You should give careful consideration before even filing a Suffolk County NY homeowners insurance claim. Filing just one claim — even a small one — can send your premiums soaring through the roof (no pun intended!)

Making just one small claim on your Suffolk County NY homeowners insurance could cause your rates to soar through the roof

Factors Affecting Suffolk County NY Homeowners Insurance Rates

According to a new study from InsuranceQuotes.com, the average premium increase is 9 percent for the first claim. Even a denied claim can cause your premium to go up. Make sure to know your policy's specific guidelines and only file a claim when absolutely necessary. Winning a small claim could actually cost you money in the long run.

The type of Suffolk County NY homeowners insurance claim also matters. Liability claims, such as from personal injuries, are the most expensive type of claim, with insurers raising premiums by an average of 14%.

Other claims that lead to big premium increases are theft and vandalism, which often indicate that the home is in a neighborhood that is unstable or possibly falling prey to various forms of contamination or corruption. In bad neighborhoods, these crimes can recur, and the high premiums reflect that.

Once your Suffolk County NY homeowners insurance premiums are raised, it can be difficult to get them reduced.

Insurers keep a database called the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange, or CLUE, which tracks seven years' worth of your auto and property insurance claims, as well as any inquiries you may have made about a claim. The database then compiles a report based on your claims history that is then used to determine whether to cover you and how much to charge.
The information is available to all insurers so even if you switch providers, your rate with the new carrier may be just as high.

Ways to Try and Keep Suffolk County NY Homeowners Insurance Costs Down

Raise your deductible. But not so high that you can't afford to pay out-of-pocket costs if damage occurs.

Don't make small claims. Getting a few hundred dollars back if a tree limb falls on your shed may feel good but you could be paying that back to your insurer over the next few years — and then some.

Don't use Suffolk County NY homeowners insurance as a maintenance tool. Don't file a claim to pay for small repairs, such as when wind blows some old shingles off your roof. Use it for catastrophic repairs only.

Shop around often. Look for quotes once a year. There's lots of competition in the industry and you may be able to buy equal coverage and service for a lower price.

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Suffolk County is one of 62 counties in New York. The county is in the New York metro area. We can help you find real estate in any of these areas of Suffolk County: Babylon, Bellport, Centereach, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Greenlawn, Half Hollow Hills, Hauppague, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Islandia, Islip, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lindenhurst, Melville, Oakdale, Patchogue, Sayville, and Smithtown. Just click the "Search for Suffolk County NY Real Estate" link at the top or bottom of this page.

Previously owned Suffolk County NY home sales climbed in September to the highest level in a year, pointing to growing confidence in the U.S. economy as employment firms.

Nationwide, purchases advanced 2.4 percent to a 5.17 million annual rate. Demand was up 1.9 percent compared with the same month last year before adjusting for seasonal patterns.

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Of all Suffolk County NY home sales, cash transactions accounted for about 24 percent, down from 33 percent 12 months earlier, the report showed. Investors, 63 percent of whom paid cash, represented 14 percent of the market last month, down from 19 percent in September 2013.

Distressed sales, comprised of foreclosures and short sales, in which the lender agrees to take less than the balance of the mortgage, made up 10 percent of the total.

"The traditional Suffolk County NY home buyer — the person who takes out a mortgage loan to buy a Suffolk County NY home — seems to be growing in strength over the past year and we expect that to continue,” according to Robert Stein, deputy chief economist at First Trust Portfolios LP in Wheaton, Illinois, who is among the best forecasters of existing home sales over the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Suffolk County is one of 62 counties in New York. The county is in the New York metro area. We can help you find real estate in any of these areas of Suffolk County: Babylon, Bellport, Centereach, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Greenlawn, Half Hollow Hills, Hauppague, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Islandia, Islip, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lindenhurst, Melville, Oakdale, Patchogue, Sayville, and Smithtown. Just click the "Search for Suffolk County NY Real Estate" link at the top or bottom of this page.

The RealtyTrac U.S. Home Equity and Underwater Report for the third quarter of 2014 released recently shows there were fewer Suffolk County NY underwater properties. 8.1 million U.S. residential properties were still seriously underwater—where the combined loan amount secured by the property is at least 25 percent higher than the property's estimated market value—representing 15 percent of all properties with a mortgage and an estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity.

Suffolk County NY underwater properties continue to show improved numbers in the 3rd quarter 2014.

The third quarter negative equity numbers showing Suffolk County NY underwater properties were down to the lowest level since RealtyTrac began reporting negative equity in the first quarter of 2012.

In the previous quarter nationwide, 9.1 million residential properties representing 17 percent of all properties with a mortgage were seriously underwater, and in the third quarter of 2013, 10.7 million residential properties representing 23 percent of all properties with a mortgage were seriously underwater.

The recent peak in negative equity was in the second quarter of 2012, when 12.8 million U.S. residential properties representing 29 percent of all properties with a mortgage were seriously underwater.

The decrease in Suffolk County NY underwater properties is promising but the estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity nationwide means that the flood waters are not receding as quickly across the country as they were before, even though Suffolk County NY underwater properties are down slightly, corresponding to slowing home price appreciation. Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac said, "slower price appreciation means the 8 million homeowners seriously underwater could still have a long road back to positive equity."

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Suffolk County is one of 62 counties in New York. The county is in the New York metro area. We can help you find real estate in any of these areas of Suffolk County: Babylon, Bellport, Centereach, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Greenlawn, Half Hollow Hills, Hauppague, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Islandia, Islip, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lindenhurst, Melville, Oakdale, Patchogue, Sayville, and Smithtown. Just click the "Search for Suffolk County NY Real Estate" link at the top or bottom of this page.

