Cornerstone’s Joshua Butts was recently featured in a USA Today article on disaster preparedness. “Get busy before disaster strikes to maximize insurance payout” discusses the face that while you can’t stop disasters, you can ease the blow if you’re properly insured.
Tampa’s ABC Action News recently did a story on the upcoming Citizens Insurance rate increases about to go into effect. Citizens Insurance, Florida’s state-run nonprofit home insurance company, recently announced to their customers some rate increases and rule changes brought on by “abuse” of company rules. The abuse, which amounts to legal fraud according to some…Details
Cornerstone’s Joshua Butts was recently quoted in a TBO.com article on flood insurance. The bottom line: A standard homeowners policy does not cover flood damage from rising water. “You’re not covered at all,” said Joshua Butts, owner of Cornerstone Insurance in Tampa. “They are going to have to pay out of pocket. We’ve seen people…Details
WOW (World of Westchase) recently released an important warning for homeowners in the area: beware of roofing scams. In this telling article, Joshua Butts, both a local resident and the owner of Cornerstone Insurance, discusses the ramifications of signing any contract from a roofing company that knocks on your door. According to Butts, signing the…Details
The Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act is changing the way flood insurance premiums are calculated for many across the country. Below are the top six bullet points you need to know. For flood policies issued prior to July 6, 2012 (with no lapse in coverage) that are secondary homes, non-residential buildings and severe repetitive…Details
Homeowners Insurance Tampa When it comes to home insurance many people think their policy covers everything. Unfortunately, many find out too late that a loss is not covered until after the fact. This can be a costly mistake. These are the top 5 exclusions on home insurance policies that people often overlook. 5. Theft or loss of jewelry,…Details
Starting January 1st, 2012 for all new business and renewals, Citizens Insurance Company of Florida is removing coverage for all policy holders. In what many insiders see as a “first round” of coverage reduction, any structure attached or detached on the insured premises with different non-roof like material similar to that of the primary dwelling is being removed. This means screen pool enclosures or lanais, pergola’s, enclosed porches made of tin or other similar roofing will have zero coverage from any peril.Details
Here is what you need to know if you purchase homeowners insurance. Florida residents face some of the highest homeowners insurance rates in the nation, and the hardest underwriting when it comes to policy acceptance. Almost all homeowners insurance companies that Florida residents have access to will complete an onsite inspection within the first 90 days after the policy effective date. For central Florida homeowners insurance policies, the rigorous underwriting process will apply as well. Read on to discover the Top Five reasons your policy may be cancelled within the first 90 days after your insurance agent binds coverage.Details
State insurance regulators approved more than two dozen home insurance rate hikes this summer ranging from 6 to 34 percent.
They ordered a rate decrease of 4 percent for Cotton States Mutual Insurance, which announced it’s leaving Florida last year, and decreases of 6 percent for First Floridian Auto and Home Insurance, Phoenix Insurance, Travelers Indemnity and Travelers Indemnity Co. of America.
American Integrity Insurance Co. of Florida, which has 102,091 home insurance policies statewide and 13,575 in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, received 14 percent increases for two types of homeowner insurance policies it offers. Security First Insurance, with 119,205 policies statewide and 21,025 in South Florida, received a 9 percent increase for its homeowners multi-peril policies. And Universal Insurance Co. of North America, which has 81,834 policies statewide and 11,420 in South Florida, received a 12 percent increase for its homeowner property insurance policies.Details
Personal Umbrella insurance Tampa residents have access to is additional liability insurance, designed to pay out on top of your existing auto and homeowner’s/renter’s insurance policies. For example, you may only have $300,000 in liability coverage on your car insurance. If you are hit with a claim of $1,000,000, you would be on the hook for $700,000 yourself unless you had an adequate umbrella insurance policy. Here is a diagram explaining this from MSN Money:
In addition, an umbrella policy can also “fill in the gaps” by providing coverage for other incidents like liability for rental properties or being sued for slander or libel. Imagine working and saving for decades, only to have all of it taken away with one incident. Here are my reasons for buying an umbrella policy.Details