How does home insurance protect the gifts you bought on Black Friday?

Home Insurance - Gifts

Many people forget to make sure they have the necessary coverage for big ticket items. While consumers shop for the best deals on the hottest holiday gift items this year, many forget to consider the way that home insurance factors into the situation. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to be unaware of the coverage they need in case the worst should happen. Home insurance companies across the country are hoping to spread the message that standard policies will provide some protection in case gifts are stolen from within the home…

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Getting Rid Of PMI: How To Do It

Private Mortgage Insurance

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) helped a record-high two million low-downpayment borrowers secure mortgage financing in 2020, a 53% jump from 2019, Housing Wire reports. It’s generally required if you’re unable to make a minimum down payment of 20% and ranges between 0.5%-2% of the loan total. Fortunately, however, you’re not locked into paying PMI (which can be hundreds of dollars each month) for the entire life of your loan and have several options for getting rid of it. Wait for automatic cancellation  Under the Homeowners Protection Act, PMI should automatically…

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Mercury Arizona home insurance adding new coverage and discounts

Arizona home insurance

The added protection will include eco-friendly advantages and discounts will help reduce premiums. Mercury has announced that it is adding to its Arizona home insurance coverage and discounts available to policyholders. There will be five new coverages available to homeowners and three new types of discounts. Arizona home insurance consumers will be able to access these new coverages and discounts. New coverage provides additional protection with an option for replacement products that are environmentally friendly. The discounts are for homeowners who are already taking steps to be environmentally friendly who…

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2 Louisiana home insurance companies put into receivership

Home insurance companies

Commissioner Jim Donelon said he has placed the troubled insurers into receivership. Louisiana Commissioner Jim Donelon said he has placed two home insurance companies into receivership. The companies are Access Home Insurance Co. and State National Fire Insurance Co. Donelon placed the troubled insurers into receivership in the 19th Judicial District Court. He said that the decision on behalf of the home insurance companies is an important step in the direction of the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association taking control over claim payments. This is meant to make certain that policyholders…

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FedNat Holding Company withdrawing from Louisiana home insurance market

Louisiana home insurance

The insurer is the fourth largest in the state and is leaving due to hurricane-related losses. The fourth largest Louisiana home insurance company, FedNat Holding, has announced that it will stop renewing policies due to the losses it has suffered over the last 15 months from hurricane claims. The homeowners’ insurer has stated that it will also be making its way out of Texas for the same reason. According to the announcement from FedNat, made by its CEO Michael H. Braun, it will be leaving the Texas and Louisiana home…

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Appeals court shuts down California home insurance ruling

California home insurance - Ruling

Consumer advocates say they’ll be bringing the case to the California Supreme Court. A California home insurance ruling has been overturned in appeals court, but consumer advocates say they’ll take the case to the state supreme court to reverse that decision. Consumer advocates said the ruling undermines the ability of the state to order billions in refunds. The state appeals court in San Diego rejected a 2016 finding from the state insurance commissioner, which found that a subsidiary of State Farm was overcharging on its California home insurance rates. The…

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Hurricane Ida moratorium on homeowners’ insurance cancellations comes to an end

Homeowners insurance

Insurers can now choose cancellation or non-renewal for coverage in southeast Louisiana. This week, homeowners’ insurance companies can choose to cancel or non-renew coverage for policyholders in southeast Louisiana, after Hurricane Ida protections expired on Sunday. The state insurance regulator chose not to extend the emergency protections put into place before Ida. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon invoked Emergency Rule 47 on August 26. It stopped homeowners’ insurance companies from being able to cease or interrupt coverage, even in the case of premium non-payment. This protection applied to policyholders living…

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