California wildfire risk increases homeowners’ insurance challenge

California wildfire risk - homes near fire

Insurers are facing massive losses and have been withdrawing from areas prone to fires. The California wildfire risk has been causing problems for homeowners in the state that extend beyond the devastation left behind by the widespread uncontrolled blazes that are becoming increasingly problematic. As massive blazes become more commonplace, the cost associated with them is sending insurers away. Due to the California wildfire risk, insurers are falling out of love with the opportunity to insurer the properties there, particularly in areas most prone to the fires. “The marketplace has…

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New Louisiana insurance regulation will assist those affected by Hurricane Laura

Louisiana insurance regulation - Destruction after natural disaster

State residents who continue to be without electricity may benefit from the new rule. Survivors of the disaster left behind by Hurricane Laura may benefit from a new Louisiana insurance regulation until their electricity is turned back on. The new emergency rule applies to policyholders in the state implemented by Commissioner Donelon. The new emergency Louisiana insurance regulation allows homeowners and business policyholders to file claims during times when hundreds of thousands of residents of the Southwestern part of the state remain without electricity. It is meant to provide these…

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86 percent of homeowners think they have their hurricane preparedness under control

Hurricane Preparedness - Hurricane Laura as a category 4

Many property owners aren’t taking into consideration the additional challenges from COVID-19. Even after the devastation left behind by the major storms last week, most homeowners feel they have made adequate hurricane preparedness efforts, according to a recent survey. When Hurricane Laura reached the US Gulf Coast, it struck as a highly powerful category 4. According to the research conducted by ValuePenguin, most homeowners – 86 percent – feel that the hurricane preparedness steps they have taken are enough. However, thousands of people who were in the path of last…

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Many US homeowners are shocked at how high their flood risk score really is

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Every American homeowner is finding out how much of a risk their property is truly facing. This month, every current and potential homeowner in the United States has access to the flood risk score of their property (or one they are considering for purchase). Many find themselves amazed at how high their property’s risk of flooding has been assessed to be. America’s flood risk score is being reassessed by First Street. This is a part of a broader effort to provide current homeowners and prospective home buyers, and the real…

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Seek wildfire insurance reimbursement, says California’s Commissioner Lara

Wildfire insurance reimbursement - fire burning

Ricardo Lara recommends homeowners and renters carefully record their expenses. California residents who have been evacuated are being encouraged to record their expenses in order to seek wildfire insurance reimbursement regardless of whether or not their properties are ultimately damaged or destroyed. The recommendation was made by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. Commissioner Lara pointed out that homeowners’ policies will often cover relocation costs, even when not seeking direct wildfire insurance reimbursement for damage or destruction of property. Earlier this month, more than 10,000 lightning strikes over a single weekend led…

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Signed Kurt Cobain homeowners insurance policy is being auctioned off

Kurt Cobain - Home insurance signature

The document was for the coverage of the home in which the Nirvana lead singer was found dead. A homeowners insurance policy bearing the rare full signature of the late Kurt Cobain is being auctioned off by Inscriptagraphs Memorabilia. Goldin Auctions is brokering the sale of the item on behalf of the memorabilia company. The policy’s signature is considered particularly rare as Kurt Cobain was not in the habit of signing his full name. His autograph typically consisted only of his first name. In this particular instance, he wrote his…

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Wildfire prone property insurance bill in California due for hearing

Wildfire prone property - home on fire - firefighters

The bill is expected to be heard in upcoming weeks as opposing sites prepare for major battle. A new California bill, the outcomes of which will have a lot to say about coverage for wildfire prone property in the state, will soon be headed for hearing. The hearing is expected to be a heated one as strong opposing opinions have the opportunity to be voiced. Opponents of this bill are calling it a direct attack on consumer protections in insurance. That said, proponents of the bill claim it is the…

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