I received a letter recently from my homeowner's insurance provider with an increase in my premium.
I contacted my insurance agent and he began explaining how "the economy has affected their business and they had to increase the premium for everyone in order to have the much needed revenue to process new claims."
I didn't buy that stupid garbage at all. Arrrrgh !!!!
I've been with the same underwriter for years and have never filed a claim.
I also noticed that the insured value of my home was inflated in the policy and out of step with the current market values for homes in my neighborhood.
I questioned this and pointed out that the market values of homes have declined nationwide, and the declines are dramatic in foreclosure-ravaged communities.
I compared my current county property assessment of fair market value to what my homeowner's policy claimed that the fair market value was and I discovered several thousands of dollars of difference in value.
I demanded an adjustment based on the county assessments and existing appraisal data.
I got it, and that adjustment amounts to several hundreds of dollars in annual savings to me.
I encourage every homeowner to do due diligence and to compare their homeowner's policy statement of value to the current trends. The value on my policy was over five years old.
Agents, discuss this with clients, too !!! They'll thank you for it later.
If your home and property is worth less than the policy states, you're paying too much money for your coverage.
Don't allow anyone to inflate and misrepresent the true value of your home, or allow your underwriter to overcharge you for your policy.
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