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Why Contents Insurance is Important

Personal property insurance, also known as “contents insurance,” reimburses you in the event that your possessions within the home (whether you own or rent) are damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen.

What does personal property insurance cover?

Personal property insurance covers the contents of your home, your personal possessions. Do you actually need personal property insurance? To find out, grab a camera or smart phone and begin walking through your home, room by room, opening closets and drawers, and snapping pictures of everything that is not nailed down:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Appliances
  • Stereos
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Artwork
  • Rugs, window treatments and other décor
  • Dishes
  • Wine and spirits
  • Sporting goods and toys

As you take this visual inventory, imagine what it would cost if everything was lost in a flood or fire–could you afford to replace what’s most important to you? If not, you might need personal property insurance.

Personal property insurance: single-family home

If you own your house, your homeowners insurance policy includes coverage for personal property–typically totaling 40 to 75 percent of the insured value of the building (note that your building coverage is not related to its market value; it’s based on rebuilding costs).

However, coverage for certain types of personal property–artwork, jewelry, antiques and firearms, for example–is very limited, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. You’ll find these exclusions in your policy under Section I, Personal Property, Special Limits of Liability. If the value of your personal property exceeds the limits of your homeowners insurance, or if you have valuable items that are insufficiently covered by a standard homeowners policy, you may need to expand your contents coverage with a scheduled personal property endorsement (aka a personal article floater).

Scheduled endorsement advantages

These riders cover specified property and establish a “value loss settlement.” This means that unless the cause of loss is specifically excluded, the insurer pays the value loss settlement amount if the property is lost, stolen or destroyed. For example, if a ring is insured for its $15,000 appraised value, the insurer pays $15,000 if it’s stolen–no deduction for depreciation and no deductible.

Another advantage of scheduled personal property endorsements is that standard homeowners insurance covers personal property replacement in the event of fire, windstorm, lightning, hail or explosions, but not necessarily from theft, loss or accidental destruction. Scheduled personal property endorsements cover your possessions in almost any peril.

Cost of scheduled endorsements

personal property ins costThe amount of coverage you need depends on the value of your possessions, the worth of your house, and the type of coverage you want. If your house is expensive, but your stuff is cheap, your homeowners policy might be sufficient. If the reverse is true, or you want to cover items that fall under the special limits section, you’ll need to purchase additional coverage, typically for about $25 per $1,000 of coverage per year.

Expanded homeowners insurance (HO-5 policy) vs standard coverage (HO-3 policy)

underwritingIf you find yourself with a slew of items that require a scheduled endorsement, there’s another option for you to consider–the HO-5 policy. Standard homeowners insurance, called HO-3, is the minimum coverage requirement when obtaining a mortgage, and the most popular policy. It covers a broad range of property types, but offers limited coverage for your personal belongings.

The HO-5 offers increased protection, eliminating many of the limitations of the HO3 and expanding coverage–for example, including a higher limit for jewelry items and business personal property.

It’s important to note that HO-5 underwriting guidelines can be more restrictive, and it’s limited to relatively new and/or well-maintained homes in good fire protection districts.

Cost of expanded HO-5 coverage

Many items that would require a scheduled property endorsement on the HO-3 are automatically included in the HO-5. For example, replacement cost on contents insurance. This coverage is more expensive than HO-3 coverage, but may be all you need and less expensive than personal property endorsements. The chart below contains data supplied by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and compares average HO-3 and HO-5 costs.

Property insurance: condos

Home insurance is a little different for condo owners. While those with single-family homes buy policies that cover the building structure, and personal property coverage (within limits as discussed above) is included, condominium owners get their homeowners coverage with their HOA dues. If they want their home’s contents covered, they have to purchase this insurance themselves.

What does condo insurance cover?

Condo insurance (called an H0-6 policy) picks up where your association’s master policy leaves off–providing protection for your personal property and liability coverage if you cause another person’s injury or property damage, or legal fees if you have to defend yourself in a lawsuit.

