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About Jeremy Schaedler

Shortly after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelors degree in economics, Jeremy founded Surety First Insurance Services (formerly Schaedler Insurance), a Northern California based insurance agency specializing in surety bonds for California construction professionals. Jeremy is happily married and the proud father of two young boys. In his free time, he enjoys camping, fishing and shooting the breeze with friends and family.

How Does Average Rent Compare to Average Mortgage Payments in the U.S. – A Study

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In recent months, the housing market has been overwhelmingly favorable to sellers and equally unfavorable for buyers looking for their next home. This means that those who currently rent are continuing to do so, even if they want to buy, and those who are venturing away from the nest for the first time are more […]

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Surety Bond Forms: A Complete Guide

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No one likes reading paperwork, and surety bond documents can be particularly confusing at first glance. This guide will help you understand what exactly a surety bond form is, how to obtain one, and how to read the form so that you don’t miss bond requirements that impact your coverage.    What Is a Surety […]

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Western Surety Company Contractor Bonds

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Being that a surety bond is a financial investment, it’s understandable that contractors want the best service and terms. At Surety First, we partner closely with the underwriters of Western Surety Company, now part of CNA Surety, to provide our clients with quality bond agreements and customer relationships. Read on to learn more about these […]

The Most Popular Kitchen Gadget of 2021 in Every State

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We all know what it’s like to take that full inventory of all the different gadgets, tools, and general items you have in your kitchen: Maybe it’s because you’re moving out, or maybe it’s just time for that annual decluttering. While old standbys like the spatula or can opener are basically considered kitchen must-haves at […]

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Obstacles That Minorities in Construction Face

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Professional Development Resources for Minorities in Construction Construction is one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing industries in America, but the industry has been challenged by a labor shortage. The trade skills gap in construction, which refers to the lack of skilled laborers, is largely responsible for the labor shortage seen across the industry. The […]

What Is a Surety Bond, and How Much Does It Cost?

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Surety bonds are an essential part of being a construction business owner, and having the proper bonding in place can make all the difference in acquiring work and building revenue, staying compliant with state law as well as staying in operation if your company ever doesn’t uphold its contractual obligations whether intentional or unintentional. Acquiring […]

California Contractor License Bond Requirements Are Increasing: Here’s What You Need to Know

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In late September 2021, Senate Bill 607 was signed into law, changing the California contractor license bond amount from $15,000 to $25,000 and from $12,500 for the bond of qualifying individual to $25,000 as well. It has now become Chapter 367, Statute of 2021 of the California legal code.  Here’s what you need to know […]

What Would it Take for Americans to Stay in a Haunted House?

What Would it Take for Americans to Stay in a Haunted House?

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Break out your cozy sweaters and dust off your pumpkin-themed decor, because fall is officially among us. If you ask us, watching scary movies and visiting haunted houses are year-round activities. But there’s nothing quite like the uneasy feeling of a fright sending shivers down your spine with a crisp chill in the air. Of […]

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The Most Popular Taylor Swift Album in Every U.S. State

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In the last year, Taylor Swift has raked in headlines—and, we suspect, a ton of money—with surprise album drops, significant pandemic relief funding, and revamped recordings of old hits. Tall, blonde, and almost unbearably earnest, Swift has been both a music industry darling and outcast, stacking Grammy nominations and awards while coming to blows with […]

How to Incorporate a Business – 6 Steps to Know

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Wondering if your business should become a corporation? It’s an important decision to make. Many choose the route of business incorporation for one of three reasons: to limit personal liability, to sell the business, or to attract outside investors. Whatever you’re planning, it’s critical to know the facts, because there are both benefits and challenges […]