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Can I pay off mortgage in full to keep my insurance claim check?

I've received an insurance claim check due to water damage in our house and the check was made in my name as well as my mortgage company's name. We believe that we can do the necessary repairs for ...
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What are things to look for when buying home insurance?

Rolling around to another insurance renewal period on my homeowner's policy. Aside from the premium and deductible (lower is better) and the coverage level (higher is better), what are the ...
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Home Insurance companies and underwritten policies

I am in porcess to buy a home in San Diego. As it has been covered relentlessly in the news lately, it is not a secret that Southern California is very prone to fires. Now, I am shopping around for ...
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Can I partially repair what home insurance paid for?

My home has water damage from a faulty gutter, that basically created a waterfall that splashed on one particular part of the stucco. The water eventually bubbled the exterior paint in that ...
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Earthquake insurance, deductible as a percentage, better to take lower coverage amounts?

I live in an area that's at a high risk for a catastrophic earthquake and I've been considering switching my home insurance to a company that also offers earthquake insurance. All the companies I've ...
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How do I buy bundled insurance policies?

I currently have separate policies for home, auto, and term life insurance with three separate companies. I've read in multiple finance Websites that I should consider whether bundling policies with a ...
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Do I have to replace the roof immediately after insurance payout?

I have a $8500 bid to replace the roof after hail damage. Obviously, insurance isn't going to pay out all of it. After the deductible and depreciation, I'm looking at $3700 payout. Are they going ...
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Home inspection for home owners insurance revealed damage my inspection and my lender's appraiser did not see

I recently bought a house in Iowa. I hired a company to inspect the home, they found a few minor things but nothing major. My lender had an appraisal and they didn't note anything either. I purchased ...
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What home insurance policy riders does the average person buy?

While researching home insurance policies I found myself wondering how often other home owners purchase certain policy riders, such as water backup and sump overflow protection. Are there any ...
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Vehicle in Garage Covered by Auto and Home Owners, Can I claim both?

Theoretical question here, I am just curious. No damage has occurred. if I were to have a Vehicle in a garage attached to the home and the home burned to the ground or was flooded and damaged the ...
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Can Homeowners insurance be cancelled for non-removal of tree debris?

The situation: Storm came through and knocked down two trees in my mother's yard. One (tree A) fell onto her fence, one (tree B) fell harmlessly onto her lawn. Insurance paid for: fence repair ...
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What is important when purchasing homeowners insurance?

I recently got a quote on homeowners insurance. They asked me a lot of detailed questions like the layout of the bathroom's, % carpet/wood/tile and others. The worst one was, "how many "upgrades" ...
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Homeowner's Insurance - Didn't Make Deductible - Must I Make the Repairs?

After a big hail storm dented our aluminum gutters, we filed a claim with our homeowner insurance company. Our deductible is $2000, and the insurance company assessed the damage at $1900. As a ...
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HO3 vs HO5 Home Owner's Insurance - Start cheap and upgrade later?

We are buying a new home and shopping around for insurance. Although we've been through the process before (we currently own a home), I never realized that there were different tiers of Home Owner's ...
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Who is responsible for paying?

Who is responsible for paying utility bill, house owner or whoever's name on the utility bill? Does the house insurance policy holder have to be the owner?
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Does Condo HOA Insurance Cover Damages to Car

I currently reside in a condo. My car was recently vandalized in the condo complex and the cost of repair was lower than my auto insurance so I paid the cost out-of-pocket. Can the condo's HOA ...
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Getting Earthquake Insurance on a new Mortgage

I live in the bay area, CA where there are many earthquakes. I was recently reading: http://blog.petetheplanner.com/financially-what-happens-when-your-house-burns-down/ which stated that your home ...
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What can I do if an insurance claim doesn't cover the full cost of repairing hail damage to my roof?

A week ago there was hail in our area, and my house was badly damaged. The insurer estimated that they would only pay $5,000 on my claim, but all of the estimates from roofing companies are at least $...
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What kinds of charges/fees are there for NRI Home Loan from SBI?

I have questions regarding Home Loan that I am taking from SBI. When we(my spouse and I) initially went to the bank, the SBI, the NRI Branch manager told us about all the procedures for an NRI Home ...
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Can you get umbrella insurance from a different company from where you get your basic home/auto insurance?

