Home Prices Down, Insurance Premiums Up??

Property taxes aren’t the only expense pegged to real estate values that should be dropping in sympathy — so should insurance rates.

In fact, given a nationwide average drop in home prices of 25%-plus from the peak, you’d expect a similar drop in home insurance premiums.
Instead, speaking for a population of one (me), my insurer bumped my rate by almost one-third this year (or is trying to), and has almost doubled my rates in the last five years.
What could account for that?
The only claim we’ve submitted — along with most of the Twin Cities — was for roof damage in a horrific storm two Springs ago.
Have all underwriters raised their premiums a similar amount?

I’m about to find out . . .
About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.
1 Response
  1. Aaron Dickinson - Edina Realty

    I've had several different claims (not my fault) on both home and auto and haven't seen rates move. I use Edina Realty Insurance as my broker, though both of my policies ended up with Travelers. Can't complain about the service or the prices. Give a call to Scott Teece if you haven't looked at them before.

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