Central Pacific Hurricane Season has started, so it’s policy review time

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Insurance companies in Hawaii are reminding homeowners to ensure they’re covered. The Central Pacific Hurricane Season has begun, and Hawaii insurers are reminding homeowners to make sure they have adequate insurance coverage. The state insurance commissioner has also reminded owners and renters to review their policies. Reviewing a policy at least once per year to ensure that coverages and exclusions are appropriate for covering a homeowners property and possessions is highly recommended. Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida has reminded state residents of the importance of this annual practice, particularly as…

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The top homeowners insurance mistakes policyholders make

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This coverage can be complicated, resulting in errors frequently made while filing claims. Homeowners insurance mistakes are more common than many policyholders may think. Unfortunately, when errors are made during the claims process, the result can be quite expensive. Policyholders are advised to review their coverage annually and when large changes occur. Beyond making sure they have the right coverage in place, it’s also important to understand the claims process. This helps to avoid some of the most common and potentially expensive homeowners insurance mistakes. As climate change brings an…

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Wildfire prone property insurance bill in California due for hearing

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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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Severe weather damage in the US hits the $4 billion mark

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Hailstorms and other disasters have caused quite a bit of destruction already in 2020, says Aon. Severe weather damage from events across the United States have led to substantial costs for insurers. A sizeable portion of the $4 billion estimated economic cost is covered by insurance policies. Much or the severe weather damage caused by storms have involved hail, according to the monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report from Aon. A substantial storm outbreak struck the Plains, Midwest and Southeast on May 4 and 5. This event primarily affected parts of…

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Fire insurance cost slash away at California real estate market wellness

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Rising wildfire risks have made a dent in property values due to associated coverage expenses. Homeowners in California face rising fire insurance costs, cutting into the success of the state’s real estate market. Areas both prone to wildfire and those surrounding them are watching values shrink. As insurers continued to raise fire insurance costs and attempted to step out of areas most prone to wildfires, the real estate market has taken a serious hit. Homeowners in the state have been watching the market cool due to the expenses linked with…

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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 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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