Homeowners Insurance & Wealth Building

Learn how you can make better choices when choosing your homeowners insurance…


It is important that you realize that there are a number of factors that are considered by insurance companies when it comes to pricing insurance for homeowners.


In this discussion, TheWealthIncreaser.com will focus on the importance of selecting homeowners’ insurance in a manner that will serve your best interest in the short and long-term.  If you purchased your home in which you used financing–or you anticipate doing so, the lender will require that you have homeowners (hazard) insurance.


If you pay all cash or now own your home outright, homeowner insurance is optional, however it is generally wise to purchase unless your net worth allows you to “effectively self-insure” and the risks of loss are mitigated by your net worth.


As a homeowner or renter, it is imperative that you are protected against the risks of financial devastation that can result from an uninsured loss.


Major provisions in homeowner insurance policies include property coverages (dwelling, other structures, personal property, loss of use), peril insured against–and exclusions that are found in Section I.


Section II provides coverage for personal liability and medical payment to others.


Prior to choosing your homeowners insurance policy you want to at least read the following paragraphs so that you can get a better feel of what homeowner insurance products are all about.


Make a good choice up front for homeowners’ insurance by knowing what you are looking for

There are a number of policies to protect homeowners that are designed for 1, 2, 3 or four family dwelling used exclusively for private residential purposes, and they include:


HO-2 (broad form) insures the dwelling (varies by company), other structures (normally 10% of dwelling coverage), and personal property (normally 50% of dwelling coverage) against loss from certain listed perils–and covers additional living conditions (normally 30% of dwelling coverage) if dwelling is uninhabitable. 

In Section II coverage personal liability is generally $100,000 and medical payments to others is generally $1,000 per person for all HO policies.

HO-3 (special form) insures the dwelling and other structures of direct physical loss to property–also covers personal property and is very popular and widely used coverage.  The coverage is similar to HO-2 except certain losses specifically excluded are not covered.  Personal property is covered only on a named peril basis.

HO-3 insures the dwelling (varies by company), other structures (normally 10% of dwelling coverage), and personal property (normally 50% of dwelling coverage) against loss from certain listed perils–and covers additional living conditions (normally 30% of dwelling coverage) if dwelling is uninhabitable.

HO-4 (contents broad form) designed for tenants who rent apartments, houses or roomscovers tenants’ personal property against loss or damage and “also” includes personal liability insurance. 

Because it is tenant coverage, dwelling or other structures does not apply, and the minimum amount of personal property coverage varies from insurer to insurer.  Also provides personal liability insurance.  Loss of use is normally 30% of your personal property coverage.

HO-5 (comprehensive form) provides all risks coverage on buildings and personal property–and insures the dwelling, other structures, and personal property against the risk of direct physical loss to property.

HO-5 insures the dwelling (varies by company), other structures (normally 10% of dwelling coverage), and personal property (normally 50% of dwelling coverage) against loss from certain listed perils–and covers additional living conditions (normally 30% of dwelling coverage) if dwelling is uninhabitable.

The coverage is similar to HO-2 except certain losses specifically excluded are not covered for dwelling and personal property.

HO-6 (unit-owners form) designed for owners of condominium (the condo association carries insurance on the building) units and cooperative apartmentscovers personal property of the unit owner for the same named perils listed in HO-2.

Covers dwelling for a minimum of $5,000 and other coverages are included in the dwelling coverage.  Personal property amounts covered varies from insurer to insurer and loss of use is normally 50% of your personal property coverage.  Covers personal property of the insured on a named perils basis.

HO-8 (modified coverage form) modified coverage that covers loss to the dwelling and other structures based on the amount required to repair or replace using common construction materials and methods–and payment is not based on replacement cost.  It is often selected as coverage for older homes–losses are covered based on the amount required to repair or replace the property using common construction materials and methods.

HO-8 insures the dwelling (varies by company), other structures (normally 10% of dwelling coverage), and personal property (normally 50% of dwelling coverage) against loss from certain listed perils–and covers additional living conditions (normally 10% of dwelling coverage) if dwelling is uninhabitable.

The covered perils are listed and normally are not as comprehensive as those of HO-2, HO-3, HO-4 and HO-5.


