Homeowners Insurance

by Elena Romanova on September 27, 2009

Homeowners Insurance is not only an essential support for you as a homeowner, it is also an unavoidable part of a mortgaging process. You are required to have homeowners insurance on the property you are mortgaging, no mortgage will close without it. The lenders’ concern is obvious – your property is the collateral of their expenses, they are not ready to give it all up to rain or fire.

Talking about rain, water, and particularly flooding.  Surprisingly enough, it was not until Hurricane Katrina struck, that the whole nation woke up to realize that regular insurance policies did not cover damage from floodwaters (nor hurricanes, nor earthquakes). Too many were unaware that the circumstances required a special federal flood (hurricane, earthquake) insurance policy in addition to their regular one. Moreover, certain carriers did (and some still do) take advantage of this unawareness to avoid payment by claiming the damage was due to flooding even when it was not. Nowadays, flood-related insurance can be required in certain areas, along with a regular policy, to close a mortgage. Generally, your broker should be able to provide you with this information, but you can also do some research yourself. The official on-line resource is the page of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You can find out if you are in a risk zone for flooding and the degree of the risk, as it determines the necessity of the insurance. Because there are policies that cover water damage from hurricanes but not from floods, make sure you understand the subtle differences that can disallow one type of damage while allowing for something similar. Check out other risks of your area – it will help you decide what kind of insurance you will want for your property because the main purpose of any insurance is to compensate for losses, not just meet a paper requirement at closing. [click to continue…]

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