California Homeowners Insurance Reviews 2014: Top 25 Companies Ranked by their Customer Complaint Records

This review will show you the twenty-five biggest homeowners insurance companies in California, covering of the CA home insurance market, ranking them from best to worst based on their California homeowners insurance complaint records over the last three years (2011, 2012, & 2013). I’ll show you the home insurance companies with the best & worst complaint records. Reading this review of the major California homeowners insurance companies can help you find the companies offering you the best coverage at the best price, as well as help you avoid the companies with consistently poor homeowners insurance complaint records each year.

This review is divided into two sections: The homeowners insurance complaint rankings for the companies consisting the twenty-five largest home insurance brands in California, and then complaint information on other companies outside the top 25 largest companies, with the best and worst homeowners insurance complaint records.

Section I

25 Top CA Home Insurance Companies Ranked from Best to Worst for Complaints

These 25 largest California home insurance companies are determined by the number of exposures (each property insured, including mobilehomes & condos) they insured in California for 2013, as reported here by the California Department of Insurance website. That web page is also my source for California homeowners insurance complaints against each company for 2011, 2012, & 2013. I use each company’s justified complaint ratio to rank the 25 largest homeowners insurance companies in California. The justified complaint ratio is the number of complaints per 100,000 exposures for each company.

I list the companies from #1 to #25 by the size of their CA home insurance market share (based on number of California exposures), so the first company listed at #1 is the largest, not the company with the best homeowners insurance complaint record. Look for each company’s “complaint record ranking” in bold below each company’s name, to see if its homeowners insurance complaint record is good or bad, compared to the other top 25 companies.

I determine each company’s complaint ranking usually on its largest subsidiary, if the company has more than one subsidiary insuring homes in California, unless a substantial portion of a parent company’s total homeowners insurance customers are with subsidiaries with a much different complaint ratio. I consider the company’s performance over the last three years (2011 to 2013) but weigh the results of the most recent year(s) more heavily.

The California homeowners insurance market is fragmented like most states, with over a hundred competing companies and no company having a majority share of the market, and where even major national companies like Nationwide and The Hartford have only around one percent of the market. Smaller sized companies are large enough to make my list of the top 25 largest home insurance companies in California, but some better known names may not be included. Because there are many more insurance companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California about the size of the smaller companies on this top 25 list, Section II of this review includes & compares the homeowners insurance complaint statistics for other companies, outside the top 25, with the best and worst home insurance complaint records.

You can get price quotes or find local agents by going to each insurance company’s website, which for many of the home insurance companies discussed here, can be reached through the ads at the top and bottom of this review.

1. State Farm Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 6th out of 25

State Farm General Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.4

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.9

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.7

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for State Farm General Insurance Company is .57, meaning this company had only 57% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

2. Farmers Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 14th out of 25

Farmers Insurance Group has four subsidiaries (sold under the Farmers brand) among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

Fire Insurance Exchange Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.6

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.9

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.3

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Fire Insurance Exchange is 1.08, meaning this company had 8% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Mid-Century Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.5

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.2

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.0

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Mid-Century Insurance Company is 1.06, meaning this company had 6% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Farmers Insurance Exchange Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.3

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.2

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.0

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Farmers Insurance Exchange is .55, meaning this company had only 55% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Neighborhood Spirit Property & Casualty Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.7

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.6

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Neighborhood Spirit Property & Casualty Company is .63, meaning this company had only 63% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

3. Allstate Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 13th out of 25

Allstate Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.2

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.0

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Allstate Insurance Company is .99, meaning this company had 99% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

4. California State Automobile Association / AAA NCNU

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 16th out of 25

The Automobile Association of America (AAA) has several insurance groups it owns, some available regionally. AAA NCNU (formerly California State Automobile Association) companies should not be confused with the companies belonging to other insurance groups owned & available through AAA, such as Auto Club of Southern California, Auto Club Group, or the MAPFRE group of companies.

AAA NCNU has two subsidiaries among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

CSAA Insurance Exchange Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.8

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 6.3

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.8

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for CSAA Insurance Exchange is .89, meaning this company had 89% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

CSAA Fire & Casualty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.1

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.4

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for CSAA Fire & Casualty Insurance Company is .95, meaning this company had 95% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

5. Auto Club of Southern California

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 9th out of 25

The Automobile Association of America (AAA) has several insurance groups it owns, some available regionally. Auto Club of SC companies should not be confused with the companies belonging to other insurance groups owned & available through AAA, such as AAA NCNU (formerly California State Auto Association), Auto Club Group, or the MAPFRE group of companies.

