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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USI acquires Best Insurance Company from Florida

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The Insurance services firm has now purchased the homeowners, auto, motorcycle, watercraft and boat insurer. USI Insurance Services has now revealed that it has acquired the Best Insurance company, which is headquartered in Tamarac, Florida, and sells a range of different types of coverage within the state. The Best Insurance sells several different kinds of coverage to customer in Florida, North and South Carolina and Georgia. The terms of the purchase of the insurance company had not been disclosed at the time of the writing of this article. The Best…

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Largest private homeowners insurance company in Florida turning a profit

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Universal flipped into the black when it saw a positive result from the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the largest privately owned homeowners insurance company, Universal Insurance, flipped to a profit, showing considerable improvements over the year before. In 2011, the company had posted a loss of $2.3 million in the same quarter. For 2012, the homeowners insurance company, based in Fort Lauderdale, posted a net income of $4.4 million. It also saw its direct premiums written rise to $174.6 million during that last quarter, when compared to 2011…

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Homeowners insurance reforms needed in Florida, says Governor

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Gov. Scott and a panel of lawmakers have called for changes that will provide greater awareness. Governor Rick Scott, along with a number of lawmakers in Florida, have announced that they will be seeking to provide residents of the state with better education regarding the hidden costs linked with homeowners insurance and the “house of cards” that will collapse in the wake of a major storm. The governor spoke at a summit at Disney for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He explained that solid efforts are required to make certain…

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Insurance news scandal and media fire response from Citizens

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The Florida homeowners insurer of last resort says that the dramatic reports are misleading. The homeowners insurer of last resort in Florida is now responding to the latest insurance news that includes heavy media fire regarding the scandal that surrounds the closure of the company’s watchdog department. Citizens says that much of the media coverage is highly misleading and is quite inaccurate. The CEO of the state backed insurer gave his own insurance news statement. Barry Gilway did agree that there have been a small group of supervisors within the…

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Florida legislators back new bill that will reform the state’s no-fault auto insurance laws

As auto insurance fraud is thrusted into the limelight by the actions of federal and state regulators this week in New York, the eleven other states that host no-fault insurance laws are taking a hard look at what can be done to make fraud a less serious issue. Florida is currently the leader in terms of auto insurance fraud, much of which is spurred by the state’s no-fault laws. These laws require insurers to pay benefits to victims of car accidents no matter who may be at fault. Like in…

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Florida has yet to find an auto insurance reform consensus among the many opinions

Tallahassee, Florida Republicans have been reviewing a large number of competing proposals in the effort to introduce significant reforms to the state’s auto insurance system, but there doesn’t seem to be a direct or simple solution to be found. The lawmakers are currently struggling to find ways to make changes to the current no-fault auto insurance law in the state. At the moment, drivers are legally required to carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This protection is no-fault in the state, which means that insurers are…

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