Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

HomeownerQuote.com is thankful for having you as a client.

We understand there are many places to buy your insurance.

Our goal, is to provide added value to our clients.

Everyday we ask ourselves: “where do we add value?”

Value is saving you money and maximizing different companies’ discount programs.

Value is at claim time when you understand the coverage you’ve spent all this money on over the years.

Value is when you call our office and get a friendly & responsive voice.

Value is having an independent, insurance professional reviewing your coverage, shopping your insurance, and offering trusted advice at claim time.

HomeownerQuote.com appreciates your business.

Thank you for insuring with us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs?

What's the deal with home insurance and dogs?

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs? There are over 4.5 million dog bites each year. These dog bites account for almost 25% of annual homeowner insurance liability claims. If you are a dog owner who’s in the market for a homeowner insurance policy, you should know what you might be up against.

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs?

Certain breeds may exclude you from coverage in the voluntary market. These breeds include (but are not limited to): Akita, Cane Corso, Chow, Doberman, German Sheperd, Mastiff, Pit Bull, Ridgeback, Rottweiler, and Wolf Hybrid.

Any dog with a past history of biting will exclude the owner from voluntary market coverage.

What’s the deal with home insurance and dogs? No dog owner wants their dog biting friends or family, so here are some suggestions from professional dog trainers.

*Consider dog breeds carefully prior to selecting your new pet.  Some breeds are more aggressive than others.  You can even ask your insurance agent about a list of breeds that are problems for insurance companies.

*Spay or neuter the animal, as this often decreases the aggressiveness of dogs.

*Seek a vetrenarian’s advice quickly if your dog starts to become aggressive.

*Socialize your dog from an early age to encourage appropriate behavior.

*Never leave dogs alone with small children.

*Avoid aggressive games with puppies and dogs- tug of war, wrestling.

*Don’t put dogs in situations where they can feel threatened or teased.

*Train your dog to obey commands.

Home Insurance Too Expensive?

home insurance too expensive?

Is your home insurance too expensive? If so: you are not alone. Across the country insurance companies are hedging their bets to ensure they don’t lose many.

The stakes are high. New, trending now, AI (artificial intelligence), start-up insurance companies are launching new business paradigms.

Buyer, startups, insurance companies and agents beware.

Every year Massachusetts’ home insurance consumers should take a few minutes to review coverage and premiums with us here at HomeownerQuote.

As life changes, home insurance needs change as well.

HomeownerQuote offers our Homeowner Renewal Checklist:
  • Do you own jewelry, furs or watches with values over $1,000?
  • Do you own silverware with a total value of over $2,500?
  • Do you have a collection of valuables, including: coins, stamps or other?
  • Do you own any of the following: Musical Instruments, Fine Arts or Antiques, Camera Equipment, Sports Equipment, Personal Computer?
  • Do you own a boat?
  • Is there a trampoline on your property?
  • Do you have any tools, equipment or other property used in your business or occupation?
  • Would you like your insurance to provide: Replacement Cost Protection on your Dwelling, on your Personal Property, Credit Card/forgery protection, Ordinance or Law coverage, Earthquake coverage?
  • Flood is not a covered loss on a homeowner policy. Would you like to obtain rates for flood insurance? Also excluded from coverage are such things such as: rot, mold, mildew or animal/vermin/insect damage.
  • Are you interested in receiving information on: Auto, Life, Excess Liability (Umbrella), Boat or Business Insurance?
Home Insurance Too Expensive?

Have us shop you with numerous companies to find you the best rates and coverage.

 

Does your home have an umbrella?

Umbrella Insurance

Umbrella Insurance protects your assets. If you don’t have an umbrella policy, you should. It’s an important part of one’s financial portfolio.

A Personal Liability Umbrella Policy “sits-over” your home and auto liability limits. Coverage limits start at $1,000,000 and provides you protection from lawsuits.

Coverage is relatively inexpensive to purchase. $1,000,000 of coverage sitting over two autos and a home would cost about $180 annually.

Umbrella Policies require underlying motor vehicle liability limits of $250,000 per person/ $500,000 per accident.

In addition to coverage limits, insurance companies provide legal defense.

So, in essence, when you purchase higher limits you are also purchasing improved legal defense.

Please call or click if you would like to discuss Personal Liability Umbrella Coverage.

Home Insurance Policy

home insurance policy

Although it’s almost summer, Homeowner Insurance 101 – Class is now in session!

Let’s review the basics:

Your home insurance policy has 2 sections: Property & Liability.

