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Two reports put out last week show the high cost of driving a car and insuring a home in Florida. Florida is the third most expensive state to operate a motor vehicle, based on costs of gasoline, insurance and repairs. At $2,516 per year, it is behind only Wyoming ($2,705) and Louisiana ($2,555). READ MORE >>

Home insurance plans tend to get ignored until they're needed, and that can be a costly mistake for homeowners. "Most homes in the U.S. are underinsured, and it gets worse if you've renovated or upgraded your home," says Mary Boyd, division president at ACE Private Risk Services. READ MORE >>

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Homeowners with poor credit pay 91% more for homeowner's insurance than people with excellent credit, according to Homeowners with median credit pay 29% more than those with excellent credit. READ MORE >>

On July 1, 2014, several law changes went into effect as a result of the Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights passed by the legislature earlier this year. As a way of background, the proposed amendments came from Florida's CFO, Jeff Atwater, with input from the Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate. READ MORE >>

Since standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding, it's important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. READ MORE >>

Financially successful individuals and families may not receive enough coverage with a standard homeowners insurance policy, which has limits well below the value of luxury homes and the contents within them. For instance, contents coverage may be capped at $1,000 per item—$10,000 with a separate rider—which may not be enough for fine artwork, jewelry, furs etc. READ MORE >>

Once reserved for getting from one green to the next, many people now “putt” around retirement parks and condo complexes in golf carts. Golf carts are quickly joining the ranks of ATVs, snowmobiles and personal watercraft as a favorite toy for grown-ups. But what happens if these items get stolen or damaged? READ MORE >>

When you start thinking about insurance, there are many different terms and policy options that can be easily misunderstood. Many people don’t understand the full extent of what their policies do and don’t cover, some do not understand what their deductibles and limits are, and others... READ MORE >>

Florida’s insurance consumer advocate is launching a group to look at how insurance companies are handling claims from homeowners. Robin Smith Westcott said she is creating a working group to come up with recommendations, including whether legislators should change state laws that cover policyholders. READ MORE >>

Sales of previously owned homes surged in May to the highest level since late 2009 as prices rose, inventories remained tight and contracts closed at a brisk pace, offering the latest signs of a strengthening housing recovery. Existing-home sales rose 4.2% in May from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5. READ MORE >>

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