Exclusive Agent vs Independent Agency: An Inside Point of View

exclusive agent vs independent agency

What does separate an exclusive agent from the independent agent?  In my job, I am allowed to visit with mortgage companies and realtors in an attempt to help drum up business for myself and my company.  At one particular visit, I was posed a question by a realtor owner and friend. He asked, “What separates your company, an exclusive Allstate agency, from the independent agency that also has Allstate?”  At that time, it was early in my insurance career and I didn’t have an answer for him. It was a…

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Allstate to raise rates on homeowners insurance in Chicago after spate of recent disasters

Allstate is looking to raise rates on homeowners insurance in Chicago. The company has plans to raise rates by an average of 10% throughout the state, citing a rise in water, wind and hail damage claims over the past year. State regulators will not need to review the rate proposal, as the average rate increase does not exceed the 10% mark. The insurer plans to enact the new rates on March 26 this year. 2011 has become notorious for its natural disasters. These natural disasters took a toll in Chicago…

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Allstate’s 2011 agency owners and salespeople to grow by over 230

Michigan’s sixth largest car insurance provider, Allstate, has announced that it will be appointing 35 new agency owners this year, in addition to hiring in excess of 200 licensed sales employees. The new agency offices will be located in Lansing, Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Flint/Saginaw, and Kalamazoo. Agency sales leader for Michigan, Chris Markey, released a statement which said that they have identified a sizeable “opportunity in the current economy to attract entrepreneurs and mid-career, mid-level managers who are looking for a business opportunity with a recognized brand.”…

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