In an article by Julie Patel just ask yourself 1 question and then maybe another. If you could spent $37 Million doing Mitigation Inspections on homes previously inspected, using new forms, and receive annually more than $137 Million, how many inspections would you do?? Well, this is simple math and together with the Inspections being more dificult to qualify for credits, Citizens and now every other carrier are all willing to do a new Mitigation Inspection to increas the revenue they receive. This means that owning a home in Florida is that much more money now close to averging 4K per year in Fort Lauderdale and all of South Florida. Please read the full article blow brought to us by our friends at First State Insurance and please call L & S Insurance at 1-888-244-7400 to try to shop out your Home,Auto, Flood, Business & Commercial and even life Insurance.
July 18, 2012
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November 8, 2011
The OIR in Tallahassee was trying to shut down Homewise Insurance company because of the financial status of the company and thank god Homeowner’s Choice(HCI) came to save the day for the clients of Homewise and the agents that represent them like L & S.Our 250 clients with this carrier will now be relatively safe from the issues that come when a company normally shut down. Of course some people will still get non renewed and the rates will be adjusted at renewal time, but anything is better than searching for insurance in a rush and trying to get new inspections or whatever else is needed.Most would have ended up in Citizens which is not good for most and it is not what our governor wants either. HCI is a fine company and this will double their size and financial stability without growing the expense side. This will be a win win scenario for Fort. Lauderdale and all over S. Florida. Please read the full story below and remember to call L & S Insurance for all of your home, Auito, Flood, business & Commercial and even Life insurance quotes.
July 22, 2011
The OIR has backed All State Insurance saying it was necessary and they were happy that All State still remains a viable carrier in Florida. The increase for those policy holder’s will be quite substantial in Fort laud, S. Florida and all of Florida, but the worst will be in S. Florida as the increases could truly mean 50% or more. This will be no differant then any other carrier and State Farm has already done this, but worse. We have seen some clients come from State Farm w/ increases that are nearly 300% form the prior year. What makes this worse is that most carriers are also re-inspecting homes for Wind mitigation Inspections and people are loosing doscounts and when that get’s compounded on top of an increase it feels even worse, consumer’s are very upset and I do not blame them. Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislative body all seem to agreee this is what must be done and it is happening. New people buying Homes should be made aware of the increased cost since many are still trying to squeeze people in and that is a problem many times.Please remember to call L & S Insurance for all of your Home, Auto, Flood business and commercial Coverage’s as well as Lfe Insurance for Fort Lauderdale and all of Florida.
March 23, 2011
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First Community(FCIC) is the next company doing a rate and file increase for a 23% increase on a statewide average which could mean 30-40% here in S. Florida. This company does not write to much, but they have taken a lot of people out of Citizens Insurance over the last several years. Now with this increase scheduled soon and Citizens Insurance going up as well, the people insured will most likely have little or no options. Even if they want to make a switch, they will have to pay for a new Mitigation inspection and possibly a 4 point as well and this is an expense many do not want so they are stuck w/ the increase and are happy not getting a cancellation which is worse!This will start 4/1/11 which is not much notice and only 2 months before the start of Hurricane season. Please enjoy the article below and remember to contact us at L & S Insurance for all your insurance needs and quotes;
December 10, 2010
Mitigation Inspections are back and very bad for most. Citizens as well as most carriers are re-inspecting thousands of homes and finding that more than 70% are now going to be charged more money and only 8% will be charged less. This will bring in 5 million in additional premium from people already strapped by increased premiums next year. This venture is costing Citizens almost 900K on the 14K inspections that have already been done to get the 5 million on the back side.More than 44K inspections are still scheduled to be done this year and next and it will keep happening as well. This additional revenue for Citizens along w/ the rate hike that starts 1/1/2011 will be just what Citizens needs to help it’s financial crisis it has been in since the 2005 Hurricane season. If they have issues financially then everyone in Florida will feel the affects. We feel that if poeople choose to go to citizens then this is what will happen to them. Many people do not belong in Citizens and choose to go there because the agent put them there and told them it was a good deal. Let’s see what happens when Citizens needs to start charging 15% surcharges as they can do to those in Citizens and other carriers as well. Our new Governor Scott wants to raise Insurance rates as well by deregulating the State and making Citizens the Insurance carrier of last resort. When our legislator’s in Tallahassee pass this bill(And they will), Citizens rates will jump again and very significantly. Who can afford that?? This is a necessary evil because of the mess Governor Chiles has left us with, but this will be a big year for insurance in 2011. Please read the article byJulie Patel and plaease contact us at L & S Insurance for comparrison quotes;
September 21, 2010
This nightmare has cost so many clients undue expense because our legislators in tall do not know what to do and so they do little! This new form being abused by all Insurance companies(Citizens, Federated National, Universal, State farm and all the rest!) is now going to be reviewed and expanded. There has to be a better way and the people of Florida deserve a better system. We won’t get it and depending on who is on this board for review, things can still get worse! Please read this article and get your own opinion!
