Top 5 Solar Industry Trends for 2021

Top 5 Solar Industry Trends for 2021

While some industries are struggling in 2021 in the wake of the pandemic, renewable energy is expected to generate more revenue this year. Many new construction projects designed to help businesses move toward carbon neutrality were halted in 2020, and they’re expected to resume in 2021. In addition, the new Biden administration plans to bring...

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How to Protect Your Jewelry Collection

How to Protect Your Jewelry Collection

The earrings given to her during a memorable Christmas, the ring her grandmother gave her, or the watch he only wears on special occasions--besides being of high monetary value, jewelry pieces may have much sentimental value to your clients as well. They can insure jewelry for its value in case it’s ever stolen or damaged. However, what can they...

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Best Ways to Protect a Wine Collection

Best Ways to Protect a Wine Collection

Nothing sets the mood for a gathering of family and friends quite like the perfect wine. Are your clients taking the necessary steps to keep their wine collection safe for years to come? Wine enthusiasts invest a great deal of time and money into their collections, so it’s an asset that should be insured, much like any other valuable collection....

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Winterization: There’s Snow Place Like Home

Winterization: There’s Snow Place Like Home

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing, and you’ll be spending a lot more time indoors. Before curling up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared. Winterize your home now to save on energy costs and protect against cold weather-related damage. Give your clients peace of mind this season...

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Unseen Dangers: Chimney Inspections

Unseen Dangers: Chimney Inspections

As cool weather returns, homeowners are using their fireplaces once again. Chimney maintenance is critical for protecting homes and those living in them. If a homeowner neglects regular maintenance, they increase their risk for expensive repairs and create a safety hazard. The importance of chimney maintenance: 1- Prevent carbon monoxide...

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Protecting Your Clients During Hurricane Season

Protecting Your Clients During Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season, running from June-November, has already caused almost $15 billion in damages this year. A typical year would expect to see around a dozen named storms, six hurricanes, three qualifying as major hurricanes (category 3 and above). The 2020 season looks more extreme. Experts predict greater than 24 named storms,...

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What You Didn’t Know About Hail Damage and Insurance

What You Didn’t Know About Hail Damage and Insurance

Hail damage is a significant risk to homes, autos, and other property owned by your clients. Like other forms of weather damage, it is typically covered in some way by a homeowner's insurance policy. The application of coverage varies depending on the state and nature of the policy. Agents should carefully check the policies of their clients to...

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6 Marketplace Trends Impacting the Surplus Lines Homeowners Market

6 Marketplace Trends Impacting the Surplus Lines Homeowners Market

2020 is changing the landscape of the insurance world, and the effects of this shift are most obvious in the hardening market conditions for surplus lines property & casualty, as well as personal lines coverage. The cause of this shift is complex, and while a small part has been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, there's more to the story...

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Insurance Coverage and E-scooter Rentals

Insurance Coverage and E-scooter Rentals

Rentable electric scooters are a fledgling transportation service. Their ease of access and utility have allowed companies in the space to quickly expand across the US. As e-scooters become an increasingly popular mobility option, questions regarding insurance coverage are rising. E-scooters are not technically considered automobiles, which means...

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Property Rates are Increasing.  What’s Driving This Trend?

Property Rates are Increasing. What’s Driving This Trend?

Policy holders may notice rate spikes in their property insurance and wonder why their premiums are rising.  Some premium increases are caused by things out of your control, like inflation, but other factors concern you specifically – including your claims history and credit score. Some reasons for a property rate hike include: Mathematics –...

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Safeguard Your Home Before Winter Weather Hits

Safeguard Your Home Before Winter Weather Hits

The leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, and winter is right around the corner.  Homeowners should take precautions now to protect against winter weather-related damage. There are inherent dangers associated with winter weather; including frozen pipes, ice dams, fires from heat sources, wind damage, flooding, and other devastating (and...

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Don’t Get Hacked: Get Covered

Don’t Get Hacked: Get Covered

You've been hacked! These are three words that we dread in our society of technology dependency.  In 2018, billions of people were affected by data breaches and cyberattacks. USA Reports that 765 million people were hacked in the months of April, May and June alone – with losses surpassing tens of millions of dollars. Security experts project...

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Tips to Properly Protect Your Home This Hurricane Season

Tips to Properly Protect Your Home This Hurricane Season

All eyes are on the weather as we approach the peak of hurricane season.  While hurricane season lasts from June 1-November 30, the most significant risk is around September 11th.  Early forecasts predict nine to fifteen named storms to hit our coasts during the 2019 season.  Significant risks to homes include flooding, wind damage, tornadoes,...

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Does My Car Insurance Cover Uber/Lyft Exposure?

Does My Car Insurance Cover Uber/Lyft Exposure?

It’s summertime and you want to earn extra money for your upcoming family vacation or pay down some bills.  After researching several options, you decide that driving for Uber or Lyft works best.  You have the flexibility to schedule pick-ups when it’s convenient for you, the pay is decent, and you already have a smartphone and a car. You sign up...

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Your Home Is More Than Brick and Mortar

Your Home Is More Than Brick and Mortar

A home is so much more than the bricks, mortar, and lumber used to build it, especially for your high net worth clients. It's full of memories, private collections, and cherished belongings--and your client’s personality and interests are reflected in every exquisite detail. If your client experiences a claim, they want more than a check from the...

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The Importance of A Personal Articles Floater

The Importance of A Personal Articles Floater

A common misconception of homeowners is that all personal belongings are covered under their insurance policy.  Unfortunately, there are several capped coverages for the items people deem most important (think maximum jewelry limit of $5,000 in some cases).  A separate Personal Articles Floater (PAF) policy is critical to ensure your clients have...

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Difficult Homeowners Risks Just Got Easy!

Difficult Homeowners Risks Just Got Easy!

Let’s face the facts:  Your clients are going to have homeowners’ claims.  They are going to buy that coastal secondary home in Florida or California and call you the day of closing for coverage.  They are going to rent out their seasonal home on AirBnB.  They are going to tell you there is a fire department within 5 miles when there isn’t....

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Sharing Economy Trends Pose New Concerns for Insurance Coverage Gaps

Sharing Economy Trends Pose New Concerns for Insurance Coverage Gaps

Over the last few years, an entirely new way to add to household income has entered the market place. It’s called the “sharing economy.” This is an exciting and profitable industry but far too often homeowners forget a crucial step: insurance. According to Forbes: “The sharing economy is currently worth about $26 billion and grows bigger each...

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HOW TO CHOOSE A REPUTABLE CONTRACTOR

HOW TO CHOOSE A REPUTABLE CONTRACTOR

No matter how well-built they are, your buildings will need some maintenance, repairs and sometimes some upgrades or renovations. Choosing the right people to take on these important tasks can be daunting, but it is necessary to ensure that the work you need gets done in the right way. By carefully vetting the people who work on your structures,...

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