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US Home Insurance ‘Bubble’ Closer to Popping as Climate Risks Mount: Report

September 20, 2023

Home insurance costs that have soared in much of the US may get even higher.

Tens of millions of properties around the country are insured at prices that haven’t caught up with the danger of hurricanes, wildfires and floods, according to a new report from the First Street Foundation, a nonprofit that works to define and communicate risks posed by climate change.

First Street estimates that 39 million US homes are insured at artificially suppressed prices compared with the risk they actually face. Of those, nearly 6.8 million homes are covered by state-backed “insurer of last resort” policies.

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