Eighty-six percent of Americans are unaware that insurers’ use of the claims history for the previous owners of their home can be factored into setting their premiums for a new policy, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 adults by InsuranceQuotes.
Many insurers use CLUE — Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange — to report and check the claims history of homes. Yet, only 12 percent of buyers say they ask for a CLUE report before buying their current home, according to the survey.
“Consumers of all ages, from millennials to seniors, are almost entirely unaware of how the CLUE database affects their insurance rates,” says Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at InsuranceQuotes. “In most states, an inquiry about property damage can be added to your CLUE report and used against you, even if you never file a claim.”
Only the owner of a property can request a CLUE report. Homebuyers, therefore, need to ask sellers to obtain a copy on their own behalf.
“The CLUE report, which maintains data up to seven years, is a valuable tool for homebuyers because it reveals prior claims and potential risks,” Adams says. “It also helps homesellers provide full disclosure about their property’s condition.”
The CLUE report can be obtained for free once every 12 months.