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State Farm boosting home insurance rates starting next week

Updated: December 11, 2012 6:07AM

In what’s become a yearly unwelcome ritual for homeowners, State Farm Insurance Co., is boosting insurance rates an average 4.7 percent starting Nov. 15 on new policies and starting Jan. 1 next year on renewals.

“We’ve seen an increase in the frequency of weather-related claims,” State Farm spokeswoman Missy Dundov said in explaining the premium hike by the state’s largest insurer.

Another factor has been an increase in the cost of settling liability claims, Dundov added.

The Bloomington-based company could not provide a figure on the dollar impact for the average customer.

State Farm, which insures one in every three homes in Illinois, raised homeowners’ rates an average of 6.7 percent last year. That followed average increases of 5.3 percent in 2010, 13 percent in 2009 and 2.6 percent in 2008.

To reduce costs, customers are encouraged to talk with their agents and consider raising deductibles and taking advantage of discounts for which they may be eligible.

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