When you own and operate an automobile, in Pomona, CA as well as throughout the United States, insurance is mandatory, so is the same true when you own a home? The short answer: no.
Legally speaking, homeowners insurance is not required, however in many cases, the lender (most likely the bank from which you are getting the mortgage to purchase your new home) will require a policy to cover unforeseen situations (fire, theft, natural disaster). Be sure to speak to an agent at THINK Insurance & Financial Services, serving the needs of Pomona, CA to discuss the requirements of individual lenders.
For areas that are susceptible to specific problems, such as earthquakes or floods, it will most likely be mandatory that an additional policy is procured that deals with that specific issue (earthquake insurance and flood insurance coverage is separate from homeowners insurance).
When your home has been paid off, and a lender is no longer necessary, insurance is not a requirement by law. Talk to an agent at THINK Insurance & Financial Services to find out more about the importance of maintaining your home insurance policy, however, after your house has been paid off. After all, you will want to protect your investment!
If you have chosen to buy a condominium or co-op, you must follow the Home Owner’s Association (HOA) or the board’s rules. The chances are that they will insist that those purchasing in the community acquire homeowners (or condo) insurance. It is vital then, as the buyer of a condo or co-op, that you find out from the board exactly what kind of coverage is required.
In the case of a townhouse, the association may or may not have a master policy- covering the structure and the common areas- if they do, you will need to additionally purchase renters insurance. If they do not, then you will get homeowners insurance.