February 1, 2019
A San Diego condo owner says his insurance rate increased by a whopping 45 percent. He says his insurance agent blamed it on the deadly Camp Fire, 600 miles away. “I was just kind of dumbfounded,” says condo owner Neal Dunn. That was his reaction when he says his mail arrived with a massive annual premium increase of more than $580 to insure his one bedroom condo. It’s located in University...
As posted at: ABC 10 San DIego

January 30, 2019
Listen to the radio clip Transcript ...on that front trying to get various insurance company to do the right thing we've been dragging into mediation and you know ready to go House in one case according to the consumer advocacy group United Policy holders two thirds of the homes lost in wildfires are grossly under insured Jenna laine KCBS held for is...
As posted at: KCBS-AM

January 28, 2019
Not all homes in Paradise were destroyed by November’s deadly Camp Fire. Approximately 10 percent of buildings in the town of Paradise are still standing, according to a rough estimate from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But families who still have their houses in the area, and who may be considering returning, could have trouble keeping their home insured, at...
As posted at: Capitol Public Radio

January 18, 2019
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) recently named 34 consumer liaison representatives for 2019. Established in 1992, the Consumer Liaison Program promotes consumer interaction with state insurance regulators at meetings and throughout the year. The 20 funded and 14 unfunded consumer representatives began their terms Jan. 1. NAIC-funded representatives are those who are...
As posted at: Insurance Journal

January 13, 2019
Stacie and Jad Elkhoury avoided tragedy two years ago when flames from the Nuns wildfire stopped just short of their home southeast of Sonoma. The house did suffer some smoke damage to upholstery and rugs, for which they filed a claim with their insurance company, Nationwide, for reimbursement. However, a few weeks ago, the Elkhourys were notified by a different insurer the coverage on their...

January 2, 2019
  BOULDER — A few months after Chris Cook and his family moved from California into a four-bedroom house nestled among ponderosa pines in the foothills here, they received a letter saying their home insurance policy had been canceled. The insurer, Allstate, had concluded — after an assessor visited the property — that the house was too likely to be destroyed by a wildfire. Cook, a tech...
As posted at: The Denver Post

December 28, 2018
Some 40,000 homes could be left "unsold" for each month the government shutdown lasts, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). And in its latest monthly housing report, the NAR predicted "slower economic growth" if employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remain off the job, unable to approve the flood insurance that can be key to home sales. "Unlike...
As posted at: CBS News

December 26, 2018
Former Paradise, California, resident Barb West used to view insurance the way most homeowners do. “Who loses everything?” asked West, 64. Her husband, Roy West, is a building contractor, and she said that probably added to her false sense of security. “If a tree came through, he could fix it. If the laundry room caught on fire, he could fix it.” The Wests, who live in Bend now, were among...
As posted at: Bend Bulletin

December 17, 2018
As the North Bay welcomed 2018, it was clear to survivors of October 2017’s wildfires that much of the year would involve dealing with post-fires insurance claims, which reached $9.5 billion, according to state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. And after another season of historic fires in 2018, the impact of the fires from both years began to touch those whose homes were not burned. Some...

December 17, 2018
As owners of the nearly 18,000 properties destroyed by California’s recent wildfires begin to file insurance claims, many of them will likely find they do not have enough insurance to cover the cost of rebuilding. Surveys from the research firm Marshall & Swift/Boeckh have found about 60 percent of homeowners nationwide are underinsured by approximately 17 percent of the cost of their home....
As posted at: PBS