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Two Outer Banks Homes Collapse Into Ocean on Same Day

Two Outer Banks Homes Collapse Into Ocean on Same Day

Two unoccupied homes in the Outer Banks collapsed into the ocean on May 10, with dramatic video footage showing one of the houses get rapidly swept away after the wooden stilts holding it up broke apart. The other home collapsed only hours earlier, spreading debris across a wide path and leading officials to close area beaches due to the risk…

Property & Casualty Report: Q1 2022 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

Property & Casualty Report: Q1 2022 Market Overview & Q2 Forecast

As we enter the long-awaited season of Spring which conjures up thoughts of new beginnings, I draw parallels to the Excess & Surplus (E&S) Insurance industry. Several years of disciplined underwriting, including increased rates, adjusted limit deployment, and careful tweaking of policy language, coupled with a tamping of COVID-19 restrictions is resulting in this renewed sense of optimism. Carriers are…

Dog Attack, THC-Spiked Cracker Incident Underscore Home Day Care Risks

Dog Attack, THC-Spiked Cracker Incident Underscore Home Day Care Risks

A 3-year-old girl required 180 stitches to her face and spent days in the hospital after being tragically attacked by a dog April 2 at a home day care in Hemet, California. The attack is one of multiple incidents involving home day care facilities to make headlines in recent weeks. On April 22, police responded to a hospital in Stafford,…

New Flood Insurance Rating System Brings Major Changes to NFIP

New Flood Insurance Rating System Brings Major Changes to NFIP

A new flood-risk rating system went into effect April 1 for all National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy renewals, moving the U.S. government-backed Flood Insurance program to a method of determining premiums that is expected to be more precise and equitable. According to FEMA, the Risk Rating 2.0 system uses industry best practices and the latest technology to provide rates…

How Soaring Home Values, Green Upgrades Could Impact Homeowners Insurance

How Soaring Home Values, Green Upgrades Could Impact Homeowners Insurance

In communities across the U.S., home prices are soaring so high in some areas that priced-out residents are moving to regions with a lower cost of living, Fox Business recently reported. Average rent prices are also up, with the most significant increases — each over 25% in the past year — seen in cities such as Miami, Tampa and Phoenix,…

State of the U.S. Homeowners’ Market

State of the U.S. Homeowners’ Market

During this webinar, we joined for a panel discussion on the important issues facing the Homeowners’ Market with special guests Alex Kickham from Hiscox London Market, Kevin Thiel from Markel Specialty, Wayne Bates from Atain, and Karen Preston from Burns & Wilcox. Bill Gatewood hosted.   https://vimeo.com/681615375/0311ccf848

Ice Dams, Heavy Snow Cause Problems for Property Owners

Ice Dams, Heavy Snow Cause Problems for Property Owners

Heavy snow, built-up ice and fluctuating temperatures have caused headaches and hardships for homeowners and business owners across the U.S. and Canada this winter. In Texas earlier this month, winter storms led to the collapse of a Waco woman’s living room ceiling at the house she was renting and downed multiple trees in Austin, including one that broke through a…

Big Game Party Hosting: 5 Ways to Reduce Liability

Big Game Party Hosting: 5 Ways to Reduce Liability

The countdown to the big game is on as football fans across the U.S. prepare to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13. For many enthusiasts, the championship game is best enjoyed by hosting or attending a Super Bowl gathering with family and friends. According to a recent report, 90…

Property & Casualty Report: Q4 2021 Market Overview & Q1 2022 Forecast

Property & Casualty Report: Q4 2021 Market Overview & Q1 2022 Forecast

The last two years have been among the most uncertain the world has ever experienced by any standard. The Excess and Surplus (E&S) Lines insurance marketplace has stepped up to meet the challenge experiencing strong growth and perseverance in the face of a global pandemic, extraordinary natural catastrophes, increasing cyber-attacks, excessive jury verdicts, supply chain disruptions, political unrest, labor shortages…

6 New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Risks in 2022

6 New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Risks in 2022

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? About 44% of adults surveyed in a recent Medifast poll said they planned to set a resolution for 2022, compared to 50% in 2021. Top resolutions for the new year include financial health, holistic health and wellness, and focusing on self-care or body positivity, the survey found. While not everyone will make a…

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