Many Suffolk County NY homeowners think they know their homes better than anyone, and it's probably true. But that doesn't mean they're the best person for the job when it comes to selling Suffolk County NY real estate, especially their own property.

Selling Suffolk County NY real estate as for sale by owner can be risky.

Some sellers are tempted to try a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transaction because the Suffolk County NY community is in the midst of a sellers' market and they think they can sell easily without help. Others try the FSBO route because they want to maximize their profits and avoid paying a commission to a real estate broker.

Statistics show that selling Suffolk County NY real estate with the assistance of a professional real estate broker or agent will usually garner a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket while minimizing your legal risks.

Selling Suffolk County NY Real Estate FSBO is Risky

Most Suffolk County NY real estate buyers today work with a buyer agent to represent their best interests. If you choose to sell your Suffolk County NY real estate on your own, you'll be negotiating with a professional and relying on your own skill to finalize a contract. Not only could you end up selling your Suffolk County NY real estate for less money, you could leave yourself open to potential legal problems unless you have the contract checked by an experienced real estate attorney.

Buyers also typically prefer to look at a home without the seller present so they can feel more comfortable exploring the rooms and visualizing themselves in the property. At an FSBO sale, you, as the seller, must be present.

Selling your Suffolk County NY real estate as a FSBO can be successful, but 90 percent of homeowners prefer to work with a professional rather than risk an unsatisfactory home selling experience.

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Suffolk County is one of 62 counties in New York. The county is in the New York metro area. We can help you find real estate in any of these areas of Suffolk County: Babylon, Bellport, Centereach, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Greenlawn, Half Hollow Hills, Hauppague, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Islandia, Islip, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lindenhurst, Melville, Oakdale, Patchogue, Sayville, and Smithtown. Just click the "Search for Suffolk County NY Real Estate" link at the top or bottom of this page.

Buying a Suffolk County NY home remains a dream for many people. Whether you are a young professional, part of a new family, or an empty-nester, the desire for permanence, peace of mind, and independence can be extremely motivating, in part because almost everyone considers these factors important for having a good quality of life.

When looking for a Suffolk County NY home, whether for the first time or not, many would-be homeowners finding themselves wondering: what kind of Suffolk County NY home can I actually afford and how do I find one that is affordable on my budget?

Here is how to go about figuring out a budget for your Suffolk County NY home.

Determining a Budget for Your Suffolk County NY Home

You must take an objective look at your finances to understand exactly how much you can afford to spend on creating your perfect home.

You must look closely at all your debts, bills, and earnings, and that can be uncomfortable or even depressing, depending on your circumstances.

A good place to start is by talking to a financial adviser, loan officer, or other professional to get an accurate picture of your finances and potential budget for buying your Suffolk County NY home.

In the end, however, you should have a figure in mind in terms of the monthly payment you can afford. Remember the payment includes more than just the principal and interest associated with the home loan. You will also be paying property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and possibly mortgage insurance, making the payment higher than you may initially think.

Finding an Affordable Suffolk County NY Home

In recent years, some of the best real estate deals have been on foreclosures and short sales. Foreclosures are homes sold by the bank holding the mortgage, usually due to non-payment by the owner. Sometimes, homes may be sold at auction by the state/city due to non-payment of property or other taxes. Foreclosures are generally sold well below market value, primarily to prevent the bank or other interested parties from losing even more money on the property. Lists of foreclosures can be found online or sometimes in local newspapers.

Short sales are similar, however, the list price of the home may be higher than a foreclosure. Keep in mind, many of these homes are not necessarily in good condition and may need work, either cosmetic or structural, to make the home livable or nice inside.

If you choose to purchase such a Suffolk County NY home, a property inspection beforehand can save you a lot of potential heartache. Replacing a roof, for example, generally costs thousands. Mold remediation is likewise expensive, not to mention hazardous. Homes for sale by-owner are likely to be affordable; however, the transaction itself can be much more difficult without having professional assistance working on behalf of both parties.

These reasons alone should be convincing enough to hire your own agent to look after your best interests in any purchase of a Suffolk County NY home.

Other Expenses When Buying A Suffolk County NY Home

Closing costs can be one major expense. Ideally, the seller should pay the majority of these costs. To avoid surprises, be certain to understand fully which expenses are your responsibility and which ones belong to the seller. High closing costs can represent a serious expense that could be unnecessary or at least negotiable.

The same goes for insurance. It is entirely possible to overpay for a policy that does not provide any additional benefits to you as the homeowner. You should get quotes from several insurance companies prior to choosing a policy. Do not skimp on coverage! Just make an attempt at getting what you need for an affordable rate through comparison shopping.

We have more articles to help in the process of buying a Suffolk County NY home over in our Suffolk County NY Home Buying Tips section of articles under the Suffolk County NY Real Estate Categories to your right.

Suffolk County is one of 62 counties in New York. The county is in the New York metro area. We can help you find real estate in any of these areas of Suffolk County: Babylon, Bellport, Centereach, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Dix Hills, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Greenlawn, Half Hollow Hills, Hauppague, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington, Islandia, Islip, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lindenhurst, Melville, Oakdale, Patchogue, Sayville, and Smithtown. Just click the "Search for Suffolk County NY Real Estate" link at the top or bottom of this page.
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