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Storms Ahead – Rising Wind Rates Hit Coastal Homeowners

Storms Ahead – Rising Wind Rates Hit Coastal Homeowners

The 2020 hurricane season stormed in with a record six named tropical storms by early July. But in addition to forecasts for an active storm season, coastal homeowners from Florida to Texas are facing sharp rate increases as insurers seek to rein in catastrophe losses. Carriers are tightening underwriting guidelines, limiting capacity and, in some cases, pulling out of markets. Rate increases are particularly steep in South Florida’s tri-county area, but Gulf Coast homeowners from Florida to Texas should also expect higher premiums and increased deductibles as well as fewer options for wind coverage.

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Rising Flood Waters Shine Light on Flood Insurance Gap Across the Country

Rising Flood Waters Shine Light on Flood Insurance Gap Across the Country

Flooding, the most common natural disaster in the U.S., can have huge consequences for homeowners, businesses, and communities. With the emergence of climate change and increase in severe weather, flooding is impacting ever widening areas, but at least 85% of homeowners still lack flood insurance. Flood insurance empowers families and communities to recover and thrive in the wake of disaster.

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Are Your Clients Actually Covered for Their Home-Share Rentals?

Are Your Clients Actually Covered for Their Home-Share Rentals?

Homeowners seeking to bring in extra income by renting their homes through sharing services often don’t realize the serious financial risks they’re running. Homeowners assume their insurance will protect them when their home is rented, but the reality is they may be liable for any damages or injuries on their property while renters are staying there. Most homeowners’ policies have property and liability exclusions for business use, including rentals. This includes vandalism and theft of personal property while rented. Home-share sites may offer to repair or replace damage caused by a guest, but those promises aren’t an insurance policy, and homeowners will have to carefully follow the requirements to obtain reimbursement.

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