Now Is A Good Time To Start Your 2018 Insurance Planning

insurance-1337564_640When was the last time you reviewed your personal insurance coverage? The New Year is a great time to review your personal insurance. Most of us know that major life events can make it necessary to update our insurance coverage. But did you know that even subtle changes can have an impact on your financial needs and plans?  Call our office today, and we can help you find the right combination of personal insurance coverage and price.

Items To Consider (you may need insurance for some of these)

  • Bought a new car or sold a car
  • Changed your marital status
  • Bought a boat, RV or ATV
  • Change of address
  • Welcomed a new baby into the family
  • Major inheritance
  • Have a new teen driver in the family
  • Child headed off to college
  • Purchased second home
  • Planned foreign travel
  • Started a home based business
  • I now drive my personal car for work

Personal Insurance

  • Review my insurance to make sure I have the right coverage
  • Take the time to read my insurance policies
  • Does my independent agent have all my correct information, including new phone number, address, and newly purchased property?
  • Make sure I have identity theft insurance
  • Do I have enough life insurance?
  • Do I need life insurance for my spouse?

As an Independent Insurance Agency, we represent many of the top insurance companies in the country. This means better coverage, and at a competitive price, including life and health insurance.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

 

 

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Are You Prepared For The Next Flood? Part Three

freec tHistoric storms in the Gulf of Mexico, such as Harvey, Irma and Maria have emphasized the importance of homeowners securing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

NFIP: The City of Punta Gorda participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NF P makes federally backed flood insurance available for all buildings, whether they are in the floodplain or not. Flood insurance covers direct losses caused by surface flooding, including a river flowing over its banks, a lake or ocean storm, and drainage problems.

The NFIP insures buildings, including mobile homes, with two types of coverage: structural and contents. Structural coverage is for the walls, floors, insulation, furnace, and other items permanently attached to the structure. Contents coverage may be purchased separately provided contents are in an insurable building.

Mandatory Purchase Requirements: The mandatory purchase requirement applies to all forms of federal or federally related financial assistance for buildings located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This requirement affects loans and grants for the purchase, construction, repair, or improvement of any publicly or privately owned building in the SFHA, including machinery, equipment, fixtures, and furnishings contained in such buildings.

How it Works: Before a person can receive a loan or other financial assistance from one of the affected agencies or lenders, there must be a check to see if the building is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The SFHA is the base (100-year) floodplain mapped on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). It is shown as one or more zones that begin with the letter “A” or “V”.  Flood Insurance is a valuable tool in the protection of your home.  Can you afford not to have this insurance?

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Prepared For The Next Flood? Part One

storm-426789_1920Historic storms in the Gulf of Mexico, such as Harvey, Irma and Maria have emphasized the importance of homeowners securing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As you are aware, most locations in the City of Punta Gorda require the purchase of flood insurance as a condition of a mortgage. It is our belief; however, that all properties in the City of Punta Gorda and numerous locations in Port Charlotte are susceptible to damage from flood waters and property owners should protect themselves by purchasing flood insurance. Here are some reasons why:

The Flood Insurance Rate Maps do not take into account the vulnerabilities to storm surge. These maps primarily look at rainfall flooding. The City of Punta Gorda is extremely vulnerable to storm surge. In fact, all residents in the City of Punta Gorda live in a storm surge zone. With the City of Punta Gorda having an average elevation of less than 10 Feet, this leaves a majority of our population vulnerable to storm surge even from a minor storm. It is very possible that residents in X Zones (which are not required to have flood insurance) could experience flooding from storm surge that could cause major damage to their home or business, and any contents contained in the structures. Many people living in zones that do not require the purchase of flood insurance have purchased flood insurance for the reason stated above.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Up To Your Waist With Flood Insurance Myths?

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Most, if not all, homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover floods, but if you live in certain areas, your mortgage company may require flood insurance.  You do not have to live close to a river to be exposed to a possible flood.  If you do live in a special flood risk area, you need to have flood insurance; especially if you need help from the federal government.

Flood Insurance Facts

  • Floods are the most common natural disaster.
  • 30% of floods occur in moderate risk areas.
  • If you live in a flood community, you have a greater chance of having a flood than you do of having a fire.

Federal Flood Insurance

The law requires coverage in an amount equal to the outstanding principal balance of the loan, the value of your home, or the maximum limit of coverage under the program whichever is less.

The only way to purchase flood insurance is through the federal government, (FEMA).

Flood Insurance Myths

  1. “We have had a flood, so I cannot get coverage.” It does not matter how many times your home has been flooded; you are still eligible for coverage if your community participates inthe National Flood Insurance Program.
  2. “I do not live near water so I do not need the coverage.” Flood waters can travel hundreds of miles. Check with our office for information on how we can help you determine your risk.
  3. “I live in a flood zone, so I cannot get coverage.” You can get federal flood insurance no matter where you live, if your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.
  4. “Flood insurance is only for homeowners.” Flood insurance is available for renters, condominium owners, businesses, and manufactured homes.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

Please Call our office for more information.