Section 1, Property

Coverage A, Dwelling – The amount of coverage assigned to your dwelling should reflect the amount it would cost to completely repair or rebuild your home should it suffer a covered loss.

Coverage B, Other Structures – Typically 10% of Coverage A, Other Structures Coverage is for other structures (mailbox, shed, dog house, swimming pool, garage etc.) on your property detached from your dwelling. Coverage can be increased by endorsement.

Coverage C, Personal Property – Typically 50 – 70% of Coverage A, Personal Property Coverage provides coverage for your personal possessions such as furniture, clothing and appliances are covered. Certain types of possessions, such as jewelry, fine arts, antiques & collectibles, are excluded or have limited coverage.

Coverage D, Loss of Use – Typically 20% of Coverage A, Loss of Use Coverage pays for housing and other living expenses (like meals and laundry) if you suffer a loss that makes your home uninhabitable.

and

Section 2, Liability –

Coverage E, Personal Liability – Personal Liability Coverage provides on & off premise lawsuit protection and will provide coverage for bodily injury or property damage for which you are legally responsible.

Coverage F, Medical Payments – This coverage is available to others (not household residents) and will pay medical expenses up to, traditionally, $1,000.

These 2 sections make your standard home policy a “package” policy consisting of property and liability coverage.

Give HomeownerQuote a click, call or visit for your Massachusetts insurance needs.

 

 

Welcome to Massachusetts!

 

Let us be the first to say: Welcome to Massachusetts!

Whether you’re shopping for home or auto insurance, you’ve found the perfect place to help ensure you’re insured.

Massachusetts Fun Facts:

Official Name:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens Designation:
Bay Staters
State Capital:
Boston

Nickname:

The Bay State

Population:
6,547,629 (2010 U.S. Census Bureau)
Population Rank:
14th of 50 states (2010 U.S. Census Bureau)
Area:
8,257 square miles (land and water)
Population Density:
839.4 persons per square mile (land area) (U.S. Census Bureau)
Communities:
312 towns; 39 cities
Counties:
There are 14 counties: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester.
State Government:
Six constitutional officers elected for four years: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Attorney General, Treasurer and Receiver General, Auditor
Statehood:
Massachusetts is one of the original thirteen colonies and became the sixth state of the Union on February 6, 1788
Legislature:
Official Name: General Court. Two branches with members elected for two years; House of Representatives: 160 members; Senate: 40 members

Elevation:

Highest point: Mount Greylock (3,489 ft)

Massachusetts Home Insurance?

HomeownerQuote!

HomeownerQuote is your site for all things Massachusetts home insurance. Our professional, independent insurance agents offer no obligation, coverage and discount suggestions. Call or click us for a free, no-obligation home insurance quote.

 

The Power of the Independent Insurance Agent

The Power of the Independent Insurance Agent

There are many ways to buy home insurance. You can buy through a direct writer such as: Geico or Liberty Mutual –OR- you can use an Independent Insurance Agent.

HomeownerQuote utilizes the power of the Independent Insurance Agent.

Your Independent Agent plays an important role in your family financial protection plan.

Your Agent shops coverage with multiple companies and finds you the best rates.

Your Agent reviews coverage to ensure you understand your limits and offers coverage options.

Maybe, however, the most important job of the Independent Insurance Agent is the role of advocate.

Webster Dictionary defines advocate as:

1: one that pleads the cause of another

2: one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal

3: one that supports or promotes the interests of another

All three definitions apply to a good insurance agent.

HomeownerQuote utilizes the power of the Independent Insurance Agent.

At claim time, if you have a claim with a direct writer, you really don’t have anyone that’s your advocate.

Your Agent, on the other hand, is there to assist during a claim to ensure insurance companies treat you fairly.

HomeownerQuote: The Power of the Independent Insurance Agent.

Home Insurance Review

Home Insurance Review

Life can be messy. Consider making a review of your home insurance part of your spring cleaning ritual.

Home Insurance Review: some questions to consider asking:

1. Is my home covered if we need to rebuild?

Have us complete an updated Replacement Cost Survey. Upgrades to a kitchen or bathroom, new kitchen appliances, or updates to a basement can all affect the cost to repair or rebuild your home.

2. Do I have enough coverage for my expensive items?

Your homeowner coverage includes “special limits of liability” which, for example, the most the insurance company will pay:  $1,000 for loss by theft of jewelry, watches, furs, precious and semiprecious stones; $2,500 for loss by theft of silverware, silver-plated ware, goldware, etc.; $2,000 for loss by theft of firearms. If you have any special items consider scheduling the item by appraisal.

