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Home Insurance in Phoenix : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Sep 6, 2016
Karen Peyton answered:
To get other calculations on a complete rebuild, call at least two other insurance companies.

Also, you can't use the purchase price for your calculation because it includes the value of the land - so if using - and you back it out - you may be at the dollar amount you see fit.

Yes, I have had this happen and trust me - your agent, like mine, will sell you any policy you want to buy. Get a good explanation of the policy in its entirety. Although it may seem your coverage is depleted, "layers" will kick in due to other provisions.

Good luck!
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Fri Mar 11, 2016
Karen Peyton answered:
This is a tough question! Tough because "all" companies offer competitive rates. How do we know this? Because they are represented in the marketplace.

For an answer you will have to shop. The company that offers a good rate for one person is not the same for another. It largely depends on the home you want to insure, your personal property coverage, liability coverage, your deductible and credit.

- With regard to a deductible, ask for comparisons. Most companies have what I call a "sweet spot" where the premium is low and the deductible reasonable.
- Ask also about affinity and professional discounts. Sometimes teachers, military personnel, and police officers get a lower rate, and membership to a specific organization may offer the same.
- Piggy-back coverage so you insure your cars, boats, etc. with the same company, usually at a discount.
- Fire suppression systems (you already know if you have one) likewise lower premiums.
- Don't skimp on liability coverage! You, (in my opinion) are more likely to be sued than suffering a catastrophic loss of property.

Finally, I would opt for a local agent over a sea of customer service people through an 800 number. You will never know the value of your agent, until you need them!

Good luck!
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Sat Mar 21, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
You can view your property tax statement at:
Once on the website, type in your information.

Karen Peyton
Associate Broker, ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CSSPE, MRE
Arbor Realty
Mobile: 480-688-2548
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Mon Dec 22, 2014
cathysmith135 answered:
That's a good question. I've been needing to find a good home insurance provider as well. I'll make sure that I shop around and compare prices before choosing a provider. I'll also ask my friends and family about which insurance providers they have and what they like or dislike about them. Hopefully I'll be able to find home insurance that fits my needs! ... more
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Wed Jul 23, 2014
Jennie Miller, Pllc answered:
Have you spoken directly with an insurance agent about this? Do you own the property or are you a tenant? If you own the property, do you live it or will this be an investment property? I have several insurance agents that my clients have worked with in the past that might be able to help you so feel free to contact me and I can get you their names and numbers. ... more
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Sat Jun 29, 2013
Debbie Nieman answered:
You may want to pull the tax records and see what they cost is associated with that and always find a good agent in the area and ask them to pull comps. I have a number of contacts with other agents in the San Francisco market, so please let me know if you'd like me to refer an agent to you.

good luck

Debbie Nieman
Keller Williams Sonoran Living
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Wed Dec 26, 2012
Donald Stevens answered:
If the premium was to be returned to the bank they would be listed on the check with your name as a cosignor. It sounds like you owe the insurance company money for overpaying on your escrow account. If only your name is on the check, you have to cash it. You must then decide to pay back the bank. ... more
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Wed Dec 5, 2012
bev.larson answered:
Thanks for your time...I did contact an ins agent and got the answers....
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Thu May 24, 2012
Donald Stevens answered:
Replacement cost are based on many factors. Age of home, architecture style, upgrades inside and out, roof type, how many floors, type of counters, types of sinks, etc. Two homes right next to each other with the same square footage and built by the same builder will still have different replacement costs. We write a lot of insurance policies and we have to use special software to calculate replacement costs.

The generic number by the way is $150. That is never accurate but gives you a VERY rough idea at what you would be looking at for replacement cost. Don't forget, attached garages will increase your replacement cost because they are considered part of the home since it is attached.
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Thu Jun 4, 2009
Donald Stevens answered:
We can quote you with 5 A rated Carriers. We are agents, not a lead source for other agents. We represent many companies to help you find the best rates. If you visit our website I will work on that for you. No cost or obligation. ... more
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