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Insurance Companies Seize Thousands of Homes in Florida Amid Skyrocketing Cost of Living

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These aren’t the best times for Florida homeowners, who are battling an escalating crisis—the alarming rise of insurance premiums. Things are fast-changing in the Sunshine State as insurance costs go through the roof. Many homeowners have been forced out of their homes with nowhere to stay.

What started as isolated incidents of compulsory property upgrades that cost homeowners quite a fortune has now spiraled out of control. Thousands of property owners are grappling with a sharp increase in insurance premiums of up 400% in a few years. 

From an average annual premium of $1988 in 2019, Florida homeowners now pay an average of $8,777 in the first half of 2024. 

Many homeowners in the state have found it difficult to bear the cost of the rising premiums. In addition, they still have the battles of rising food prices, property taxes, and energy costs to fight. 

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Homeownership has become more of a burden than a blessing, even as the scary possibility of financial distress and foreclosures appears even more imminent. It is estimated that over 70% of Florida residents have been affected by the spike in insurance premiums.

Yet another shocking statistic is that 12% of Florida homeowners have faced rejection from their insurance companies. Insurance companies have terminated their engagement with homeowners who have been unable to cope with the new prices. Many of the affected residents are already packing their bags to leave the state.

Residents who have been forced out of their homes are sleeping in their cars while looking for a way out of the challenge. The state’s housing crisis didn’t surprise everyone. Real estate gurus saw the handwriting on the wall and warned residents about the situation. 

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They had also predicted that the problem would be bad enough to prevent potential buyers from securing mortgages. 

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The rise in insurance premiums doesn’t just affect homeowners’s ability to pay for their homes. They may face a brick wall even when they decide to sell their homes. Finding buyers for their homes is more of a herculean task now. 

That’s because buyers are also wary of the high mortgage and insurance prices. To worsen matters, even buyers who can afford the current prices are scared of the unending hikes.

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In the thick of the crisis, many homeowners might be tempted to think that public insurance companies can provide a refuge—that only private companies raise prices. But many of them soon encountered a shocker.

Angry homeowners are squaring off against insurance companies, especially those that dropped their customers without sufficient notice. One of the most ignored reasons insurance prices are reaching record figures is the departure of insurance companies from the state.

For many insurance companies, Florida is no longer good for business, mainly due to the numerous lawsuits from dissatisfied former customers. 

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These lawsuits have collectively cost the insurance companies $1 billion in settlements. These losses have caused many to liquidate their holdings or leave the state. 

Some commentators have argued that the state government has a crucial role in addressing the problem. One suggestion they’ve offered is the introduction of state-funded insurance programs that will cost less than the available options. 

With such a program in place, insurance prices will drop, and residents will enjoy a breath of fresh air in terms of housing costs. But that’s if the government can muster the necessary political will.

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