California wildfire insurance losses have reached $3.3 billion and continue to rise

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A new report from the state Department of Insurance released figures based on claims reported by 15 insurers. The losses faced by California wildfire insurance companies continue to rise as the figure has now broken the $3.3 billion mark. That number was revealed by the California Department of Insurance and is based on the claims data reported by 15 insurers in the state. That figure only represents the current losses faced by the insurers but the total for the year will only get higher. That data is based on California…

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John Oliver describes Flood Insurance Program failures via talking seagull

John Oliver Last Week Tonight Flood Insurance Program

As hurricanes and flooding becomes increasingly problematic Oliver brought NFIP into the spotlight. The most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver focused on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and its current widespread failings. This episode arrived at a time in which the issue is exceptionally relevant but isn’t necessarily in the public’s eye. NFIP is struggling from all sides and is in dire need of reform at the same time that floods plague the country. “Floods were everywhere this summer,” explained Oliver. Although they may…

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California Department of Insurance estimates suggest $1.05 billion in wildfire damage

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Official estimates indicate that the devastating wildfires that plague the state will create billion dollar losses. The California Department of Insurance has released an estimate for the damages left behind by the catastrophic wildfires that have left historic damages in the state. The department believes the insured wildfires losses will reach at least $1.05 billion. This estimate is based on the claims received so far from the eight largest Californian insurance companies. Following that estimate, the California Department of Insurance also revealed that it expects the figure to grow. By…

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Standard homeowners insurance policy may not cover short term rental damage

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Property owners taking part in short term rental programs are often unaware of their lack of coverage. Property owners considering using their homes as a source of income may want to review their standard homeowners insurance policy before getting started. Many don’t realize that renting out their homes through services such as Airbnb and Kid & Coe stops their coverage as long as the renters are there. The reason is that a typical home insurance policy is meant to cover the homeowners as residents and their guests. This has become…

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Evacuation cost claims expected from homeowners insurance companies

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Wildfire victims are being reminded that even if their homes aren’t damaged, they may still have coverage. The thousands of California wildfire victims who have been evacuated from Sonoma, Butte and Napa, may be able to make an evacuation cost claim with their insurers. Those carrying homeowners or renters insurance policies may be able to make claims to help with the expenses. Even in cases when properties haven’t been damaged, many renters and homeowners insurance policies cover some or all of the evacuation cost they face when ordered to leave…

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Cost of hurricanes to insurance industry will break $100 billion, JPMorgan

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Insurers face massive bills from the three hurricane-level storms that made U.S. landfall, even before Nate. Though it’s too early to know the insured damage total of Hurricane Nate, the cost of hurricanes to insurance industry coverage providers in the United States will already reach $100 billion, says JPMorgan. This prediction aligns with other industry players, such as Fitch Ratings. The catastrophe left behind by Harvey, Irma and Maria will be a hard hit to insurance company earnings. At the same time, it’s likely that the cost of hurricanes to…

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California wildfire damage threatens homes, wine country and lives

California wildfire damage

Mandatory evacuations were ordered over the weekend to protect residents whose properties are at risk. Firefighters continue to battle Northern California wildfire damage as the blazes continue to be stoked by local winds. Evacuation orders were issued to residents in the wine country area as the fires continue to blast their way across the region. Despite the best efforts of local officials, at least 10 people have already been reported as killed by the fires. Twenty thousand people are now headed away to seek shelter. At first, hundreds of the…

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Home Warranty Vs. Home Insurance

Homeowners insurance claims from sinkholes rising in Florida

A home warranty is one of the most mystifying products in existence, but it has been gaining a lot of success as of recent. ServiceMaster Global, which owns American Home Shield, the largest and most recognizable company in the home warranty industry, has reported a revenue of more than US $1,000,000,000 in 2016! Such incredible revenue for a company of that type have lead the decision makers to spin it off to a separate company, a testimony to its incredible popularity. American Home Shield employees 1,600 men and women in…

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Interest in California earthquake insurance rises following Mexican tremors

Los Angeles California Earthquake Insurance

The devastation in Mexico City, among other parts of the country, was eye opening to many Californians. California earthquake insurance still isn’t all that popular, but the Mexican quakes have generated a marked increase in interest. Only the minority of people in the state carry earthquake insurance policies due to the high premiums. The last major tremor that affected Los Angeles was 23 years ago. At that time, a 6.7 magnitude quake struck Northridge, killing 57 people, injuring hundreds and causing an estimated $44 billion in property damage. Since that…

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National Preparedness Month underway amidst hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes

National Preparedness Month - Emergency Response

Community leaders, scientists and the insurance industry are hoping people will inform themselves about being prepared. National Preparedness Month is more than halfway through and it feels as though Mother Nature is reminding us of its importance. Traditionally, the insurance industry, scientists and community leaders try to convince people of the importance of being prepared. This year, the news headlines of regularly occurring natural disasters seems to be doing the job. The entire point to National Preparedness Month is to learn about the types of emergencies that could happen within…

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