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Rob Carrick's Reader: Home and car insurers, it's payback time

The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

Home and car insurers, it's payback time InsurEye is a new website that is attempting to build a database of customer ratings of home, auto and life insurance companies. This could be a great resource when more people rate their insurers.

Attention, cross-border shoppers New rules that increase the amount of stuff you can buy duty-free during a trip to the United States take effect today. Check out the details here.

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Home, $weet home OK, you can afford to buy a house. But what about keeping it in good repair? It says in this article that t he cost of maintenance can average 1 to 4 per cent of a home's value per year.

A listing of 10 of the most expensive homes in the world We're talking here about houses with things like underground indoor swimming pools, private ski hill chairlifts and 19 bedrooms.

More money Join the 13,000+ people who subscribe to my Facebook personal finance community for talk about investing, retirement, real estate, banking and other financial matters. I'm also on Twitter.

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