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CoreLogic Launches First Non-Weather-Related Risk Solution

Property information and analytics provider, CoreLogic, announced the availability of two products that comprehensively assess non-weather-related water and fire risk. WaterRisk and FireRisk, both products of Location, Inc., are the first to measure the frequency of non-weather-related water and fire events and represent the only non-weather-related risk assessment solutions available on the market today.

Property insurers have historically been unable to accurately analyze the likelihood of non-weather-related hazards, such as plumbing and appliance leaks or the likelihood of house fires, due to a lack of consistent and complete data that capture unaccounted for water and fire risk. "However, non-weather-related water damage accounts for approximately 20 percent of all homeowner insurance losses nationwide, and 84 percent of home structure fires are either intentionally ignited, smoking accidents or a result of misused or failed cooking equipment, unattended candles or failures of heating and electrical systems," CoreLogic said.

WaterRisk and FireRisk by Location, Inc. are the first non-weather risk solutions built using advanced predictive analytics that look at appliances, systems, wiring, structures, climate, and geographical location. This enables insurers to more accurately quantify the likelihood and severity of damage from water and fire beyond previous methods of qualification. The solution utilizes 2 billion data points nationwide, as well as unique geospatial risk models to generate over 11 million points of risk.

“Historically, insurance risk has been calculated primarily through the analysis of natural hazard risks such as hail, flood, wildfire and storm surge, without the inclusion of non-weather hazards,” said Steve Brewer, Executive, Insurance, and Spatial Solutions at CoreLogic. “With WaterRisk and FireRisk, insurers are now empowered with these previously unaccounted-for quantifiers of risk to more accurately underwrite and price policies commensurate with real risk. We are proud to offer our clients the missing piece, the only non-weather-related solution for the insurance industry that uses measurable data to holistically assess structural risk.”

With complete, seamless U.S. coverage at the individual block level, the products offer 300 times more granularity into specific property risk factors than the average ZIP code analysis can provide. Both products identify precise, measurable data on previously unquantifiable factors such as poorly maintained properties, improper storage of flammable materials or plumbing system failures.

“We are passionate about building data sets and uncovering sources where no other company can,” said Andrew Schiller, CEO at Location, Inc. “WaterRisk and FireRisk represent an enormous opportunity for the property insurance industry to improve accuracy and outcomes. We have had strong results testing with carriers nationwide, are excited about the use cases we are already seeing with clients.”

WaterRisk and FireRisk, are available for portfolio consumption and through RiskMeter Online from CoreLogic.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Dallas, Texas. She can be reached at Radhika.Ojha@DSNews.com.
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