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Global climate issues are depicted by this image showing the earth as an ice cream cone melting.

How Do I Prepare For Climate Change And Extreme Weather?

The world climate is a hot topic, pun intended. Here at ValChoice, we want you to know how climate change and extreme weather are impacting you. Whether you are a homeowner, or just a concerned citizen, this post shows how climate change and extreme weather is impacting you, your family and your home. Summary of […]

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Kent Shantz

View from the Helm of a “Sleeping Giant” – Kent Shantz

Kent Shantz has been blessed with much good fortune in his career. Kent’s hard work; focus on building strong relationships and “just doing the right thing” have undoubtedly been significant contributors to this good fortune. This article chronicles Kent’s career from his start as an independent agent through to his role as President and CEO […]

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Flooded river as an example of the numerous 100-year flood events

How can a 100-year flood happen so frequently?

This week the Carolina’s experienced a 100-year flood. Over the last three-years, Houston experienced three 500-year floods. What’s happening? How can these rare events occur with such a high frequency? 100-Year Floods Suffer From a Naming Problem First off, the name 100-year flood is misleading. Instead, the 100-year flood should be renamed to be a […]

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Image for blog post on State Farm $250 million settlement of racketeering charge

How State Farm Won By Paying $250 Million Fine

Less than one week before a trial was slated to begin in federal court in East St. Louis Illinois, State Farm settled with the plaintiffs’ attorneys. The customers suing State Farm were seeking $1 billion in damages, plus interest and penalties. In total, the settlement could have gone as high as $8.5 billion. Rather than […]

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Ask around to find the best insurance

Should I ask around to find the best car and home insurance?

Advice to “ask around” is included in many articles and blog posts on how to shop for the best car and home insurance. However, asking around is pretty close to a waste of time. Therefore, at ValChoice we offer a better solution. To “ask around,” how many people would you have to ask? Let’s go straight […]

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Home Insurance Premium Calculator

Home Insurance Calculator | Home Insurance Premium Calculator

Hold on to your hat, this is going to surprise you. It’s true, home insurance prices have been increasing more than double the rate of median family income. We collected data going back to the year 2000 from the federal reserve board. Yes, that’s a reliable data source. Then we did the calculations. Surprisingly, home insurance […]

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David Gautsche

Leadership Excellence of David Gautsche

David Gautsche has proven his leadership skills, not once, but three times. Upon graduating from college, David started his career in the manufacturing sector. Next, he moved to financial services. Most recently, David was recruited to become the president and CEO of Goodville Mutual. Goodville is a mutual property/casualty insurer headquartered in New Holland, Pennsylvania. […]

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