Although no one wishes for a catastrophe, the fact remains that it would require a significant catastrophic event, or two, to shift the deeply entrenched conditions in the property marketplace. In a recently published report, Fitch Ratings predicted it would take storm losses equal to 15 percent or more of the industry’s aggregate surplus of roughly $670 billion to change conditions. Buyers are definitely benefiting from aggressive underwriting appetites in catastrophe-prone regions. In particular, there has been a trend toward lower deductibles in both hurricane and earthquake-prone regions.
With that being said, severe weather can be unpredictable and strike at any time. Help your clients be prepared in the event their property is damaged by a hurricane, tornado, hailstorm or similar disaster. We recommend considering the following tips to achieve fast, efficient handling of your claim.
Unlicensed or unscrupulous persons may pose as adjusters or, being an adjuster, may pose a threat to consumers. Public adjusters, in particular, may pose a problem since they don’t work for any company or company-adjusting firm. Unlicensed public adjusters have not demonstrated their competency to adjust claims nor have they posted the required surety bond. You are encouraged to report any such activity to local authorities. Please caution any clients that, if they contract with a public adjuster, they are authorizing the claim check to be made payable to both themselves or a mortgagee and the adjuster.
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