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Landlord Insurance Options (designed primarily for investors)


Know the details of your coverage

You can go to the declarations page to determine the type of policy and coverage you now have to further determine where you now stand insurance coverage wise–with your homeowners’ policy.


You can find the type of coverage and policy limits along with endorsements that you may or may not have.  You can also determine if your policy has a percentage deductible or a straight deductible as there may be increased costs associated–depending on the type of deductible you have for covered perils along with the type of claim you make.


It is important that you know the details of your conditions on your policy in the case of loss and those details can be found under the “conditions” section in your policy.


The “conditions section” of homeowner policies impose certain “duties on the insured” after a covered loss occurs and they include:


  • the insured must give immediate notice of the loss


  • the property must be protected from further damage


  • the insured must prepare an inventory of the damaged personal property


  • the insured may be required to show the damaged property to the insurer as often as is reasonably required


  • proof of loss must be filed “within 60 days after the insurer’s” request


Also keep in mind that endorsements (riders) or by scheduling–your coverage can be modified on most policies!


You must know your deductible type–percentage (percentage of loss) or straight deductible (dollar amount) and whether you have a replacement cost provision.


With a replacement cost provision losses on “dwelling and structures” are paid on the basis of replacement cost if the insured carries insurance at least equal to 80% of the replacement cost at the time of loss.


Losses to personal property would be paid on the basis of actual cash value.  However, an endorsement (rider) can be added that covers personal property on a replacement cost basis.


Also, almost all policies will have an appraisal provision that is designed to resolve disputes over the amount paid.  Each party (the insurer and the insured) selects its own appraiser, and the appraisers then select an umpire–and an agreement by 2 of the 3 would be binding on all parties.


The “mortgage clause” is also important as it protects the mortgagee.


The mortgagee (company in which insured received home loan from) is entitled to receive a loss payment from the insurer regardless of any policy violation by the insured.


The mortgagee is also entitled to a 10-day cancellation notice if the insurer decides to cancel the insurance policy.


As an insured policyholder you can cancel your policy at any time by returning the policy or notifying the insurer in writing when the cancellation is to become effective!


Other conditions and technicalities in section I and section II also apply; however, they are beyond the scope of this discussion.  However, they include among others a liberalization clause, waiver of change of policy provisions, cancellation clause, non-renewal of the policy, assignment of the policy, subrogation and death of the named insurer clause– and possibly more depending on your state and policy issuer.


Plan in advance for a successful home ownership period

By planning in advance for a successful home ownership period you will make it a point to know about homeowners’ insurance and make the wisest choice when it comes to selecting the policy that best fits your and your family’s needs.


Section II personal liability (coverage E) and medical payments (coverage F) provide liability limits and also include coverage if your dog bites someone and you are liable and when others are injured on your property in other ways.


Personal liability protects the named insured (along with family members) against legal liability arising out of their personal acts.


On almost all HO policies in the United States you will find that section I and section II provides: 


Coverage A covers your dwelling

Coverage B covers other structures

Coverage C covers personal property

Coverage D covers loss of use


Coverage E covers personal liability (normally $100,000 but for a small additional premium higher limit is available)

Coverage F covers medical payments (normally $1,000 but for a small additional premium higher limit is available)


Personal liability coverage protects the insured when a claim or suit for damages is brought because of bodily injury or property damage caused by the insured’s negligence.


The insurance amount is a single limit that applies to both bodily injury and property damage liability on a per-occurrence basis.


Liability coverage would cover losses if you were burning leaves and your neighbor’s house caught fire, you break an expensive item at a store, you injure a pedestrian while riding your bike, someone slips in your home–along with coverage for other areas in which you were personally liable.


Before your insurer will pay anything for damages, you must be legally liable.


On the other hand, medical payments to others “are not” based on negligence or legal liability!


Medical payments coverage is a small accident policy that is part of a homeowner’s policy, and it pays reasonable medical expenses of another who is accidentally injured on an insured location, or by the activities of an insured, resident employee or animal owned by or in care of an insured and even while the insured is playing basketball at a public facility and injures someone.


Medical coverage payments do not apply to the insured or regular residents of your household, other than a residence employee.


Always be aware that liability loss exposures arising out of the personal activities of an insured are covered anywhere in the world under coverage E, and not just at an insured’s location.


