From the Claim Files: Accident Prone in a Brick & Brownstone

  We talked with Sally Winsted, owner of a newly renovated Brooklyn brownstone, about the loss of some of...

Hotels in the Spotlight After Mass Shooting in Vegas

Hotel hospitality is all about welcoming guests and being a refuge while ensuring privacy, comfort, and safety. But how...

Whitepaper - What Do Increases in Market Values Mean for Homeowners?

The steady market inflation of property tax increases of New York City brownstones could provide some unique opportunities for...

Servicing the Service Animals

Welcoming a hotel guest with a service animal may be as simple and check-in and check-out. Instituting a refresher...

Rug Choices Can Carpet the Way to a Cleaner Earth

Recycling your old carpeting—it’s a thing! The next time your hotel, apartment building, or community association is looking to...
Real Estate
From the Claim Files: Accident Prone in a Brick & Brownstone
Hospitality & Restaurants
Hotels in the Spotlight After Mass Shooting in Vegas
Real Estate
Whitepaper - What Do Increases in Market Values Mean for Homeowners?
Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations
Servicing the Service Animals
Sustainability
Rug Choices Can Carpet the Way to a Cleaner Earth
Brownstone
Real Estate

From the Claim Files: Accident Prone in a Brick & Brownstone

 

We talked with Sally Winsted, owner of a newly renovated Brooklyn brownstone, about the loss of some of her most treasured belongings after an unfortunate fire ravaged her home.

Three years ago, brick & brownstone owner Sally Winsted had an unexpected fire loss. While she was fortunate enough to save her home, she lost some of her most treasured antiques in the blaze. Unfortunately, her personal lines insurance did not adequately cover the cost of the lost items. A hard but important lesson for those who have valuable personal property.

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Market Values
Real Estate

Whitepaper – What Do Increases in Market Values Mean for Homeowners?

The steady market inflation of property tax increases of New York City brownstones could provide some unique opportunities for those who are savvy enough to grab on.

Market values for one, two and three family homes saw an increase of 8.6% citywide…while Brooklyn saw the greatest increase in market value of nearly 18%. This consistent climb in the market is fantastic news if you’re a real-estate broker, but what does this mean for the property owners that already own a home in Brooklyn area? And what does it mean for their insurance values?

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Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight

Hurricane Harvey May Break Records for Flooding. Be Prepared.

Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to hit Texas since 2008 (Hurricane Ike, category 2). It’s scheduled to make landfall on Saturday and expected to bring enough rain to overwhelm bayous and flood large swathes of land. Texas, particularly Houston, is flood-prone and no stranger to the many scenarios which may occur this weekend, but we have four tips to help you and your insureds in Texas make it through the weekend with slightly less panic.

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Distinguished Life

Distinguished Once Again Makes Annual Inc. 5000 List

NEW YORK, August 24, 2017 – Distinguished LLC, a group of entrepreneurial businesses serving the insurance industry, is proud to announce that it is has made Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

Listed at No. 4354, Distinguished has experienced three years of sales growth of 59 percent. This is the fourth year that Distinguished has been part of the magazine’s 5000 list, starting in 2007 (#4509), then 2012 (#3472) and again in 2016 (#3633).

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water conservation
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Sustainability

Assessing Water Usage on Your Grounds

What if every time you filled a glass of water you threw half of it in your boss’s face? Well, that’d be bad! But that is kinda what happens with most landscaping water systems.

Half the water that is being used to sustain the grounds around your building is being wasted. That’s straight from the horse’s mouth—the EPA, that is. Community associations and other management looking to increase water conservation can target their landscaping areas as an integral place to conserve.

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hoarding
Real Estate, Community Associations, Risk Insight

When the Hoarding Hits the Fan

Hoarding. It can manifest in a few different ways, but the bottom line is clear: It’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The hoarder isn’t the only one at risk here, so are adjacent neighbors, property owners, and community associations.

If a property owner or community association ignores a problem, they could be found liable for failing to take action and maintain a safe environment. If the situation leads to injury of person or damage of property, then the liability is even greater. With fair housing laws in effect, the process of managing a hoarding situation can drag on, so best to start as soon as you get a whiff of the problem.

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restaurant technology
Hospitality & Restaurants, Market Insights

Move Over Martinis, the Three-Click Lunch is Here

Mobile apps, online ordering, and automated kiosks—what’s a restaurant’s best bet for adding tech? More and more eateries in the hospitality industry are paving the way for an automated future—one where sales increase, costs go down, and customers are happier to skip a line and some in-person wait time.

New restaurant technology is becoming a standard, and a digital lunchtime of ordering and paying before picking up your food is becoming the norm. A restaurant with a mobile app benefits with: enticing photos of food for customers to peruse, click-to-call buttons for customers who use the app to get ahold of the restaurant, and easy access to leaving reviews on important sites. Not to mention access to the entire menu, specials, and discounts or loyalty rewards.

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preventing legionella
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight

Managing Risk: Preventing Legionella

Updated July 6, 2017: Recent Cases Underscore Legionella Exposure

Since we originally wrote this article there have been several new cases of Legionella reported where people have died and fell ill. In June, one person died and six became ill in the Lenox Hill neighborhood in New York where investigators are looking into the air-conditioning system for contamination as the source of Legionnaires’ Disease. In another incident, two guests at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino contracted Legionnaires’ disease while they were staying at the resort in the months of March and April. Both the hotel and the Southern Nevada Health District were charged with investigating the two cases, remediating the problem and reaching out to past and current guests. They found that Legionella existed throughout the hotel’s water system.

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