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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Got Insurance? What will you need during your 30's?

Another decade of your active life... time for settling in with a new home and family and growth in your assets.  Life is stressful but fulfilling.  You realize you have more responsibilities and more at risk. Do you have the right insurance for your protection? Maybe yes, and maybe no --- here are some things you need to know to make an informed decision, suggested by  www.businessinsider.com

Ready to close on a New Home?  Homeowners insurance is required to protect the structure of your home, your liability exposure, and your belongings.  Your Trusted Choice agent will work with your realtor and your lender and will assist you in determining the appropriate Replacement Cost to protect your home and belonging  from fire, theft tornadoes, flood and other natural disasters.  Liability coverage will protect you if a visitor is injured on your property Also ask about discounts and credits you can apply to your policy for well-maintaining your property and removing hazards, as well as fortifying your home to protect against perils, and making your home more energy efficient.

Increasing the size of your family?  Life insurance and Disability Insurance should be on your horizon for the future needs of those you love if you should be injured of die.  Check with your Trusted Choice Agent for options.  Calculate your coverage needs at www.lifehappens.org 

Ready for a Umbrella?  As you accumulate assets and wealth, you have more to lose, so you should look at adding a low cost umbrella insurance policy to your portfolio which will give you extended protection over your underlying policies.  Your Trusted Choice agent will offer you options to enhance your protection.
 
We are your LOCAL Trusted Choice Advisors, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com ,  SALES AND SERVICE AGENTS: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, Johnny Walton and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail or in person: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: info@southgroupgulfcoast.com, phone: 228-466-4498 fax:888-415-8922,  FaceBook www.facebook.com/southgroup.gulfcoast, or Twitter www.twitter.com/atreutel !

We have Gulf Coast locations to serve you - 2505 Pass Road - Biloxi, 5400 Indian Hill-Diamondhead, and 412 Hwy 90 Suite 6-Bay Saint Louis, MS. We write coverage in 40 different states and can assist you with Mississippi insurance, Louisiana insurance, and Alabama insurance and many other states.


Insurance is stressful, but we make saving easy.  We help you save money on insurance!
#trustedchoice #southgroup
#southgroup   @stateauto  @libertymutual @TRV_insurance @safecoinsurance @progressive #savemoney @atreutel

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Got Insurance? What will you need during your 20's?

Life speeds by... you have fun and work hard in college, get a degree, and you open your eyes and find yourself out on your own.  You must make your own decisions and embrace life.  You have a new job and are finalizing major purchases.  Do you need insurance for your protection?  Maybe yes, and maybe no --- here are some things you need to know to make an informed decision, courtesy of www.InsureUonline.org. 

Buying a New Car?  You will definitely need auto insurance, but the rate varies based on the make and model of vehicle.  Before you make your final decision, check with your Trusted Choice agent to find out which of your favorite models is the least expensive to insure.  Also ask about discounts and credits you can apply to your policy for good grades, safe driving record, and more.

Getting a New Apartment?  Renters insurance is highly recommended and is very inexpensive.  Liability coverage will protect you from property damage or injuries if something bad happens on your property.  Contents coverage protects your furniture and electronics in the event of a fire or theft.  Check with your Trusted Choice Agent for options.

Hunting For A New Job?  At every age, health insurance is highly recommended.  The cost is less when you are young, and will protect you in the event of an unfortunate accident.  Ask your employer what is offered, and take advantage of wellness programs.  If your employer does not provide the coverage, discuss with your Trusted Insurance Advisor.

Walking Down the Aisle?  Many things change when you combine households.  Combining auto policies may even save you money.  You will want to be sure that your new beautiful ring is covered too!

We are your LOCAL Trusted Choice Advisors, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com ,  SALES AND SERVICE AGENTS: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, Johnny Walton and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail or in person: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: info@southgroupgulfcoast.com, phone: 228-466-4498 fax:888-415-8922,  FaceBook www.facebook.com/southgroup.gulfcoast, or Twitter www.twitter.com/atreutel !

We have Gulf Coast locations to serve you - 2505 Pass Road - Biloxi, 5400 Indian Hill-Diamondhead, and 412 Hwy 90 Suite 6-Bay Saint Louis, MS. We write coverage in 40 different states and can assist you with Mississippi insurance, Louisiana insurance, and Alabama insurance and many other states.