Also realize that there are numerous exclusions under Section II coverage E and F that you want to be aware of in your policy.


Additionally, there are additional coverages that you can add to your policy under section II, and you want to be aware of them (ask your potential or current insurance agent about them)!


As a homeowner or renter, it is imperative that you are protected against the risks of financial devastation that can result from an uninsured loss!


By learning about the HO policies that are available “prior to” your home purchase you are making a good decision and a successful home ownership period for you and your family is more likely to happen and continue well into your future as a result of you being proactive at this time.



Prior to your home purchase you must consider homeowners insurance and make a selection prior to closing.  Even so, you want to be aware of the rising cost of homeowners insurance among many companies.


Therefore, you may want to shop for your homeowner’s policy prior to closing on your home–and periodically shop the homeowner’s insurance market on occasion once you become a homeowner to see if you can find a company that is highly rated and offers better premiums and coverage.


Because your home purchase has the potential to help you build wealth efficiently and ensure a more prosperous future for you and your family–you want to position yourself to avoid common home buyer mistakes–including the selection of homeowners insurance in this economic environment, as well as future economic environments.


Always remember that you can add many endorsements to your policy such as inflation guard, earthquake coverage, replacement cost coverage, personal injury (umbrella policy), personal property endorsement, watercraft, home business endorsement and coin, jewelry, paintings and other valuables coverage endorsements–among others.


The cost of your homeowner’s policy is based on a number of factors including construction, location, fire protection class (ISO rates the quality of public fire departments from 1 to 10–the lower the better), construction costs, age of home, type of policy, deductible amount, specific insurer, how close your home is to the nearest fire station and in many cases even your credit score.


The key when shopping for “homeowners’ insurance” is to choose a highly rated company, carry adequate insurance, add needed endorsements (or riders) that are appropriate for you and your family–along with finding the best premium based on the coverage that you desire.


You may want to consider higher deductibles and take advantage of all discounts that may be offered by a particular insurer.  Furthermore, you want to determine if you need earthquake, flood or other additional protection upfront–as after the disaster it is too late to get the coverage that would have protected you from substantial loss.


You want to shop various companies as premiums can vary–sometimes dramatically from company to company for the same type of coverage!


Be sure to consider purchasing an “umbrella insurance policy” to provide additional coverage (provides more coverage on your boat, cars and recreational vehicles) and it is a must if you are a high net worth individual.


In addition, be aware that if you file certain homeowner insurance claims once you become a homeowner you will go into a database (CLUE) that other insurers can see that could increase your insurance rates.  If a fire occurred at your premises, it would go in a database and potential buyers, or insurance companies could see that data.


If you have a fixed rate mortgage your payment will remain relatively stable over time.  However, increases in homeowner insurance costs and increases in taxes could push your monthly payment up–sometimes rather significantly.


Also be aware of this “other type of insurance that you may have on your home” that you may be unaware of!  


If you put less that 20% down when you purchased your property you will normally pay PMI/MIP (Private Mortgage Insurance–conventional loan/Mortgage Insurance Premium–FHA loan) for a number of years until you reach an equity position required by your lender–at a time which “you can request” that it be removed.


By considering what homeowner insurance products are available and analyzing them in a careful, critical, analytical and accurate manner–you can make your home purchase more enjoyable at this time and you can live with “joy at the center” well into your future.


You want to definitely ensure up front that you have full replacement cost if that is what you desire for your dwelling, you want to ensure that you have the needed coverage for your expensive items by adding a personal property endorsement or floater that will be based on the appraised value of the items in question–and you want to ensure that you have the needed coverage for liability protection (umbrella policy) to protect your assets and net worth–and by doing so you will be a savvy homeowner whether you plan on purchasing in the future–or you are already a homeowner.


All the best as you are now better prepared for your home ownership success…


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Thomas (TJ) Underwood (the creator TheWealthIncreaser.com) is a long-time financial planning professional who has been an innovator in the personal finance industry as he has shown ordinary individuals from all walks of life how to achieve lasting wealth building success in an efficient manner so that they can enjoy life in a more bountiful manner.


He has written over 700 articles on the world wide web and is the author of a number of results-oriented books that are designed to act as a “springboard to success” for all who are sincere in achieving lasting success and have decided to leave all excuses behind.


