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Looking for Insurance Agent to Consolidate
Hi all - Archives are about a year old, so thought I'd check again for
recommendations for an insurance agent or broker (what's the difference?) who
can help our family consolidate car, home, umbrella, and possibly life insurance
(for a person with a chronic condition). Someone who will take time to explain
things and not try to unnecessarily upsell would be great; also hoping for
someone who's not planning to retire in the near future! Thank you!
You should consult Alex. He specializes in helping young families in the East Bay
apply for life insurance. He works with NY Life and has helped a lot of people. NY
Life is by far the best life insurance company in the world. Alex would be happy to
explain why that is. Not only is Alex really good at assessing your short term needs
and long-term goals, but he REALLY cares about people. (He gave us some very fitting
Christmas gifts.) Alex and his team are also currently helping me with my business
There are many insurance agents and brokers in the Bay Area to choose from, but
I highly recommend two the most, Cynthia Blumgart and Bruce Roberts.
First of all, Cynthia Blumgart, CASL, CLU, ChFC, a State Farm agency which
serves clients all over California. A licensed team helps insurance clients
review and set up the best insurance plan for them and their loved ones. They
are pros, guiding you in managing the risks of everyday life, recovering from
the unexpected and realizing your needs. Cynthia and staff offer over 175
insurance and financial products and services - auto, life,renters, health,
disability, life, longterm care, retirement plans, bank products, business
insurance, and malpractice insurance. You will appreciate the fast, efficient
and knowledgable service provided by Cynthia Blumgart's office. Service can be
provided in person, by phone, or over the internet. Address: 1950 Addison
Street Suite 105, Berkeley, CA 94704, Phone: (510) 848-2132
If you don't want to use State Farm, I highly recommend Bruce Roberts at Freeman
Insurance Services in Albany. Freeman Insurance services has brokers, like
Bruce, who are not required to work only with one company (like the State Farm
model). Freeman Insurance has more than 30 years experience with all types of
insurance coverage and they could help you very competently and personally as
well. Address: 1035 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706 Phone:(510) 528-2700 Jay
Our current insurance broker is slow to return calls (takes
several days), and he isn't particularly thorough in finding
out what sorts of coverage we really need. We've discovered,
the expensive way, that we're sometimes carrying too much of
one type or too little of another. We'd appreciate
recommendations of thoughtful, thorough, honest insurance
brokers or agents, especially as we now need to add our
18-year-old son to our car insurance. eastbay parent
I have been with John DeLeuze a State Farm agent in
Lafayette for over 30 years and he is awesome! He has gone
to bat for us many times, always returns calls promptly, has
his home and cell number on his card, and is extremely
knowledgeable. If he thinks you would be better served
elsewhere he will tell you that. He insisted our 16 y/o come
in to his office for a driving pep talk and driving
knowledge test before adding them to the policy. I asked why
and he said he had been to too many funerals of young people
and never wanted to go again so he devised the extra
program. He also advised how to set up the minor on our
lowest cost vehicle to get a reasonable premium which saved
a lot of money. State farm isn't the cheapest but having an
agent like John is worth the extra. Over the years he has
saved us a lot of money and we have the backing of a company
with large reserves if needed.
925-284-9580 happy policyholder
I've had Farmers for quite a while and am very happy with
them. Mike Reidenbach is an insurance specialist with
Farmers and he's a great listener, thoughtful and
considerate regarding your needs, makes excellent
recommendations and is very reliable. His cell is 415 509
2494 and office is 510 849 4909. email@example.com
I've been using Scott Halbrook from Farmers for several years for both home
and business. Either he or his assistant return calls within the same day.
I frequently need insurance certificates for my clients, and he gets them
faxed right away. He knows the business well and his rates are competitive.
Here is his info http://www.farmersagent.com/rhalbrook
Mike Clausen returns phone calls, will help you clean up
your current policies and won't over-sell you. Really.
signed, Happy and Impressed!
Need a new insurance agent
We have been with the same Allstate agent for over a decade for multiple
policies and he is now closing his office (and is out of the area) so we
are now looking for a local agent (Oakland/Montclair) - any
recommendations would be appreciated, or general advice - do people
actually work directly with agents anymore? We are open to switching
providers but would like to work with someone who can actually help us
make smart choices about coverage, consolidation, limits, etc.
I'd recommend Kerry Walker as your new insurance agent. She's been very
friendly and helpful in finding the best value for my insurance money.
