Home insurance prices increased by 21% on average between May 2022 and May 2023, according to the latest internal data by Policygenius. Nearly all (94%) of people who renewed their policies were quoted higher premiums, Poligenius reported.
These were the states that saw the highest increases at renewal.
- Florida (+35%)
- Idaho (+31%)
- Colorado (+30%)
- South Dakota (+28%)
- Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma (+27%)
"Several of these states have dealt with an increase in natural disaster losses and dwindling insurance options over the last few years," Policygenius said in its report.
Still, some East Coast areas saw smaller home insurance price increases at renewal, according to the study.
- Vermont (+10%)
- New York (+11%)
- Maine (+13%)
- New Hampshire (+14%)
"While homeowners in these states haven’t experienced the same level of sticker shock as others, home insurance premiums have still increased," Policygenius said in its report.
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Natural disaster damage is driving up home insurance costs
Insurance companies in 2022 paid out $99 billion in claims related to natural disasters, driving the fifth most severe year for insurance losses, according to Policygenius research.
"To help pay for it all, insurance companies appear to be passing more of these costs onto customers than ever before," Policygenius said in its report.
Notably, the total number of natural disasters in the U.S. in 2022 is nearly equal to the amount seen during the last decade, with Hurricane Ian being the second costliest storm in history, Poligenius reported. Between 2010 and 2019, the frequency of natural disasters nearly doubled from the prior decade to 131 or 13 per year, according to Policygenius research.
Nonetheless, many have been moving to disaster-prone areas, according to a report by Redfin. In particular, the most flood-prone U.S. counties experienced 384,000 more move-ins than move-outs in 2021 and 2022, representing a 103% increase from the last two years. And counties with the highest wildfire risk saw 446,000 more people move in than out in the last two years, marking a 51% increase from 2019 and 2020.
"Many disaster-prone areas are relatively affordable because homebuyers and renters have a larger pool of homes to choose from," Redfin said in its report. "America is increasingly building housing in places endangered by climate change; more than half (55%) of homes built so far this decade face fire risk, while 45% face drought risk, a separate Redfin analysis found. By comparison, just 14% of homes built from 1900 to 1959 face fire risk and 37% face drought risk. New homes are also more likely than older homes to face heat and flood risk."
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Rising construction costs have increased homeowner’s insurance rates
Inflation, supply-chain issues and labor shortages triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic had a massive impact on home insurance costs, according to Policygenius.
"Because the dwelling coverage portion of homeowners insurance is based on the cost to rebuild the home from the ground up, including the price of lumber, roofing, and other raw materials, the amount that insurers are responsible for paying out on each claim has also gone up," Policygenius said in its report. "As a result, insurers have increased premiums to offset the higher loss ratios created by inflation."
Additionally, the costs of materials to rebuild homes throughout the United States have increased by 30% over the last five years, according to the International Insurance Society (IIS).
"The U.S. experienced the highest cumulative increases in property replacement costs," the IIS said in a post.
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