You want to make sure that your condo insurance plugs any holes left by your master policy. The less coverage provide by your HOA, the more you’ll need to buy yourself. Master policies usually take one of two forms:

  • An “all-in” or “single unit” condo master policy covers the fixtures in your condo, appliances, wiring, plumbing, and carpets, but not your personal property.
  • A “bare walls-in” condo master policy covers nothing contained within your walls. It might not even cover your plumbing and electrical systems.

Your H0-6 policy covers loss or damage to your personal possessions, up to the limit you purchase. It also covers personal liability and medical payments. If necessary, you can buy special coverage (a rider) for certain valuables, such as jewelry. This insurance typically covers loss of use after a fire or storm makes your unit uninhabitable. As with single-family homeowners insurance, you may have to purchase additional coverage for high-value or excluded items.

Cost of condo insurance

The average cost of condo insurance in the US, is $389 per year, for the recommended coverage of:

  • $60,000 in personal property coverage
  • $1,000 deductible
  • $300,000 liability coverage

That’s based on Insurance.com’s analysis of rates from up to six insurers for nearly every ZIP code in the country. Your cost depends on your condo’s location, the extent of its master policy coverage, and the amount of personal property you wish to insure. To see how much condo insurance costs for personal property coverage amounts of $20,000, $40,000, $60,000, $80,000 and $100,000, compare rates using Insurance.com’s average condo insurance rates tool.

Content Insurance for Renters

If you rent, your landlord’s insurance policy does not cover your personal things. However, many renters believe that it does, and this misunderstanding can cause bad feelings or even lawsuits between landlords and tenants. For this reason, many advisers recommend that landlords require renters to carry their own insurance coverage for personal property.

What does renters insurance cover?

Even if your landlord doesn’t require you to purchase renters coverage, you probably should. Renters insurance costs considerably less than homeowners or condo policies because it doesn’t cover the building or the landlord’s personal property used by the renter–for example, furnishings and appliances in the apartment or rental home.

medical paymentsRenters insurance reimburses you if your belongings are stolen, damaged or destroyed while in your home, and in some cases, while away from home (for example, if your laptop gets stolen on your way to work).

Renters insurance protects more than your belongings–you get medical payments for your guests and liability coverage as well. If your dog, for example, bites a visitor to your home,  you could end up paying out-of-pocket for your guest’s medical costs and other damages if you don’t have renters insurance. Even if you and your dog are not at fault, you may have to defend yourself in a lawsuit. With renters insurance, you have less to worry about.

Cost of renters insurance

According to Insurance.com’s rate analysis, the average renters insurance policy costs just $197 per year, or about $17 monthly.

That’s for a renters policy wtih coverage levels of:

  • $40,000 for personal property
  • $1,000 deductible
  • $100,000 liability

Prices in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Hawaii are about average. Louisiana’s are the highest, at $719 a year. Colorado’s are the lowest, at $103.

Considering the potential high cost of bad luck, and the relatively low cost of protecting yourself and your belongings, renters insurance is a bargain. To see average renters insurance rates by ZIP code for 75 different coverage levels, including those with personal property limits of $20,000, $40,000, $60,000, $80,000 and $100,000, use Insurance.com’s average renters insurance rates tool. It also shows the highest and lowest rates fielded from up to six insurers, so you can compare insurance companies and ensure you’re getting the best price for the policy you want.

Saving on personal property insurance costs

There are several factors that determine your rate for contents insurance:

  • The amount of coverage needed
  • The quality of coverage (replacement cost on contents insurance versus actual cash value, the inclusion of inflation protection, etc.)
  • Your history of filing claims
  • Your credit rating
  • Your deductible
  • Your location

If you own or rent in an area subject to expensive hazards–crime, catastrophic weather, or fire danger, your rates are likely to be higher. If your neighbors file frequent claims, even if you don’t, your rates may be higher. If your home is not well-maintained or is very old or in poor condition, you may pay more.

Improve your property

While you can’t change your home’s location easily, you can maintain or upgrade it. Make improvements that could make your home safer and lower your premiums. For example, adding storm shutters, reinforcing your roof, or modernizing your heating, plumbing and electrical systems. You may realize significant discounts for increasing your home security or installing fire sprinkler systems.

