Latest Stories

Fla. releases info on state insurance companies

Fla.-owned Citizens Property Ins. tops state with 1.4 million policies - more than the four largest private insurers combined.

Citizens Property Insurance undergoes KPMG audit

In its continuing efforts to get its own house in order, Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Citizens executives preach moderation

Top executives for Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Insurance advocate touts mitigation to lawmakers

A Broward County home was featured Wednesday in Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Robin Westcott's presentation before the Sen

Lawmakers move Citizens legislation

A massive bill to reform Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Citizens is political minefield in Capitol debate

Florida lawmakers have been trying to "fix" Citizens Property Insurance for years.

Florida Realtorsandreg; 2013 legislative issues: affordable housing, property insurance, commercial lease tax elimination

Realtors' issues concern all Floridians: affordable housing, eliminating a tax on commercial rents, property insurance and the j

Citizens Property Insurance launches True Cost Calculator

You may think you know how much your homeowners insurance costs you.

FHFA to crack down on insurance forced by lenders

Feds identified two key problems with property insurance forced on homeowners by lenders. It's considering rules and accepting p

Fla. Insurance Commissioner: Buy flood insurance now

One reason: A policy doesn't become effective for 30 days and hurricane season starts in 45 days. Second reason: Lock rates in n

Premiums for new Citizens customers may soar as reform bill passes Senate

The controversial bill to reform Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Senate passes Citizens reforms, abandons rate hikes

When the controversial overhaul of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Software glitch slashes Citizens premium 92%

One homeowner who dropped sinkhole coverage saw his insurance premium drop from $2,977 to $246. At least 1,500 Citizens customer

Land trusts band together for liability insurance

Land trusts in 46 states, including Florida, insure members against litigation. Nearly 60% of conservation land trusts are one p

Hurricane season kicks in before flood insurance

With a few exceptions, a new applicant for flood insurance won't receive coverage for 30 days, and Florida's hurricane season st

Report: No retaliation found in Citizens' firings

The firing of four members of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Barry Gilway: Post-session Citizens is best ever

Hurricane season doesn't officially start until next month, but Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Some flood insurance policies to see rate hikes

About 20% of "subsidized" flood policies will see a premium increase each year until they're actuarially sound. But a new homeow

Insurance agent accused of inventing clients for commission money

Investigators: Frederick Edward Tanner, 52, scammed AFLAC out of over $15,000

Ray Hamper didn't actually exist, but nei

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

Season starts in 8 days. Time to prepare your business and home - and remember that some property can't get insurance or a mortg

Gov. signs property insurance bill into law

The 75-page law includes a Florida Realtors priority: a clearinghouse to confirm that an applicant qualifies for the state-owned

Citizens joins the world of social media

Want to stay current on Citizens Property Insurance updates? On July 1, the Florida-owned insurer entered social media with acco

NAR creates flood insurance disclosure

Rising flood insurance costs will impact some Fla. homebuyers. NAR recently posted legal advice for Realtors who are affected an

How does the health insurance law impact you?

The Obama Administration unveiled a new educational website. Employers plug in a few details, and company-specific questions app

Need flood insurance answers? FEMA to host webinars

Webinars are for lenders, but FEMA encourages Realtors to join in. Three Aug. sessions focus on the new coverage rules, and thre

One sure thing about flood ins.: It's complicated

Insurance changes in Oct. and next year will up some owners' rates - a few significantly - but others will go down. New Florida

People's Trust Insurance eyeing move to Deerfield Beach

Boca Raton -based People's Trust Insurance Co.

Find flood zone and insurance costs online

On FEMA's flood insurance website,, homebuyers can plug in an address to find a home's flood risk level and estim

Time running out for flood insurance rate fix

Many U.S. lawmakers want to help people facing flood insurance increases, but politics can get in the way. Florida Realtors tool

Florida Realtors to Fla. Cabinet: Flood insurance reform could hurt economy

Gov. Scott invited Florida Realtors Pres. Dean Asher to speak today before the Fla. Cabinet, and Asher urged them to help delay

Keep up with Fla. insurance changes on Facebook

Thanks to a new Fla. Office of Insurance Regulation Facebook page, you can keep up with official state insurance updates by chec

Feds could change flood insurance rules for lenders

Proposed rule forces lenders to accept private flood ins. policies, offer owners a monthly escrow billing cycle, and other thing

Hit pause button on law to protect Florida's economy

Editorial: Florida Realtors' President Dean Asher tells Orlando Sentinel readers why U.S. should delay new flood insurance rules

House-Senate plan could delay flood ins. increases

Fla. Sen. Nelson announced a bipartisan deal to delay flood insurance rate hikes. It's a ray of hope for buyers and sellers, but

Many homeowners will soon be unable to stay with state-backed insurer Citizens

Come January, tens of thousands of Floridians who have Citizens property insurance will no longer have the power to decide wheth

Rules restrict lenders use of force-placed insurance

A loan servicer can no longer receive a commission or fee from an insurer for force-placed insurance policies if Fannie Mae or F

Is bigger better when securing property insurance?

Fla.-owned Citizens retained its lead as the state's largest property insurer in latest "top 20" numbers released by the Fla. De

Consumers should conduct annual insurance review

Many people don't understand coverage until something happens. Does a business or homeowner have replacement coverage? Could the

Congress agrees to incremental flood insurance fix

Sellers won't get help, but some current owners would have increases delayed - and FEMA has 60 days to provide a report on ways

Citizens Ins. launches clearinghouse on Monday

If new property insurance applicants get a quote within 15% of Citizens, they're ineligible. Renewal applicants affected soon, b

FHA to accept more docs with electronic signatures

New policy allows e-signatures on origination, servicing and loss mitigation documents; and FHA insurance claims, REO sales cont

Some flood insurance increases delayed until 2015

FEMA: Homeowners "grandfathered" in - those with rates based on earlier flood zone codes - won't see a rate increase until 2015.

U.S. House prepares its own flood insurance bill

The good news: A flood insurance fix is moving forward in Congress. However, the House version differs from a four-year delay ap

Flood insurance price break starts today

Buyers of older pre-FIRM properties will receive a premium rate reduction under the new law; and Florida Realtors released a flo

Private insurer to take up to 10K Citizens policies

State officials approved the move by Southern Oak Insurance Company, though many homeowners will have a chance to deny the chang

Fla. policyholders less likely to get stuck by a Citizens loss

The state-owned insurer bought more reinsurance. For homeowners with private insurance policies, that means their surcharge risk

New insurance emerging to cover cyber attacks

Could a hacker steal client data – and if so, who would pay for the damage it causes? Cyber insurance, still in its infancy, o

Fla. to insurers: No deductible for crime damage

If a crime causes damage to a home, the owner doesn't have to pay a property insurance deductible under a 1994 Fla. law – but

Most force-placed insurance following new rules

Change now impacts more than 90% of Fla. policies forced on homeowners by lenders. Fla. review found many practices hurt state's

FEMA issues flood insurance update

FEMA explains how it will implement the latest flood insurance law in a seven-page memo. In the short term, some owners may have