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Real Estate

Cyber Attacks as Businesses Go Remote
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Market Insights, Risk Insight, Cyber Liability

Digital Thieves Ramp Up Cyber Attacks as Businesses Go Remote

Hacking activity is up, with cybercriminals taking advantage of remote work vulnerabilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. There are approximately 85 million Americans working from home. In fact, researchers cite that activity against corporations in the United States more than doubled by some measures in March, with malware infections, phishing tactics ,and ransomware running rampant. That’s because it’s harder to protect data when managed on home computers that use widely varying setups and on company machines connecting remotely.

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real estate market in the time of covid
Real Estate

The Real Estate Market in the Time of COVID-19

Every industry segment of society has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the real estate market. Retail closures resulted in millions of employee furloughs, and stay-at-home mandates forced millions of employees out of their offices to work remotely. While many shopping centers, malls, individual retailers and offices have since opened, they have done so slowly and not at full capacity. In fact, many businesses are keeping their employees working from home, either to brace for the second wave of coronavirus or to take the time to reassess the need for large office space.

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umbrella insurance market
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Market Insights, Restaurants

Navigating Today’s Umbrella Insurance Market

In our previous article, we discussed what factors are driving rate increases, capacity restrictions, tighter underwriting, and program structure changes in the Excess Insurance market. It’s important to note that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, carriers were already tightening underwriting in the Excess/Umbrella market, specifically in the hotel, restaurant, and habitational sectors. In recent months, however, these changes have become even more pronounced. Here we take a more detailed look at the firming market and how COVID-19 has impacted certain industry sectors. We also provide you with advice on how to manage client expectations and navigate the disruptive Excess/Umbrella insurance market.

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number one insurance claim
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Cultural Institutions, Risk Insight, Restaurants

Preventing the number-one Insurance Claim: Slips, Trips, and Falls

Year after year, slips, trips, and falls remain the number-one insurance claim for property owners. More than three million people visit the emergency room each year because of falls, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The average hospital visit costs $30,000 to $50,000. Add in factors like ongoing medical bills and lost wages, and the cost of claims mount. Serious slip-and-fall losses, in fact, have plagued the habitational and hospitality sectors, with negligent awards running into the millions. Yet most if not all of these claims are preventable.

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Preparing Office Buildings for Re-Entry
Real Estate, Risk Insight

Opening the Doors to Office Buildings, Shops: Preparing for Re-Entry

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Office buildings, strip malls, indoor malls, light warehouses, and other commercial facilities have been closed for the past two months and more as a result of city COVID-19 stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders. Non-essential employees for the most part have been working remotely up to now, with many gearing up to return to work as state and city restrictions are lifted throughout the country.

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Covid Rent
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants

Can’t make your rent or mortgage payment due to COVID-19? Here’s what you need to know

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus shutdowns, over 26 million workers have filed unemployment claims in the United States. As cases of COVID-19 spread and people across the country find themselves homebound due to shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders, the retail and restaurant industries have been hit especially hard. 

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Covid-19 Crime Prevention
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight, Restaurants

Covid-19 Crime Prevention: The Need to Step Up Security of Unoccupied Establishments, Limited Operations

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, across the country local and state decrees have mandated non-essential businesses to close or limit operations, including restaurants and bars, in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. In addition to having been hard hit by the loss of income and employee layoffs, a spike in burglaries is also unfortunately another fallout of the COVID-19 crisis for many of these businesses.  

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Crisis Management
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations

Preparedness Leads to Successful Crisis Management

Property owners face many different types of risks, including liability events that can result in media scrutiny and negative publicity, reputational damage, and additional loss of revenue. From a pool drowning at a condo to sexual assault in an office-building elevator, a deadly shooting at a mall, or allegations of tenant discrimination at a co-op that results in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, without the right crisis management in place, a company’s potential liability can escalate in the wake of an incident.

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Crisis Response Coverage
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations

Understanding the Importance of Crisis Response Coverage

From a balcony collapsing at an apartment complex to sexual assault in an office building, the fallout from catastrophic events can quickly draw media attention. Property owners and managers must take action immediately to minimize reputational damage and protect their financial welfare. If not handled properly, losses to the company can be devastating.

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small business insurance
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations

Risk Management Programs Critical to Help Keep Small Business Insurance Costs in Line

How much small business insurance costs depends on many different factors, including the type of operation and its location, its exposures, the industry served, claims history, etc. The coverage features and policy terms in an insurance program, along with its policy limits, of course, also affect the cost of coverage.  Additionally, today’s firming insurance market is impacting the cost of insurance across the board, including in all industry sectors.

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Ordinance or Law
Real Estate

Ordinance or Law: Digging Deeper into Property Insurance for City Homes

In reviewing a multi-unit property owner’s insurance needs for a condo, apartment building, co-op, brownstone, or mixed-used structure, there are many exposures to address and ensure that coverage will respond. Having replacement cost coverage with Commercial Property insurance is one important feature of a sound program but making sure that the policy will also address many of the costs involved in rebuilding after a loss is equally important.

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Real Estate

Mitigating Water Damage Risks in Multi-Family Buildings

Water damage is among the leading property claims payouts for insurance companies. In fact, the annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold, according to the Water Damage Defense, is $2.5 billion. Water damage can stem from various sources including: internal leaks, valve failure, or a supply line failure in a water heater; washing machine failures; frozen pipes; bathroom fixtures; appliance leaks; faulty plumbing; leaky roof; and an aged sewage system.

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