California Homeowners' Valuation Course Update

Top Quote New California Valuation Regulation Update Section 2811.54 Broker-Agent Training on Estimating Replacement Value Effective 6/27/11. End Quote
  • San Diego, CA (1888PressRelease) August 03, 2011 - California Insurance agents, brokers, & support staff: The requirement to attend a Valuation Class and to set standards in place for broker/agent record keeping is now past its initial effective date of 6/27/11. If broker/agents and support staff have not yet taken the required class and instituted the standards they must do so prior writing residential insurance and providing any estimates on new or renewal business.

    Are you in compliance? The Insurance Community Center has just released more dates for you to get the required CE credit. Take this class with our online webinar format.

    There are some modifications to the regulation that are effective 6/27/11 that clarify and expand some of its definitions which can be referenced at the CA DOI website.

    1. There has been confusion as to whether the regulation ONLY relates to Homeowners Insurance or also refers to other types of residential property wherefore a Homeowners Policy would not be written based on occupancy, ownership, or usage but would be written on a Dwelling Program instead based on such eligibility. The regulation now states:

    (1) "Homeowners' insurance policy" shall have the same meaning as "policy of residential property insurance" as defined in subdivision (a) of Insurance Code section 10104

    2. There has been confusion as to whether the regulation applies to mobile homes; manufactured homes; renters; or condominium units. The regulation now states:

    Under section 10104) A "homeowners' insurance policy" does not include:
    (A) a tenant's policy;
    (B) a policy covering an individually owned mobile home and its contents;
    (C) a policy covering an individually owned manufactured home and its contents;
    (D) a renter's policy; or
    (E) a policy insuring an individually owned condominium unit that does not provide dwelling structure coverage.

    3. There has been confusion as to what an "estimate" actually constitutes and if it would only apply to an actual evaluation based on a company estimator or other resource. This part of the regulation goes to the question as to whether, for example, an insured's commercial lines broker who is just giving an opinion on his client's homeowners insurance value although that broker may not be involved in the actual estimation process should be taking the required class and be aware of the regulation. The regulation is far more broad based then some may have construed and states:

    (e) "Estimate of replacement value" shall have the same meaning as "estimate of replacement cost" and means any estimate, statement, calculation, approximation or opinion, whether expressed orally or in writing, regarding the projected replacement value of a particular structure or structures.

    4. Last but NOT least all Broker/Agents must be in compliance with Section 2695.182 for documentation. All individuals working with residential properties must review this section to set standard in their agency to comply with the regulation.

    The Insurance Community Center & University has added new opportunities to take this course via online webinar. Please visit us online to find out more and to take this and other CE classes.

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