3. Do I have enough liability coverage to protect my assets?

Home and auto policies carry liability limits that help protect you from judgments against you and legal fees, up to policy limits. Do you know your policy limits? In our litigious society, you may want to have us help you review your limits. If you don’t have one already, consider purchasing additional coverage in the form of a personal liability umbrella policy. Umbrella coverage starts at $1M and “sits-over” your auto and home liability limits.

4. Do I qualify for additional discounts?

An annual insurance review is a great time to ensure you’re receiving all applicable discount. For example, have you installed a security system? If so, additional protective device discounts may be available. Are you getting the proper account discounts? What would be the savings/cost if you were to increase/lower your deductible?

5. Does my newly finished basement affect my coverage?

Finishing your basement increases the cost to rebuild your home, in addition you may want to make sure you’ve added an additional, optional sump pump failure/ water backup endorsement.

6. Does my policy provide enough coverage for landscaping equipment or outdoor appliances?

When you install a new sprinkler system, larger shed, new pool or hot tub, or if you’ve purchased a fancy, backyard grill or riding mower, you might want to upgrade your insurance coverage. Significant investments require a review of your Dwelling and Personal Property Coverage.
Like home maintenance, an annual insurance review is an important part of protecting your biggest investment.

Give us a call, click or visit and we’ll be happy to review your insurance coverage with you.

Massachusetts Homestead Act

Massachusetts Homestead Act

The Massachusetts Homestead Act

Massachusetts Homestead Act is designed to allow homeowners in Massachusetts to protect their primary residence against subsequent attachment, levy or sale to satisfy debts up to $500,000.

The Homestead Law does not protect against: taxes or mortgages used to purchase the residence.

Homeowners must file for the Homestead Act with The Registry of Deeds office in the county in which the residence is located.

Massachusetts charges a one time Filing Fee of $35 for a Declaration of Homestead.

Registry of Deeds Links:

Registry of Deeds Offices:

District/County:

Located in:

Barnstable Barnstable
Northern Berkshire Adams
Middle Berkshire Pittsfield
Southern Berkshire Great Barrington
Northern Bristol Taunton
Southern Bristol New Bedford
Fall River Bristol Fall River
Dukes Edgartown
Northern Essex Lawrence
Southern Essex Salem
Franklin Greenfield

The Homestead Act
Questions & Answers

La Ley de Protección de Hogar Seguro
Preguntas y Respuestas

City/Town to Registry Guide

District/County:

Located in:

Hampden Springfield
Hampshire Northampton
Northern Middlesex Lowell
Southern Middlesex Cambridge
Nantucket Nantucket
Norfolk Dedham
Plymouth Plymouth
Suffolk Boston
Northern Worcester Fitchburg
Worcester Worcester

Massachusetts Deed
Indexing Standards
(PDF, 276 kb)

Massachusetts Document
Formatting Standards,
Effective January 1, 2008
(PDF, 12 kb)

How can I save money on my home insurance?

Save money on home insurance

How can I save money on my home insurance? If this were the Family Feud we’d say: 100 people surveyed, top 8 answers are on the board!

Let’s hear it for:

Consider larger deductibles. Different property deductibles are available for choosing; $250, $500, $1000 and $2,500 deductibles are available. Savings in increments of 10% are commonplace per deductible.

Try to remain in the Voluntary Market! Insurance Companies reserve the right to insure or renew properties. If you have had a few losses within the past couple of policy years your insurance company may decide to not renew you.

The MPIUA (Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association) offers  insurance to properties that are not insurable on the voluntary market. The cost to insure with them is usually considerably more expensive than the consumer will find on the voluntary market.

Some of the credits that are available to insurers are:

Protective Device Credits … starting with deadbolt locks, extinguishers, and smoke detectors are available. Larger credits are available for Local and Central Station burglar and fire protection systems.

Non-smoker credits … if you and household members are non-smokers some companies offer discounts to non-smokers.

Loss Free Year Credits … if you have not had any losses in multiple years some companies offer “Loss Free Credits.” Check with your Independent Insurance Broker to see if you qualify for any companies’ programs.

Home Renovation/New Home Credits … if you have renovated your home within the past 10 years some companies offer Renovation Credits. If you are buying a new home, some companies offer large New Home credits.

Account Discounts … some insurance companies offer 10% “Account Discounts” if you insure your home and auto with the same company … in addition, some companies may waive service charges.

Shop Around!

Different companies offer different discount programs for different properties and property owners. Shop around with different companies to see who is offering the best deals. HomeownerQuote utilizes the power of your local, independent Insurance Agent to find you the best rates & service!