North Carolina (NC) School Rules for the Road

It’s that time of year – when traffic patterns are thrown into a tailspin, and you have to leave your house 30 minutes early so you are not late to work. Yes, school is back in session. Pop Quiz Do you know when you need to stop for a school bus?  If you are not […]

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How To Take Your Home from Cookie Cutter to Custom

If you just bought a new house or are looking to update your current home’s decor you have to check out a new video blog one of O’Connor Insurance’s clients just started called Cookie Cutter to Custom.  In the videos, Laura gives her input on how to make your home go from boring to custom.  She […]

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Adding Your Teen to Your North Carolina Auto Policy

Every day we get calls from clients whose son or daughter will be getting a learner’s permit or driver’s license soon asking questions about the process and the rates.  There are lots of variables so it is always a good idea to call your agent to discuss your personal situation before you make changes. Here […]

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Safe Driving 101

In recent months, our office has seen an alarming number of accidents.  It is common knowledge the best way to prevent your auto insurance from rising is not to have an accident but did you know there are a number of things you can do to prevent both causing an accident and in some cases, […]

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Giving Your Valentine the Gift of Life Insurance

Not exactly a gift in a beautiful box filled with a sugary goodie tied with a bow on it right?  While life insurance many not be what you would typically consider a gift; statistics show a third of people wish their spouse or partner had life insurance or wish they had more of it.  Have […]

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Best Sites for Photo Storage Backup

A lot of New Year’s Resolutions revolve around getting organized.  If you surf Pinterest you will see millions of ideas for getting your house, closet, car, basement, attic, kitchen, bath and just about anything else you can think of organized.  There are also countless Pins for getting your paperwork and photos organized after you get […]

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Business Lessons from 17 Years in Business

Thank You for 17 Years! On every business anniversary, I reflect to the day O’Connor Insurance Associates officially hung the proverbial “Shingle” (or open sign).  The business was started by Terry out of our spare bedroom.  That is the norm now but back in 2000 there wasn’t a lot of talk about virtual space.  It […]

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Are Your New Gifts Covered On Your Insurance?

What gifts did you and your family receive over the holiday season?  Such a busy time of the year that most people don’t stop and think the gift you just got may need some additional insurance.  There are 3 things you need to think about when you are considering additional insurance. Could the item create […]

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New Year New Resolutions or Expected Results?

It’s January so talk of new year’s resolutions is in full swing.  Read a great article about it.  Rather than making “resolutions” or setting “goals” Jeffrey Gitomer suggests we drop our resolutions and goals and refer to what you want as “my intended and expected achievement.”  Think about it if you are just throwing a […]

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8 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Little furry friends are especially vulnerable during the holiday season.  With all the good food, decorations and company in the house it is easy for our pets to be put in danger.  Here are 8 things you can do to keep your pets safe: Just Say NO to Chocolate: Keep all the food out of […]

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Thought You Knew How to Protect Your Home from Burglars? Think Again.

Think you have heard it all when it comes to how to protect your house from burglars?  This exclusive news piece from a station in Oregon, KGW8, is nothing short of fascinating.  The KGW8 news station sent questionnaires to 86 inmates serving time for burglary in the Oregon Department of Corrections. There is a short […]

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4 Things You Don’t Want to Leave Home Without While Traveling

Just this week in the news there were several major pileups on interstates across the United States.  One pileup hit just a little too close to home.  My parents were just about to get on Interstate 90 in Erie, PA when the interstate was closed.  Folks around Erie, PA are well versed in traveling in […]

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October is National Fire Safety Month Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

At ISU O’Connor Insurance Associates we know how important it is for your family to fully understand the magnitude of fire safety.  Below are 6 things for you to do this month to ensure you family stays safe! Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – make sure you have at least one on each floor, to […]

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Answering The Million Dollar Question: How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

One of the hardest things to imagine is how much money your family would need if you were no longer here. People that work have an estimation based on what they earn but anyone that stays home knows while the job description is amazing the pay is in kisses and hugs not dollars. Makes it […]

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Life Insurance: The Story You Need to Read About the Insurance You Need

No one really wants to talk about life insurance. Most people feel as if uttering the very words may make a black cloud suddenly form over your head.  Many of our clients feel that exact same way.  Over the 16+ years that O’Connor Insurance has been in business, we have paid six life insurance death benefits. […]

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5 Things You Need to Know About Life Insurance Before You Start the Process

Technology has changed a lot of things in our lives.  We are accessible 24/7 via our phones, tablets, email the list goes on and on.  Information is available at our fingertips.  You want to know about the Australian Dingo just pull up a web browser on any of your devices and instantly you can see […]

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1st Day of School from Mom’s Perspective

The 1st day of school has arrived.  It is always a mix of emotions for me.  By this time of the summer my household needs a little “structure” but I am sad our summer fun has come to an end.  Back in May when I was trying to figure out child care and balance that […]

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5 Ways To Stay Cool in Extreme Heat

The heat index in Charlotte has been brutal for the last couple of weeks.  It is hot when we wake up and hot when we go to bed.  Not much relief in sight for cooler temps.  Makes me long for October. Do you know what the head index is?  It is defined in a quick […]

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Working Mom Juggles Multiple Balls

School is finally out for the summer. Months ago I started thinking about how to juggle being a Mom for the summer with running a business where I work full-time.  Is it possible that I can do both?  Every summer since my 10-year-old was born I have tried to find some kind of home/work balance.  […]

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