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2024 Property Insurance Outlook: A Market in Transition

Jan 18, 2024

There鈥檚 no denying it. The property insurance marketplace is in unprecedented times 鈥 and has been for a while. Over the last few years, we鈥檝e experienced what the industry terms a 鈥渉ard market,鈥 and there are a number of reasons for this, including a surge in natural disasters, inflation, rising reinsurance rates, outdated property values, and supply-chain disruptions. Policyholders, particularly those in catastrophe-prone areas, have felt the crunch from rising premiums and experienced difficulties securing adequate coverage. With 2023 behind us and 2024 just beginning, it seems we鈥檙e reaching an inflection point and moving from a hard market to a 鈥渢ransition market.鈥澛

Moving from a Hard Market to a Transitional Market

Although only a crystal ball could tell us how exactly this will play out in the year ahead, 麻豆放映免费 EVP of National Accounts Property, Ben Beazley, explains that , all bets are off. For the savvy insurance agent, this presents a great deal of opportunity for their business and their clients. 鈥淐hange is afoot,鈥 says Beazley. 鈥淎t the end of 2023, the team at 麻豆放映免费 saw some renewals actually priced downward 鈥 which is something we haven鈥檛 seen in the past four years!鈥

While incumbent markets have been pushing increase after increase , the final quarter of 2023 saw new markets entering the scene and undercutting renewal pricing. Beazley explains that there could be a number of reasons for that, like end-of-year profit-taking and attempts by these new markets to meet budgets. However, these surprising pricing drops prompt a lot of questions about what 2024 might hold.聽

For Beazley, this all points to a move toward a transitional market, which he views as one of the toughest types of environments, due to how dramatic the market shifts can be. “Renewal markets are likely to have guidelines they are required to adhere to with respect to rate requirements including reductions,鈥 says Beazley. 鈥淣ew markets to a risk are likely to have more latitude in terms they can offer to be commercially beneficial to insureds”

A Transitional Market Means Opportunity for Brokers聽

Amid hard property market conditions over the past few years, policyholders have typically had to take whatever they could get, and often the only carrier willing to offer a quote has been the incumbent. According to Beazley, that might change in 2024. This creates a lot of opportunity for the retail agent willing to rise to a new challenge.聽

鈥淎s we move into the year ahead, it鈥檚 imperative that insurance brokers not be complacent. They need to make sure, when they are marketing accounts, that they get the accounts out to the full marketplace. They鈥檒l need to diligently work all angles and not just rely on the incumbent carrier for a quote.鈥

While this transitional market will offer retailers an opportunity to secure better terms and rates for their clients, Beazley warns that it can also put them at risk of losing business. 鈥淚f retailers aren鈥檛 careful and aren鈥檛 advocating strongly for their clients, there will be competing retailers who are. In a transitional market, another retail agent can more easily step in and say they offer something better at a more competitive price.鈥

Retail agents will need to seek out new markets to restructure deals for their clients 鈥 which is where partnering with a robust wholesaler like 麻豆放映免费 will be critical. 麻豆放映免费鈥檚 broad market access and strong carrier relationships make it possible to reach markets agents may not be able to access on their own.聽

More to Watch in 2024

Historically, catastrophe-exposed properties have always faced greater challenges with securing coverage, and in the past several years, we鈥檝e seen an uptick in climate-driven extreme weather. As climate risks and the frequency and severity of storms climbed, so did property losses. Naturally, insurance premiums rose and capacity shrunk in response. However, this past year brought some relief, notes Beazley. 鈥淭he 2023 losses haven鈥檛 been quite as high as they were in previous years, from a CAT standpoint.鈥澛

While there will always be challenges insuring properties for certain perils 鈥 Florida windstorms, Tier 1 windstorms in coastal areas, and wildfires, for example 鈥 the insurance industry continues to develop new innovations and advances that will benefit policyholders and the agents who represent them. 鈥淓ven with wildfires,鈥 says Beazley, 鈥渨e鈥檙e seeing tremendous solutions. Companies are coming in with parametric solutions and new capacity. Any time you see new capacity coming into the market, it鈥檚 going to churn up the waters and provide opportunity.鈥

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By working alongside a wholesaler like 麻豆放映免费, retailers will be positioned to take advantage of all the opportunities the transitional property market has to offer while trusting they have expert brokers guiding them through any unforeseen challenges. Whether you work with personal or commercial line clients, the unmatched talent of 麻豆放映免费鈥檚 property team makes it possible to offer high-quality insurance products and creative solutions for even the most complex property risks and exposures. Contact us today to speak with one of our experts.

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