Here's her contact info:
Kerry A. Walker
1138 Ballena Blvd, Suite E
Alameda CA 94501
Michael Clauson, a Farmers Insurance Agent, is undeniably the best
insurance agent in town. He is smart, honest and full of integrity. He
will help you assess your insurance needs--auto, home, life, commercial--and
help you get the best coverage while getting you the best deal possible. In
addition to having an agent that is on your side, he will delight you with
his great personality. Mike Clauson can be reached at 510-839-3276. His
email is firstname.lastname@example.org
AAA Homeowners/car insurance Agent
Hi, I am looking to change my car/homeowners insurance from
State Farm to AAA. I have heard positive reviews about AAA.
Can someone recommend a good AAA agent in the Berkeley area?
Also, any feedback on experience/cost/coverage with AAA
would be very helpful. Thank you!!
I have used David Collins from AAA for years and he's been
great for homeowner insurance and car,
david.colins@goAAA.com, 415-682-3400. I don't feel like he
tries to scare me into buying insurance which I don't need,
which I really appreciate, but is well informed and easy to
work with. anon
Hello, I highly recommend our agent at AAA, Cyndi Moritz
Atkins. We've been working with her now for over 6 years.
Cyndi will work with you to get the best possible price &
quote. She is not pushy at all and is well informed. We have
auto, home and liability insurance through AAA and Cyndi
worked with us to explain the coverage details and what we
really needed. Give her a call T: 925-808-6238 or e-mail:
Cyndi_Moritz-Atkinson@csaa.com AAA customer
Need A New Insurance Agent
I need an insurance agent that can deal with switching over
my existing policies (Blue Shield and Travelers).
I recommend Mike Clauson for insurance. He is a Farmers
Agent who has integrity and willingness and skill to make
sure you're well covered at the lowest price. His number is
415-560-1948 and his email is: email@example.com
Try Patrick Burns at http://www.burnsemployeebenefits.com.
He's very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and a wonderful
person. He helped me with all of my health insurance needs.
His phone number: 510-652-7609
I have searched the archives but haven't found any updated
information on insurance brokers. We are looking to put our
life, auto and home insurance into one policy. We currently
have state farm, esurance and my husband's life insurance from
work. State Farm and Esurance have unusually high rates in
certain areas. If anyone has a company or an insurance broker
they would highly recommend, please let me know. Thanks for your
Trying to save some $$
Greg Guardiano at D|A Financial Group in Lafayette brokers a lot of
different insurance companies so he can probably find you the best
deals for life insurance.
His number is 925-254-7100.
I am thrilled about our new relationship with Tom Madden at Farmer's
Insurance. The first time we had him review our policy, he told us to
stay where we were. A year later, we tried again and he gave us
better coverage for less money. Plus, he's the best agent I've ever
run into. Very easy to deal with and really knows his stuff. He can
be reached at (925) 284-7105.
Hi there -
I would like recommedations for a good Farmers insurance agent. We have a house now
and we want to consolidate our insurance coverage. We'd like to work with a
knowledgeable, thoughtful agent. Not sure if it matters but we live in Alameda.
We live in Alameda and use Joe Mikels of Farmer's as our insurance agent. He
was my hubsand's families' agent and we have used him since getting married
(thus he's been with my extended family for a very long time). I've been very
happy with his services; he is very responsive to my calls and tries to find
the best policy fit for our needs. He also has quickly responded to getting
things fixed and handling disputes, answering all questions, etc. His office
is in Richmond but that hasn't been a problem as things are all done by
phone. His number is 222-3200.
The only Farmer's agent I would ever use is Tom Madden in Lafayette. He's
impossibly good at what he does, plus he and his wife treat their clients
like family. If he can't save you money, he tells you. I've had many people
use him and they are all grateful they met him. (925) 284-7105
Mark Gaskins is a Farmers agent who serves the entire Bay Area. He is a very
friendly and helpful agent. He is also not pushy, he is really interested in
giving you what you need and want. He is very flexible and a family man. His
phone number: 510-846-3777; his email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope
Michael Reidenbach is an agent for Farmers and is located in Alameda. He is
both knowledgeable and caring and will work with you to make sure you get
your needs met. You can reach him at 510 523 3677 or by cell-415 509 2494
I highly recommend Jim Cowen. I keep being pleasantly surprised by my
experience with him - 要ery different from my previous experiences with
insurance agents. When we considering a risky home renovation project, Jim
spent a great deal of time talking to me, offering me helpful and unbiased
advice. Jim was very knowledgeable and patient. Another great thing-- our
auto insurance forms said that we drove our car x number of miles per year.
