Zurich, Vertus Launch Hurricane Deductible Buy-Back Program in Florida

June 11, 2019

Zurich has launched Cat4Home, a new hurricane deductible buy-back program through Vertus Insurance Partners.

Cat4Home is a supplemental insurance policy available to residential homeowners in Florida and covers 100% of the hurricane deductible, generally seen as 1% to 5% of the value of their home. In many cases, homeowners are unaware that they have a hurricane deductible and are often not prepared financially to cover this first-dollar responsibility of their homeowner policy deductible.

Cat4Home is available in Florida on homes valued up to $5 million and hurricane deductibles from $1,000 to $100,000. For example, a homeowner with a home valued at $500,000 and a 5% hurricane deductible would need to pay out of pocket $25,000 for the hurricane deductible when filing a claim following a category 1-5 storm.

According to the company, annual premiums can start at $220. The coverage pays for losses covered within the hurricane deductible of the homeowner’s policy, less a policy deductible (the small portion of the loss that the Cat4Home policyholder is required to pay or retain for themselves.) The coverage is a follow-form policy.

Vertus Insurance Partners is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.

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