As a real estate agent, you are the most effective when you know your clients, the property market, and your professional risks. It is easy to understand why you need to know the market and your clients, but you may wonder about your professional risks. Every business deal or transaction leaves you vulnerable to claims of negligence, errors, and omissions, or breach of contract.
Professional Liability Coverage
As a safeguard from the most common claims against your services, real estate agent insurance is a wise investment. Breach of duty and negligence suits are the most commonly filed complaints against agents, either for allegations that pertinent information wasn’t disclosed regarding a transaction or for failing to act in the best interest of the client. Professional liability coverage provides the resources to defend or clear your name.
Lack of Coverage
Professional liability protects you from risks, but not those that arise from any illegal activity. Intentional wrongdoing is another area where coverage will be denied. If you have employees or contract out parts of your job, this policy will not address physical injuries or property damage done. The coverage only extends to damages a third party may incur as a result of following your advice.
The cost of purchasing adequate coverage depends on things like your location, claims history, business size, and transaction types. Regardless of cost, it is most cost-effective to carry this insurance than handling a client lawsuit out of your own funds.