Improve yourself

Keep an eye on your credit rating, and if it improves significantly, ask for a premium reduction. Keep claims to a minimum–if you filed one in the last 3 to 5 years, your rate may be higher. Once you put some time between you and your last claim, however, request a discount for not filing claims.

Compare and save

It’s smart to comparison shop and review your homeowners coverage each year; there are many items to consider when buying homeowners insurance. Ask about discounts for switching insurers, for staying with your current insurer, for bundling your policies, for increasing your deductible, for being retired or for being in your profession (teachers, doctors and others may receive discounts–ask).

Personal property insurance quotes

Once you know the type and extent of the insurance coverage you want, get a few quotes from different insurers for the same level of coverage and with the same bells and whistles. You can shop for home insurance online and make an informed decision.

 

 

Refereneced from: https://www.insurance.com/home-and-renters-insurance/personal-belongings/content-insurance.aspx

Renters Insurance Protects More Than Your Belongings

Renters Insurance Protects More Than Your Belongings

Tornado season is upon us. Oklahomans know that a tornado can strike at any time and place without a care of what is in its path. For that reason, it is better to be safe than sorry and insure all your valuables.

One of the most important items to insure is your home.

If you are a homeowner, you most likely had to purchase homeowners insurance as a requirement for your mortgage. As for renters, they most likely don’t have renter’s insurance unless their landlord mandates it. Many pass on renters insurance because they feel like they can replace anything lost. But did you know renters insurance protects more than just your items?

Many renters insurance policies include liability coverage. This follows you wherever you go. Liability coverage protects you from paying out of pocket if you are found legally responsible for injuries to other people or damages to their property. For example, if a friend falls in your home because they tripped on a cord from your TV, you are covered. Or if you were in a glass store and you accidentally knock over a display, you are covered. Liability coverage can also include your children.

Renters insurance also covers the cost of having to stay in a hotel if you are not able to stay in your apartment or home. This can come in handy for those unexpected nightmares. If your apartment floods, your renters insurance can pay for your hotel stay until it is safe for you to move back.

The most common feature a renters insurance has is protecting your belongings. In some policies, this feature follows your belongings where ever they may be. For example, if your laptop gets stolen out of your car, your renters insurance can possibly cover it. Bonus, depending on your car insurance policy, it could also cover your laptop.

It is important to understand your policies to know what exactly is included in your coverage. In the long run, a $15 renters insurance policy is not a waste of money.

Give us a call for more information on renters insurance.

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Insurance for the Summer

Insurance for the Summer

As the temperature begins to rise more people are starting to dust off their motorcycles, boats, jet skis and much more. But before you start to take your favorite summer toys out of storage, have you reviewed or renewed your insurance policies?

There are a few people who cancel their insurance policies for their summer vehicles during storage because they see a way to “save” money. In reality, this could cost you more money. Having a large gap in-between your policies can place you in the high-risk category which could lead to a higher premium down the road. Having a year-round policy does keep your items protect against theft, fire or other potential damage from weather-related storms.

There are other ways to save money on your summer recreational toys without having to cancel your policy during the winter months.

  • Talk to your agent- if you bundle your seasonal vehicles with your current car insurance you might qualify for additional discounts.
  • Increase your deductible – you could reduce your insurance premium by raising your deductible.
  • Install an anti-theft device – some carriers offer discounts if you add an anti-theft device to your seasonal vehicle.

Before you take your summer vehicles out on the road or water, review your policy to understand your coverage. If you are unhappy or not 100 percent clear on it, give your agent a call. If they don’t explain your policy to you, then change agent. Your agent should help you find the best plan that fits your budget and needs as much as possible.

If you have any questions give us a call at (405) 602-1554.

What is Disability Insurance?

What is Disability Insurance?

Missing work because of an injury is never fun, especially if you have bills to pay. If your injury was work related, then your worker’s compensation most likely took care of your bills. But what would happen if your injury wasn’t work-related?  Or if you had to miss months of work?

That is where disability insurance steps in.