Insurance is stressful, but we make saving easy.  We help you save money on insurance!
#trustedchoice #southgroup
#southgroup   @stateauto  @libertymutual @TRV_insurance @safecoinsurance @progressive #savemoney @atreutel

Thursday, September 15, 2016

How to Save Money When Buying Life Insurance

You aren't getting any younger.  We are not promised tomorrow.  You owe  owe owe, and you don't want to leave a burden on your family if something happens to you.  You want to do estate planning. You want to ensure that your children will have the resources needed to attend college if you are no longer around.   You want your business to be able to continue without you.  So many reasons to obtain a life insurance policy.  Here's the catch --- you will not get to enjoy the proceeds -- Life Insurance is not for you; it's for those you leave behind.

To know how much you need, you should consider 3 factors - 1) Your Total Annual Bills, 2) Your Total Assets 3) Your Total Liabilities.  You should do some planning to determine how much coverage you should obtain, and the younger and healthier you are, the lower the rate you will pay.

This is a good Life Insurance Calculator  you could use: http://finance.yahoo.com/calculator/insurance/ins01

Next, you will need to decide what type of coverage to purchase - Term or Whole Life.  Term Life has a definite period of coverage with the lowest premiums.  Whole Life is sometimes referred to as Permanent Coverage because it does not expire and may also provide a cash buildup and/or dividend option. Which is better depends on your personal needs.  As you age, your financial needs and obligations will change, so if you have a good retirement plan, you may not need permanent coverage.  If you are not disciplined about saving or anticipate ongoing needs, whole life may be a better option.  Your Trusted Choice Agent can assist you with evaluating the amount and type of coverage that would be the most beneficial

There are hundreds of companies and hundreds of options that can be very confusing.  Add to that the line of Annuity products that are available to provide fixed income and tax savings, you could easily be overwhelmed.  Check with a Trusted Choice Agent to better understand your options and to obtain a solution crafted to meet your individual needs.

Ways to save money on life insurance -
1) Look into Term insurance (lower cost) and invest the difference
2) Avoid "guaranteed issue" if you are healthy
3) Get your Trusted Choice Agent to shop around for you and customize your coverages based on what you really need
4) Buy life insurance as early as you identify the need (the younger and healthier you are, the lower the rate)
5) Pay for your coverage annually instead of monthly (this reduces fees)
6) Obtain a re-evaluation if your health or life style changes for the better (examples: stop smoking, lose and maintain weight loss
7) Get healthy!
8) Focus on financially sound insurance companies
9) Choose a policy with a renewal guarantee to prevent the possibility of being uninsurable when your term expires.
10) Keep your policy up to date and your payments up to date to avoid penalties.

We are your LOCAL Trusted Choice Advisors, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com , SALES AND SERVICE AGENTS: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail or in person: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: info@southgropugulfcoast.com , phone: 228-466-4498 fax:888-415-8922, FaceBook www.facebook.com/southgroup.gulfcoast, or Twitter www.twitter.com/atreutel ! 

We have 3 Gulf Coast locations to serve you - 2505 Pass Road - Biloxi, 5400 Indian Hill-Diamondhead, and 412 Hwy 90 Suite 6-Bay Saint Louis, MS. We write coverage in 40 different states and can assist you with Mississippi insurance, Louisiana insurance, and Alabama insurance and many other states. 

Insurance is stressful, but we make saving easy. We help you save money on insurance!

#southgroup @stateauto @libertymutual @TRV_insurance @safecoinsurance #savemoney @progressive



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yikes! Eight "historic" floods so far this year - it's not a coincidence!

Yikes! Eight extreme floods in the US this year alone left countless homeless--and only 10% of those impacted were covered by flood insurance.  What's wrong with this picture?       

THE REALITY: we are seeing more extreme rainfall amounts, and we need to realize  - your home is at risk no matter where you live.  Anywhere it rains, it can flood.  Unless you have a few hundred thousand dollars in your savings account, you should buy flood insurance.  Our risk of flooding is changing as both the intensity and frequency of storms reach more dangerous levels.  For the safety of your family and your financial security, re-consider buying flood insurance.

