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Nebraska Real Estate Commission’s Group Policy
Real Estate E&O Insurance
Please Support Your State Program
Over $1.8 Million in defense costs and damages have been incurred by Continental Casualty Company (a CNA insurance company) on behalf of Nebraska licensees as of June 1, 2015 since 2004. RISC and CNA share a commitment to their insureds to provide valuable coverage to Nebraska licensees. When shopping for insurance coverage, it’s important to ask about the company’s experience and paid claims in Nebraska. If a company is charging a very low amount, you may want to investigate and compare coverages.
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. 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 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.
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Considering Other Providers?
Always Review the Actual Policy Provisions! The most accurate representation of what a policy covers is the policy itself. We urge you to 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 you unless there is a damage award or settlement. 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 under the discrimination sublimits and the environmental and regulatory complaints endorsements, which were not traditionally covered at all under many E&O policies).
Does the policy insure transactions you do for relatives? Yes. The RISC applies to claims involving services performed for your parents; grandparents; siblings; aunts; uncles; cousins; children; and your 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 for its vicarious liability for your professional services? Yes. Claims are often made against real estate firms as a result of their licensees’ negligence. Under the group program, the insured licensee’s policy applies to covered claims alleging the firm’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’s vicarious liability for their actions, which may leave the firm uncovered in the event of a claim against it.
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 Nebraska. CNA is a registered
trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Copyright © 2016 CNA.
All rights reserved.
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