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Insurance & Wealth Building

Learn why you must adequately insure your property, yourself–and your family so that you can build wealth more effectively regardless of where you reside…


It is very important that those who desire to build wealth in an efficient and highly effective manner reduce or minimize their risks to the lowest level possible based on their financial ability to do so.


At this time you may want to consider all areas of your life in which you need or should have insurance coverage –including other individuals and family members that you have an insurable interest in or others who may have an insurable interest in you.


Insurance provides you the needed vehicle to help protect your property, health, life and other areas of concern for you and your family so that you don’t have to borrow and go into further debt, tap into your savings and other accounts or liquidate your assets due to an untimely or unplanned event occurring.


In this discussion TheWealthIncreaser.com will show you why it is imperative that you understand the areas of insurance that may be applicable to you so that you can more effectively move toward making your dreams come true.


It is very important that you have insurance at the appropriate levels in all areas that could be of benefit to you and your family!


Property Insurance

Auto–Boat–Home–Motorcycle–Riders etc.

Auto–insurance for your auto is a requirement in most states and countries and you must normally carry minimum limits of liability–and in some states and countries property damage coverage as well.

Boat–if your boat engine is 50 HP or less your HO coverage may be appropriate–for greater HP you need a specific boat policy.  Each state in the U.S. have their own requirements when it comes to boat insurance.


In most cases boat insurance is a worthwhile investment as it can cover you from a number of perils–including theft up to higher limits than your home owners policy.

Homeowners or Hazard Insurance–you must have coverage for your home and the contents that are inside your home.  In most cases it is best to avoid percentage deductibles as it can end up costing you more in the event of an untimely event.

Percentage deductibles may exceed your normal deduction and may not be in your best interest as it can possibly cost you more when you have a need to file a claim.

Flood insurance is also worth consideration as it can be a cost saving coverage–especially if your home is located in a designated flood zone.

Motorcycles–you may need a separate policy in most states and countries.

Riders are additional insurance that provides coverage for specific items or perils.  Paintings, expensive jewelry and the like may require that you pay an additional premium to get additional coverage.


Title Insurance

Lender’s Policy

Lenders will require that you purchase a policy to protect their interests when you get a home loan.  The purchase of a policy to cover you and your family is optional but highly recommended as it can help protect you from title issues from the day of purchase and well into the future–up to the policy limits.

Buyer’s Policy

As mentioned above the purchase of a buyer’s policy at closing is normally optional but highly recommended if you are a home buyer.

Keep in mind that there are limitations on the policy as it will normally only provide coverage for the purchase price–not appreciation of your home that may occur in future years.


Business Insurance

If you have a business including an office in the home where you meet clients–you more than likely will have a need for coverage.  Depending on your business–coverage on key employees may be a wise investment as well.

Errors and Omissions insurance may be required if you are a professional and that coverage can protect your company, your workers, and other professionals against claims of inadequate work or negligent actions.


Disability Insurance

If you become disabled–you want income replacement of at least 60% and a disability policy may be appropriate depending on your current financial position and ability to pay.


Health Insurance

It is imperative that you have health insurance, including dental, vision, hearing etcetera–where appropriate.


Liability Insurance

If you own a business make sure you are bonded & insured when appropriate.  If you have a high net worth or you are a high income earner make sure you have an umbrella policy.


Umbrella policies are a life saver for those who have a real need for coverage as it can help prevent you from coming out of pocket to settle large liability claims that could adversely affect your net worth.


Life Insurance

A major area of insurance that you want to get right at the earliest time possible is the coverage for your life–whether term insurance, whole life or a combination.


Whether term or whole life you want to insure that you and your family are covered at the appropriate level based on your financial position at this time.


Long-Term Care Insurance

With long-term-care costs rising yearly it is important that you have the appropriate coverage or a plan in place that allows you to pay monthly payments for long-term care from your personal savings.


Mortgage Insurance


Mortgage Insurance Premiums, commonly known as MIP is insurance for an FHA government loan that provides protection against the risk of loss to lender due to low down payment requirements of an FHA loan.


Private Mortgage Insurance, commonly known as PMI is insurance for a conventional loan that provides protection to lender against the risk of loss due to low down payment (less than 20% down).