Extreme rainfall, high water levels and resultant "historic" floods are happening way too frequently...it's not a coincidence.  Per the National Weather Service the "rainstorm in Southwest Louisiana is at least the eighth 500-year rainfall event across America in little more than a year, including similar extreme downpours in:
Oklahoma - May
Texas  May & October
West Virginia - June
South Carolina - October
Maryland - July
Northern Louisiana - March
And in Houston, they have experienced the fourth major flood in that region in a span of a year; and that flood has been rated one-in-10,000-year event.  

The severity and frequency of extreme rainfall are both increasing due to the reality of warmer oceans, greater humidity in the atmosphere and overwhelmed, aging drainage systems.  More subdivisions and levees have been built and displaced more water.  The water has to go somewhere.
We can't use the old excuse -It doesn't flood here,  -It hasn't flooded in 40 years,  -The flood map says low risk-- these arguments no longer apply.  After an extreme flood, we can't say "we have 100 more years before the next flood"  ---  wrong, wrong wrong.  

Wherever it rains, it can flood.  Be realistic and responsible about your actual flood risk. Count on the weather to be unpredictable--and increasingly more extreme. 
Only you know your financial capacity to recover from a flood, without insurance.
Only you can decide if paying the average $700 annual premium makes more sense than struggling to cover $37,000 in flood repairs without insurance. 
Only you know if your small business could reopen after being wiped out after flood.
Only you know if the 20% risk in the low risk flood zone is an acceptable gamble to your family.  Learn how flood insurance works.
Only you know how you will manage an "extreme" flood event if it comes to your home.

Make the right decision.  Buy flood insurance.  Your future depends on it!  

There are new insurance companies that are offering private flood coverage.  This provides you with more options on your coverages and pricing!
Your Trusted Choice Insurance Agent, SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast wants you to know you can call on us with your questions or concerns seeking more helpful advice or answers to your pressing insurance questions. A full insurance review is always your best bet to make sure you have all of the adequate coverage for your personal insurance needs. Remember, we offer a personalized insurance review to anyone who is interested at no charge – just visit any one of our convenient coastal locations!
 We are your LOCAL Trusted Choice Advisors, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com , SALES AND SERVICE AGENTS: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Johnny Walton, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail or in person: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: info@southgropugulfcoast.com , phone: 228-466-4498 fax:888-415-8922, FaceBook www.facebook.com/southgroup.gulfcoast, or Twitter www.twitter.com/atreutel ! 

We have 2 Gulf Coast locations to serve you - 2505 Pass Road - Biloxi, and 412 Hwy 90 Suite 6-Bay Saint Louis, MS. We write coverage in 40 different states and can assist you with Mississippi insurance, Louisiana insurance, and Alabama insurance and many other states. 

Insurance is stressful, but we make saving easy. We help you save money on insurance!

#southgroup @stateauto @libertymutual @TRV_insurance @safecoinsurance #savemoney @progressive

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Winds Are A Blowin --- It's Peak Hurricane Season Again!

You know the drill!  Time to be ready for possible catastrophic weather ... what YOU need to do and know NOW!

1) Flood damage from hurricanes is NOT covered by your home or fire property insurance policy on your residence or business. Even if you are not in a designated flood zone, flood insurance is recommended. You MUST have a separate FLOOD insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program. There is a 30-DAY WAITING PERIOD before a new flood policy will become effective. Call or come by our office TODAY 228-385-1177 to get your flood policy!

2) Have a summary of your insurance policies with you if you must evacuate. NOW IS THE TIME to review your coverage levels on each policy (home, wind, flood, auto, etc) and your mortgage holders to ensure that your coverage is adequate and that all information is correct on your policy. Be sure you know your carrier's name and policy number for all of your policies. You may contact us (email: info@southgroupgulfcoast.com , phone: 228-466-4498, fax: 888-415-8922) if you need policy information or if you need any changes to your policy.

3) Home and business preparations:
* Remove yard debris, like dead tree limbs, that could become flying missiles
* Have a safe place to park your cars or store your boat
* Back-up computer records and store them at least 50 miles off-site
* Gather important papers, including inventory lists and insurance information, to take with you if you must evacuate (keep valuable papers in a WATERPROOF container)
* Take pictures or video your possessions to assist in documenting

4) If you evacuate, email us info@southgroupgulfcoast.com with your contact information (address and phone number), so that we will be able to assist you more quickly if you have a claim.