Private disability insurance protects the income you are missing while you can’t work. This will allow policy owners to continue to live their day to day lives without having to worry so much about money. Their income is protected, and they can focus on their health.

Disability insurance policies cover the cost of missing work due to illness, injury, or pregnancy. More than one in four 20-year-olds can expect to miss work for at least a year due to a disability before they reach retirement age. That can include missing a month’s worth of work because you were one of the unlucky ones who caught the flu. It can also include being in a car wreck that forces you to be bed rest for weeks. And your policy can also give you income protection if you have a high alert pregnancy and are forced to stay home. Depression and anxiety are the number one mental health issues that cause people to miss work. Don’t add stress your health because your policy can also cover your mental health.

Suffering from a form of disability can happen to you.

So, what are you waiting for?

Give us a call to learn how to protect your income with disability insurance.

Travel Insurance = Safe Travel

Travel Insurance = Safe Travel

When planning a trip your priorities are to book flights, reserve hotel rooms and purchase tickets for activities. One thing you should also add to the list is purchasing travel insurance. A lot of time and money goes into planning a trip whether it is a town over or overseas. Travel insurance is a must to help you be protected against any unexpected events before and during your trip.

Here are some scenarios travel insurance covers:

Trip Cancellation

One of the worst feelings in the world is having to cancel a trip for unforeseen circumstances and not being able to be reimbursed. If you were to have purchased travel insurance your nightmare would not become a reality. With insurance, you would be covered and offered a reimbursement for what has been paid towards your trip. Trip cancellation/interruption also includes having to return home mid-trip. Depending on your policy you can be reimbursed for the days left on your vacation that were not fulfilled. For example, you could be reimbursed for the nights your hotel was booked for but you weren’t there or the tours you had booked but had to miss.

Missed Flight and Baggage Loss

At times, our bags will arrive at a later flight or just won’t make it to our planned destination. Whether you miss any of your flights or your luggage goes missing, travel insurance has you covered. Depending on your policy your next flight could be paid for and you could also be reimbursed thousands of dollars for your missing luggage.

Medical Protection

If you were to get sick or injured and seek medical attention abroad your healthcare plan may not cover you. You might have to initially pay out of pocket then wait months to be reimbursed through your healthcare plan. With certain travel insurance policies, your insurance carrier would directly pay the hospital or doctor’s office immediately. You can also have a policy that covers an emergency medical evacuation.

Terrorism

Acts of terrorism can occur at any given time. When traveling abroad it is helpful to have a safety plan in place in case an emergency evacuation occurs. If you are ever forced to leave a place and fly back home, travel insurance would cover your expenses. Sometimes your travel agent or insurance agent will have emergency plans including safe locations and phone numbers on hand for your trip.

Insurance is meant to help you in your worst times. Insure your financial investment in your trip with travel insurance. Contact your favorite Eagle Group Associate for more information about travel insurance.

The Importance of Cyber Insurance

The Importance of Cyber Insurance

Businesses now days use the Internet daily. They reach, communicate and complete transactions with their customers online. The online world is part of everyone’s norm. So why not have a risk management plan with cyber insurance?

There are many plans to help cover the cost related to first parties, but there are also other plans that include claims from third parties. Cyber insurance helps organizations bounce back if they fall victim to a cyber attack. As technology continues to advance so does cyber insurance.

Here are the most common cyber insurance compensated expenses:

Extortion and lawsuits– Ransomware is becoming a popular extortion strategy hackers use on companies. Cyber insurance can help cover the extortion cost and any legal expenses associated with your case.

Forensics Investigation– To help better protect your information, your policy could cover the cost of hiring a third-party security firm to begin an investigation. The firm could also work with the FBI to find out how your information became breached, how to prevent it and how to repair the damage. This information will help you and your insurance carrier.

Notifications- In some jurisdictions, it is mandated for companies to pay for credit monitoring for clients whose information could have been or was breached. If you have clients whose information was affected, a cyber insurance policy could cover the cost of credit monitoring for those clients.

Losses- Certain policies help cover monetary loss due to network downtime, data loss recovery and business interruption. Some policies even cover reputation repair and much more.