Without any prompting from us, Jim reviewed the records and determined that
the number was probably too high. He pursued us despite a few unreturned
messages on our part to verify our mileage and make sure we were not
overpaying. The extra bonus is that he is very personable and remembers many
more details about my family than I would expect. Basically, itﾂ痴 been a
pleasure doing business with him.
Jim Cowen Insurance Brokers
i had to respond to a previous post about a Farmer's agent named Joe Mikels. My
step-father had used Joe for more than a couple of decades. So when i graduated college
and returned to the Bay Area 15 years ago i got my insurance through Joe. At that time
he was one of Farmer's top 5 agents. Then Joe had a MAJOR accident and his business fell
apart. My mother and step-father left Joe and told me they saved A LOT of money when
they moved their insurance. We stuck around for a while and tolerated a number of little
problems. one being i made the mistake about calling and asking about a bump in a
parking lot where there was NO CLAIM and NO LOSS, and Joe's office reported it, and then
completely failed to follow through and get it removed when i asked why i lost my
preferred driver status and my rates went up 20%. I have repeatedly called his office
over the years to correct mistakes on our policies, which he failed to do the majority
of the time. i dealt with Farmer's directly to get the corrections made. years later i got into an auto accident. Joe returned my
phone calls (it is required by law that agents log and return all phone calls), but he
never answered my questions about the accident. I sent him an itemized letter of
information i wanted. Joe called to awknowledge its receipt, but never answered my
questions. i got sued by the other party. Joe never provided me with the name and number
of the claims adjustor. Farmer's did handle the case just fine.
Three years after the accident I moved our homeowners, auto and umbrella policies to
Allstate and have saved over $3200 a year. All of the policies have arrived without a
single error. Any answer my agent needs to research i have received within 24 hours.
Happy Allstate agent:
At the very least, please choose a different Farmer's agent.
Insurance madness ... you gotta have it, but ...
Our Allstate insurance agent we've been dealing with for years
left, and his replacement is awful. Does anyone know of a
helpful, easy to talk to insurance agent for home and auto? Do
you know if we can just ask to have our current policy
transferred to another Allstate agent? Thanks!
desperately seeking insurance agent
My family has had very bad experiences with Allstate. My aunt
was killed in a head-on collision (drunk driver going the wrong
way on a freeway). Both cars were insured with Allstate. My
aunt's policy was for $25,000. Allstate refused to pay. My
uncle sued them. Just before it went to court Allstate offered
to settle out of court for $5,000. My uncle refused. Part-way
through the case Allstate offered to pay $10,000 for an
out-of-court settlement. My uncle refused. Just before the
judge was to give his verdict, Allstate offered $15,000. My
uncle refused. The court awarded my uncle the entire $25,000. The only reason my
uncle could spend so much time in court is he
was on disability, didn't have a job.
My cousin's house in Colorado was insured with Allstate. A
forest fire destroyed nearly the whole town, including my
cousin's house. Allstate refused to pay. My cousin sued and won.
I've had good luck with State Farm. They've paid promptly, even
when it was expensive (broken sewer line that had to be
replaced--the county broke it but denied they did it so State
Farm sued but lost the case).
Happy with State Farm
Susan at Allstate is wonderful! In Rockridge
Strahan Ins. Svs. Inc
5940 College Ave #A
Oakland, CA 94618
For an easy to talk to insurance agent, call Gregg Brown at (510) 524-8812. What I
like so much about Gregg, is he knows how to find great policies at the best
price. But the best thing about him is, he'll help you anytime there's a problem
and he'll help you take care of it, which is really an added benefit.
I highly recommend Tom Madden with Farmers Insurance. He and his wife are very
easy to talk to (Tom used to be a teacher) and are fun to be with. They are also
extremely good at reducing your costs while having coverage remain the same or
better. Call them at (925) 284-7105. You will actually enjoy the experience!