Inter-Insurance Exchange of the Automobile Club Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.3

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.7

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = .6

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Inter-Insurance Exchange of the Automobile Club is .77, meaning this company had only 77% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

6. Safeco Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 4th out of 25

Safeco has four subsidiaries (sold under the Safeco brand, not under the brand of its parent company, Liberty Mutual) among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

Safeco Insurance Company of America Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.7

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.6

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.2

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Safeco Insurance Company of America is .39, meaning this company had only 39% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

First National Insurance Company of America Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 5.3

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.9

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.9

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for First National Insurance Company of America is 1.24, meaning this company had 24% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.4

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.3

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois is .32, meaning this company had only 32% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

General Insurance Company of America Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 7.3

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 9.4

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for General Insurance Company of America is 1.73, meaning this company had 73% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

7. USAA Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 5th out of 25

USAA is available only to US Military members, honorably discharged veterans, and their immediate family members. USAA has four subsidiaries among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.3

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.8

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is .31, meaning this company had only 31% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

USAA Casualty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.1

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.7

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = .5

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for USAA Casualty Insurance Company is .49, meaning this company had only 49% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

USAA General Indemnity Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.9

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for USAA General Indemnity Company is 0, meaning this company had no homeowners insurance complaints in 2013. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Garrison Property & Casualty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Garrison Property & Casualty Insurance Company is 0, meaning this company had no homeowners insurance complaints in 2013. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

8. Mercury Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 17th out of 25

Mercury Casualty Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.4

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 6.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.8

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Mercury Casualty Company is 1.02, meaning this company had 2% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

9. Allied Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 15th out of 25

Allied has two subsidiaries (sold under the Allied brand, not under the brand of its parent company, Nationwide Insurance) among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

AMCO Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.6

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.9

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.3

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for AMCO Insurance Company is 1.07, meaning this company had 7% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.9

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.0

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company is .68, meaning this company had only 68% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

10. Travelers Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 23rd out of 25

Travelers has two subsidiaries among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

Travelers Commercial Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 9.4

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 10.6

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 10.2

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Travelers Commercial Insurance Company is 2.20, meaning this company had 120% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 17.4

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 16.4

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.8

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company is 4.06, meaning this company had 306% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

11. Liberty Mutual Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 19th out of 25

Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 7.6

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 5.5

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.9

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company is 1.77, meaning this company had 77% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

12. Assurant Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 1st out of 25

Assurant has three subsidiaries among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

American Security Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.0

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for American Security Insurance Company is 0, meaning this company had no homeowners insurance complaints in 2013. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.2

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.3

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida is 0, meaning this company had no homeowners insurance complaints in 2013. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

American Reliable Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.9

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 7.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.9

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for American Reliable Insurance Company is .45, meaning this company had only 45% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

13. Foremost Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 11th out of 25

Foremost is a leading insurer of mobile & manufactured homes.

Foremost Insurance Company Grand Rapids, Michigan Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.6

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.2

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.8

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Foremost Insurance Company Grand Rapids, Michigan is .84, meaning this company had 84% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

14. American Modern Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 7th out of 25

American Modern, like Foremost Insurance (#13), is a major insurer of manufactured and mobile homes.

American Modern Home Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.4

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.4

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.5

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for American Modern Home Insurance Company is .80, meaning this company had 80% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

15. Pacific Specialty Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 20th out of 25

Pacific Specialty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 7.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 10.4

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Pacific Specialty Insurance Company is 1.63, meaning this company had 63% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

16. Hartford Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 18th out of 25

Hartford has two subsidiaries among the 50 largest companies insuring houses, mobile homes, and condos in California.

Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 5.5

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.8

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 12.4

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company is 1.29, meaning this company had 29% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Hartford Casualty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 6.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 5.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.2

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Hartford Casualty Insurance Company is 1.42, meaning this company had 42% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

17. California Capital Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 10th out of 25

California Capital Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.3

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.6

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for California Capital Insurance Company is .70, meaning this company had only 70% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

18. First American Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst):2nd out of 25

First American Specialty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.1

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.2

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for First American Specialty Insurance Company is .25, meaning this company had only 25% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

19. QBE Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 8th out of 25

QBE is a major insurer of force-placed property insurance, which mortgage companies purchase to protect their financial interest in a property, when their mortgage customers do not carry their own home insurance on their property. These policies provide coverage only to the bank, and not you. If your home is insured with QBE (or another company) by your bank, because you don’t have your own home insurance policy, you should get your own policy immediately to replace it. QBE also sells regular home insurance to home owners.

