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Property Insurance in Florida. Updates and Valuable Free Information.

Property Insurance is a hot topic for the main stream media. If a person did not do all the research they might think you could not get Insurance in Florida.

Fortunately, there are many experts in the area to guide you through the sometimes murky waters of the insurance industry. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation ensures that insurance companies licensed to do business in Florida are financially viable, operating within the laws and regulations governing the insurance industry; and offering insurance policy products at fair and adequate rates which do not unfairly discriminate against the buying public. Citizens Property Insurance Corp is a State-run insurer
As a last resort, home buyers who can't obtain insurance can turn to the state's Citizens Property Insurance Corp. which is the state's largest homeowners property insurer. The Florida Legislature created the corporation in 2002 by merging two underwriting agencies, Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association and the Florida Windstorm Underwriting Association, to provide insurance to people in high-risk areas who can't find coverage in the private market. Citizens Property Insurance is working on a system that would give policyholders the option to pay their premiums annually, semi-annually or quarterly. By spreading the payment, Citizens hopes it will alleviate financial pressures brought on by a high-risk state. But it may also mean that Citizens will have to take on more risk.

Talk to insurance companies early to find the best deal and bind the coverage as soon as possible.
When you have a good idea that you may be purchasing a property in a general area, it is recommended to start shopping around and talking to insurance companies for quotes. It's similar to what you would do for a mortgage.

A binder - is an insurance company's commitment to cover the home buyer. Just as a loan lock is a lenders commitment to lock in a rater for a specific time. Without a binder, real estate deals can be delayed when insurance companies shut off new coverage because of hurricane or tropical storm reports.
Most insurance companies track weather patterns to determine when and where to temporarily stop issuing policies. In hurricane season, before you are ready to go under contract get that binder. Buyers must put money down toward the insurance costs to get a binder, but the money will be refunded if the deal falls through.

June 15, 2007 The State of Florida approves eight insurers, limits who they can cover and pricing.
State insurance regulators have given eight new property and casualty insurance companies approval to write policies so far this year, already doubling the number of insurers that entered the market as of May last year. The companies are limited in who they will cover and at what price. Among the eight insurers approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, four are standard insurers, three are nonstandard insurers -- also called surplus line carriers -- and one is a reciprocal exchange, in which the members pay a first-year fee that becomes the initial capital for the insurer.

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