Florida property insurance could get special legislative session

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Lawmakers are calling for the opportunity to work on this critical state in the issue. Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) has formally asked his colleagues to support the call he made to hold a special legislative session to focus on the Florida property insurance crisis. The state has been losing insurers as they withdraw or go into liquidation. “We can no longer wait on this issue,” said Brandes, who issued a “template letter” to his colleagues so those lawmakers could send it to the Department of State. The goal is…

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9 Florida insurance companies selling homeowners’ coverage in liquidation

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Insurers selling home policies are dropping like flies as hurricane season rapidly approaches. Atlantic hurricane season is rapidly approaching, but homeowners are struggling to find Florida insurance companies to sell them affordable coverage. Premiums have been taking off, but despite the higher expense, policyholders are offered fewer protections. Florida insurance companies are facing a crisis as they attempt to survive in the state’s homeowners’ market. The situation is looking increasingly dire for property owners who are attempting to ensure that they have the coverage they need as the hurricane season…

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Lighthouse Property to acquire Prepared Insurance of Florida

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The acquisition remains subject to official regulatory review as well as approval before it is finalized. Prepared Insurance of Florida, a domiciled P & C carrier in that state and Louisiana is to be acquired by Lighthouse Property Insurance Co. of Louisiana. This move doesn’t come as a surprise as efforts have been made for the acquisition since 2017. Lighthouse is authorized to write coverage in Louisiana as well as North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Prepared Insurance of Florida is authorized for writing in Florida as well Louisiana. The…

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New Florida hurricane insurance option to be deductible- and inspection-free

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Coverage has always been important to homeowners as it is regularly threatened by the storms. A new Florida hurricane insurance option is being launched to make claims more straightforward for property owners. Millions of homeowners in the state are used to the time and expense still required after a claim. Standard Florida hurricane insurance requires a homeowner to have to pay a deductable when a claim is made for storm damage. In many cases, that deductible is high that the customer ends up paying the entire repair cost. For many…

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Sinkhole insurance lacks among homeowners despite threat

Homeowners insurance claims from sinkholes rising in Florida

In Florida, two homes were recently swallowed up and several others had to be evacuated. Sinkhole insurance remains a rare thing among homeowners, even when they have seen other homes swallowed up by these occurrences. The reason for nearly all of them is exactly the same. That said, this wasn’t good news for the property owners whose lives have been devastated after losing their homes to a rapidly growing Florida sinkhole. The coverage isn’t without its appeal but it comes with a price tag many feel they cannot afford. Unfortunately,…

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Citizens wants to address the rising cost of homeowners insurance coverage

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Citizens may petition governor to investigate rising homeowners coverage premiums A member of Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance’s governing board has suggested that the state-run insurer should ask Governor Rick Scott to convene a special panel to address concerns regarding rising water damage costs. The panel would also highlight litigation that may be leading to higher homeowners insurance premiums in South Florida. Citizens Property Insurance is concerned that such litigation is eroding the financial standing of insurance companies throughout the state. Insurers are facing major financial risks due to rising costs…

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New company begins offering flood insurance policies in Florida

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Florida homeowners have another option when it comes to flood protection A new company has entered into the flood insurance market in Florida and will serve as an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Called TypTap Insurance, it is the first company licensed in Florida to focus exclusively on flood protection. Homeowners can use the insurer’s online platform to purchase the coverage they need. Typically the only place homeowners can find flood protection is through the federal program, but this is beginning to change. The flood market may…

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