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Archive for April, 2011

Home warranties, insurance not always worth the cost

Home warranties, insurance not always worth the cost News from Kansas City Star: By ALAN J. HEAVENS The Philadelphia Inquirer Into the mailboxes of homeowners, offers of protection seem to flow more and more swiftly. For a monthly fee, the telephone company will take care of indoor-wiring problems. The cable company makes a similar offer [...]

Policies cover tornado damage, but coverage may fall short

Policies cover tornado damage, but coverage may fall short News from USA Today: By Julie Schmit, USA TODAY Almost all homeowners in the path of this week’s tornadoes will have insurance that will cover losses from the damage, but not necessarily enough. By Dusty Compton, AP A tornado rips through Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Wednesday. Typical [...]

Flood v. home matters

Flood v. home matters News from Monroe News Star: Wednesday morning’s weather event caused more than a few headaches, not only for most area residents but also for their insurance companies. Molly Quirk, public relations coordinator for State Farm Insurance in Louisiana, said one of the first thing customers should know is there is a [...]

Citizens policy holders watch premiums keep rising

Citizens policy holders watch premiums keep rising News from MiamiHerald.com: Seeking warm weather, Debbie and Mark Roman decided recently to move from Pennsylvania to South Florida, and locked into a Coral Springs ranch house for $ 299,999. The price was right, the pool a plus, and the four bedrooms offer plenty of space to work [...]

To escrow or not to escrow – what is escrow?

To escrow or not to escrow – what is escrow? News from Knoxville News Sentinel: Escrow on a mortgage, part of your pre-paid closing costs, is an account established to pay some bills that go along with owning a home. How do you know whether or not to skip it? When you use the word [...]

Flood-plain changes could hit homeowners in wallet

Flood-plain changes could hit homeowners in wallet News from Arizona Daily Star: A deadline looms for Tucson-area homeowners whose properties are in the newly redrawn flood plain. The Federal Emergency Management Agency regularly updates its maps that show the high-water mark and determine who’s required to buy flood insurance. In Pima County new maps will [...]

Homeowner Insurance Doesn’t Cover Nuclear Disaster ‘Radiation’ Claims

Homeowner Insurance Doesn’t Cover Nuclear Disaster ‘Radiation’ Claims News from DBKP – Death By 1000 Papercuts: Tepco compensation to Japanese families affected by nuclear disaster: $ 1 million yen, US$ 12,207 per family Indian Point Nuke Plant Map Over in Japan a ‘teachable’ moment for Americans in lessons learned on what happens to homeowners and [...]

Social media upping homeowner’s insurance rates?

Social media upping homeowner’s insurance rates? News from NBC2 News: Can your Facebook posts cause you to pay more for homeowner’s insurance? It’s not as far fetched as it sounds. Do you know where Ryan Conrad is located? If not, chances are you can track him down on Facebook. “If I am running just down [...]

Lamar County increases size of fire protection district

Lamar County increases size of fire protection district News from WDAM-TV:PURVIS, MS (WDAM) – Lamar County Supervisors are increasing the size of one of the county’s fire protection districts, which will save some residents hundreds of dollars a year on their homeowner’s insurance.  Thursday morning, supervisors approved a resolution of intent to annex dozens of homes [...]

Home Insurance for Those Living ‘Off The Grid’

News from Fox Business: As more homeowners unplug, they may find home insurance companies hooking them up with specialized coverage. To save energy and money, many environmentally conscious homeowners recycle, compost, switch to compact fluorescent bulbs, take public transportation and use green materials in their houses. And a growing number of Americans are taking an [...]