December 6, 2018

At first, Lucy Reynolds was unnerved by the non-renewal notice from the insurance company two years ago.

Mortgaged homes must have coverage so Reynolds and her husband needed to find a replacement, quick. She was turned down by her neighbor’s carrier and an insurance agent spent a week looking for ways to cover their ranch-style home in the foothills of El...

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November 20, 2018

California’s wildfires keep growing bigger, more frequent and more destructive. Of the 20 worst wildfires in state history, four were just last year, giving rise to a record $12.6 billion of insurance claims.

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November 19, 2018

It is estimated that there are over 13.5 million homes in California and one-third of those are located in or near areas vulnerable to wildfires. Unfortunately, for those of us who live and work in California, wildfires are an annual occurrence that have, in recent years, become increasingly more devastating and more costly, both in terms of loss of life and damage to property. Following the...

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November 17, 2018

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with fire survivor Karen Reimus whose house burned down in San Diego in 2003. She will be volunteering at a local assistance shelter to help survivors of the wildfires.

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November 16, 2018

The fires that tore through California in the past week have reduced homes to ash, upending lives and leaving thousands in sudden need of shelter. But beyond the immediate challenges of finding a place to live in a state with a perpetual shortage of housing, property owners could face a number of challenges in trying to rebuild.

Construction workers are in short supply. The costs of...

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November 14, 2018

If you didn’t lose your home, these fires are a startling reminder of the importance of being properly insured.

In fact, advocacy group United Policyholders says two-thirds of wildfire victims are under-insured by more than $100,000.

Here are tips for making sure you’re protected.

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November 13, 2018

Californians who lost a home to the state’s wildfires could face a nightmarish recovery as they try to rebuild.

It’s always a challenge to recuperate after any disaster, but California residents face a unique problem. Experts say the seemingly endless series of devastating wildfires in recent years has increased costs and limited the available pool of workers needed to rebuild.

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November 13, 2018

Consumer advice: There are many ways policies fall short of what homeowners actually lose.

The vast majority of California homeowners have insurance that covers fire damage. But that doesn’t mean they can breathe easy.

Property insurance lawyers say it’s not uncommon for some insurers to do everything possible to minimize payouts, especially after catastrophic...

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November 12, 2018

The vast majority of California homeowners have insurance that covers fire damage. But that doesn’t mean you can breathe easy.

Property insurance lawyers say it’s not uncommon for insurers to do everything possible to minimize payouts, especially after catastrophic blazes such as the ones now raging in Northern and Southern...

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November 4, 2018

The race for California insurance commissioner this year has taken on greater importance for North Bay residents, after many have found themselves with homes underinsured as a result of last year's wildfires.

And reforms to overhaul homeowner insurance regulations to provide more ways to help fire victims were mostly thwarted in the Legislature this year as a result of strong insurance...

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