Whether you’ve been in the real estate industry for a long time or if you’re new to the real estate industry, the risks you face on a daily basis, from errors in closing fees and payouts to failing to meet client expectations, make you an important target for lawsuits. Even if you’re cleared of all claims, the costs spent on defense, time not spent on your business, and the added stress of dealing with the situation can be costly. Without proper coverage, brokers can put their professional and financial future at risk.
It is also the role of the title industry to protect client escrow and other funds by providing a means for the safe transfer of their real estate in the sector. If an error or infringement occurs during this transaction, the agent will be held responsible for the damages resulting from the error or infringement.
Title Agent Error and Omission Insurance protects title agencies, including the escrow agent, closing cost agent, title seeker and more, from the consequences of a lawsuit incurred as a result of title agent omissions and errors and fraudulent remittance activities.
This insurance covers all costs incurred as a result of an emerging lawsuit claiming errors in the title documentation process, including title search and escrow. Under this cover, the insured will be reimbursed up to the policy limit on final settlement, as well as reimbursement of defense costs.
Title Agents Error and Absence Insurance under the Fidelity-Pak Program
Insurance coverage for real estate agents errors and omissions under the Fidelity-Pak program offers a wide range of comprehensive coverage for errors and omissions for real estate agents, including:
Claims for Coverage for Defects or Defects
Sometimes the real estate process can become damaged due to a defective or unsaleable title, also known as a title defect, meaning there is an omission, error or other complication related to the ownership of the property that makes it unfit for sale to a valid buyer.
As part of the settlement process under a title agreement, the buyer pays the title company or attorney to search the title of the property to ensure that the seller has a valid and negotiable title to transfer without title defects to claim the right. from the buyer to protect the property. However, sometimes important details regarding the property are not recorded in state and county records, leaving certain information unknown, which puts the agent at risk.
The defects or defects claims cover claims regarding defects or defects resulting from a defect or defect that has not been publicly disclosed.
Coverage of Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFB)
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau protects consumers from abrasive, unfair or deceptive practices and takes action against companies that break the law, such as predatory lending.
If a consumer files a complaint against your business with the CFPB and after investigation the CFPB determines that your business has indeed violated federal consumer financial laws, it could lead to legal action.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Matters Coverage assists with expenses incurred as a result of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cases. Under this coverage, policyholders receive up to $150,000 sub-limit coverage for relevant attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses, including civil investigations, hearings, subpoenas, or civil lawsuits conducted or received by the CFPB.
Claims caused by independent contractors
The damages caused by the insurance of independent contractors covers the insured against a claim caused by independent contractors.
Occasionally, you may need to hire an independent contractor to help you with your real estate business. During these times, it is important to check that the contractor is covered by insurance, which covers damage if the contractor’s mistakes or accident cause damage.
Coverage of previous actions
Title Agents Errors and Negligence Insurance Covers Past Acts Coverage is a feature of liability policies that extends the coverage of insurable events to dates prior to the purchase of the policy. In other words, it covers the time between when services are provided and when claims are made as a result of those services. This cover covers all claims caused by tort after the retroactive date and before the end of the policy period.
Coverage of Fraudulent E-mail Transfers (Third Party)
Under fraudulent email transfer coverage, compensation is paid on behalf of the insured, those insured amounts are required by law to pay up to $1 million for a covered loss resulting from an employee transferring escrow funds from an account of the insured. insured in reliance on fraudulent email instructions released from a criminal claiming to be a lawful party to the transaction.