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Insurance is an important part of owning rental properties. It can be complicated to determine what kind of coverage is appropriate for your portfolio. And until recently, Natali and I simply trusted our insurance agent’s direction. In hindsight, that isn’t a very hands-on approach to running our business.
On this episode, Natali is sharing the book that changed how we approach insurance for our rental properties. We’ll overview different types of coverage, taking authority over your insurance, and more. Don't miss episode 148 of Investing in Real Estate!
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Because we get so many questions about insurance, Natali decided to do some research. She read a book called Wise Up: The Savvy Consumer's Guide to Buying Insurance. Natali gained a ton of insight from this book, so today we wanted to share what we've learned about insurance. When you take a look at your insurance policy, you’ll see a list of coverage, organized by letter.
A is for damage to the house. For this coverage, the insurance policy will assess what it will cost to rebuild the house in the event of a loss. This has nothing to do with the market value. For example, on one of our $40k rental homes, we might have coverage for $50k. This is a reasonable amount to rebuild the home in the event of a fire.
B covers damage to any other structure. This coverage extends to things like a detached garage, shed, or fence.
C covers your personal property inside of the home. For example, this covers televisions, computers, artwork, and other belongings.
D is for additional living expenses. If the situation arises where you can no longer habitat your property, this insurance would pay for your living expenses.
E covers personal liability. If someone were to get injured on your property and you were found legally responsible, this coverage would apply.
F is for medical expenses if someone were to get hurt. This coverage applies to any costs for the injured person.
On today’s show, we’re sharing more of what we’ve learned about insurance. We’ll discuss umbrella properties, renters’ insurance, and how to empower yourself in finding the best policy. We’ll talk about liability, and how we’ve chosen to structure our policy. Please join us on episode 148 of Investing in Real Estate!
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On this episode you’ll learn:
- What is a CLUE report?
- What is a good rule of thumb for liability coverage?
- How do insurance comparison algorithms work?
- What does a personal auto insurance policy cover for rental cars?
- Should you require your tenants to have renters’ insurance?
- And much more!
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Wise Up: The Savvy Consumer’s Guide to Buying Insurance by Amy R. Bach and John P. Sullivan
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