Susan Bernosky is an Allstate agent in Rockridge. I have been very happy with her:
she's responsive, congenial, and knowledgeable. A big improvement over our last
I want to recommend Phuoc Khong of State Farm. His office is on Solano Avenue in
Berkeley, and he is not only thoroughly knowledgeable, he is a really nice person
to work with... I think of him as a really good friend. You can call Phuoc at
527-2000, or email email@example.com
We have Allstate homeowners insurance. Our agent, Tyler Johnson,
is fantastic. He totally helped me out of jam on my late father's
house. Long story, but the end result was that Tyler and his
assistant were on top of everything and were very responsive. His
dad was our agent with our first home, but he retired and Tyler
took over his clients. We are in the third house we've insured
through him. We have never been disappointed. His office is in
Walnut Creek, and the number is 925-933-3100. Another advantage
for you is that he is with your current company, so the
transition might be pretty seamless.
When I changed Allstate agents, I had to ask my old agent to
''release'' me, so that I could switch to the agent of my choice. My understanding
is that your current agent is not obligated to
release you, even at your request, so sometimes people end up
being stuck with an agent they don't like, but my old agent
released me with no hassle. I switched to Tyler Johnson in
Walnut Creek, 925-933-3100, and have been very happy with him and
his assistant Katie. I've used him through a move from Oakland
to Berkeley, and was a little worried about his being located in
another county, but it's never been a problem. They are always
friendly and available by phone, and they work quickly and
accurately. I've found them to be very helpful. Good luck!
I highly recommend Les Adler; he is also an Allstate Insurance
agent. When I moved to Berkeley in 1992 I picked a random
Allstate guy on Solano Ave to insure our cars. But when we
bought our house I wanted to make sure I had a good agent. I got
Les Adler's name from my previous agent in a different state. He
has won numerous awards and is one of the top 100 agents in the
country. Although he is in Santa Clara it doesn't matter these
days since everything can be done over the phone or online. After some bad
experiences with our car agent I finally had our
cars transferred to Les as well. I think I had to write a letter
saying I wanted my policy changed over to him. Over the years his
business has grown, but all of the people that work for him have
been very friendly and helpful.
His number is 408-764-0230.
Hope it works out.
Need an insurance agent
I have worked with someone for years and when I finally need him he's nowhere to
be found.... I need an honest, professional, reliable person.
After working with Jill we will never need another insurance
person again (knock on wood)!
Jill Cash (ph. 510-843-8300) is a State Farm agent with an office
on Telegraph in Berkeley across from the Rose Garden Inn. We
have been insured with her for several years and have been
incredibly satisfied. We've collected on several claims, all of
which went very smoothly. We have multiple policies with her: car, home, liability (for our
business), disability and life. She is very knowlegeable about financial planning issues and
really help you identify how to protect yourself and plan for the
future but is NEVER PUSHY. She met with us for hours at our home
to talk the first time about our needs. Then she put together a
proposal for different types of insurance which we reviewed and
chose from. She even spent time helping us evaluate health
insurance plans that weren't through State Farm. She believes in
giving you information and encourages you to shop around until
you're satisfied. I loved this attitude!
We love Jill and hope you will give her a call. Please tell her
you saw a recommendation from me on Berkeley Parents!
I know a great insurance person... if you are looking for general auto, home, etc.,,,, his name
is Gregg Brown, G F Brown Insurance Service LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 524-8812. He is a
really good guy, very sincere
I want to consolidate my real estate insurance policies under one
roof, or at least one agent. Home in Trestle Glen, a two unit
(duplex and house) rental property in Rockridge and a fourplex in
Oakland. I would want umbrella possibilities. I tend to prefer
small but enterprising agents.
i would recommend Denise Lombard dtlombard[at]sbcglobal.net
She really knows insurance and can explain everything clearly
I'm looking for recommendations on buying term life insurance: specific
companies, policies, where to buy (I prefer somebody I can see face to
face). The most recent recommendations on the website are from 2002.
Also need recommendations for buying a health insurance policy for a
single adult: best companies, prices, broker suggestions?
If you need health insurance, Denise Lombard is the woman who
can set you up! She helps all types find health insurance
solutions -- people between jobs, people currently on COBRA,
self-employed people, and small business owners. Her services
are free; she is paid by the insurance company. She works to
understand how people use health insurance and then she
searches all available plans for the best fit at the best
price. She also has Medicare Supplement plans for adults over
the age of 65 and long-term care insurance plans which cover
the cost of living in a nursing home.