 

The Risks of Owning a Swimming Pool

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Summer is here and many of us are enjoying our backyard swimming pool.  It is good to remember that owning a pool not only has liability risks, but there are property risks as well. However, most important is keeping your friends and family safe, so here are a few pool safety reminders.

It is also important to have a personal insurance review to make sure all your summer activities are covered.  For example, if you have purchased a boat, you may need a separate watercraft policy.  In addition, if you have installed a pool you will need to add that risk to your homeowner’s policy.  We want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer, so here are some reminders about summertime safety

Property Risks and Pools

Some insurance companies consider a pool to be an external structure, and it may not be covered under your personal property.  If that is the case, your pool needs to be declared and listed on the policy, just like a shed or any other extraneous structure.

  • Pumps and related equipment can be damaged. Make sure your homeowner’s policy will cover this kind of equipment, including equipment failure
  • Water damage to the pool. Unless the damage is a result of a covered event, there is no coverage for cracks in the pool and related walkways.
  • Falling objects like trees may be covered.
  • Faulty workmanship is not covered under a homeowner’s policy. If you have a contractor working on your pool, make sure they have the proper insurance.
  • Are your pool cage supports or screening covered? They can be but it depends on your homeowners insurer.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

Your Facebook Post Can Cost You Millions

 

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Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Social Media?

A Texas jury has awarded a wedding photographer more than $1 million after determining a newly married couple unhappy with her work launched a social media campaign to post falsehoods about her. The Dallas County jury found Friday that the campaign against Andrea Polito amounted to defamation. The jury unanimously found the couple acted of out malice in targeting Polito in the months after their October 2014 wedding. (AP) Read article.

Social media has changed how we communicate with family and friends. Technology has made it so that anyone can have their voice heard and their comments recorded for posterity.  Among the greatest contributors to this revolution are your teenagers…and you can be held responsible for their actions.

What Kind Of Personal Insurance Claim Can Come From A Social Media Post?

Recently, a 16-year-old student sued five classmates and their parents for online harassment. Whether or not the allegations are true, the teenagers and their parents required legal resources to defend themselves for the possible judgments against them.

What Does Homeowner’s Insurance Provide?

Most people assume their homeowner’s insurance will cover any kind of claim that comes from social media content. However, you need to have personal injury coverage as part of your homeowner’s insurance policy. If you bought your insurance online you may not have this coverage.

Personal Injury coverage is an optional endorsement on the standard homeowner’s policy that provides protection for libel, slander, defamation of character, false arrest, malicious prosecution, and wrongful eviction. This coverage is also provided by most umbrella policies.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

 

What Is Assignment of Benefits?

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How Assignment Of Benefits May Impact Homeowners

There have been an increasing number of homeowners who have unknowingly signed contracts or forms that include Assignment of Benefits (AOB) agreements. These forms are sometimes provided by contractors, often for water damage restoration, and must be read carefully. The end result is that the contractor is assigned your rights under the insurance policy. This can be a problem in that there are some contractors and attorneys that use this as a scam to sue insurers. This has resulted in homeowners losing control of the claim process and it could mean having to pay amounts beyond what is covered in their policy. The contractor could place a lien on the home.

How To Protect Yourself

  • Call your agent or insurer first
  • Do not sign anything without reviewing it with our office
  • Most insurers have 24/7 claim hotlines
  • Read all documents before you sign them

While there may be some good reasons to use AOB, there can be abuses, and it is always good idea to call our office first.

The assignment of benefits scourge in the homeowners’ market has been mostly concentrated in South Florida but is quickly spreading to Tampa Bay. We’re already the No. 1 hot spot for auto glass lawsuits, according to Tampa Bay Times staff writer Malena Carollo, and the numbers keep growing. Hillsborough County alone accounted for 35 percent of cases statewide in 2016. That’s not a list the region should want to be atop, and the only current remedy is for drivers to be informed and careful. If you have a cracked windshield, contact your insurance company directly to start the claim process, then follow the claim to conclusion. If you do allow a repair company to negotiate with insurance on your behalf, understand that a lawsuit could eventually be filed in your name.

Amberg Insurance Center, Inc. was established in 1974 to serve the growing insurance needs of the many businesses and individuals located in the Charlotte and surrounding counties. We take pride in the quality service provided to our customers, our community concern, and our commitment to the overall development of our employees.

Amberg Insurance has been voted First Place for Best Insurance Agency and Best Agent by the Charlotte Sun Newspaper and First Place for ‘Harbor’s Hottest’ Insurance Agency by Harbor Style Magazine.

Please Call our office for more information.