Is homeowners insurance required in New Mexico?
No, New Mexico state law does not require homeowners insurance. However, in order to get a home loan, your lender will likely require you to obtain a certain amount of insurance coverage.
What does homeowners insurance typically cover in New Mexico?
Every policy is different, but home insurance policies in New Mexico typically come with several standard coverages
- Dwelling (Coverage A). This coverage helps you pay for damage to your home from a covered event, such as a fire, windstorm, lightning or hail.
- Other structures (Coverage B). This coverage is intended to cover structures that aren’t connected to your home, like a fence or shed.
- Personal property (Coverage C). This coverage helps you repair or replace your personal belongings if they are stolen or damaged.
- Loss of use or additional living expense coverage (Coverage D). This coverage can help you pay to stay somewhere else if your home is uninhabitable due to covered damage.
- Personal liability (Coverage E). This coverage helps pay for accidental property damage or injuries caused through negligence.
Typical homeowners insurance policies in New Mexico cover damage caused by:
- Vandalism and theft
- Lightning strikes
- Falling objects
- The weight of snow or ice
Flooding, including flash flooding, a common hazard in New Mexico, is not covered, but special flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be available.
Farmers Flex Personal Home coverage in New Mexico
Beyond the basic coverages, Farmers Flex Personal Home offers a wide range of options that let you customize your policy, such as:
- Guaranteed Replacement Cost
- Water Backup and Sump Overflow
- Emergency Mortgage Assistance
- Declining Deductibles®
- Claim Forgiveness
New Mexico home insurance discounts
Farmers® also offers a variety of savings opportunities for eligible home insurance customers in New Mexico, including:
- Welcome Discount
- Home Buyer Discount
- Multi-Policy Discount
- Loyalty Discount
- Claim Free Discount
See more information and additional discounts that may be available in New Mexico.
How much does homeowners insurance generally cost in New Mexico?
The average premium for home insurance was $1,126 per year1 in New Mexico in 2019, according to the most recent data available from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Keep in mind that insurance premiums in most states have changed since then. Also, your own cost will vary depending on the value and condition of your home, construction costs in your area, the level of coverage and deductibles you choose and the risks brought by extreme weather in your location.
The Greater Roadrunner
New Mexico’s state bird really can run — up to 15 miles per hour, with faster spurts when it’s chasing dinner. It can also jump straight up into the air to catch bugs and birds. — National Audubon Society
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1 Based on the average premium for HO-3 open perils homeowners policies.