Monday, May 18, 2020

Real Estate Agents and Disability Insurance

In my area there are hundreds, if not thousands, of real estate agents. A lot of these people have become clients of mine over the years as I've built networking relationships with them and their affiliated industries. As a matter of fact, the local realtors have their own networking group that rivals any of the local chambers of commerce. 

Realtors are there own kind of entrepreneurs. There are times when the market is up, like pre-2008 when home loans were available to too many people who couldn't afford them. Let's face it, everyone would like to own their own home, but not everyone has the means to do so. And the realtors sold a lot of homes. Then the crash came and their businesses dried up. A few hung in there but times were lean.

The market rebounded until recently with the advent of the Covid-19 virus slowing things down. Nothing like 2008 (so far) agents can still show homes virtually, so it's more like a speed bump. I personally think the market will come back and the agents can get back to showing property in person. 

With the pandemic as the current backdrop, I've had more interest in Disability Insurance (DI) recently from real estate professionals. Seeing how tight their bills can get while having a drop in income has been a sort of wake-up call, and with the threat of a virus possibly taking them out of work for a few weeks, agents are starting to look into DI. 

I was having a conversation recently with one of my agents, who works in Charleston, SC, on the topic of DI. She also has been getting interest from realtors and others in the sales industry. After speaking with her I asked called some of our other agents on the east coast and they also had an increase in calls. One of the great things about Surf Financial is that we have a great network of agents who are eager to compare notes and study these kinds of trends.

If you're a realtor and interested in what a policy might cost for you, click on the "Get a Quote" link in the upper right hand corner of this post. For job classification, make sure to enter "Class 5" from the drop down box. And if you're interested in a brochure on why real estate professionals need DI, click here. 

As always, please stay healthy and let us know if you have questions. We also appreciate your referrals to this blog and our website. 

Chris Castanes is the president of Surf Financial Brokers, as well as a professional speaker helping sales people be more productive and efficient.

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