October 22, 1993 |
Sterling Casualty Insurance Co. ranked worst among auto insurers and Farmer's Insurance Exchange ranked last among homeowners insurers in the Insurance Department's annual consumer complaint survey released Thursday. For the second straight year, United Services Auto Assn. of San Antonio, Tex., rated tops in both categories. Also for the second straight year, some insurers took issue with the survey's methodology and its usefulness as a guide for consumers.
February 11, 1996
So what's a home buyer or homeowner to do in the midst of the insurance crisis? Experts offer these suggestions for dealing with the tight homeowners insurance market: * Contact the company that sells you car or life insurance. If you already do business with it, it may be more willing to sell you also homeowners insurance, even though it technically is not writing new policies. * Get in touch with an independent agent.
June 22, 1994 |
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., the largest property insurer in California and the United States, warned Tuesday of a "looming crisis" in California homeowners insurance precipitated by the withdrawal of two major insurers from the market after the Northridge earthquake. "Without immediate action to pass a rational plan to provide relief, additional companies will be driven from the market," State Farm President Edward B. Rust Jr. told Gov.
December 30, 1994 |
State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi has denied a request by State Farm Insurance Cos. for a rate increase on its homeowners and manufactured-home policies in California. The announcement came just 15 days after State Farm raised its estimate of losses from January's Northridge earthquake by 26%, to $2.53 billion. The insurer expects that to be the final tally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1995 |
Legislators and journalists are finally beginning to recognize what many homeowners and home buyers already know: California is in the midst of a home insurance crisis. Faced with the prospect of ruinous earthquake liability, a growing number of insurers have stopped writing new home insurance policies in California. Several are even considering withdrawing entirely from the state's homeowners insurance market.
April 16, 1995
Buyers who find their dream house and a dream of a mortgage still face another hurdle: the nightmare of finding an affordable homeowners insurance policy. At the sixth annual Los Angeles Times Home Buyers and Sellers Fair, a special workshop--"Coping With the Crisis in Homeowners Insurance"--has been added to this year's lineup of Q&A panel discussions. Fair-goers can find out which companies are writing new policies in Southern California, how much it costs and what type of insurance to obtain.
October 30, 1996 |
The California homeowners insurance market is pointed toward early revival, with two major companies saying Tuesday that they will resume sales of new policies, and word that the state is reinstituting sales of its FAIR plan policies of last resort. Apparently, prospects for an early start-up of the California Earthquake Authority are fueling moves toward market recovery, even though the new state agency remains in a pricing controversy.