Author Topic: Mother-In-Law homeowners policy  (Read 1540 times)


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Mother-In-Law homeowners policy
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:11:51 AM »
Hello, all,

My mother-in-law is a 64 year old long divorced woman with a home that is insured for $64K for dwelling, $35K for personal property, and $100K on personal liability. Her premiums are over $2K/year, which is excessive, but pretty normal for this area. (We were flooded by Hurricane Katrina). Because she didn't have flood insurance with Hurricane Katrina hit, she took a community development block grant, which came with a clause saying that she would be required to carry flood insurance on  the property for the rest of the history of the property. She does not have a mortgage or any other liabilities.

Her salary is about $40-$50K/year, but it was much less than that until recently. She doesn't have a whole lot in terms of savings, maybe about $30K in various accounts. She's planning on working for a few more years, and she's a nurse, so her employment prospects are pretty good. Once she retires, she'll get social security, but my wife and I should be able to support her as far as most of her needs including, I think it is likely, her housing situation. She'll probably end up moving in with us. My wife has no siblings.

My specific questions I'd like to address are:

What are her options as far as the policy? Her insurance company has said that they cannot offer a 'leaner' policy (higher deductible, etc.)

Do you think she can do without? I think that her current policy is costing her way to much for what she would get out of it if something were to happen. I am worried a bit about liability, so...

Could we get a policy with just liability? Is that even a good idea? I worry about lawsuits and what not, but I also have never heard of anyone getting a claim from this part of their homeowners policy. Is it common or ridiculously uncommon?

If we don't have a homeowners insurance, can we still get flood insurance? If so, how?

Does the forum have any other ideas that I didn't think of that can 'solve' this situation?

Thanks in advance


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Re: Mother-In-Law homeowners policy
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2014, 10:15:36 AM »
Can you drop wind coverage? Go to an independent agent and ask for multiple quotes.


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Re: Mother-In-Law homeowners policy
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2014, 10:20:56 AM »
This doesn't sound like a horrible problem on her salary, just make plans to sell before she retires and get a place a little emote inland that doesn't require that much insurance.