Natural disaster damage sends homeowners insurance rates skyward

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Insured losses resulting from claims relating to Mother Nature have been climbing sharply. Natural disaster damage has been sending homeowners insurance claims upward and, as a result, it has meant that rates for policies have been rising, too. A new analysis showed that severe storms and other catastrophes are becoming more common. Over the last ten years, natural disaster damage has become more commonplace and more expensive for homeowners and insurers. According to a new analysis, this is causing home insurance rates to head sky high. The analysis was done…

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Allstate spikes Illinois homeowners insurance rates for almost 200K policyholders

Illinois Homeowners Insurance Rates - neighborhood of houses

The second largest home insurer in the state is raising rates by 8 percent in early 2020. Allstate will be increasing its Illinois homeowners insurance rates by the largest amount the state has seen in several years. By early next year, policyholders will be paying an average of 8 percent more for their coverage than they are this year. The Illinois Department of Insurance announced the rate hike in a filing they issued on Halloween. Allstate is the second largest home insurance provider in the state. It has just about…

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California wildfire preparedness takes the spotlight as evacuations rise

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Thousands of residents are learning how to prepare as power outages and smoky conditions increase. California wildfire preparedness has become an important topic in the state as blazes continue to rage in various parts of the state, including in regions around Los Angeles. As the threat of fire intensifies and evacuations increase, residents are learning how to be ready. Residents who have not already made a California wildfire preparedness plan are being advised to do so. The reason is that there isn’t always a lot of advance warning before the…

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Preparing for Halloween insurance claims with prevention and coverage

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Home and vehicle owners should be prepared for accidental damage and mischief makers. Halloween insurance claims can be tricky for homeowners and car owners who didn’t prepare in advance. That said, there are certain things that consumers can do to make this evening more of a treat. Though most tricks are just a nuisance, things can sometimes go too far – on purpose or accidentally. When ghosts, goblins and vampires are out trick-or-treating on Halloween, they can get overly excited and what was meant to be a small prank –…

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How to Lower the Cost of Your Home Insurance

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Just by making a few tweaks, your home insurance costs can differ by hundreds of dollars. There are many variables that go into determining the costs of your home insurance and by being informed about what impacts these calculations you can make a more knowledgeable decision when purchasing your policy. An insurance broker is one of your best resources when it comes to shopping around and comparing policies, so be sure to enlist the help of yours for when you need help purchasing coverage. Also, a broker will be able…

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Hurricane Dorian gives Americans a wake-up call they should not ignore, says Allstate

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The insurer’s data shows that almost 60 percent of U.S. residents aren’t prepared for a natural disaster. Well over half of all Americans would have been completely unprepared for an event like Hurricane Dorian, said a recent report released by Allstate Insurance. Nearly 60 percent of Americans are assuming that natural disasters won’t affect them. Allstate Insurance used Hurricane Dorian as an example of the type of natural disaster that can threaten Americans. Its report showed that while 70 percent of Americans say that they are concerned over catastrophic events…

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California fire insurance companies decline almost 350,000 policy renewals

California fire insurance companies - Firefighters fighting wildfire

Insurers are taking big steps back from the industry in the state’s highest risk areas. New data from the state shows that California fire insurance companies have declined the renewal of almost 350,000 home policies since 2015. This was most common in areas with the highest wildfire risk. The data showed that insurers are trying to reduce their risk exposure as wildfires become more costly. The newly released data did indicate that California fire insurance companies have dropped hundreds of thousands of customers. However, it did not point out how…

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