July 28, 2010
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54.8% is what is needed for single family homes, but current State law only allows only 10.2%/ year. I guesss we will be seeing the max increses for many years to come From Citizens unless the Florida Legislature, the Governor and The Board of Directors of Citizens end up deciding to change the law to allow for bigger rates and sooner. It is Not Likely Governor Christ will go along with this as he will not approve any rates, even though without it, Citizens will have no money to pay claims.The next Governor, no matter who it is should approve this so watch out for 2012 rates.This rate Increase will take effect January 1st,2011. Joseph Petrelli, the President of Demotech rating agency that rates the Florida companies for Home Insurance, says that most carriers still need some significant rate hikes as well. Mitigation Inspections being done still help a lot and having lot’s of carriers to choose from helps in the process as well, but please read the full article below.
April 20, 2010
This article is from a reporter named Paige Saint James.Paige is with the Bradenton Herald.She interviewed me as part of a long story about issues in Tallahassee and how this affects the insurance industry as a whole. The info here includes info on Hurricane season and how this affects Insurance rates as well as Citizens Insurance.Information included is regarding all the carriers like Northern Capital, Olympus, Magnolia.Mitigation Inspection Discounting is an issue coupled with discussion on the Office of Insurance regulation and how they handle things for all of us. I believe you will find all of this interesting. In the meantime I will be working on rewriting 550 clients w/ Northern Capital between now and 5/30. Wish us luck!
Thanks, and please read the enclosed article;
April 14, 2010
The Florida DFS has been appointed as the receiver for Northern Capital and all policies must be moved out by 5/30. This agent and all of my staff are workking diligently to do this as fast as we can, but we do have nearly 600 clients w/ Northern Capiatal. This company has 70,000 clints in Florida and 70% of them are in S. Florida, so the real question is how will all of them find coverage by 5/30? The 2nd problem has to do with price. Northern had some great rates, and this could be part of the problem. Now people we talk to are in sticker shock w/ prices from the companies still writing business. No one can afford the increase and how will this affect our situation in Florida w/ the Real Estate market. Even w/ mitigation discounts for hurricane protection, the prices are much higher. Citizens may be where they have to get coverage, but at what cost? Hurricane season is here so be prepared. Please read the full article;
April 12, 2010
With hurricane season egtting close and more companies haveing financial issues, it is long overdue from our insurance commissioner. What he says is half truths and not the whole story. He is a friend of the Governor and will do what he can to protect him. The fact is that prices came down because of campaign promises from our now Governor and they did come down, but too much and too fast! They used every possible way to do this, including cutting commissions to agents, and huge mitigation credits to help consumer’s save money. Now they wont pony up to the fact, that this never should have happened and the prices were where they were suposed to be and this is where they are heading again over the next 3 years. All of the companies going under like Argus, Olympus, Edison, Northern, Magnaolia and other’s are all proof of this. If the prices had remained stable, most of these companies could still be in business. Please read the full story below;