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It has come to our attention that another company has mailed an invoice to Mississippi licensees stating that it is an invoice for a renewal. Unfortunately, it appears that this company sent the “renewal” mailing to many Mississippi licensees, including licensees that are currently insured with our program. Please ignore this misleading invoice, as it is not your renewal for our program.
Please note that Rice Insurance Services Company, LLC was selected by the Mississippi Real Estate Commission to provide the official state group program. We are disappointed that a competitor has apparently mailed this invoice to many of our existing customers, and others who wish to enroll in the official state group plan. We have notified the Mississippi Real Estate Commission and the Mississippi Department of Insurance about this unfortunate marketing tactic and are hopeful that they will put a stop to this company’s attempt to solicit our customers with a purported “renewal” invoice.
Our mailing regarding enrollment for the 2016 Mississippi group program has been sent. If you have not yet received it, you should receive it shortly. Online enrollment will be available for the 2016 program on June 1, 2016.
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Real Estate E&O Insurance
Please Support Your State Program
Over $6.5 Million in defense costs and damages have been incurred as of March 1, 2016 since the current carrier began offering E&O insurance to Mississippi licensees in 2003. RISC and the carrier share a commitment to their insureds and providing valuable coverage to Mississippi licensees. When shopping for insurance coverage it’s important to ask about the company’s experience and paid claims in Mississippi. If a company is charging a very low amount, you may find out the carrier doesn’t provide much coverage or pay many claims.
The state group program offers affordable E&O insurance to each and every licensee by spreading the risk over a large number of insureds. Without the group program’s low premium, other carriers have no incentive to offer real estate E&O policies at affordable prices. In states without a group program, real estate E&O premiums may cost thousands of dollars and some licensees report being unable to obtain insurance at any price.
Rely on the Most Experienced Provider in the Business
The Rice family and their colleagues have specialized in mandated real estate E&O programs since 1989. We provide group policies in 12 of the 13 states that have group programs and require licensees to maintain insurance. CNA has more than 50 years of experience in E&O programs, including over 20 years in real estate E&O. CNA is the top provider of real estate liability insurance, delivering more than 100 years of experience, industry knowledge, and financial strength to manage even the most complex risks. You can be confident we will be here for you even after you purchase coverage.
When a Claim is Made, Our Claims Adjusters Focus on You
Some people assume insurance companies look for reasons to deny coverage. Our duty to find coverage where the policy supports it is our utmost concern. Most insurance providers use one entity to sell the policy and another to handle claims. Because we do both, the information we provide about the policy reflects how it will actually apply in the event of a claim. Providers who don’t administer claims may not know how the carrier actually applies the policy when a claim is made.
We Stand by You Even if there is a Claim
You may be involved in a claim even if you did everything by the book. Some providers won’t write your coverage if you have had a claim. Or if you have a claim, they may not renew your policy! There is no need to fear reporting a claim under our program. We understand that having a claim does not mean that you did anything wrong. Anyone can be involved in a transaction that goes sour. Never think that it can’t happen to you. And we are here to help you if it does.
Call us at 1-800-637-7319. We look forward to hearing from you.
CNA is a service mark and trade name registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The program referenced herein is underwritten by Continental Casualty Company, a CNA insurance company. This information is for illustrative purposes only and is not a contract. It is intended to provide a general overview of the products and services offered. Only the policy can provide the actual terms, coverages, amounts, conditions, and exclusions. This program is only available in Mississippi. ©2015
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Not All E&O Policies are the Same . . .
Always Review the Actual Policy Provisions!
The most accurate representation of what a policy covers is the policy itself. We recommend that you review any policy you are considering and ask these questions:
Does the policy provide first dollar defense? Yes. Under the RISC policy, there is no deductible for defense costs (note a low deductible of $250 applies to damages and defense costs for lock box claims). Other policies may have stringent requirements that must be followed to qualify for first dollar defense.
Does the policy offer unlimited defense costs? Yes. Under the RISC policy, there is no limit on the amount of defense costs available to pay covered claims (except under the fair housing/discrimination, environmental, escrow/earnest money, subpoena, and regulatory complaint coverages, which were not traditionally covered at all under many E&O policies).
Does the policy insure transactions you do for relatives? Yes. The RISC policy applies to claims involving services performed for your parents; grandparents; siblings; aunts; uncles; cousins; children; and spouse’s parents, grandparents, siblings, and children. This is important, since buyers and sellers often turn to a trusted relative who is a real estate licensee to represent them in a transaction.
Does the policy apply to claims relating to all types of real property? Yes. The RISC policy applies to any claim relating to professional services, regardless of the type of property involved. Other policies may limit coverage to a specific type of property, such as residential, or require additional premium for coverage for other kinds of property. Even if you currently handle only residential transactions, consider whether you are willing to forgo an opportunity to work with commercial property or farm land or to risk not having coverage for a claim resulting from the transaction.
Does the policy insure your firm and real estate team for its vicarious liability for your professional services? Yes. Claims are often made against real estate firms and teams as a result of their licensees’ negligence. Under the group program, the insured licensee’s policy applies to covered claims alleging the firm or team’s vicarious liability for negligent acts, errors, and omissions in the licensee’s professional services. Some policies issued to individual licensees may not provide coverage for the firm or team’s vicarious liability for their actions, which may leave the firm and team uncovered in the event of a claim.
Are insureds satisfied with the provider’s service? Yes. Below are excerpts from actual emails we have received:
I wanted to
thank everyone again. [The defense counsel retained by RISC] was
outstanding to work with and I feel very fortunate to have RISC
as my insurance company. I cannot thank you all enough. R.C.,
The program referenced herein is underwritten by Continental Casualty Company, a CNA insurance company. This information is for illustrative purposes only and is not a contract. It is intended to provide a general overview of the products and services offered. Only the applicable policy can provide the actual terms, coverages, amounts, conditions, and exclusions, which may be subject to change without notice. In the event of a claim, the nature and extent of coverage is determined based upon the claim’s facts, circumstances, and allegations and application of the relevant policy’s terms, conditions, and exclusions. The E&O program described herein is only available in Mississippi. CNA is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Copyright © 2016 CNA. All rights reserved.
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