Blogging About Loans: Homeowners Insurance Centennial Colorado

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Homeowners Insurance Centennial Colorado

Homeowners Insurance Centennial Colorado

When shopping for homeowners insurance in Centennial, or most any other area for that matter, there's much more to consider than how much your coverage will cost. You need to buy the right type of policy AND be sure to get the proper coverage. For instance, the needs of a buyer of a condo or townhome will differ from the needs and costs of homeowners insurance for a single family homeowner. We, as the lender, require that you have sufficient insurance to cover exposure determined only by the amount of your loan. You, on the other hand, may desire increased coverage on your home and you may want to consider provisions for personal valuables such as jewelry, your computer equipment and other possessions. That is why it's so important to take time to visit with your agent or homeowners insurance company about your personal situation.Colorado homeowners insurance

When you apply for homeowners insurance, the insurance agent will sometimes ask you about your current occupation and employment history, marital status, previous addresses, date of birth and Social Security number. It is standard for the insurer to check your criminal, credit, and insurance history to see if you are a "good risk." The homeowners insurance company also will look at your "loss history" to see what kinds of home insurance claims you've made in the past.

In addition to gathering personal information, the insurer will need information about the home. The age of your home, the materials used to build it, where it's located, square footage, and the number of rooms all play a role. How do you heat your home? What's the overall condition of the house? How many people live in your home? How close is your home to the nearest fire station and fire hydrant?

Lastly, your homeowners insurance agent will need to determine how much it would cost to replace your home. Once you have decided what type of homeowners insurance policy best fits your needs, if special coverage is required for personal items that may not be covered under the basic policy, and what deductible you are comfortable with, your insurance agent will be able to give you a quote. Typically, the premium for the first year plus three months escrow for the following year will be included in the amount of money you are asked to bring to the closing of your new home.

Be sure to shop around when looking for the right homeowners insurance company as rates do vary widely. For instance, some companies offer discounts when you have both your home and auto insurance policies with them or have been insured by them for several years. Larger deductibles will also have a huge effect on your premium. Other discounts may be offered if you don't smoke, or if you qualify for senior rates. And remember, it's always a good idea to check the financial ratings of the companies with AM Best or Standard and Poor's. Let me know if you need a couple of recommendations of agents in your area.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsRuth Vogt • April 15 2010 11:31PM

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These are some excellent points!

Great topic and great article on homeowners insurance!

Thanks for posting!

Tom Davis

Posted by Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor (Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !) over 8 years ago

Ruth another question asked is where is the closest fire hydrant.  Great home insurance information.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 8 years ago

Ruth, great points, as a supporting story, I had a seller who was an insurance agent and had piano's, there are special insurance riders for that....pictures....are all special riders the buyers need to investigate and decide what they need to protect and where they can take a chance.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 8 years ago

Ruth,
you always give great advises to buyers who are wondering about the homeowners insurance, keep these great blogs !

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 8 years ago

Great post Ruth.  We were shopping for different homeowners insurance about 9 months ago, and we were surprised they asked what kind of pets we had, and we told them dogs, they needed to know what breeds they were.  We're glad they're just little guys and aren't considered risky.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) over 8 years ago

Ruth - Thanks for sharing an educational blog.

John

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 8 years ago

Ruth, nice job. someone is a good writer!

Posted by Bryan Watkins (LRA Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth, great information about homeowner's insurance. Very educational especially for first time home buyers! :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Ruth, good job on a mundane topic.  For your SEO though, you should have added a geographic tag:)  The general "homeowners insurance" will put you head-to-head with major corporations that have more resources to throw at the SEO.

Posted by Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert (Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance) over 8 years ago

Tom, thanks for stopping by and appreciate the encouraging comments.

Jennifer, we experienced an incredible increase in premiums because we live in an area that has no fire hydrants, and a volunteer fire dept. So, we installed an indoor sprinkler system to keep the insurance quotes somewhat reasonable.

Endre, I had an antique bedroom set that wasn't 100 years old. So instead of being able to insure as a piece of valuable family furniture, I was told we had to take the value of a current bedroom set, and depreciate it 63 years, thus giving it NO VALUE.  So in my case, I had no decision. :(

Ray, Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoy the posts.

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Gary, interesting comment. As I was reading it, I was thinking dogs for protection of the property, not the risk factor. oops...

John, you haven't stopped by in awhile. Thanks for coming back by!

Bryan, stay tuned. There's more coming in this series! BTW, I see Ricky Khamis is one of your associates... great choice for a lender! Hope your using him! (You must be a golfer, huh?)

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Jackie, I have actually created a series of these informational topics geared just for 1st time homebuyers. We then drip them weekly with information. We call it our "Home study course for buying a home".

Drew, I was testing the power of tags and back links to see what would happen. I also have loan officers that reblog my posts for their geographic areas. I'm struggling to decide whether to go ahead and add the geographic area now with a correction or wait for them to reblog and then test. Then change. But if I have them reblog, and they rank for their areas, and THEN I do a correction, I might pull their ranking?? Decisions, decisions! Input?

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Drew, went ahead and changed it. We'll see...

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

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