January 12, 2011
Grass is beginning to grow on the vacant sites where homes once stood four months after the fatal San Bruno explosion and fire, leading residents to consider restarting their lives but some may have questions about the details of construction. The Sept. 9 blast completely killed eight people, destroyed 38 homes and created a large swath of damage to the Glenview neighborhood. Rebuilding,...

January 12, 2011
Life insurance is an important monetary investment, and you don’t want to buy an unsuitable policy or discover that you’ve purchased too much or too little. But if the fear of making a bad life insurance decision is stalling your effort, know that failing to buy life insurance at all can be one of the most costly mistakes you can make for your family. “The data is clear,” says...
As posted at: Huffington Post

January 11, 2011
Raúl and Laura Zamora, like many homeowners in the Crestmoor neighborhood who were affected by the Sept. 9 fire, still haven’t been able to figure out how they’re going to move forward.  They live in Concord but they had been renting their home on Fairmont Drive to another family, who, since the explosion, is now afraid to move back into the home.  So the Zamoras have been wondering: Do...

January 11, 2011
When your car battery dies or you get a flat tire, having a roadside assistance plan can be a godsend. Car insurance companies generally offer cheaper roadside plans than those of motor clubs. However, these programs raise a question in many consumers' minds, says Amy Bach, a lawyer and the executive director of United Policyholders, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that advises...

January 11, 2011
  For Immediate Release  Contact: Amy Bach, United Policyholders, (415) 393-9990                Kate Comfort Harr, Rebuilding Together, (650) 366-6597   Local Experts Help San Bruno Families Tackle Recovery Challenges   Local non-profits host “Dollars and Sense” info fair and workshops on Home Repairs,...

January 10, 2011
Karen Reimus bought her Southern California home just four months before the flames from the massive Cedar Fire consumed it in 2003. Reimus and her husband, both lawyers, had been careful to choose a good insurance policy, one they believed would cover the full cost of replacing their home. So the couple was surprised to find themselves underinsured when their new home was reduced to ashes. "We...

January 10, 2011
  One company offers policies covering the pipes that bring water to homes for $4.95 a month, but the exclusions are so broad that homeowners could be stuck with the bill for just about all repairs. Thousands of California homeowners recently received official-looking letters from a company called Home Emergency Insurance Solutions informing them that they face the prospect of thousands of...
As posted at: LA Times

January 5, 2011
When dogs bite people, insurers often pay. But what happens when bed bugs bite? Bed-bug infestations in the United States have multiplied at an alarming rate in recent years. A recent survey of almost 1,000 pest exterminators found that 95% of the firms had dealt with a bed-bug infestation in the past year. That was up from 25% of firms in surveys conducted before 2000. The National Pest...

January 3, 2011
Some residents who lost their homes in the Fourmile Canyon fire are telling horror stories about trying to get their insurance companies to reimburse them for the full cost of their belongings and rebuilding their homes. One homeowner, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, says his insurance company, State Farm, is taking its sweet time reviewing his detailed list of the...

January 3, 2011
LITTLE ROCK, AR - It's disaster season; do you know where your insurance policy is? Think your odds of disaster are low so you don't need to really worry about what's covered? You're not alone. A recent survey shows a lot of us don't have any idea what's insured, or what to do when we need that policy's protection. But experts warn we need to find out, before an emergency. Ann Middleman's...