Your Insurance and Renting Out Your Home

Your Insurance and Renting Out Your Home

 

Home sharing has become more and more popular over the past few years with companies like Airbnb and Homeway.  But before renting out a room or the whole house, it’s always best to consult with your insurance agent to make sure you have the right coverage.  Below is a blog that gives a some information to consider before you begin home sharing.

 

Educating homeowners about home-sharing insurance coverage

Home-sharing continues to grow in popularity as owners use their homes for income generation, and travelers look for unique experiences. If fact, experts are predicting vacation home rentals will increase 25% this year – up from a 19% jump last year – and it’s expected this growth trend will continue for some time.

 

Employee Spotlight-Katie Martin

 

This month’s employee spotlight is on our lovely Katie Martin.  Katie started with Brown & Brown about 2 years ago as our receptionist and has since moved up to small business technician.  She and her husband Chris have been together for 11 years and are new parents to their baby boy Chase (who, in our opinion, is one of the cutest babies ever).    Outside of being a mom, Katie says that her favorite things to do are go bowling, read Harry Potter, and relax with friends at breweries.  Katie’s mom and grandpa were both in insurance long before she came to Brown & Brown, so she’s keeping the tradition alive.  We are so happy to have her as part of our insurance family!

Employee Spotlight Shane Neal

Employee Spotlight Shane NealThis month’s employee spotlight is on our fabulous producer Shane Neal.  Shane has been in the insurance industry for 15 years, specializing in commercial insurance and contract bonds.  He has been married to his beautiful wife Christa for 23 years, and they have 6 children.  When he’s not working, Shane likes to fly fish, go backpacking, and do wood work.

We asked Shane for some interesting facts about himself and he did not disappoint.  Shane has flown a plane, is an Eagle Scout, has a Welsh Corgi named Charlie (who is too cute for words!) and bred and trained quarter horses when he was younger.  Shane is such a fun guy and we love having him on our team!

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Why Your Auto Premium Increased

You just received your renewal for your auto policy. You skim down to find the new premium for the following year and you see it has increased by a couple hundred or more. Most auto policies take an annual rate increase otherwise known as an inflation guard.  There are also other factors that could cause this increase.

Below is an article that gives insight into what determines your premium and what may increase your premium upon renewal.  Keep in mind as your agents, we are here to review your policy if you ever have questions.

 

What’s Driving My Personal Auto Insurance Rates?

If you drive a vehicle, you are required by law to have insurance. But why do we need it? Consider hitting a car and injuring three passengers. If both your vehicle and the other vehicle are valued…

 

 

 

Employee Spotlight

Karen Fournier

This month’s employee spotlight is on the wonderful Karen Fournier in our Taos office.  She  has been with Brown & Brown for nearly 5 years, about as long as she has been in Taos.  Karen and her husband Gary have been married for 32 years and have two sons and three grandkids.  Karen also says that she loves to travel with her husband—they especially like cruising.  For fun closer to home, Karen says that she and Gary love to downhill ski and golf (and Taos is perfect for both of those!).  She is such a help to everyone in the Taos office and we all are so happy to have her as part of our team.

 

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