Texas Home Insurance Renewal Premiums Are On The Rise

Are you getting sick of your Texas home insurance premium increasing with no idea why?

This article explains some of the factors that can affect your homeowners insurance in Texas.

There is going to be a surprise waiting for you in your mailbox and it is not the kind of surprise that you are going to like. Texas home insurance premiums are going up this year at a pace I have not seen for more than 20 years!

Not every one is going to get hit with big rate increases, but if you do get hit, there are ways for you to minimize the overall impact to your budget and still keep your coverage. But before we get into that, lets try to figure out what is happening here.

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Are the Rate Increases Caused by Natural Disasters?

To a certain degree, yes. I have to believe that some of the increase can be traced to the catastrophic losses of 9/11 Attack on the World Trade Center. It is estimated that the total losses from the tragedy will go over Billion Dollars, that is ,000,000,000. There is no question that the money necessary to pay for the destruction and losses will come from almost every insurance company in one way or another. But the premium increases forhome insurance had started long before that fateful day.

Insurance Premiums on Homeowner Policies Have Gone Up Less Than 2% Per Year the Past 10 Years.

I am sure you are saying, How can that be, it seems that my rates have gone up every year? You are partially right. The total premium may have gone up, but the amount of coverage has also gone up to keep pace with the increasing cost of construction and materials used to rebuild houses. Inflation has continued to increase and push the cost of replacing homes and property higher year after year. Your policy adjusts the coverage on your home each year in an attempt to make sure you have enough coverage in the event of a catastrophic loss.

It’s a Fact: Insurance Companies Made a Lot of Money in the Stock Market During the 1990s and That Was Good For You.

Insurance companies invest their money just like everyone else. During the 1990’s they made money on their investments just like everyone else. In fact, many home insurance companies were willing to write insurance at a loss because they knew they could make it up on investment income.

For most of the 1990’s, insurance companies were able to keep your premiums lower than they would have been because investment income they earned more than offset the losses they paid out. As consumers, we really shouldn’t have a problem with that, part of our premium is offset by the insurance companies investments, resulting in lower premiums.

Then…the Stock Market started to fall apart in the middle of 1999.

 

All of a sudden, the investment income fell off, but the losses didn’t. Insurance companies were now faced with the prospect of mounting losses if they kept the rates at the low level. One of several options was to increase premiums across the board and increase they have.

No Loss Discounts and Loss Surcharges Affect Your Premium

Clients that do not turn in claims make insurance companies lots of money and should be charged lower rates.

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the rule works the other way, too. Insurance companies are going out of their way to give clients without losses discounts and premium credits to reward them for not having a claim.

If you have a claim or two, you can expect to pay a higher premium for a few years. We know no one plans to have a claim, in fact it’s a real pain to go through the process, but it’s no different than auto rates going up if there is an accident.

One other problem is the size of losses have gone out of sight! We have seen the average size of closed claims in our office go from ,350 in 1993 to over ,425 in 2002. The fact is that it just costs more money to make repairs to houses today than it used to.

Big changes are happening in the insurance market.

Deductibles Can Save You BIG Money!

Back in the days when I first started in the business, homes were insured for ,000 and the policies had a deductible. In the late 1970 the value of homes headed towards ,000 and the deductibles went to 0. By the end of the 1980’s a 0 deductible was standard on almost all policies written for homes

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