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Jack and Jane are married and own a home insured for $150,000 under an unendorsed HO-3 policy. The replacement cost of the home is $250,000. Personal property is insured for $75,000. Jane has jewelry valued at $10,000. Jack has a coin collection valued at $15,000 and a motorboat valued at $20,000.
a. Assume you are a financial planner who is asked to evaluate the couple’s HO-3 policy. Based on the above facts, do you believe that their present coverage’s are adequate? If not, make several recommendations for improving the coverage.
b. A fire damaged one bedroom of the home. The actual cash value of the loss is $10,000. The cost of repairs is $16,000. How much will the insurer pay for the loss.
c. A burglar broke into the home and stole a new television, jewelry, and several painting. The actual cash value of the stolen property is $4,000. The cost of replacing the property is $9,000. In addition, the coin collection was taken. Indicate the extent, if any, to which an unendorsed HO-3 policy will cover these losses.
d. Assume that Jack and Jane have a disagreement with their insurer concerning the value of the above losses. How would the dispute be resolved under their HO-3 policy?
e. Assume that Jane operates an accounting business from her home. Her home business office contains a computer used solely for business, office furniture, file cabinets, and other business personal property. Explain whether her HO-3 policy would cover business personal property used in a home business.