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  • Inside the Insurance Industry’s Secret Database About You
  • Inside the Insurance Industry’s Secret Database About You

  • Q. Are you paying more for your homeowners and car insurance than you should? A. Yes. Q. Do you know why? A. Probably not — in fact, we haven’t a clue. And that’s just the problem. We haven’t a CLUE. Most Americans Are CLUE-less This would appear to be the upshot of a new report out of InsuranceQuotes.com, a subsidiary of personal finance website Bankrate.com (RATE). Says InsuranceQuotes.com...
    Housing Bubble 2.0? Cheap Financing Comes Back Into Style
  • Housing Bubble 2.0? Cheap Financing Comes Back Into Style

  • Most Americans remember all too well the housing bust and subsequent financial crisis, which left millions of homeowners owing more on their mortgages than their homes were worth and made it nearly impossible for many people to sell without taking huge losses. In the past five years, housing prices have recovered considerably, but tougher lending standards have left many would-be homeowners unable to buy. That’s...
    11 Secret Ways to Save on Your Homeowners Insurance
  • 11 Secret Ways to Save on Your Homeowners Insurance

  • You know you need homeowners insurance, but what you may not know is how many different types of discounts that your carrier offers. According to Bankrate.com, there are at least 11 types — and chances are, most will be a surprise to you. That’s because, unless you seem like you’re about to jump ship and hand your money over to someone else, an insurance agent has no incentive to tell you...
    Get Aid After Superstorm Sandy? FEMA May Want It Back
  • Get Aid After Superstorm Sandy? FEMA May Want It Back

  • NEW YORK — After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane’s victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after the storm, according to program...
    2 Years Later, Congress Poised to Undo Flood Law
  • 2 Years Later, Congress Poised to Undo Flood Law

  • WASHINGTON — Less than two years after Congress approved a landmark bill to overhaul the federal flood insurance program, lawmakers are poised to undo many of the changes after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp increases in premiums. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday night that would allow sellers to give their subsidized, below-market insurance rates to new buyers and...
    Why I’m Glad Your Renters Insurance Was Canceled
  • Why I’m Glad Your Renters Insurance Was Canceled

  • I saw a segment on a news show recently that highlighted a family whose insurance company had canceled their renters policy. The family in question filed two claims against their policy over the holidays, after burglars broke into their home before Christmas and again just before New Year’s. As a result, their insurer dropped them. Of course, the timing was horrible, and the local media covered the story...
    How to Get Your Insurance Claim Paid
  • How to Get Your Insurance Claim Paid

  • When emergencies like car accidents, medical scares or house fires strike, filing an insurance claim may not be top of mind. But once the dust settles and the bills start pouring in, many consumers are relieved to know that insurance could help protect them against financial losses resulting from these calamities. However, the claims process doesn’t always run smoothly. If, for instance, you forget to...
    Hurricane Sandy, One Year Later: Following the Recovery Money
  • Hurricane Sandy, One Year Later: Following the Recovery Money

  • NJSpotlight.com — Hurricane Sandy was without a doubt the most destructive storm to hit New Jersey in modern times, causing dozens of deaths, damaging or destroying nearly 350,000 buildings, and leaving 7 million residents in the dark. Official estimates put statewide losses at around $37 billion, but one recent study speculated that once factors like loss of economic activity and tourism dollars, borrowing...
    Many Hurricane Sandy Victims Getting Shortchanged on Flood Insurance
  • Many Hurricane Sandy Victims Getting Shortchanged on Flood Insurance

  • NEW YORK — Many homeowners who got slammed by Superstorm Sandy are finding their flood insurance checks are nowhere near large enough to cover their repairs, and consumer advocates put some of the blame on errors by the multitude of adjusters who were hired in a hurry after the disaster. They say policyholders are being shortchanged — sometimes by tens of thousands of dollars — because of...
    Simple Tip Can Save You Big on Homeowners Insurance
  • Simple Tip Can Save You Big on Homeowners Insurance

  • Question: How high a deductible can I get on my homeowners insurance? If I boost my deductible, how much can I save on my premiums? Answer: If your deductible is $500 now, increasing it to $1,000 can lower your premiums by up to 20 percent. Most insurers offer much higher deductibles, too, which is a popular strategy for people who have enough money in emergency funds to cover potential costs. Raising your deductible...

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