VA Funding Fee

VA funding fee allows lenders to provide loans at little to no down payment for veterans–and at its core is protection for lenders who offer VA loans.

In some cases the above insurance fees will be held in escrow and you would include the fee in your monthly mortgage payment.

Mortgage Life Insurance will pay off your mortgage in the event of your untimely death or possibly inability to work and the premiums are often high compared to other insurance products.  They are often promoted by lending companies, life insurance companies and other financial providers.


Rental Insurance

Provides protection against property that you own while renting a premise up to policy limits–therefore you won’t have to come out of pocket to replace the covered items.


Rental insurance could be coverage for contents in your apartment, a rental house or other covered property.


Self Insurance

Self-insurance is the ideal position to be in as it allows you the ability to provide insurance to yourself and possibly family members and it is a lofty goal.  Your net worth is effectively so high that you don’t have a need for life insurance or possibly other insurance products.


Be sure to use caution with this approach as subjectively thinking you can self-insure may lead to you not having the coverage that you need.  Use this approach wisely and consult with a number of financial professionals if you anticipate using this strategy.


Even if you can self-insure–carrying insurance in a number of areas (particularly life insurance) can be a part of a well thought out estate planning strategy–if done right.


Umbrella Insurance

Provides additional liability coverage on top of what you may have in your home and auto policies, therefore preventing or reducing the likelihood that you will have to tap into your personal assets if you are liable after a lawsuit is filed against you or your household.


Other Insurance

Burial, insurance that covers your mortgage, accidental and other products are on the market and they are often heavily marketed to target audiences.


In most cases the premiums are high compared to the payout and you may have better options, therefore it is important that you shop for your insurance needs in an appropriate manner and in a competitive manner based on your needs, desires. and ability to pay on a consistent basis.


A number of companies–and most notorious Lloyd’s of London will insure just about anything including what you may think is not insurable.


If you have something or someone that you need to insure and traditional insurers don’t cover–consider going outside the box–so to speak–to find the coverage that you need when and where applicable.


Dismemberment, accidental injury and other policies that insurer’s come up with are available and you must do a careful, critical and analytical review of whether those insurance products are right for you.  By doing so you can stay on a more positive path toward making your dreams come true.


Or another way of looking at it is–will these products benefit me and my family the most or the insurer the most?




You must proactively analyze all areas of insurance to determine if you need coverage in areas that are applicable to you and then search the marketplace to find the best insurance products that fit your needs and goals.


It is imperative that you select a highly rated insurance company that on the surface looks like it will be around well into the future as you want a solvent company that is well managed and can pay out benefits well into the future.


By introspectively contemplating your need or requirement for insurance in all areas of your life that is applicable to you and your loved ones, you can position yourself for a lifetime of success and reduce the risks that you face–thereby putting you on a a more solid pace–to win your financial race.


Also realize that a properly funded emergency fund is a form of insurance (although not in the traditional sense) and can help you avoid using your insurance policy for minor occurrences (thereby increasing your premiums) and can help prevent you from tapping into your retirement and other accounts, thereby “insuring” a more prosperous future for you and your family.


You can now reduce the anxiety in your life by utilizing insurance appropriately so that you can avoid financial strife.


Isn’t it time you decide to give it your best!


All the best to your insurance and financial success as you now should expect nothing less…


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Housing Related Insurance & Wealth Building

Learn how Housing Related Insurance  can help you attain your Wealth Building Goals…

More on Insurance…

With the hurricane season in full force and hurricanes Harvey and Irma doing major damage to many southern states in the United States and the Carribean Islands–TheWealthIncreaser.com was inspired to create this page to possibly help you and others proactively guard against man-made and natural catastrophes that might occur during your period of home ownership that could cause undue hardship on your life and particularly your wealth building efforts.


Insurance basically protects you in the event of a covered loss and the following insurance types related to your home can help protect you from loss and help you continue to build wealth effectively and efficiently!


Even though ideally you want to be in position to never have to use insurance—you must put together a plan to have the insurance that you need (or is required) during the period in your life that you need it.  Some insurance is required if you have a mortgage or home loan (hazard insurance) and some insurance is optional (at your discretion), therefore be sure to take this discussion to heart and analyze your current insurance needs in a comprehensive way.




