Allstate, State Farm, Farmers Plan to Raise Home Insurance Rates in Texas

January 5, 2014

  • January 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm
    Agent says:
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    Rate increases for “expected losses”? A profitable year for most carriers so they need even more profit from the policyholders in a difficult economy. Who are these guys?

    • January 7, 2014 at 8:52 am
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  • January 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm
    Some Guy says:
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    Perhaps if they spent less on advertising, and more on educating their agents about what insurance is all about….

    • January 7, 2014 at 10:41 am
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      State Farm’s ad is “double check”. Hmm! See how high our rates are. They have never paid back their overcharges going back to the end of the mold crisis and preferred to defy the TDI and a judge and it is still on appeal. Then, they raise rates yet again and increase deductibles on W&H to 2%. They are really good neighbors, aren’t they?

      • January 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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        Maybe they are under the belief that everything is bigger in Texas…including home insurance rates?

        • January 22, 2014 at 11:17 am
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          Planet, here you are sitting up there on the frozen tundra of Iowa running Texas down again. How do you like that Polar Vortex driving your temperatures down? Could it be Global Warming? We like it down here just fine even if we have to pay more for our HO coverage. At least we don’t live in the middle of a corn field.

  • January 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm
    txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
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    This calls for a revolt! Let’s get all our fellow Texicans together at the Alamo! Grab yer finest coonskin cap and yer biggest belt buckle and let’s show Rick Perry who Boss Hogg is. How dare he bring all them there northerners jobs down here with their fancy speakin’, all that there book learnin’, and all those family trees that have branches. All so they can raise our rates. So what if we are in tornado bait alley.

    REMEMBER THE ALAMO, REMEMBER THE ALAMO, REMEMBER THE ALAMO, LONG LIVE DAVEY CROCKETT!!!!

    • January 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm
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      Hey mouth whatever. Boss Hogg had two daughters. One was Ima and one was Ura. Which one are you?

  • January 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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    Ima pretty sure Ura Texican

  • January 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm
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    • January 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm
      Libby says:
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      Hey, Bill. I guess you missed the part about State Farm having a 47.5% loss ratio in Texas. If they can’t make money with a 52.5% margin they don’t deserve to be in business.

      I wouldn’t be so quick to praise them for pricing themselves out of the market. You might be looking for another job soon.

      • January 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm
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        I agree Libby. Kind of hard for me to believe they have a 47.5% Loss Ratio in Texas and then say they are paying $1.11 in claims for every $1.00 in premium. That is quite a disparity. Perhaps their strategy will drive more of their customers our way. I think they want to reduce their roof exposure statewide.

      • January 9, 2014 at 10:22 am
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        Libby, most of our carriers pay Contingency if an Agency has a 51-56% Loss Ratio and meet the volume requirements. We were well under those Loss Ratios with all our carriers so we expect to do well on Contingency. I wonder how State Farm, Allstate & Farmers Agents are rewarded. I think all three are not doing quite so well. One market to quote, higher premiums, higher deductibles, lower commissions. Hmm, glad I am not a Captive.

        • January 10, 2014 at 2:48 am
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          Allstate pays a 4% bonus for meeting sales goals and having a loss ratio under 62%. That’s not COMBINED ratio, that’s a loss ratio. And, catastrophe claims are removed from that from that loss ratio.

          By the way, most Allstate agents in Texas have multiple homeowners markets available to them…

          • January 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm
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            If Allstate is that good to their agents, how come the agents formed a guild/union to deal with management on just those issues for commission, bonuses etc? I have not seen an Allstate agent with more than one market for Homeowners. Many of our markets have been contacted by desperate Allstate agents hoping for an appointment and have been rejected. I think it is a violation of the captive agreement to place business outside of Allstate. If they do it and get caught, they are dismissed.

  • January 7, 2014 at 11:45 am
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    Alarm bells just went off. State Farm agent posting alert!

    • January 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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      Agree lonestar. I have been kicking their butt for some time now. Ever since they went into financial services and car loans, they have neglected their core P&C and have been in trouble. I only hope that our carriers do not all follow their lead in rate increases, but they probably will. Just hope the increases are less than they are asking for. Farmer’s is just a joke. Their agents are dumb, sell minimum limits Auto and undervalue homes to keep their prices down.

      • January 10, 2014 at 2:50 am
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        You’re right about that. We smoke State Farm’s home rates all the time. I don’t see how their customers aren’t yelling in the streets with the rates they charge.

  • January 22, 2014 at 10:27 am
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    It’s a revolving door when these policies come up for renewal. They all want to try and maintain that profit margin. Not only are the hail claims a concern but the rising cost of building materials.

    • January 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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      mark, we spend a great deal of time re-marketing customers who have received rate increases. Replacement Cost guides are also rising and it amazes me how much they have changed and the difference between companies. Allstate and Farmers depress their Replacement Costs to keep their premiums from rising anymore than the do. I am sure glad I am not a captive. We at least have somewhere else to go.

  • May 28, 2014 at 8:28 am
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    State Farm increased my insurance 25% last July and are raising it another 25% this July. I guess Texas has to pay for all their losses.
    I have no choice but to reduce my coverage. To old for all this.

    • May 28, 2014 at 9:38 am
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      Hey beat down, why are you still with State Farm if they have done this to you? There are a lot of carriers out there ready, willing and able to help you reduce your costs and keep your coverage at an acceptable level. I am amazed that the typical State Farm customer is still pretty loyal to them and it has to get bad for them to change.



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