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It’s critical that you be able to trust those with whom you work – whether they’re clients, prospects, employees, vendors or partners.

At iMGA we take this so seriously we have a plank in the iMGA Dos and Don’ts that says “Don’t deal with dishonest people. It’s not possible to make a good deal with a bad person.”

No matter what we would wish, though, we know that people make mistakes and bad choices. So we have controls and checks in place to ensure we learn and can respond quickly when someone is attempting to abuse our trust.

Whether it’s independent accounting verification, inspections, property loss reports, or reviewing claims and applications, make sure your agency has verification processes in place also.

If you’re lucky the presence of those risk controls will discourage someone who might otherwise have done something untrustworthy. Either way it’ll reduce your exposure and the harm caused to those who count on you to watch out for them and their data. You’ll be glad you did.

Daniel Schwarcz, a University of Minnesota Law School associate professor and the author of an 88-page study scheduled to be published early next year in the University of Chicago Law Review, says homeowners policies differ “radically with respect to numerous important coverage provisions.”

Professor Schwarcz found that “all five companies with substantially less generous policies” use captive agents (like State Farm, Allstate and Farmers) but “two of the three carriers providing the most generous policy forms use independent agents”.

The study concluded that consumers are most likely to be harmed by potential differences in homeowners coverage “if those consumers do not have access to an intermediary that is informed about these differences.”  Also that “Captive agents… are substantially more likely than independent agents” to be unable or unwilling to offer consumers coverage alternatives.

In other words, it’s really important to have a good independent agent.

At iMGA we couldn’t agree more. We’re proud to offer fantastic coverage options most companies don’t, but that’s not helpful without great independent agents who care enough about their clients to make sure those clients are well covered.

Fortunately we have those – spread all over Texas.

Consumers: Find a great agent to work with on insurance for you home or rental dwelling.

Agents: Work with a company that appreciates the value you bring to your clients.

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