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Replacement Cost vs. Actual Cash Value

Regardless of the type of property you have insured, you either have replacement cost or actual cash value protection. Does that sound like some insurance jargon to you? Well, it is. However, it’s critical jargon that you need to fully understand if you ever have to make a claim on your insurance policy. Home insurance, personal property insurance, and auto insurance are based on replacement or actual cash value coverage. Let’s dig into the definitions and differences between both. Replacement Cost – What it does The best way to describe replacement cost is through a couple of everyday examples. What…
April 21, 2022
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Do I Really Need Renter’s Insurance?

No one ever wants to pay more bills than they have to, but one bill if you are a renter you should welcome is a renters insurance policy. The most significant benefit is that if you have a policy with the same insurance carrier as your car insurance, the multi-policy discounts you receive may make your renter's policy seem free. The average in New York is $142, or about $12 per month – a renters insurance policy protects more than you think. Let's look at a couple of examples. The first example is the obvious one – a fire (or…
March 31, 2022
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Landlords, Protect Yourselves and Have Your Tenants Purchase Renter’s Insurance

When leasing a house or an apartment to others, I recommended that you have your tenants purchase a renter’s insurance policy. Do not be passive here, no matter how eager you are to find someone to rent your available property. As the house, condo, townhome, multi-family, or apartment building owner, the buck stops with you. You carry the weight of responsibility and are liable for injuries on your property. That is difficult because you rely on your tenant’s (or your tenant’s children’s) judgment to keep you from being exposed. Even the most well-meaning tenant might not be able to prevent…
March 25, 2022
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Insurance Claims: Frequency vs. Severity

A high frequency of small insurance claims can have a longer-lasting negative impact on you than a single high severity one. It is an unwritten rule in the insurance industry; the fewer claims, the higher the likelihood of having the policy renewed. It can be challenging to square this philosophy with the mindset of “That’s what insurance is for!”. There is nothing wrong with expecting that a loss, when covered, will result in a paid claim. The general point of an insurance policy is to make you whole again. If a fire breaks out in our home, we will claim…
March 17, 2022
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Insurance For Vacant Land

Vacant land insurance is one of the easiest things for an insurance agent to quote, and it’s especially easy when the land is actually vacant. To know when a property is considered vacant, you must first see how an insurance company defines vacancy. Without understanding this specific definition, you could find yourself with an insurance policy that ends up being void when it comes time to file a claim. Vacant Land: A tract or parcel without any structures or improvements. Whether you have an empty lot, acres of woods, or a stretch of water frontage on a unique parcel, they…
March 10, 2022
Blog - Person in a Black Hoodie with Sunglasses, Black Gloves, and with a Black Mask Stealing an Open Laptop in a Car with the Window OpenHomeowners InsurancePersonal Insurance

Insuring your things when your things are gone.

When your possessions leave your home, how are they insured for loss? If your stuff became damaged due to a car accident, fire, or vandalism, where would you turn to have it replaced? What if your earrings came up missing from your hotel room? How about if the Mac Book Pro was no longer in your car? What happens when your things are away from the insured premises? Insurance policies are rife with exclusions, definitions, and tons of insurance jargon. Reading the policy on the first try might not provide you with a clear answer, and it might not on…
March 2, 2022
Blog - Man Taking a Selfie Next to a Woman Holding Up Her Hand and Pointing to Her Finger Since They Just Got EngagedJewelry InsurancePersonal Insurance

Protecting the Family Jewels – Do You Have Enough Coverage?

As a homeowner, the first thought regarding insurance is the house – the structure, but what about that shiny jewelry? According to The Knot, in 2021, the average cost of a wedding set in the US was nearly $6,000, and the Northeast has a higher US average of $7,400. The average spending on an engagement ring alone is between $1,000 to $4,000, with only 8 percent of couples spending less than $1,000. Why does this matter? Well, if you have jewelry of value – engagement ring, wedding band, earrings, or family heirloom piece(s) of jewelry – you do not have…
February 24, 2022
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When should you insure your teenaged driver?

Having a new 16-year-old is a big deal for parents. It’s also a big deal for your car insurance company. Leading up to the time that your son or daughter turns sixteen it’s a good idea to begin laying the groundwork for some important changes to your insurance. Insurance rates for teen drivers are considerably more expensive than the rates you’ve been accustomed to as the parent. Forecasting what the changes might look like will help you become better prepared for their successful road-test. Things to consider Does my teen want to get licensed? Once a license is issued for…
February 10, 2022
Why Cheap Car Insurance Is So ExpensiveCar InsurancePersonal Insurance

Why Cheap Car Insurance Is So Expensive

Before cutting down your car insurance there are things to know. Do you ever find yourself looking for ways to trim your monthly expenses? Perhaps the XM subscription could go, or maybe the cable is finally up for consideration (that home phone line went bye-bye years ago). Or maybe, that money-sucking-always-increasing-car-insurance-policy could use a scalpel. Tempting? Sure. But, before you throw it on your table and go all Dexter Morgan with it, you’d be wise to familiarize yourself with the basics behind all those big numbers. Before we go down that rabbit hole, there’s a secret I’m going to let…
February 4, 2022
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The Dog Days are Over (but I know some shady cats)

When the clock strikes midnight on January 28th, 2022, New York State’s Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and more will be throwing a big party…a house party to be exact. This is when New York governor Kathy Hochul’s legislation against dog-breed restrictions by insurance carriers takes effect. Up until now, home insurance carriers that were approved to offer insurance policies in New York were permitted to turn-away prospective customers based solely on the breed of dog the customer owned. Each homeowners’ insurance carrier had its own list of forbidden breeds. If you were looking for a new home insurance policy, you…
January 14, 2022
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