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Another Florida Insurer Folds: HomeWise in Tampa

HomeWise Insurance, which merged with First Home Insurance in June, is going out of business and its policies will be transferred to Homeowner’s Choice Property & Casualty Insurance, a third Florida-based insurer. Read More  

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Citizens Property Insurance Considers Shrinking

Citizens Property Insurance’s board gave an early green light late Monday to recommendations to help the state-backed insurer downsize its size and financial risk to Floridians. Many of the proposals would allow it to shrink and effectively raise rates without changing any laws. Some require legislation but it’s unlikely lawmakers will approve a property insurance […]

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Rick Scott: Citizens Board to Help Solve Issues

Gov. Rick Scott wants the board overseeing Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to help solve some issues plaguing the state-backed insurer. Read More  

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Citizens Insurance Directed to Think Small

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 2 (UPI) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is running a program that is designed to fail. Read More  

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Citizens’ Roof Rule too Strict

Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s insurer of last resort, has taken to roof inspections before renewing policies on homes 25 years old or older. Read More  

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GE Coffee Maker Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Nearly 1 million General Electric coffee makers sold at Walmart are being recalled after dozens of reports of overheating, smoking, burning and fires. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Thursday, said Walmart has received 83 complaints about the GE-branded coffee maker, including three reports of minor burns to consumers’ bodies. The reports […]

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Key Facts, Common Myths About Protecting Homes from Hurricanes

With weather forecasters calling for a worse-than-average 2010 Atlantic basin hurricane season, the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is advising property owners on the most effective ways to protect their homes and businesses from hurricane damage. IBHS is also trying to dispel some common myths about hurricane preparedness. Forecasters predict 15 named storms […]

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Do you need your own claims adjuster?

Angry that your insurance company isn’t moving as fast with that claim check as you’d like? Or maybe the adjuster’s offer is less than you need to cover your losses? Perhaps you need your own adjuster. Public adjusters assume all of the duties necessary to get your claim processed, including making an inventory of the […]

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Legislation could raise insurance rates, but industry says it is necessary

TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Rick Kriseman is a reluctant expert on property insurance. A fire torched his home. His previous Florida-based insurer faltered. His rates jumped 90 percent in the last year. And now the St. Petersburg Democrat is sounding an alarm about legislative efforts to revamp the system to benefit property insurers at the […]

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Another Florida insurer faces suspension: Olympus Insurance

By Julie Patel, Sun Sentinel Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said today that Olympus Insurance Co. must beef up its claims paying reserves and resolve accounting issues by May 7 or face suspension. In an order to the company, McCarty said the company doesn’t have enough money to pay claims if more than one major hurricane […]

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