While rental, renovation, and new construction are the most common types of investments we work with, REInsurePro is able to cover more creative investment strategies as well. Let’s look at some of these popular strategies and how we insure them the right way.
While your investor client’s Property Coverage protects damage that happens to their investment property, (i.e. the physical building), your client’s Liability Coverage protects their financial well-being associated with that property (i.e. if their negligence at that property were to harm someone else). Property policies intended for investment properties usually exclude Wear-and-Tear due to animal nesting or infestation, while General Liability policies for their property will often have limitations on the coverage offered for dogs and other animals, such as injuries due to dog bites.
How would an investor client’s businesses and income be affected if their property sustained damage to the point that it is no longer habitable for tenants? Your investor clients have property insurance that may cover the cost of repairs, but what about the rental income they will lose out on in the process?
Many people assume that pools, trampolines, and other recreational equipment sitting in the yard are insured. Some people also assume that if a person is injured while using this outdoor equipment, coverage will be available to help reimburse any medical expenses. In truth, policies can vary quite a bit on this topic. Some may include these items while many will choose to exclude them as they are considered attractive nuisances.
Coverage for mold, mildew, and fungus is usually either completely excluded or may be very limited depending upon the policy. Although many people assume that they will have at least some coverage for mold, it is most often the case that mold, mildew, fungus, and their bi-products are excluded.
Prior to the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, terrorism coverage was a standard component of most insurance policies. The financial toll of 9/11 caused coverage costs to skyrocket, and many insurance companies stopped offering it completely.
The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season (officially beginning June 1), is predicted to be another active one calling for 19 named storms. This increase continues the trends from 2020 and 2021 of above average activity. If your investor clients own Atlantic coastal properties, now is the critical time to be sure they have the appropriate coverage they need should one or more of these forecasted storms strike.
If your investor client has rental properties and has contracted with a Property Manager, their PM likely will (and should) carry Professional Liability coverage, or Errors & Omissions. This helps to cover them in the event their inadequate work or negligent actions while performing these property management duties leads to a lawsuit. But what if the investor performs property management activities on their properties themself? Did you know that if, in the course of performing these PM duties, your client’s negligence results in a claim, their premises liability offers them little to no protection?
The year 2021 continued to be an interesting year in the insurance market, with extreme and unique weather events and ongoing uncertainty around COVID. The industry as a whole continues to experience a rapidly hardening property market, a trend that accelerated in 2020, but had been snowballing the previous five or six years. It is common for the market to cycle from hard to soft every five to ten years, so it is increasingly important for investors to ensure that their insurance agent is advising them on ways to “ride out the storm” while still maintaining adequate coverage.
It is important that property owners understand their risk exposure to flood AND are aware that their property insurance policy most likely does not include this coverage. There are several options available to your clients for flood insurance, so read on to help them understand how to evaluate their risk and work to determine the right course of action for them.