I presently have auto and house insurance with a single company (call it company X). They have a local agent and the cost and responsiveness is quite nice, so I'd rather not leave them. However, the ...
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Old -versus- New- Mobile Home that should carry Homeowners insurance?

A brand new mobile home was put on 4 acres that I own and there is another much older mobile home on the property, which one should carry "Homeowners insurance?
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Contribution Principle for Insurance

I was reading up on Contribution Principle of Insurance when I came across the following example used to explain the concept In the homeowner example, if the owner bought two $250,000 policies on ...
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At what damage amount should I pursue a homeowner's insurance claim?

We have a recently built house (2008). This past year, a roof leak materialized. I am out of pocket $3250 for several contractor visits that tore out interior drywall, recaulked flashing and siding, ...
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Actual Cash Value (ACV) of a remodeled mobile home

I have an investment mobile home manufactured in 1972. Last month a contractor was removing trees and landed a big one on my mobile home, cutting it in half and totaling it. My question is regarding ...
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Home warranty policy is not in effect

I bought my current house in dec-2014 and during the buying process I got the home owner's warranty which was paid by the escrow account ($550.00). This warranty should be good for an year and renewed ...
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How do insurance companies calculate cost of replacement, specifically for a bike?

I had my bike stolen from my apartment. My renter's insurance covers "cost of replacement" for my bike. However, my bike was 8 years old and the model is no longer made. Bike costs in general have ...
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Is life insurance linked to mortgage always a good idea?

My husband and I are 30 years old, have stable jobs, and earn roughly the same salary. We are buying our first house, with a 35% down payment. The monthly mortgage works out to ~15% of our combined in-...
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How does visibility of a house from the road or neighbors effect home owners insurance costs?

When applying for home insurance I was asked: Is the house visible from the road? Is the house visible from neighbors' houses? How are the answers to these questions likely to change the ...
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Figuring flood insurance into financing cost

I've been keeping the mortgage on my house, even though I have the savings to pay it off, because it's at 3.8% and my investments are expected to return at least twice that. However: I'm in a flood-...
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How much CMHC fee do I need to pay if I cannot put 20% down on a new home

I am trying to calculate how much CMHC fee I will need to pay if I can only put in 10% downpayment on a new home as opposed to 20%. So as per this calculator: It shows:8640. My question is: is the ...
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I own but do not live in a flat. Am I responsible for damage caused to neighboring flat? [closed]

I am on the title and mortgage of a flat with my wife (soon-to-be ex-wife). I moved out of the property a couple years ago and still pay my part of the mortgage. Since then my (soon-to-be ex)wife has ...
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Home Insurance: Must I use money from a claim for repairing everything I'm receiving money for?

I received a check from my insurance company to replace my entire roof after a recent storm. However, two different roofing companies came out (prior to the insurance adjuster) and said that in their ...
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Can one insure a home's AC unit?

My mother-in-law would like to insure her single family home AC unit while my wife and I are informally renting a room with her. Is this possible? Although the unit is 10 years old and runs fine, she ...
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Homeowner's policy - will insurance pay coverage amount in case of a loss?

I am reviewing my homeowner's policy that is due for renewal and I think I may have too much coverage. My question: will the insurance company pay the coverage amount if the building is a total loss ...
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Home insurance score drastically decreases after car insurance claim?

I noticed something very peculiar on my home insurance. My parents have horrible credit, so last year they purchased a van in my name, with a finance plan. A few months ago, my father was involved in ...
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Method for calculating the wisest amount of liability to purchase for car & home insurance?

I've seen the advice to get enough liability insurance as you have in total assets, i.e. if your owned home, owned car & savings = $100,000, then get $100,000 liability coverage. What is the ...
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Insurance for a house which is not homeowners insurance?

My wife and I moved last summer, and our former home is still on the market. We were recently informed by our homeowners insurance company that because the house is no longer owner occupied, they will ...
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How can I get values of household items for my homeowners insurance?

I have homeowners insurance that covers my home and has a flat coverage for household items. For additional coverage you need to provide evidence of value. We have many items for which we don't have ...