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Earthquake Insurance

Earthquake insurance pays the policyholder in the event of an earthquake that causes property damage. Most homeowners insurance policies in California exclude earthquake damage, unless an additional policy is purchased. Federal government loans to repair your primary residence in the event of a catastophic earthquake may be limited (in 2019 the maximum was $200K) which is generally far below the amount needed to rebuild (or in many cases repair) a single family home in many parts of California.  Government loans for secondary and vacation homes are not available, though may be available for long term rental properties. 

Most earthquake insurance policies have a high deductible-10 to 25% of the dwelling coverage limit.  Premiums depend on location, type of construction, and the probability of an earthquake. As with flood zones, earthquake seismic zones can change over time.  Rates may be less costly for homes made of wood, which withstand earthquakes better than homes made of brick. When seeking a quote, you will be asked by your agent/broker if the home has cripple walls and if they are braced and if the home is bolted to the foundation.  For information, please visit Earthquakesafety.com.  Additional resources are available at Earthquakebracebolt.com.  


Another good resource is the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) website.  They have a nice calculator if you want to quote coverage options and get an idea of cost for coverage as a homeowner, condo unit owner, renter or mobilehome owner. In order to secure insurance with the CEA, your homeowners insurance company must be with a Participating Residential Insurer.  If your homeowners policy is not with a participating insurer, we also offer stand-alone earthquake insurance policies.


As with floods, hurricanes or other large-scale disasters, insurance companies must be careful when assigning this type of insurance, because an earthquake strong enough to destroy one home will probably destroy dozens of homes in the same area. If one company has written insurance policies on a large number of homes in a particular zip code, then a devastating earthquake will quickly drain all the company's resources. Insurance companies devote much effort toward risk management to appropriately price and cap their exposure.


 We offer coverage through many different Earthquake Insurance companies.  For a quote, please contact us either by email or phone.  We will ask a series of questions and prepare your quote!




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