Denise Lombard Insurance Services
4100 Redwood Road, # 250
Oakland, CA 94619
Phone: (510) 530 - 8086
Fax: (510) 531 - 1269
Insurance Broker: Now that Amica is no longer paying the annual
dividends we are looking for a good insurance broker to help us
bid out our entire insurance package. Can anyone recommend a
name and advice on using an insurance broker? Thanks.
For health, dental, vision, continuing care and life related
insurance try either Myers Stevens at 415-543-4040 or Bob Luna
For Property and Cauaslty insurance try Gene Mello at 510-790-
My sister is my insurance broker and of course I'm biased and
think she's great, but she's been in the business since she was
fifteen (she's now in her forties -- it was my dad's before she
inherited it) and she knows pretty much everything there is to
know about insurance. She handles personal as well as commercial
accounts, and can set up health insurance as well. Her name is
Andrea Christensen, her company is called Allstar West and her
number is (415) 883-5100 ext. 207. She's located in Novato, but
these days a broker's location doesn't really matter, since we
can do everything via computer.
As far as working with a broker -- each one has agreements with
different companies, and companies set perameters about which
brokers they will work with based on the size of the broker's
''book of business''. Unfortunately, a lot
of companies don't want to do business with anyone in California
anymore -- too many risks -- but there are still good companies
A good broker is one who takes the time to explain to you what
he/she is doing, recommends the type/amount of coverage you
should have, returns your calls in a timely manner, and does her
best to place your insurance with the best company for your
needs, rather than the one that pays her the best commission.
Just like a stock broker, real estate broker, etc.
I think Andrea would be happy to have a conversation with you
just to answer your questions, even if you weren't sure you were
going to use her as your broker.
Our family insurance guy is Henry Lutzky, at (510)652-5200. We
were able to get really affordable health coverage and a great
life insurance package from him, and he's super reliable and very
easy to talk to. Good luck!
I would like to recommend our new insurance broker, Kai
Langenberg. He is a Berkeley resident (he lives in our
neighborhood, actually!), has a small child, and he and wife
Xotchil recently started their insurance broker business. Their
company is tri-lingual: German, English and Spanish.
I have known Kai and Xotchil for about 5 years. When I learned
that they had become insurance brokers, I was overjoyed! Kai and
Xotchil are very honest, very responsible, and have great
business sense. I knew that I could trust them not to try to
sell me insurance that I wouldn't need. My husband and I were not
happy with our current insurance company and were looking forward
to a change. As it turned out, we get a great deal for home and
car insurance so he advised us not to change. However, he was
able to secure pretty good rates for life insurance. We will soon
be looking to him for financial advice (IRA's, 401 (k), etc.) and
hopefully next year we can switch over to Farmer's for our home
I had worked with another person from a different insurance
company and that individual returned my calls a week late, did
not spend enough time explaining insurance policies to me, and
was pretty unprofessional (he ended up losing my policy somewhere
and advised me to check with credit report agencies to make sure
no one was using my SS number!). Needless to say, I was very
happy to work with Kai, who was very prompt and professional, and
friendly! Please give him a call:
Kai Langenberg, M.B.A.
Insurance & Financial Services Specialist
FARMERS INSURANCE GROUP
Langenberg Insurance & Financial Services
1401 Derby Street
Berkeley CA 94702
Bus: (510) 649-1322
Fax: (510) 217-6640
kai at langenberginsurance.com
License # 0D96872
I would like a recommendation for an insurance agent (preferably
independent) to provide me a quote on a complete package of
insurance for my family (home, auto, life, etc.). I did not see
any recent recommendations on the web site. Thanks!
Re: Insurance, I have 2 cars, 3 properties and an umbrella
policy through one independent agency and I'll bet a buck he's
the lowest price quote you get: Lance Brick, Brick Insurance
Agency in Concord: 925 687-6262...good luck
We need a bunch of insurance. Our building is insured for
hazards, but we need homeowner's insurance for the contents.
(We've recently inherited a bunch of stuff worth insuring.)
Since we just had a child, we need two term life insurance
policies (we're healthy and in our mid-30's, is it better to get
10 year policies and renew them? or a 20 or 30 year policy?).
And since I'm now working freelance, I need some disability
I've heard that if you group your policies through a carrier,
the rates can be lower, so I'd like to do that as much as
possible (as well as for administrative ease). I have car
insurance, but would be willing to move the policy if the
pricing worked out.
Sadly, we don't qualify for USAA. Should I try Reliaquote or
Selectquote? They don't seem to handle all of our needs, would
it be worth it to do each policy separately through them? No one
seems to offer disability...?
