Home insurance coverage rules shock many new dog owners in adoption boom

Home-insurance-coverage - Doberman and a Yorkshire Terrier

The pandemic has caused breeders and shelters to sell out, but some owners aren’t as covered as they think. Dogs were among the sales booms to take off as a result of the pandemic, but many owners are shocked to discover that their home insurance coverage doesn’t cover their new pets. There are certain breeds that many insurers simply will not cover for expensive liability claims. As a result, if a dog bites someone or causes them injuries in another way such as by scratching them or jumping on them,…

Read More

State Farm fire insurance customers protected by Wildfire Defense Systems

State Farm fire insurance - wildfire near home in California

The insurer has contracted the private wildland firefighting firm to protect covered homes in California. Californian homeowners with State Farm fire insurance coverage will now be protected by private wildland firefighting services from Wildfire Defense Systems. This is positive California insurance news for policyholders in a state increasingly affected by season-long wildfires. This means that private firefighting crews may be dispatched to protect covered homes in the state. According to a Mercury News report, as of April 1 citing a letter from the insurer, Wildfire Defense Systems has been contracted…

Read More

Florida property insurance market is circling the drain, says Citizens CEO

Florida Property Insurance - Homes in Florida

The state’s insurer of last resort has bloated to an enormous size as the market spirals downward. The Florida property insurance market has reached a critical state, said the CEO of Citizens, the state’s insurer of last resort. The cost of coverage has caused Citizens to become bloated, with thousands of new homeowners signing on every week, slashing chunks out of the market. The result is that the market as a whole in the state has reached a point in which it is collapsing. “The reality is the marketplace in…

Read More

Allstate catastrophe losses for February 2021 announced

Allstate catastrophe losses - ice on house

The insurance giant has published its estimates for last month, reaching $577 million, pre-tax. The Allstate catastrophe losses for February 2021 have been released, estimating that they reached about $577 million, pre-tax, or $456 million, after-tax. There were two primary events that contributed to the insurer’s totals for last month. The two events creating the majority of the Allstate catastrophe losses in February reached $590 million, pre-tax ($466 million, after-tax). That said, those figures were also partially offset by prior period reserve re-estimates that were favorable. Of the two events…

Read More

Florida flood insurance rates are too low, says recent study

Florida flood insurance rates - water in house

New research shows that the National Flood Insurance Program is undercharging property owners. Florida flood insurance rates aren’t as high as they need to be to reflect the risk associated with the property, says the results of a recent study. It indicates that the National Flood Insurance Program is undercharging people and that it could justifiably raise its rates. Undercharging Floridians means that it is more affordable for people to live in dangerous locations. The Florida flood insurance rate findings were made following a new analysis by First Street Foundation.…

Read More

Insured pandemic losses for P/C won’t be accurately tallied for years, says Fitch

Insured pandemic losses - Store Closed Sign - COVID-19 lockdown

Property/casualty insurance companies recorded only modest loss increases in Q4 2020. According to Fitch Ratings, insured pandemic losses in the property/casualty sector rose only slightly in last year’s fourth quarter. That said, the final tally has yet to be calculated and, according to the US credit rating agency, it will be several years before it can be. Litigation is holding up the tally for business interruption, general and professional liability, and others. P/C insurers have managed to widely keep up capital strength since the pandemic started, said Fitch. Equally, pandemic-related…

Read More

Why Insurance Companies Can’t Stand Old Lead Water Pipes

potential significant health risk from the water, old lead pipes also come with an increased risk of cracks #homeowners #insurance

Insurance companies regularly remind homeowners and business owners of the downsides of old lead water pipes.  There are two main cautions homeowners insurance companies such as Allstate and State Farm, among others, address on their official blogs and social media accounts: The health risk of lead in the water The increased risk of broken or bursting water pipes leading to mold and flooding. Can You Get Lead Poisoning from Water? Lead is poisonous. It can enter your body through the water you drink or through your lungs when you breathe…

Read More