86 percent of homeowners think they have their hurricane preparedness under control

Hurricane Preparedness - Hurricane Laura as a category 4

Many property owners aren’t taking into consideration the additional challenges from COVID-19. Even after the devastation left behind by the major storms last week, most homeowners feel they have made adequate hurricane preparedness efforts, according to a recent survey. When Hurricane Laura reached the US Gulf Coast, it struck as a highly powerful category 4. According to the research conducted by ValuePenguin, most homeowners – 86 percent – feel that the hurricane preparedness steps they have taken are enough. However, thousands of people who were in the path of last…

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Many US homeowners are shocked at how high their flood risk score really is

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Every American homeowner is finding out how much of a risk their property is truly facing. This month, every current and potential homeowner in the United States has access to the flood risk score of their property (or one they are considering for purchase). Many find themselves amazed at how high their property’s risk of flooding has been assessed to be. America’s flood risk score is being reassessed by First Street. This is a part of a broader effort to provide current homeowners and prospective home buyers, and the real…

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Seek wildfire insurance reimbursement, says California’s Commissioner Lara

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Ricardo Lara recommends homeowners and renters carefully record their expenses. California residents who have been evacuated are being encouraged to record their expenses in order to seek wildfire insurance reimbursement regardless of whether or not their properties are ultimately damaged or destroyed. The recommendation was made by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. Commissioner Lara pointed out that homeowners’ policies will often cover relocation costs, even when not seeking direct wildfire insurance reimbursement for damage or destruction of property. Earlier this month, more than 10,000 lightning strikes over a single weekend led…

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Signed Kurt Cobain homeowners insurance policy is being auctioned off

Kurt Cobain - Home insurance signature

The document was for the coverage of the home in which the Nirvana lead singer was found dead. A homeowners insurance policy bearing the rare full signature of the late Kurt Cobain is being auctioned off by Inscriptagraphs Memorabilia. Goldin Auctions is brokering the sale of the item on behalf of the memorabilia company. The policy’s signature is considered particularly rare as Kurt Cobain was not in the habit of signing his full name. His autograph typically consisted only of his first name. In this particular instance, he wrote his…

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Wildfire prone property insurance bill in California due for hearing

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The bill is expected to be heard in upcoming weeks as opposing sites prepare for major battle. A new California bill, the outcomes of which will have a lot to say about coverage for wildfire prone property in the state, will soon be headed for hearing. The hearing is expected to be a heated one as strong opposing opinions have the opportunity to be voiced. Opponents of this bill are calling it a direct attack on consumer protections in insurance. That said, proponents of the bill claim it is the…

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Morgan Stanley insurance offerings move into P&C coverage

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The firm’s partner brokers will be offering wealthy clients these new coverage products. Morgan Stanley insurance products now include a range of P&C products designed for high net worth clients and their families. The brokerage has partnered with Marsh Private Clients Services, HUB International, and Willis Towers Watson to add to its available products. Support for the brokerage’s insurance clients will be provided through “dedicated service teams.” According to Barron’s, “dedicated service teams” will provide Morgan Stanley insurance customers with service. Clients will also be able to benefit from a…

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Plumbing and Pipe Leaks?

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Owning your own home is exciting but there are also basic chores and situations you need to be aware of. This will allow you to act in the best possible way should something negative happen. For instance, burst pipes which flood the house. Having your own home may mean that you have replaced the plumbing system and can feel fairly confident that you’re not going to have an issue. However, pipe leaks and plumbing disasters can happen to anyone at any time. It’s best to be prepared. Know Your Plumber…

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