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Real Estate E&O Insurance
Continued Commitment to Mississippi Licensees
Over $6.53 Million in defense costs and damages have been incurred by CNA on behalf of Mississippi licensees as of April 30, 2015 since 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 the carrier doesn’t provide much coverage or pay many claims.
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. 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 you review any policy you are considering and ask these questions:
Does the policy provide first dollar defense? Yes. There is no deductible for defense costs, so there is no cost to the insured unless there is a damage award or settlement. (Except for lock box claims, which are not typically covered under real estate E&O policies and have a reduced $250 deductible that applies to damages and defense costs, combined.) Other policies may have stringent requirements that must be followed to qualify for first dollar defense.
Does the policy offer unlimited defense costs? Yes. There is no limit on the amount of defense costs available to pay covered claims. (Except for claim expenses incurred to handle discrimination and escrow claims, which were not traditionally covered at all under many E&O policies. The discrimination and escrow claim sublimits of liability apply to damages and claim expenses, combined.)
Does the policy insure transactions you do for relatives? Yes. The policy applies to claims involving services performed for your parents; grandparents; siblings; aunts; uncles; cousins; children; domestic partner; or spouse’s parents, grandparents, siblings, or 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 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 for its vicarious liability for your professional services? Yes. Claims are often made against real estate firms as a result of their licensees’ negligence. The policy applies to covered claims alleging the firm’s vicarious liability for negligence in the insured licensee’s professional services. Some policies issued to individual licensees may not provide coverage for the firm’s vicarious liability for their actions, which may leave the firm 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:
[Your employee’s] hard work and long hours were particularly appreciated as evidence of my E&O coverage afforded me the opportunity to garner a new client this morning. . . . But for [her] dedication, I would not have been able to close the deal. I sincerely believe that employees are an extension of any business’ management team. D.B., RISC insured since 2006.
When I first started in the business . . . I honestly thought E&O was an expense I couldn’t afford…thankfully it was required. I just didn’t realize, especially these days, how many [people] who can and will bring suit against us even when we have done everything right, legal and proper. It is frightening so I thank God for E&O insurance, for Risceo, and [for the legal counsel retained on my behalf]. N.G., RISC insured since 2004.
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 © 2015 CNA. All rights reserved.
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