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7 Questions And Answers On Canine Liability Insurance

7 questions and answers about canine liability insurance

Debbie Turner got into the canine liability insurance issue after she adopted a schnauzer, named Jazz,  who had personality issues.

She began to learn the different aspects of canine behavior so she could try and figure out why Jazz was so broken.  Jazz led a long and healthy life and ultimately died of old age.

“But somewhere it just hit me that the insurance industry is not underwriting the canine exposure," she said. She became interested in canine behavior and "found insurance companies just do not know how to underwrite this risk,” she said in an interview about what led her to start Dean Insurance Agency and the website

Jazz the Schnauzer

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Cost Of R22 For Older Air Conditioner Repairs Is Skyrocketing

cost of air conditioner repairs on older systems could skyrocket this summer

Air conditioner repairs this summer will come with skyrocketing costs for the refrigerant R22, more commonly known as Freon™, according  to a release.

Production of R22 refrigerant, which is being phased out by the Environmental Protection Agency because it contains environmentally harmful ozone-depleting substances, has already dropped by 90 percent. Production will be prohibited by 2020.

In air conditioner repairs, owners face the challenge of whether to repair or to replace a system using R22 refrigerant from both a financial and environmental perspective, according to the release.

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Pet-Friendly Workplaces Improve Employee Morale And Retention

Pet-friendly workplaces improve employee morale and retention

Pet-friendly workplaces improve the morale and retention of employees, according to a new survey.

Research has found that employees who bring their pets to work tend to have lower stress levels by the end of the day, and that their pet can help reduce blood pressure, decrease loneliness, help lower cholesterol levels and encourage physical activity, according to a release.

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3 Things Proactive Property Managers Want To Know About Roofs

3 things proactive property managers need to know about roofs

Multifamily property managers have two interests at heart - they don’t like their roofs to leak and they don’t want to spend any more money on them than they have to, according to a multifamily roofing expert

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

“Regular maintenance and a good roofing contractor can help. If, for example, property managers have their roofs walked at least annually, and preferably semi-annually, the roofer can verify all roofing penetration areas are water-tight and sealed as needed,” Eric Skoog, owner of Sunvek Roofing in Phoenix, said in an interview with Rental Housing Journal. “Also, on pitched roofs, valleys need to be cleaned out so water or snow can move quickly off the roof, resulting in less chance of damage and water entry.

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5 Ways Managers Can Perk Up Employees This Summer

Managers on productivity of employees in the summer

Human resources managers report workers may feel less productive in the summer and want more flexible schedules, while fewer companies offer flexible schedules, according to a new research.

In addition to wanting more flexible schedules in the summer, employees also want the ability to leave early on Fridays, a more relaxed dress code, and events such as company picnics. However trends involving those employee desires have reversed since 2012, according to the survey from Office Team, a Robert Half company.

Now fewer companies are offering these benefits with a decline in flexibility of hours and leaving early on Fridays. Also the most common employee behavior that managers see is employees not planning well for vacations.

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Multifamily Rents Up As Rate of Growth Continues to Slow

Multifamily rents up as rate of growth slows

Multifamily rents rose slightly in April, but the rate of growth slid once again and now stands below the longterm average growth rate, according to the latest report from YardiMatrix.

 Average U.S. monthly rents rose $3 to $1,314, according to Yardi Matrix’s monthly survey of 121 markets. On a year-over-year basis, rents were up 2.0% nationwide in April, down 50 basis points from March and well below the 5.5% growth rate of a year ago.

 The 2.0% year-over-year increase is the lowest it’s been since April 2011, when rents were up only 1.5%.

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Should Your Company Have A Policy On Workplace Political Discussion?

Should your company have a policy on workplace political discussion?

Employees in the U.S. find it increasingly difficult to ignore political discussion in their workplace, and 31% believe political conversations among coworkers decrease their company's productivity, according to a release.

New findings in a survey by Clutch, a leading B2B ratings and reviews site, indicates many employees are distracted and negatively impacted by political discussions at work.

"I think we need to create some kind of policy which talks about behavior and how we communicate,"  Steve Albretch, Ph.D, human resources consultant and author, said in the release.

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Most Renters Like Where They Live And Do Not Plan To Move

Most renters like where they live

Most renters say they like where they live and don’t plan to move even if their rents rose, according to new research.

In the good news for landlords and property managers, 55 percent of all respondents, and 60 percent of 35- to 49-year olds, say they like where they live and don't plan to move if their rents rose, according to the research from Freddie Mac done by the Harris Poll. Also fewer renters say they are working toward homeownership and plan to continue renting.

Also seven in ten renters say they are willing to downsize in order to live in an urban area.

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6 Best Lawn Care Practices For Property Managers This Spring

Lawn care advice from the professionals

Six top recommendations from lawn care professionals to help property managers, as well as homeowners, grow and maintain healthy lawns include some expert advice and dispel common myths, according to a release.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals put together the top 6 recommendations drawn from the expertise and best practices of experienced lawn care professionals across the U.S.

“Lawns are the foundation of landscapes, but their benefits serve vital functions — capturing pollutants, producing oxygen and cooling homes — that positively impact our communities and the environment at large,” Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs, NALP, said in the release.

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5 Rules For Using Humor In Your Office

5 rules for using humor in the office

A new survey says an employee's sense of humor is at least somewhat important for fitting into the company's corporate culture, with 22 percent stating humor is very important.

A new Accountemps survey says 78 percent of CFOs interviewed said an employee's sense of humor is at least somewhat important for fitting into the company's corporate culture, with 22 percent stating humor is very important.

CFOs were asked, "How important is an employee's sense of humor in him or her fitting into your company's corporate culture?" Their responses:

"A sense of humor can boost moods and improve connections among colleagues,"  Mike Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps, said in a release.

 "Creating a positive and friendly work environment can lead to higher levels of employee engagement and productivity."


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