QBE Insurance Corp. Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.5

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.5

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for QBE Insurance Corporation is .58, meaning this company had only 58% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

20. Tower Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 21st out of 25

Tower Insurance Company of New York Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 7.8

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 7.1

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 9.3

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Tower Insurance Company of New York is 1.84, meaning this company had 84% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

21. Residence Mutual Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 3rd out of 25

Residence Mutual Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.7

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Residence Mutual Insurance Company is .62, meaning this company had only 62% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

22. Century National Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 12th out of 25

Century National Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.8

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 1.2

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Century National Insurance Company is .94, meaning this company had 94% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

23. Universal Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 24th out of 25

Universal North America Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 13.8

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 8.3

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.2

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Universal North America Insurance Company is 3.23, meaning this company had 223% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

24. IDS / Ameriprise Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 22nd out of 25

Ameriprise / IDS sells direct to the public, and has a marketing agreement with Costco.

IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 11.4

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 9.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.0

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company is 2.67, meaning this company had 167% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

25. Homesite Insurance

Complaint Record Ranking (Best to Worst): 25th out of 25

Homesite sells direct to the public, by calling the company or applying through its website. Homesite also has marketing agreements with auto insurance companies, like Progressive & GEICO, to offer home insurance to their auto insurance customers.

Homesite Insurance Company of California Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 10.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 13.1

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 16.7

The 2013 CA homeowners insurance complaint index for Homesite Insurance Company of California is 2.34, meaning this company had 134% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. The companies with the lowest complaint index numbers have the best complaint records. Any company with a complaint index greater than 1.00 has a worse complaint record than the industry average.

Section II

Here are some other companies, having larger shares of the California home insurance market, with the best and worst homeowners insurance complaint records.

Other companies insuring homes in California with good homeowners insurance complaint records for 2011, 2012, & 2013

Amica Mutual Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowner insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.0

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA personal homeowners insurance complaint index for Amica Mutual Insurance Company is 0, meaning this company had no homeowners insurance complaints in 2013. Amica had only one homeowners insurance complaint in 2012, but because of its small share of the California home insurance market, the complaint ratio is high. If Amica Mutual was large enough to be included in the top 25 home insurance brands, it would have ranked as having the best three year homeowners insurance complaint record.

Wawanesa General Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowner insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.8

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.0

The 2013 CA personal homeowners insurance complaint index for Wawanesa General Insurance Company is .65, meaning this company had only 65% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. If Wawanesa was large enough to be included in the top 25 home insurance brands, it would have ranked as having one of the best three year homeowners insurance complaint record.

Encompass Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowner insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.3

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 3.3

The 2013 CA personal homeowners insurance complaint index for Encompass Insurance Company is .77, meaning this company had only 77% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. If Encompass was large enough to be included in the top 25 home insurance brands, it would have ranked as having one of the best three year homeowners insurance complaint record.

California Casualty Indemnity Exchange Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowner insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.1

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 2.1

The 2013 CA personal homeowners insurance complaint index for California Casualty Indemnity Exchange is .48, meaning this company had only 48% of the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. If California Casualty was large enough to be included in the top 25 home insurance brands, it would have ranked as having the 7th best three year homeowners insurance complaint record.

Other companies insuring homes in California with poor homeowners insurance complaint records for 2011, 2012, & 2013

Nationwide Insurance Company of America Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 4.7

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 10.3

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 11.2

The 2013 CA personal homeowners insurance complaint index for Nationwide Insurance Company of America is 1.11, meaning this company had 11% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average. For 2011 & 2012, Nationwide Insurance Company of America had more than twice the number of homeowners insurance complaints it had in 2013.

Kemper Independence Insurance Company Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 7.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 8.1

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 0 (No complaints)

The 2013 CA personal homeowners insurance complaint index for Kemper Independence Insurance Company is 1.65, meaning this company had 65% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average.

Federal Insurance Company (Chubb) Homeowners Insurance Complaint Statistics

Companies with the lowest homeowners insurance complaint ratios have the best complaint records.

2013 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 23.0

2012 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 12.3

2011 CA Justified Homeowners Insurance Complaint Ratio = 9.0

The 2013 CA personal homeowners insurance complaint index for Federal Insurance Company is 5.39, meaning this company had 439% more than the number of homeowners insurance complaints expected for its size, compared to the industry average.

CA Home Insurance Companies’ Complaint Record Review Summary

Amica, Wawanesa, Encompass, Assurant, First American, Resident Mutual, Safeco, USAA, and State Farm have better California home insurance complaint records from 2011 to 2013 than the other companies among the 25 largest home insurers in the state. In addition to the home insurance companies listed in Section II with poor complaint records, Homesite, Universal, Travelers, IDS / Ameriprise, and Tower Insurance have some of the worst California homeowners insurance complaint records from 2011 to 2013.

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