If you purchase your home and you put less than 20% down you may have to pay PMI or MIP if a government backed loan is obtained.  That additional premium is basically included to protect lenders in the event of your default on the loan (non-payment).  If you put 20% or more down their risk is reduced in their eyes to an acceptable level and you would not have to pay PMI or MIP.


Although you pay the insurance premium monthly, the payment is for the protection of the lender–not you–and works against your wealth building goals.  Ideally you want to purchase your home without mortgage insurance so that you can build wealth more efficiently.


You benefit by paying PMI/MIP primarily by having to come out of pocket with a low down payment such as 3.5% or 5% instead of 20% or more that allows you to avoid this premium. 


If you have PMI or MIP you may be able to refinance it out if it makes good financial sense to do so.  Otherwise your PMI or MIP payment will remain until you reach a certain equity position with your home and loan or the half-way point of the loan in almost all cases (refer to your closing documents for more specifics).   If you plan on selling your home–that is also a way out assuming you don’t repeat the cycle with your next purchase (you put 20% or more down on your next purchase).


The good news is that you can deduct MIP/PMI, along with mortgage interest, points and property taxes on your federal and possibly state tax returns (who knows how long that will last).  PMI/MIP can be financed into your monthly payments or paid by you in a lump sum at closing–and if you paid at closing you would not see the premium in your monthly payment.


Title Insurance


Another type of insurance that is not well known by many is Title Insurance.  Title Insurance protects your interest in your home from a “chain of title” perspective and is usually required by the lender at the time of closing and is optional for the home buyer.  It is highly recommended that you purchase this insurance to protect your interest in the chain of title as there is no way for you to realistically know with certainty who owned the home or land prior to your purchase.


Although title issues after closing are rare they do occur and for several hundred dollars you can purchase Title Insurance at closing or outside of closing and protect your home from title issues up to the purchase price in most states.


Homeowners (Hazard) Insurance


Homeowner Insurance is required if you have a loan on your house.  If you own your home free and clear Homeowner’s Insurance is optional but highly recommended unless you have a net worth that allows you to effectively “self-insure” your home and still meet the goals that you have during your lifetime and after you transition.


A standard homeowner policy allows you to add on (riders) that cover additional perils that you may face such as a loss from the theft of a valuable stamp collection, a million dollar painting, expensive jewelry and the like.  You can add an umbrella insurance policy that can provide you additional coverage related to certain events that may occur and you can add flood insurance on as well–and they will both be covered  in this discussion.


Umbrella Insurance


An umbrella insurance policy protects you against unforeseen losses as a result of accidents and provide additional coverage so that you won’t have to tap into your savings or other accounts to cover certain claims against you.   An umbrella policy is designed to help protect you and your family from major claims and lawsuits.


For several hundred dollars a year you can get additional coverage (up to a million dollars or more) that provides  liability coverage above the limits of your homeowners, auto, and boat insurance policies.


Flood Insurance


If you live in a designated flood zone  be sure to purchase flood insurance.  The cost usually is several hundred dollars per year up to several thousand dollars per year depending on where you live and the topography of the land in the area where your home and community exists.


It can even be a wise move to purchase flood insurance even if you live outside of a designated flood zone as weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable.  You can purchase directly from your insurer (some insurer’s have their own program) and the government also has a program (National Flood Insurance Program) that can also be purchased from your insurer–never directly from the government.


After a flood you must be aware of potential mold issues and other environmental concerns as the potential for serious health hazards may be present.


Renter’s (Tenant) Insurance


A rental insurance policy normally covers the policyholder (tenant) from certain losses that occur in their rental home or apartment and is usually for contents and not the structure.


If you were a property owner leasing out your home or apartment unit you would need to get a policy to cover the home or apartment unit.


The tenant would be the one who would purchase the rental insurance policy otherwise they could sustain total loss of their contents if a theft, burglary, fire, flood or other event occurred.  In many cases a standard  renter’s policy would cover the loss.  Be sure to consider additional riders to cover valuables or what is not covered in the standard policy that you may need–or desire coverage for!


Business Insurance


Although this discussion is primarily focused on home owners TheWealthIncreaser.com realizes that many homeowners also own a business.  If you own a business be sure that you have appropriate coverage based on the type of business and the risks involved.


