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“Insure” Your Peace of Mind

Wallin Insurance " 'Insure' Your Peace of Mind"

My new book  has been released! Chapter 1  Auto Insurance. Chapter 2  Home Insurance. Chapter 3  Renters Insurance. Chapter 4   Motorcycle, RV and Boat Insurance.  Chapter 5   Flood Insurance.  Chapter 6   Landlord Insurance.  Chapter 7   Umbrella Insurance.  Chapter 8   Life Insurance.  Chapter 9   Disability Insurance.  Chapter 10 Long Term Care Insurance. Chapter 11  Choosing the Right Insurance Agent.  Chapter 12  Frequently Answered Questions.

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“Insure” Your Peace of Mind

My new book  has been released! Chapter 1  Auto Insurance. Chapter 2  Home Insurance. Chapter 3  Renters Insurance. Chapter 4   Motorcycle, RV and Boat Insurance.  Chapter 5   Flood Insurance.  Chapter 6   Landlord Insurance.  Chapter 7   Umbrella Insurance.  Chapter 8   Life Insurance.  Chapter 9   Disability Insurance.  Chapter 10 Long Term Care Insurance. Chapter 11  Choosing the Right Insurance Agent.  Chapter 12  Frequently Answered Questions.

Choosing the Right Insurance Agent

Independent agents represent several insurance carriers, giving you the optimal choices for finding the best policies and a fair price.

Independent agencies have no sales quotas or production requirements.  They have the freedom to form relationships with many insurance carriers, which gives them the ability to locate policies that will best suit a particular needs.  Independent agencies truly work on behalf of the client.

Dave Ramsey, (financial guru and radio talk show host) shares his most popular money-saving tip:  “With access to a whole network of insurers, an independent agent casts a wider net to find the best deals on the coverage that is right for the you.  It’s like having your own personal shopper.”

At Wallin Insurance we can do our research and get you the best coverage at the best price.

In addition, we also provide:

  • Monthly and quarterly newsletters providing timely ideas and advice on various insurance topics.
  • Numerous choices for auto and home insurance, along with motorcycle, RV and boat products.
  • Numerous choices of insurance carriers that specialize in specific products like life insurance, disability income protection and long-term care.
  • A trained and knowledgeable staff.  Several of our agents and customer service representatives have more than 15 year of experience with our agency
  • Regular reviews of your insurance coverage.

Contact me at or call 607-734-8799

“Insure Your Peace of Mind” newsletter/blog – FIRE! Be Very, very careful in your home.

FIRE!   Be Very, very careful in your home.
  by Peter Wallin –  Wallin Insurance Agency, Elmira, New York

SADLY, as I write this note to you, I must say I have personally experienced 2 major fires this winter in the Elmira/Horseheads area where there was a fatality.  (I’ve seen several other destructive fires as well where no one was injured, but damage to the home is severe).

I have personally been at the scene of these tragic events. and it takes my breath away to witness the aftermath of the destruction from a fire.

Message to you:  BE CAREFUL!   Most fires are caused by human error  – cigarettes, cooking at the stove or overloading an electrical socket with space heater.

Again – BE CAREFUL.  Life is so very precious.  Take a little extra time to protect yourself and your home.

If you have any questions or concern about your current Home or Renters Insurance please feel free to contact me.  Send me a note at or reply directly to this e-mail.

Deer Accidents Rise in the Autumn Months

Watch out for Deer!

by Peter Wallin, Elmira, NY Insurance Agent
www.WallinInsurance.comDeer Accidents

Each year there are over 1.5 million car accidents that are caused by deer.  These incidents occur especially in the autumn months.

As your local insurance agent, this is the most frequent type of claim we see this time of year  (although we see deer accidents all year long!).  Most accidents are relatively minor  (for the car, that is), ranging in the $2,000-3000 range to repair.  But we have seen car damages as much as $10,000, or the car actually be considered a “total” damage.

We urge you to drive with caution.  Deer tend to run in the early morning hours just before sunrise, or at dusk.  These are times when your sight as a driver might not be ideal.  Be a defensive driver, proceed with caution with frequent scans of the roadside.  Deer seem to come from nowhere and at times when you least expect it.  The often travel in groups of 2 or 3.  So if you see one deer, chances are there’s another one right behind it.

For questions about your own car insurance contact us at  We can help you fully understand how to cover yourself and your car in case you accidently are struck by a deer  (this is called “Comprehensive Coverage.”)

Drive safely out there!

Peter Wallin

NY Flood 2014 Insurance update

FLOOD 2014 Update                          

By Peter Wallin, Insurance Agent
Elmira NY

These past few years have seen many changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that has affected residents of Chemung County, NY.  I have studied these federal program updates and am concerned that the rates may be going up, elevation certificates may be required and delays may occur when trying to buy or sell a home.

In October 2013 the NFIP released new requirements for  Elevation Certificates be completed prior to buying a home in a designated flood zone.  These certificates are completed by land surveyors and generally costs $400-500.  The purpose is to show exactly where the home is positioned in relation to the flood level.  The home may be a few feet above the flood level, or a few feet below, which will then determine the price for flood insurance.    As an insurance agent I must also inspect the property and submit photos to the insurance company

With these new changes – prices for flood insurance may rise dramatically over the next few years – upwards of 25% increase each year.  And because this is a National program administered by the government, the prices are the same no matter where you buy the insurance.  I suggest you work with a knowledgeable insurance agent who understands this process and can assist with deductible option and coverage issues on contents.

Banks require flood insurance – usually in the amount of the loan, or 80% of the replacement cost of the home.  It’s important to check your bank or mortgage company to understand your situation and what is required.

Please read your insurance policies carefully so you fully understand what is covered and what is not.  As always, we are available to answer your questions.

Peter Wallin
WallinInsurance Agency Inc
1364 College Ave
Elmira, NY 14901

Key Risks of Teenage Driving, by Peter Wallin

Wallin Insurance " 'Insure' Your Peace of Mind"

Key risks of teenage driving
by Peter Wallin,  Elmira NY Insurance Agency

According to California DMV Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the United States. For both men and women, drivers aged 16 to 19 years of age have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other age group

Teenage Driver Crash Risk Factors
The traffic accident rates for 16- to 19-year old drivers are higher than those for any other age group. What causes teenage drivers to be such risky drivers? The following is a list of their primary risk factors.

Poor hazard detection
The ability to detect hazards in the driving environment depends upon perceptual and information-gathering skills and involves properly identifying stimuli as potential threats. It takes time for young novice drivers to acquire this ability.

Low risk perception
Risk perception involves subjectively assessing the degree of threat…

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