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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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Property Insurance
Historic Properties, Real Estate, Community Associations

Understanding Property Insurance for Niche Markets

While Commercial Property coverage is an integral component of an insurance program for all businesses, the type of coverage secured depends on the niche market served and its exposures. Different policies protect against different risks. Some cover only those risks named in the policy, and others cover all risks except for those that are excluded.

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Market Value
Real Estate

Why Replacement Cost Over Market Value Makes Sense for Multi-Family Homes

Distinguished Programs specializes in providing insurance for City Homes and New York Brick & Brownstone properties. Often questions arise from property owners on how to best determine the amount of coverage they need to purchase under their Commercial Property policy – whether this should be based on the building’s market value or replacement cost value. We put together an info sheet, “Understanding the Difference: Market Value vs. Replacement Cost,” to help agents and brokers explain how each property valuation methodology works and the benefits of insuring a property with Replacement Cost coverage.

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Real Estate

Hurricane Season: Understanding the New Normal

Hurricane season is approaching, and with it, a new reality when storms hit properties in its path. According to a recent report put out by Zurich North America, one of our key carrier partners, despite the overwhelming evidence of a “new normal,” communities are not taking broad action to protect their coastal areas and vulnerable properties and infrastructure. The risks remain high for property owners.

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hiring contractors
Real Estate

Best Practices for Hiring Contractors

Spring is ramping up, and so are the construction jobs and renovations! But do your clients know the ins and outs of hiring contractors? Are their contractors OSHA certified or have they received recent complaint? Are their contracts all up to snuff, and how about the contractors’ insurance coverage? As residential and commercial property owners embark on routine maintenance projects or much-needed repairs,

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Construction insurance
Historic Properties, Real Estate, Market Insights, Risk Insight

Construction Insurance in Today’s Growing Market

If you build it, they will come—but don’t forget about adequate liability coverage for new construction! As the construction sector keeps pace with the general real estate market, Distinguished’s senior vice president and program executive, Michael Thabet, weighs in on currents facets of the construction industry and what that means for today’s carriers and insureds. Thabet discusses the importance of having the right type of coverage for different building projects and how newly emerging claims are changing the landscape of this sector. Dive right in and share this Rough Notes article.

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wind damage
Real Estate, Community Associations, Risk Insight

A Strong Wind Is on the Way

As Bob Dylan says, “A hard rain is gonna fall…” and with it this weekend, a strong wind is gonna blow! The greater New York area is bracing for wind gusts up to 70 mph Friday, according to the National Weather Service, not to mention a coastal flood advisory through Saturday.

Are you ready? Doing a quick property sweep could help protect your building from severe wind damage.

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Boiler
Real Estate

Alert: New Online Process for NYC Boiler Inspections

Down deep in the basement is the heart of your building that keeps everything going: the boiler! Yearly boiler inspections are the law—and for good reason. But now those annual inspections in New York City must be submitted online. This new process, along with submitting yearly certificate fees, is now the only way to complete a boiler inspection with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).

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Snowy Sidewalk
Real Estate, Risk Insight

Whitepaper – The Invisible Dangers of a Winter Wonderland

Due to the increased risk of accidental slip-and-fall injuries that occur because of snow and ice along sidewalks, it is important for home and property owners to understand their responsibilities for the sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

While different states have varied laws regarding the time frame for how quickly snow and ice must be removed from the abutting sidewalks of any property, in New York City the laws are some of the least forgiving.

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Brooklyn real estate
Real Estate

Whitepaper – If I Fought the Law, Would the Law Win?

Without a higher limit on their general liability, homeowners could be in for a world of hurt – the kind that affects the wallet.

When it comes to who will be held responsible for accidental or negligent injuries, with regards to a homeowner’s property, the laws can be a tricky thing to navigate. With New York being one of the most litigious states in the entire country, not only is it advantageous for a homeowner to know the laws, their rights, and their responsibilities – it is essential. It is doubly important for the homeowner to then make sure they have coverage that can handle any situation that could lead to personal liability.

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Halloween Pumpkin story
Real Estate, Community Associations, Risk Insight

A Spooky but True Halloween Story

In honor of Halloween today, we’re re-sharing one of our claims that came in through our City Homes program a while ago.

On a cold, dark night in early November, snow and ice glazed the sidewalks up and down the block. Tired building owners shuffled out at first light to make sure their patches of sidewalk were cleared and salted. All but one, that is. Our insured, who we’ll call Mr. Smith, is the non-resident owner of small apartment building. He decided to sleep in that morning, confident that his son would shovel the sidewalk in his stead. Junior had been out all night and hadn’t woken up to shovel the walk. So when a young woman slipped on that very patch of snow, the only un-cleared area on the block, it didn’t take her lawyer very long to find Mr. Smith’s name and address, and serve him with her medical bills for her torn rotator cuff and spinal injuries.

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labor law
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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