If you have any questions about cyber insurance give us a call at 405-602-1554.

Cyber Risks Are Shifting

 As cyber-breaches continued to afflict U.S. businesses in 2017, both small and large-sized businesses continue to give data security a big priority. That’s the takeaway from a recent survey by USI Insurance Services.

Cyber Risks Are Shifting However, according to its 2017 Cyber Security and Data Privacy Study, the top concern of companies with $100 million or more in revenue has evolved from private data loss or leakage to managing reputational and regulatory risk.

Meanwhile, smaller firms—those with $5 to $100 million in annual revenue—were more concerned about leakage of private data (42 percent of the smaller companies vs. 19 percent of the larger ones). Smaller firms were also more worried about loss of data (16 percent vs. 11 percent) and software vulnerabilities (9 percent vs. 5 percent).

The USI survey shows why companies remain so concerned about cybersecurity. According to the report, companies of all sizes reported incidents in 2018, including data privacy loss, impostor fraud, and ransomware. As a result, many firms have increased their information technology budgets to better manage cyber-risks last year, and a majority of firms purchased cyber-security and data privacy insurance.

In addition, both large and small firms more often develop incident-response and business continuity plans, the USI report revealed.

Based on a survey of 100 decision makers at firms with $100 million or more in annual revenue and another 100 at firms with $5 million to $100 million in revenue, USI’s report painted a picture of escalating cyber-risks for firms of all sizes. For example, it found that 32 percent of smaller entities were victims of impostor fraud, 25 percent suffered ransomware attacks, and 32 percent had a data privacy incident.

One of the more ominous trends is the rise of so-called impostor fraud. This involves incidents of criminals posing as customers, executives, or employees of a target company in order to divert company money to external bank accounts. According to the USI report, large firms that experienced such an attack lost anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 per incident. Smaller firms lost between $25,000 and $250,000.

Data privacy incidents and ransomware attacks were more likely to occur in large firms, USI found. However, smaller companies were more prone to experience theft of portable devices or hard drives.

Although mounting numbers of firms are now purchasing cyber-risk insurance (91 percent of large firms and 84 percent of smaller ones), significant percentages still found buying it challenging. For instance, cost was a barrier for 45 percent of large firms and 38 percent of smaller companies, while 40 percent of large firms and 43 percent of small ones found it difficult to find policies that fit their needs.

Despite the purchase difficulties, 54 percent of large firms and 24 percent of smaller firms filed a cyber-insurance claim in the past year, with nearly all satisfied with their coverage adequacy (92 percent for large firms vs. 100 percent for small).

The differences between large and small companies were especially apparent in how they prepare for future cyber incidents. For example, 96 percent of large companies vs. 81 percent of smaller businesses have written, detailed incident- response plans, while 84 percent of large vs. 70 percent of small companies have tested those plans. Clearly, smaller companies need to raise their games if they wish to prevent major cyber-incidents in the future.

To review the full text of the USI study, go here.

Sources:

  • USI Insurance Services

 

Article By Harry Lew, Chief Content Writer – retrieved from www.napa-benefits.org

You can insure that?

When a celebrity is rumored to insure a body part, it becomes a national headline. At times it can become global news. Throughout the history of insurance we have seen some unusual items people have insured. Here are some of the craziest things you can insure:

Alien abduction

There is an actual policy to protect you if you become abducted by an alien. There are around 20,000 people who currently have this policy. There is also a rider you can add that protects you from UFO crashes and falling space debris. If you live around Area 51 this might be a good policy for you.

Kidnappings

Companies will sometimes purchase this insurance when they have important employees traveling abroad. You can also purchase this policy for yourself. If you were to get kidnapped this policy would pay back the ransom and any other expenses caused by the kidnapping.

Loch Ness Monster

In 1971, the Cutty Sark Company agreed to pay a monetary prize to whoever captured the Loch Ness monster alive. In case someone were to capture Nessy, the company bought some insurance. They would not lose any money but would have to turn Nessy over to the insurance company.

