Insurance rates are skyrocketing with the large insurance companies. Lobbyist and regulators repeatedly tell policyholders to "shop the market" and everything will be okay. They are implying that shopping for insurance is a simple process and consumers are just lazy. Really they're saying it's your fault. As if you like paying too much and getting too little.
Shopping for insurance isn't like shopping for a carton of milk. Insurance policies are complicated financial instruments, one-sided contracts written in legalese by corporate lawyers for the benefit of the carriers. The average policyholder is not armed with the proper knowledge to research and independently shop for their personal insurance. Unfortunately, this leads them into an unnecessary cycle of continuing to significantly overpay for the same insurance coverage.
The complexity of the insurance market has real consequences for Texas families. The Office of Public Insurance Counsel (OPIC) recently conducted a study that shows that auto policyholders who have been with the same company over eight years could save over 19%, or an average of at least $194, by switching to a new company. That is real money that could be better spent on putting food on the table or circulating in local economies supporting small businesses.
Our current insurance market is dominated by a handful of enormous companies, and what passes for competition these days tends to be reduced to which behemoth can spend the most for the catchiest TV ad. True Competition should be on the basis of cost, quality, and service just like in other industries.
Paschall Insurance Group has well over 100 years of combined insurance experience. We take the stress out of insurance shopping, we do it all for you! We will compare your old, current and new policies to ensure you receive the best coverage and price available in the market. Our friendly staff will do a complete insurance review, making sure you understand your insurance coverages and answer any questions you might have. We are your advocate in the insurance market. We treat our clients like family, because they deserve nothing less than the absolute best!
Policyholders with State Farm will see a rate increase for their homeowners insurance after the company filed a rate request to the Texas Department of Insurance last week. The increase will average 20 percent for Texas customers. The rate increase will take effect Nov.1 for new customers and Dec.1 for existing policyholders.
Click here to read more about State Farm's rate increase.
Think car insurance rates are high in Texas? You might be surprised! Many factors affect rates, including the costs of car repair and medical care, the level of insurance fraud in a state, the number of uninsured drivers and population density. This list compared the median household income and the median price of an annual car insurance policy in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and ranked them based on the percentage of household income going toward car insurance. Click here to see the full list, and to also see the 10 states with the lowest percentages on the final slide.
Homeowners covered by Farmers Insurance will see their second premium increase this year, the company told state regulators Friday, planning to boost the cost of most policies in Texas by an average of 15 percent.
The higher rates would affect 520,000 Farmers customers who have either a Texas Family Home policy or a Next Generation Homeowners policy.
The rates will take effect for new policies and renewals starting Sept. 18. Click here to read the full article.
As a small business owner, you know the importance of preserving your assets. For many business owners, the largest single asset they possess is their building. Whether you occupy the building or operate as a landlord (or both), consider key exposures in your risk-management and insurance planning.
Your business may be ill-prepared to afford damages to your building that lead to major repairs and renovations. Your solution? Adequate property insurance written for the full insurable value of the building.
Policies take many shapes and forms, with coverage ranging from basics such as fire, windstorm and vandalism; to the broadest forms, which cover any loss not specifically limited or excluded. Talk with your Insurance Agent about what policies your business is eligible for and decide what amount of coverage and price best meets your business needs. Click here to read the full article.