5) If a hurricane strikes our area, MAKE PERSONAL SAFETY YOUR FIRST PRIORITY! (Beware of dangling electrical wires, broken gas lines, etc.)

6) If you have hurricane damage, report it to us as soon as possible - call 228-466-4498 or email: info@southgroupgulfcoast.com or fax 888-415-8922 or online through our 24/7 CLIENT SERVICE PORTAL. You may also report your claim directly to the appropriate carrier (phone numbers will be available at www.southgroupgulfcoast.com). Recognize that communication lines may be impaired, but keep trying!

7) Following a storm, make temporary repairs and take pictures of all damage. Don't throw away any damaged valuables until an adjuster has personally seen and documented them.

8) Thoroughly document your damage by listing damaged/destroyed items along with estimated values to provide to your adjuster. Take pictures if possible.

9) Your adjuster will discuss with you which damages are covered under your policy. Make a note of your adjuster's name and number, as well as the claim number you will be assigned. You will be assigned a different adjuster for each policy that you have. Keep in touch with your adjuster(s), at least weekly, until your claim is settled.

10) Contact SouthGroup Insurance (email: info@southgroupgulfcoast.com , phone: 228-466-4498, fax: 888-415-8922) with any questions you may have. May God bless us all during this hurricane season.

We are your LOCAL Trusted Choice Advisors, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com , SALES AND SERVICE AGENTS: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail or in person: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: info@southgropugulfcoast.com , phone: 228-466-4498 fax:888-415-8922, FaceBook www.facebook.com/southgroup.gulfcoast, or Twitter www.twitter.com/atreutel !

We have 3 Gulf Coast locations to serve you - 2505 Pass Road - Biloxi, 5400 Indian Hill-Diamondhead, and 412 Hwy 90 Suite 6-Bay Saint Louis, MS. We write coverage in 40 different states and can assist you with Mississippi insurance, Louisiana insurance, and Alabama insurance and many other states.

Insurance is stressful, but we make saving easy. We help you save money on insurance!

#southgroup @stateauto @libertymutual @TRV_insurance @safecoinsurance #savemoney @progressive

Friday, July 15, 2016

The SECRET to saving money on your new car and your insurance

Ummmmm - the smell of a new car!  The clean seats, the heated steering wheel, the spacious back seat!  We all love to get a new car!  We are so happy when we drive it off of the lot -  But then comes the "hidden costs" - insurance, parts, maintenance, gas, more.

Here are the TOP WAYS TO SAVE WHEN YOU BUY A CAR:
+ Compare the cost of insurance for the vehicles you are considering to buy
+ Consider a car that is not frequently stolen, check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
+ Choose a type that has less documented claims, like these:

·  Buick Rendezvous
·  Pontiac Solstice
·  Buick Terraza
·  Honda Odyssey
·  Mazda MX-5 Miata
·  Subaru Outback
·  Ford Five Hundred
·  Volvo V70
·  Chrysler Town & Country
·  Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
 
+ Check out a hybrid - many insurance carriers provide discounts for hybrids
+ Look at cars with lower repair costs, check with Consumer Reports
+ Buy a vehicle with automatic daytime running lights that make you easier to see on the road

Your Trusted Choice Insurance Advisor can help you SAVE MONEY ON INSURANCE! 

TOP WAYS TO SAVE WHEN YOU BUY AUTO INSURANCE:
+ Check with your local Trusted Choice agent (www.southgroupgulfcoast.com) for multiple quotes
+ Bundle home and auto with the same insurance company for added savings
+ Pay for the full policy term instead of monthly installments to save
+ Save your insurance for big claims - take care of the little things yourself so you have less "dings" on your record from turning in a number of small dollar claims
+ Bump up comprehensive and collision deductibles
+ Review your coverage to be certain you have the correct vehicles and drivers listed

TOP WAYS TO KEEP ON SAVING
+ Most insurance companies provide "good driver discounts" and "good student discounts"
+ Ask about "senior discounts" and credits for taking driver safety courses
+ Check into military and teacher discounts
+ Many companies are now offering "diminishing deductibles"
+ Continue being a safe driver with a good driving record
+ If you drive less, let your agent know so you can receive credit for a low mileage vehicle
+ Improve your credit record
+ Use the driver monitoring devices; they are not as creepy as they seem, and you use them for about 30 days and then take them out and send them back --- and you can save a bunch on your insurance!!