Credit Life & Life Insurance


Many vendors offer credit life insurance policies that will pay off your mortgage in the event of your untimely death, injury or disability.  The premiums are usually quite high for the coverage amount.


Other options are whole life policies and term insurance policies that would pay your designated beneficiaries in the event of your untimely death.


If you chose your coverage amounts appropriately your beneficiary(s) could be in position after your transition to pay off the mortgage loan balance and own your home free and clear–and have proceeds to do other things that you may desire that they do after your transition,




Keep in mind that insurance is available to cover almost any hazard imaginable and there are mega insurance companies such as “Lloyds of London” that will insure almost anything (or anyone) imaginable and your desired coverage amount is available at varying premiums.


As far as your home owners policy goes, be sure to get adequate coverage to rebuild at current building costs.  Always consider your need for additional coverage and you must understand what is and is not covered.  Pay particular attention to “percentage deductibles” and other jargon that may limit the coverage amount on your loss.


For an additional premium you can add “riders or special endorsements” to your policy that will cover other perils not directly stated in the standard policy.   Be sure to consider additional riders that may be of benefit to you and your family prior to (DO A REVIEW AT THIS TIME) a catastrophe or other unplanned event occurring.


After a natural disaster or catastrophe grants and/or loans (FEMA/SBA) may be available after you exhaust your insurance and they may require a credit evaluation and a look (review of your past payment history) at your ability to repay.


Emergency grants may be made available to you immediately depending on the nature and severity of the catastrophe and you may be eligible for those regardless of your income or current credit readiness!


Insurance is an area of financial planning and wealth building that must be approached in a serious and analytical manner and in an all-consuming or comprehensive manner so that you can achieve the goals that you desire.  You must understand fully at this time that in some areas of insurance (i.e. homeowner’s insurance policy and auto insurance policy for sure and possibly other areas as well)–insurer’s take your credit standing into consideration when determining the rate that you will pay.


The good news is that you can request that they lower your rates if you have bad credit and you make improvements.  However, if you fail to request that they re-analyze your insurance rate after you  improve your credit–your credit improvement will go unnoticed by your current insurer(s)–and in almost all cases your rate will remain the same!


Always remember (even at a time of disaster) that if your local, state and/or federal agencies declare your area a disaster area  or issue a state of emergency you may have additional options available such as including some of your losses on your tax returns as a casualty loss (can possibly amend prior year return to get proceeds in a more timely manner) or filing a claim for spoilage of food from your freezer or file a claim for debri removal  if caused by a power outage or wind–without having to meet your deductible–depending on your state and the details of your policy.


In addition, if you have a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac backed mortgage loan (which is a high probability) and you suffered damage as a result of a catastrophe in a federally declared disaster area–you may be able to suspend your mortgage payment for up to 12 months.  Even if you have another type of loan it may be wise to review your closing documents or have an attorney help you sort it out to see if you can avoid paying penalty free on your loan for a period of time.


Try to get your bank and other companies that you have financial relationships (Automated Teller Machines, utilities payments, insurance payments etc.) with to waive your penalties for a period of time if you find making payments difficult after a disaster.


Whether you are now recovering from hurricanes Harvey or Irma or facing adversity on other fronts TheWealthIncreaser.com would like to leave you with some encouraging words.


Ironically this site was created due to a weather related incident and it is important that you use your imagination and have your antennae up for inspiration that may come your way in times that appear to be difficult at the moment and in actuality are difficult at the moment.


During times such as those the birthplace of big ideas can be found for those who are looking–and ready to act!


It is also important that you use HUMOR as a major tool to help you cope in times of adversity as by doing so you keep your spirits in “upbeat mode” so that your mind can act in a more appropriate manner during difficult times.


It is the desire of TheWealthIncreaser.com that this discussion has helped you get started on a path to analyzing your insurance needs in a more comprehensive manner and has put you on a path to achieving more during your lifetime without the added stress of unexpected and costly losses and experiencing the dark and empty feeling of not knowing the steps that you can (or need to) take to make your journey toward success much more favorable for you and your family.


All the best to your Insurance Coverage & Wealth Building Success…


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Other helpful sites that may be of benefit in time of disaster:




Salvation Army


National Housing Conference


Frequently Asked Questions About Flood Insurance


Flood Insurance Website


National Flood Insurance Program












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