: Fall brings with it crisp, cool days, wonderful colors - and football season! It also brings some maintenance tasks Fox Insurance Agency...

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Halloween Safety: Be Ready When the Little Goblins Come Out in Portland

It's a night full of treats for both kids and adults in Portland and Beaverton. But a number of factors including lots of people walking in the dark, the threat of wet and stormy weather, strangers coming to your door -...

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Summer and Fall Vacation Safety: A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

We love it here , but summertime and fall is the time for getting away! And whether your escape is by air, land or sea, Fox Insurance Agency can help ensure you are covered. Just because you're on vacation, though,...

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Portland, Summers Mean Backyard Grilling Safely!

Just like hamburgers and hot dogs, a sizzling grill is a symbol of summer in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon. And grilling isn't just about great food. Backyard barbecues often create treasured memories with friends and...

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Condo Unit Owner’s Insurance in Oregon

Insuring a condominium in Oregon or Washington is different than insuring a home. And the biggest difference is knowing where your responsibilities begin and end. That's why it really pays to work with a knowledgeable...

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Saving Money On Oregon Auto Insurance

If you knew a gas station across town was selling gas for 20 cents less than the station a half mile from your house, odds are you'd drive over there to save money filling up your tank. Did you know that spending a few...

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