Your Trusted Choice Insurance Agent, SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast wants you to know you can call on us with your questions or concerns seeking more helpful advice or answers to your pressing insurance questions. A full insurance review is always your best bet to make sure you have all of the adequate coverage for your personal insurance needs. Remember, we offer a personalized insurance review to anyone who is interested at no charge – just visit any one of our 3 convenient coastal locations!

We are your LOCAL
Trusted Choice Advisors, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com ,  SALES AND SERVICE AGENTS: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail or in person: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: info@southgropugulfcoast.com , phone: 228-466-4498 fax:888-415-8922,  FaceBook www.facebook.com/southgroup.gulfcoast, or Twitter www.twitter.com/atreutel !

We have 3 Gulf Coast locations to serve you - 2505 Pass Road - Biloxi, 5400 Indian Hill-Diamondhead, and 412 Hwy 90 Suite 6-Bay Saint Louis, MS. We write coverage in 40 different states and can assist you with Mississippi insurance, Louisiana insurance, and Alabama insurance and many other states.
Insurance is stressful, but we make saving easy.  We help you save money on insurance!

#southgroup   @stateauto  @libertymutual @TRV_insurance @safecoinsurance #savemoney

Thursday, June 30, 2016

An umbrella policy is just what you need --- for a rainy day!

Have you ever wondered if you should buy an umbrella policy?  Do you have assets?  children? a business? a car?  If so, an inexpensive umbrella may be the best purchase you ever make.
 A good home and auto insurance policy will provide you with a reasonable amount of liability protection which will provide you with litigation support up to your policy limits.  How much liability coverage do you need, you may ask?  You need enough coverage to cover your assets!  So spend a few minutes thinking about all that you have --- and how much it would cost you to replace if you lose it all.  If you own  a home, you should be carrying AT LEAST $300,000 liability coverage. 

So if your home and auto have a reasonable amount of liability coverage, why would you want an umbrella?  The umbrella protects you from that really bad lawsuit, the one where you are responsible for a tragic accident with extensive injuries or even a fatality, and you are sued for $1 million.  If you are sued and exhaust your policy limits on medical bills and property repairs and legal fees, all of your assets are at risk.  An umbrella insurance policy may save you from financial ruin.


A $1million umbrella policy will add to your liability limits and costs very little -- usually under $150-200/yr.


There may be some limitations to the coverage, so be sure you ask the questions before you make your purchase.  Check for coverage related to libel or slander or social media exposures.  Check if the policy extends to your child's college apartment or for a wild party at your home while you are out of town.  Verify that your policy will cover your rented vehicles and punitive damages. 


Your Trusted Choice agent will spend time with you and explain what your policy really covers. Insurance is a complex contract and NOT something you can buy “in a box”, even though advertisers try to convince you to believe this.


Your Trusted Choice Insurance Agent, SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast wants you to know you can call on us with your questions or concerns seeking more helpful advice or answers to your pressing insurance questions. A full insurance review is always your best bet to make sure you have all of the adequate coverage for your personal insurance needs. Remember, we offer a personalized insurance review to anyone who is interested at no charge – just visit any one of our 3 convenient coastal locations!We are your LOCAL Trusted Choice Advisors, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast http://www.southgroupgulfcoast.com
 ,  SALES AND SERVICE AGENTS: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Brittany Jones, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel, Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, and Whitney Zimmerman at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail or in person: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: info@southgroupgulfcoast.com , phone: 228-466-4498 fax:888-415-8922,  FaceBook www.facebook.com/southgroup.gulfcoast, or Twitter www.twitter.com/atreutel ! 

We have 3 Gulf Coast locations to serve you - 2505 Pass Road - Biloxi, 5400 Indian Hill-Diamondhead, and 412 Hwy 90 Suite 6-Bay Saint Louis, MS. We write coverage in 40 different states and can assist you with Mississippi insurance, Louisiana insurance, and Alabama insurance and many other states. 

 
Insurance is stressful, but we make saving easy.  We help you save money on insurance!

#southgroup   @stateauto  @libertymutual @TRV_insurance @safecoinsurance @progressive #savemoney @atreutel