Insurance companies must boost wildfire preparedness, says California commissioner

Wildfire preparedness - firefighter and scorched home

Ricardo Lara has called on property insurers to play a role in assisting homes and businesses in readiness. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has called for property insurers across the state to play a larger role in boosting wildfire preparedness among homeowners and businesses. The goal is to create improved widespread readiness as the fire risk season approaches this year. At the end of last week, Lara gave an update on the actions that California communities are taking to help promote wildfire preparedness among state residents. He spoke during a…

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Sovereign Home Loans Provide Better Home Loan Rates in NZ

Sovereign Home Loans Provide Better Home Loan Rates in NZ

Almost every Bank out there has a standard when it comes to having an interest rate and a special interest rate. But the thing that you need to keep in your mind is that the special home loan rates are only for those people who have more than 20% equity.  If you have less than 20% it then standard interest rates will be applying for you but if you have more than 20% then a special interest rate will be applying for you. If a standard interest rate is applying…

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How Climate Change Affects the Housing Market

How Climate Change Affects the Housing Market

One look at the housing market these days will tell you almost all you need to know about it. Prices are on the rise, interest rates are low, and although hundreds of thousands of people are looking for homes to buy, it’s a seller’s market and pickings are slim. There are plenty of factors that can contribute to this trend from natural economic swings to the COVID-19 pandemic rush to get out of the cities.  Something that many people don’t necessarily consider as a factor that impacts the housing market…

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State Farm works with American Red Cross on home fire safety

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The two companies have partnered up to educate employees, neighbors, friends and family. A new home fire safety partnership between State Farm and American Red Cross has formed to help employees and friends alike to be better informed and prepared. The education program is meant to help agents, employees, neighbors, and friends. This home fire safety prevention and action education is meant to save lives and property. The American Red Cross responds to an annual average of 60,000 disasters. Most of those events are related to home fires. Last year,…

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Study shows insurance shopping saved Americans 76%

Insurance shopping - Piggy Bank

A ValuePenguin.com survey showed that people who put in a few minutes of research notably saved. Many consumers who practice good insurance shopping habits ahead of purchasing a policy or before renewing an existing one know that rates aren’t the only factor worth considering. However, at the same time, a recent survey showed that American consumers who put in 15-30 minutes of time to compare policies were able to save money on their monthly premiums. These study findings suggest that there is a lot to be said about comparing rates…

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Home insurance coverage rules shock many new dog owners in adoption boom

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The pandemic has caused breeders and shelters to sell out, but some owners aren’t as covered as they think. Dogs were among the sales booms to take off as a result of the pandemic, but many owners are shocked to discover that their home insurance coverage doesn’t cover their new pets. There are certain breeds that many insurers simply will not cover for expensive liability claims. As a result, if a dog bites someone or causes them injuries in another way such as by scratching them or jumping on them,…

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State Farm fire insurance customers protected by Wildfire Defense Systems

State Farm fire insurance - wildfire near home in California

The insurer has contracted the private wildland firefighting firm to protect covered homes in California. Californian homeowners with State Farm fire insurance coverage will now be protected by private wildland firefighting services from Wildfire Defense Systems. This is positive California insurance news for policyholders in a state increasingly affected by season-long wildfires. This means that private firefighting crews may be dispatched to protect covered homes in the state. According to a Mercury News report, as of April 1 citing a letter from the insurer, Wildfire Defense Systems has been contracted…

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