Updated: Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013, 12:57 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013, 12:57 PM EST
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina insurance companies and the top state regulator have agreed that homeowner's insurance policies can rise by a statewide average of 7 percent starting in July.
Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin signed a settlement agreement Tuesday for less than the nearly 18 percent increase the North Carolina Rate Bureau had requested in October.
The last homeowner's insurance rate increase took effect in 2009. The insurance companies had sought a nearly 20 percent statewide average increase then, but settled for 4 percent.
Homeowner's insurance rates this year will be allowed to increase by as little as 1 percent in Winston-Salem and Greensboro and by as much as almost 20 percent for homes along the beach in Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties.
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