Love Insurance

Do you think you have found the one? In China, couples can now get a love insurance. If they get married between three to 13 years after they start dating, they will receive a payout. There are multiple companies who offer this policy. Each company offers a different payout ranging from money, flowers to jewelry.

Events

Getting a policy for special events is becoming more and more common. Whether you are getting married, holding a bar mitzvah or hosting a dinner party you can get insurance. Event insurance can cover everything from injuries that occur during the event to damaged photographs. It can also cover damages caused to the dress.  If your big day happens to get ruined, your insurance will help you cover any fees.

Fantasy Football Team

If one of your main players happens to get hurt during the season you could get your entry fee and other expenses paid for. The fantasy sports insurance was created to protect your bets. If you wage a lot of money on fantasy teams, this policy can really benefit you in a bad season.

Car Keys

Your auto insurance might already cover key replacement, but if not you could add a rider to some policies. This could save you a lot of money especially if your replacement keys cost $200 or more.

Hair

There have been multiple cases where people have insured their hair. One of the most popular cases is Merv Hughes, an Australian cricket player, who insured his mustache for $370,000. He has been quoted saying his mustache is part of his persona as a cricket player.

 

Insurance is there to protect you if the item you insured get damaged.  If you love something, no matter how wacky it is, there is a way to protect it.

It’s That Time of the Year Again

Every year from October 15 to December 7 is Medicare Open Enrollment. What exactly is Medicare Open Enrollment? This is the time when Medicare holders have the chance to change their healthcare plan for the following year. Here are a few things everyone one on Medicare should know.
1. Medicare Open Enrollment and Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces are not the same thing.
Medicare Open Enrollment is for Americans who are 65+ or already qualify for Medicare because of a disability. While Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplaces is for all Americans who are underinsured or uninsured. Both healthcare plan programs have open enrollment around the same time every year.

2. Remember the dates
The deadline for open enrollment is December 7. If you change your plan by the deadline your new coverage benefits will begin January 1st.
Another important date to remember is February 14th. This is the deadline for Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period. If you enrolled into Medicare Advantage Plan and are unsatisfied, this is the time you can switch back to Original Medicare with no penalty.

3. Reexamine your current Medicare Plan
Even if you are completely in love with your current plan this is the time to shop around. There are many options and prices are always changing. Check if your current plan’s price will increase or if you will lose certain benefits. Compare your plan with other plans because who knows, there might be a better suiting plan for you out there.

4. Watch out for Scammers
Once you have received a Medicare number be very meticulous on who knows it, because it can be used for identity thief. Scammers will set up authentic looking website offering gifts or services just to find out your Medicare number. Another common method used is a phone technique where they call claiming they need your information for record keepings. All methods used by scammers are extremely convincing.

5. Beware of fines
If you would like to add extra coverage to your plan after the December 7 deadline you could face a lifetime fine. There is also a fine for not enrolling into Medicare once your seven month window around your 65th birthday has opened. Even if you believe you don’t need it, go ahead and sign up because it is completely free.

6. It’s ok to ask for help
Filling out all the paperwork for Medicare and researching different plans can get really confusing. There are licensed professionals who know Medicare inside and out, and are willing to help. You can contact Eagle Group Associates to be connected to a highly trained agent who will help at no cost to you. Call Eagle Group Associates at (405) 602-1554. Eagle Group Associates can help you find a plan and answer all of your questions about Medicare.
Medicare Open Enrollment was created to give Americans the opportunity to reevaluate their plans and adjust accordingly every year. Take advantage of open enrollment to find the benefits you want and need, at a price you can afford.

Why Get Renters Insurance?

It’s Affordable. The average renter’s insurance policy costs $187 a year, according to 2011 figures reported by the National Association
Eagle Group Agency | Snowy Houseof Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2013.

Your actual cost will be determined by other factors like how much coverage you need, the type of coverage you choose, the amount of your deductible, and where you live. It covers losses to personal property.

A renter’s insurance policy provides coverage to your personal property such as clothes, jewelry, luggage, computers, furniture, and electronics.

If you don’t own much, it can quickly add up to an extravagant amount – certainly more than you’d want to pay to replace it.