I've checked the website, but didn't see anything about grouping
policies and how to arrange it all through one place. Any advice
and/or recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks!!
I don't know anything about insurance, but a former graduate
student of mine, who is an excellent problem solver, and whose
integrity I have no doubts about, recently went into insurance
brokering. I'm sure she'd be happy to advise you. Her name is
Paria Mahani, and you can reach her by e-mailing
My husband and I bought term life insurance through Select Quote
Insurance Services. They only use A++ (superior) to A
(excellent) rated companies (you can do your own homework after
they come back with a quote). We worked with Brian Van Valin
out of the San Francisco office at 1-800-436-7000,
Select Quote came back with a list of 3-4 term life insurance
quotes that were significantly lower than what we were quoted
from our insurance agent at State Farm (we were trying to keep
things simple too). They say to take out enough term insurance
to take care of your debt at the time of your death, unless you
want to leave extra to your family. (So if your house will be
paid off in 15 years, do you really need a policy past 15 years?)
Rates are supposedly the lowest they have been in years, so take
advantage of this if you think that you will continue to need
life insurance in 20-30 years.
Self-employed people can apply for and purchase elective
coverage disability insurance through the state of CA and the
EED. For more info see, http://www.edd.ca.gov/difaq9.htm
I don't know the answers to your specific questions, but can
highly recommend an agent who would be happy to answer your
questions. His name is Harpreet ''Harry'' Chadha and he's a rep
for New York Life. What I especially like about Harry is that
he listens to your desires and makes recommendations based on
what you want, not what will get him a higher commission. His
phone number is 510-624-4140.
My wife brought this post to my attention. I don't want this to
sound self-serving, but I may be able to at least act as a
sounding board for what you are looking for, specifically for
Life and Disability insurance. I work with Northwestern Mutual in
SF and live in Oakland. It really is hard to say what kind or how
much life insurance you would need without knowing more about
your situation. Northwestern also offers comprehensive disability
insurance. Lastly, it very important to check the credit ratings
of the insurance company that you finally select to make sure
they are sound financially.
Hope this helps. My name is Tom Foley and I can be reached at
(415)733-6730 or (510)652-1506.
It is not possible to bundle all types of insurance. Usually
you get the best break for bundling home and auto and an
umbrella policy. Life is usually separate.
We have used RWM (Bob Moody) for life and liked him quite a
bit. That said, our friends have had a rether negative
experience with him, so it is hard to know what to say about
that. He's in Orinda. I found him over the web.
We like Christ, Elliott, and Machette for property insurance.
Bill Linville is our agent. He's great. Good luck to you!
My wife and I have home insurance through State Farm. Unfortunately our
agent died a while ago and we haven't been assigned to a new agent. Does
anyone have a State Farm agent in Berkeley that they are happy with?
Michael and Phyllis
My family has been using Dave Shiller in downtown Berkeley for over 30
years. We are happy with their service and the office staff is nice and
We've been happy with Cynthia Blumgart, 510-848-2132. Her office is near
the Andronico's on University, I think.
State Farm agent: I've been happy with Mark Canessa in Montclair. He was
very helpful and fair after the Oakland fire. His office staff are always
very helpful with info, and they return phone calls promptly.
I can recommend Patricia Tscharner of Armstrong and Armstrong. A&A is
a small, independent agency, and they were able to find us good auto
rates. Located in Albany, their phone is 525-3902. Since Pat's a
friend of mine, feel free to mention my name.
From: Nicole (12/98)
Reply to the person requesting an insurance agent referral: We have been
very happy with Larry Annis at Cook, Disharoon & Greathouse, based in
Oakland. Tel is 510-437-1900. He works both in Oakland and Pleasanton. I
co-own a duplex and he was the only agent, of several I called when
renewing our policy, who was creative and experienced enough to arrange the
specific combination of policies required by our unusual situation (one
policy for the building and two more for each of our households).
Subsequently, we switched some of our other insurance policies to him (e.g.
car). I have never actually met him, but he is very responsible about
returning calls and sending paperwork promptly. (I should mention that
several months after our house was insured, apparently the carrier did an
unannounced inspection, and Larry called to tell us some things that had to
be "corrected" or the policy was in danger --!! Needless to say, we
corrected them (fixing garage doors, etc.) by an agreed-upon date, and
haven't heard back.)
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