10 Thoughts on I know your homeowners insurance is suppose to go up every year, but what is normal?
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    Galactose
    July 17, 2011 at 5:28 am

    In most cases yes. An inflation gaurd will generally increase your Coverage A limit (dwelling) by about 6%. That does not mean your premium goes up by the same amount. What you probably have is either a change to your account ie an endorsment of sorts, a reavaluation, claims will effect you as well. If none of these are the case it could be a disappearing credit. By that I mean a new homebuyer credit that decreases over a few years. 10% your first year, 6% the second year and 3% your third. None after that. If this is a new policy that’s probably what’s happening to you.

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    lil southern girl
    July 17, 2011 at 5:52 am

    You’re actually lucky it’s only that much. In some places homeowner’s insurance has tripled and quadrupled this year.

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    Rich
    July 17, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Every year the insurance company looks at increased costs of building materials and increased costs of labor and they determine how much additional coverage your house needs in order to be rebuilt. I would call my agent and ask how much of the rate increase is from additional coverage and how much is from a rate increase. You could ask to see how much you would save if you raised your deductible. Also ask to review all the possible discounts.

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    Makakio
    July 17, 2011 at 6:29 am

    The short answer is “There is no “normal”.

    Devastating hurricanes and floods have caused trmendous increases in homowners’ insurance rates. You can try to go witha local company if you live ina low-risk area – they usually have much lower rates.

    I go through USAA for mine and they actually lowered my rates last year (from $ 1100 to $ 900), as they had stopped writing policies along most of the gulf-coast states (where claims from Katrina, etc have BK’d maaaaany companies).

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    mbrcatz17
    July 17, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Depends on why it increased. The VALUE of the house normally should go up about 5% per year. So you need to compare that. Also, if you have a really low deductible (like $ 100 or $ 250) you’ll see much faster rate increases, so you might want to consider raising it $ 500 to $ 1000.

    You can compare line by line, why your homeowners policy went up, between this year and last year. Your increase could well be a combination of a rate increase AND a coverage increase, but maybe you lost a discount, also. You should check with your agent to be sure. And ask them to shop it out for you.

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    Misty L
    July 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

    The question to ask if what percentage did they increase the dwelling? If there was a 10-15% increase in the value of your home, then yes… Also, were there any claims? Claims will increase the premium also…

    Depending on the insurance carrier, you can sometimes ask for a lower rate, or go to an independent for a more steady company. Although, $ 600 a year sounds like a good premium to me!

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    kt
    July 17, 2011 at 7:14 am

    first of all it depends where you are.
    its clear you are not living in a costal area, florda has gone up 150% to 200% in 3 years, so no floridians want to here your complaint. if you want to know the figures of your insurance companies profits vs losses, you need to check demotech.com
    and dont just look at the amount they have profited you have to read the reports they have on there site as well, it will show you how a company comes up with there rate increase proposals each year, and what it is based on, and lastly, when an insurance company goes to you state insurance commisioner, they need to show why they need to inflate. (thats what you will find in those reports) but the increases do need to be justified.
    do you have your car, life, health, ect within one company?
    you will get discounts.
    ask your agents what kind of discouts you can apply for as well.
    but seriously, at least your not paying 5,000 a year, imagine what that does to a mortgage payment.

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    TMAC
    July 17, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Home owners’ insurance rates are “not” supposed to go up every year. It is because people keep paying for it that makes it go up. Insure yourself. It only costs when you file a claim.

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    Gipster
    July 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Insurance is reaching a crisis point in america, to the point they will be putting themselves out of business. I cant wait for that to happen.

    Its so stupid to pay companies money that has little or no return for 95% of all insured in this country. They continue to write their own rules and so called fine print, covering less and less etc, and ways to disqualify you in any case.

    Wall Street expects better than expected earnings every 3 months now. How do they accomplish this? you got it, we all pay more and more and get less coverage.

    Whats wrong with paying into a national or state run fund like we do for social security, each state can handle this, have their own adjusters, fair rules, and fair coverage.

    Today most are doing without insurance if they have their homes paid for. Others are getting hit with higher payments and higher interest rates , forcing foreclosures at the greatest rate since the Great Depression. Check it out in each state!! Some sheriff sales in each county across america are up 200%, some now having weekly to bi-weekly auctions. Un-heard of!!

    The news and even wall street knows this cannot withstand very much longer. If gas goes back to $ 3 or more a gallon watchout!!

    Food prices is going up daily! Insurances, Taxes at all levels! Less jobs with any benefits, no pensions, Health care costs way out of control, Where will end? It has to end,!! Finance 101!!

    Insurance needs to be nationalized and state run!!

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    california bill
    July 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Surprisingly HO rates don’t change much. What does go up is the price to replace your home and contents. So if the rate stays the same but the coverage to repalce ypu home increased from $ 100,000 to $ 120,000 your permium would still increase by 20% due to inflation. Check last years limit and the renewal. I bet the limits went up by around 17%

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