Holes in Homeowners Insurance Policies

Homeowners Insurance Rates

Homeowners insurance is something that every owner has to have. Your home might be your biggest asset and is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make, so it would stand to reason that you would want to protect it from unforeseen events that might harm it causing expensive damage. And you’re not the only one who wants to protect your home, at least while it’s still partially owned by the bank. While you are paying off your mortgage, you are also required to have homeowners insurance to protect the…

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Force-placed coverage causes probe of New York insurance companies

A closer look into forced placed insurance practices The state insurance regulator in New York is currently performing an investigation as to whether or not the rates for force-placed insurance that are being charged by companies should be deemed excessive, and is requesting data from insurers such as Assurant Inc. The New York Department of Financial Services released a statement that said that it is trying to obtain basis for “consistently high profits” that are occurring at the investors’ and homeowners’ expense. It is also requiring that insurers such as…

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Illinois residents face increased insurance rates for home and auto

Illinois insurance rates on the rise According to the March state filings by a number of insurance companies, some residents of Illinois will soon be receiving the unwelcome news that the coverage that they require for their homes and vehicles will soon be rising. For example, Hanover Insurance has filed a proposal to increase their rates for homeowners’ insurance by an average of 4.9 percent. This rise will go into effect for the renewals on July 11, 2012. Similarly, the filing from Unitrin Preferred Insurance Co., has shown that they…

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What to consider when purchasing vacation home insurance

Vacation home insurance Though it’s obvious that when you purchase a home, you will also want to cover it with homeowners’ insurance, many people feel uncertain when it comes to deciding on the coverage required for their vacation homes. Insuring your summer or vacation home or cottage is extremely important, not only for when you are present, but especially because it is empty for a significant amount of the time. By purchasing adequate coverage, you’ll know that your secondary home and possessions will be covered even when you aren’t there.…

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Allstate to launch new homeowner’s insurance products throughout the U.S.

In October of last year, Allstate launched a new line of homeowner’s insurance products in Oklahoma called House & Home. The company’s initiative was met with success and now the insurer is gearing up to launch these products in various states through 2014. The products became popular amongst consumers because it provided them with a sleuth of discounts and new deductible and coverage options. The insurer has also introduced a more simplified quoting process that uses external information to fill out applications more quickly. As Allstate introduces these new insurance…

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Will homeowner’s insurance rates hit a new record in 2012?

According to recent reports, the weather related claims throughout the world have taken a toll on the insurance companies billions of dollars in 2011. Massachusetts experienced its new set of destructive weather phenomenon. People all over the United States have been subject to a number of storms that resulted in ice dams on their homes and traffic accidents on roads. Not only storms, tornadoes too, ripped through various states along hurricane Irene that blew in late August causing widespread damage to the flood prone areas. Homeowners not only require calculating a mortgage loan amount through…

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Finding the best homeowners’ insurance rates for 2012 coverage

Following a year of record breaking disasters, many homeowners are wondering how they can find lower and more affordable rates for their insurance policies. Even those with experience in shopping around for the best price for a policy are discovering that the process is becoming much more complex. Many insurance companies have now implemented a number of different types of exemptions for various forms of damage from storms and other natural events. Some are also assigning lower values to a home’s replacement cost. According to the Consumer Federation of America’s…

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Nationwide average for homeowners’ insurance premiums increased in all but two states

According to the most recent HomeInsurance.com RateReport, which shows the average premiums across all of the states in the country over a 12 month period (as of September), all but two states experienced an increase in homeowners’ insurance premiums. The two states that saw a decrease in premiums were Washington D.C. and Vermont. All of the other states in the country saw their average homeowners’ premiums increase from 0.1 percent to 5.8 percent more than what policyholders had been paying during the year beforehand. The average premiums that were used…

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Allstate to drop homeowners if they do not get their auto insurance from the company

In an effort to rein in on risk in North Carolina, Allstate has begun dropping homeowner’s policies for those that refuse to also purchase their auto insurance from the company. The 45,000 homeowners Allstate currently provides coverage for in the state have been informed that they must switch their auto insurance policies over to Allstate by December 15 of this year or risk losing their home insurance policies entirely. The company cites risk management as the driving force behind the initiative. Those that lose their coverage from Allstate are not…

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U.S. nationwide survey shows homeowners more concerned about housing market value than natural disasters

An American survey of homeowners across the country which was completed in October 2011 showed that 58 percent of respondents feel that the largest threat to homeownership is the housing market value. This figure was larger than the combined risk perceived about the impact of hurricane (8 percent), tornado (9 percent) and fire (15 percent). When asked whether they felt that homeownership is now the American Dream or the American Nightmare, a shocking 48 percent felt that it was a Nightmare, while only 52 percent clung to the belief that…

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