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Ready For Real Estate Agent Insurance That Gets You?

You know a thing or two about finding clients the perfect home that meets their needs. But what about finding the right insurance policy to protect your business?

At Simply Business, we offer real estate agent insurance policies that cover the risks you might face as you grow your business. Just answer a few simple questions, compare free quotes from top insurers who truly understand what real estate agents need, and choose your plan.

The best part? You can get your free quote in under 10 minutes.

See what it’s like to have comprehensive real estate agent insurance that gets you. Get your free quote today!

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Coverage Type

Policies Available for Real Estate Agent Insurance:

  • General liability insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Workers compensation insurance

Benefits:

  • It can protect your business from certain claims.
  • It can cover mistakes and damages caused by your services.
  • Proof of insurance can help customers feel good about your work.
  • It may be legally required where you’re located.

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What Type of Insurance Do I Need for My Real Estate Business?

Real estate agent insurance can include a variety of policies, depending on your business and what kind of coverage you want. Here are the three core policies for real estate business insurance that we recommend:

Commercial General Liability Insurance

Commercial general liability (GL) insurance for real estate agents covers associated risks such as unintentional accidents or injuries or damages to third parties. It won’t cover, say, for instance, if you didn’t lock a client’s property on purpose after a showing.

Without general liability insurance, you run the chance of paying for these costs out-of-pocket. Plus, with the average claim for property damage or accidents for small businesses being around $30,000, you’ll want to make sure you’re covered.

What does general liability insurance look like in action? Say that after you recently replaced the carpets in the office, a client comes in to finish up some paperwork for a property they're renting. They trip over a loose section of the carpet and end up breaking an arm. They want to sue you for the medical bills. With general liability insurance, your policy could cover the costs of the medical bills and any associated legal costs.

So what does general liability insurance cover?

  • Bodily injury to another person
  • Third-party property damage
  • Personal and advertising injury
  • Medical expenses
  • And more

It does not, however, cover the following:

  • Workers compensation
  • Software and tools
  • Business materials and equipment
  • Your vehicle(s)

Professional Liability Insurance

As a licensed real estate agent, you want to make sure your business is protected from any risks while doing your job, including errors and negligence. Also known as errors and omissions insurance, professional liability insurance protects you from claims that general liability insurance doesn’t necessarily cover.

For example, imagine that a real estate agent tells a client they will submit their offer to the seller but gets distracted by other priorities and forgets to submit it on time. As a result, the buyers don’t get the house they wanted. The buyers could sue the real estate agent for this mistake.

Luckily, if the real estate agent in question has professional liability insurance, they’d be saved from having to pay legal fees or other associated costs relating to the lawsuit (up to their policy limits). Professional liability insurance is recommended for real estate agents to protect them from this type of risk.

Professional liability insurance can cover:

  • Negligence or alleged negligence
  • Legal defense costs
  • Claims involving libel and/or slander
  • Copyright infringement
  • And more

Professional liability insurance, however, does not cover:

  • Intention acts and omissions
  • Property damage
  • Medical expenses
  • Bodily injury
  • And more

Workers Compensation Insurance

For the most part, no matter what state you live in, if you have employees (even if they’re part-time or temporary), you may be legally required to carry workers compensation insurance. Otherwise known as workers comp, this insurance policy protects your business if your employees get sick or injured while working.

There are plenty of reasons why having a workers compensation policy is a smart idea, mainly because if one of your employees gets hurt while on the job, you could be responsible for any associated costs.

The National Safety Council reported that in 2017 alone, work injury costs reached $161.5 billion. That’s quite the bill, right? What’s more, the average cost per medically consulted injury was $41,000, which can be detrimental to a real estate business, especially one just getting started.

Workers compensation insurance for real estate agents can cover:

  • Medical payments
  • Lost wages
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Death benefits

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Why Should I Get Insurance for My Real Estate Business?

It may feel like a major expense to invest in real estate agent insurance. But here’s the truth: What you spend on real estate insurance is a fraction of what you might spend if you get sued by an upset client or if an employee gets hurt while showing a house. Aside from that, if insurance coverage is required in your state, not having insurance could result in legal repercussions and, you guessed it, more costs.

Consider the average costs small business owners are at risk of paying without insurance:

  • Reputational harm: $50,000
  • Vehicle accident: $45,000
  • Fire: $35,000
  • Burglary and theft: $8,000

Additionally, you’ll want to protect your business from risks that may result in a lawsuit such as negligence, failure to disclose, breach of contract, and more. Protecting yourself and your business from an unhappy client who sues you (even if you did nothing wrong) is always a smart business practice. Legal fees can add up and cause a lot of damage to your real estate business.

Out-of-pocket expenses aside, having proof of insurance can have an impact on reaching different milestones with your business, such as:

  • Renting office space
  • Convincing other realtors to work with you
  • Earning clients’ confidence
  • Opening another office location
  • And more!

When you buy real estate insurance through Simply Business, we’ll provide you with a certificate of insurance (COI), so you can start providing proof of coverage immediately.

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Real Estate Agent Insurance FAQs

  • If you have any employees, whether they are temporary, part-time, or full-time, most states will require you to carry workers compensation insurance. Depending on where you live, your state also may require that you carry real estate agent insurance.

  • You can generally deduct the cost of your insurance premiums when filing taxes for your business. For additional information on which business expenses are tax-deductible, we recommend speaking with an accountant.

  • The amount of coverage you’ll need will depend on a few factors, such as:

    • The size of your business
    • Your business’s location
    • Your annual revenue
    • And more

    Our quote form lets you compare prices for different amounts of real estate agent insurance coverage, when available. If you have more questions, our licensed insurance agents are happy to assist you.

  • Your state may have different insurance requirements for real estate agents than other states. Once you’ve determined your business needs, our quote process can help you compare prices for insurance that covers you in your specific state.

  • A general liability policy and workers compensation policy can cover:

    • Bodily injury
    • Accidents and damages
    • Employee injuries
    • Unintentional mistakes
    • And more
  • The total cost of your policy will depend on a variety of factors, like the type of work you’re doing and if you have any employees. But in general, you can expect your policy costs to be determined by:

    • Your employee count (including part-time and subcontractors)
    • Where you’re located
    • Your real estate services
    • Employee payroll
    • Yearly revenue
    • And more

    Curious to see how much your real estate agent insurance may cost? To get started, click here to answer a few questions, browse free quotes, and compare policy prices.

  • If you offer other services, our licensed insurance agents can help you find the most comprehensive insurance policy that fits your business needs.

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Why Choose Simply Business?

Simply Business is an online brokerage that makes it easy to compare the best policies and quotes from top insurers. We’re one of the fastest-growing online providers of small business insurance. There’s a reason why thousands of customers trust us to protect their businesses.

Why choose us? It’s simple:

  • We’re fast and affordable. You have a lot on your plate, and worrying about your insurance coverage doesn’t need to be one of them. Our policies are fast, affordable, and ready whenever you are.

  • We’re flexible with coverage. Your business changes, so you need an insurance policy that can keep up. We’re here to help make sure you’re protected no matter what your business needs.

  • We get your business. You deserve an insurance policy that understands your business from the inside out. That’s where we come in.

You work hard to grow your business, and your insurance policy should protect it.

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