FLORIDA

IMS-Florida Participating Carriers

Florida


Independent Market Solutions facilitates relationships between agents who are unable to secure company appointments due to any number of reasons, and carriers with an appetite for writing coverage. IMS-Florida partners with the following companies:

 
Personal Lines
American Traditions Insurance Co., Cypress Property & Casualty Insurance, Heritage Insurance, JIBNA, Foremost Signature Home & Auto, Swyfft, Monarch Insurance, NatGen Flood, Progressive, Prudent Pet, Travelers, United Property & Casualty Insurance, and Universal North America Insurance Co.
 

Commercial Lines
Attune, CNA Surety, Coterie, National General, Normandy Insurance Company, Progressive, RentSense, RMS Hospitality, Scottish American, SynchronoSure, V3 Insurance

 
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Returning agent?

If you have previously submitted an application and want to request a sub-appointment for a new or additional carrier, please email Jean Bloszinsky.

Agency appointments are not guaranteed. Annual New Business production commitment is required for consideration. Agency is responsible for all producer licensing fees.

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American Traditions Insurance Co.

Programs Available

Mobile Homeowners, Homeowners, Mobile Homeowners Dwelling Fire (DP1), Homeowners Dwelling Fire (DP3), Renters HO4/MH4.

Commission Rate

11% New/Renewal - Mobile Homes & DP1, 15% New and Renewal - Homeowners (HO3 & HO6), 15% New and Renewal - Homeowners Dwelling Fire (DP3), 15% for New and Renewal business - Renters HO4/MH4. Commission paid is on non-hurricane premium only.

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

ATIC has temporarily suspended partnering with new agents in Florida.

Agency Agreement

The ATIC agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

ATIC-FAIA-Agent-Agreement-2016.pdf

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Attune

Programs Available

Business Owners Policy – BOP+
Workers' Compensation
Excess Liability

The BOP+ is on Accredited paper and the Excess is on Core Specialty (AIG) paper. The WC is on Employers Insurance Company paper

Commission Rate

BOP 12.5% new business and10% renewal

Excess Liability 12.5% new business and 12.5% renewal
WC- 12% new business and10% renewal

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

All lines of business noted above are available in the state of Florida.

Agency Agreement

The Attune agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

attuneagencyagreement.pdf

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CNA Surety

Programs Available

The commercial surety market includes numerous types of bonds categorized as court judicial, court fiduciary, public official, license and permit, and many miscellaneous bonds that include guarantees of financial performance. CNA Surety companies also write fidelity bonds, which cover losses arising from employee dishonesty and errors & omissions liability insurance. Contract bonds guarantee the performance of obligations covered by a written agreement between two parties. The most common types include bid, performance, and payment bonds.

CNA Surety understands the needs of its customers and has built itself to be responsive, flexible, and focused on satisfying the unique requirements of each one of its customers. We can provide custom-tailored surety solutions to virtually all segments of the market, regardless of size or circumstance. This explains our continued success and validates our potential for growth.

Commission Rate

For each bond that we write, our insurance producer is paid a commission that is based upon a percentage of the bond premium. That percentage varies based upon a number of factors some of which are: the type of bond, state of the bond obligation, and contractual arrangements with producers. We offer our producers a competitive commission package to complement our outstanding service capabilities. A schedule of commissions will be provided during the appointment process.

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

CNA Surety provides a full range of surety and fidelity bonds in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. CNA Surety has the capacity, experience, and dedication to serve a full range of bonding needs, from the smallest commercial bonds to multi-million dollar contract bonds.

Agency Agreement

The Agency agreement is between CNA Surety and Independent Market Solutions (IMS). When you agree to and e-sign the IMS sub-producer agreement, you also agree to all of the terms and conditions contained within the CNA Agency agreement, which will be provided during the appointment process.

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Coterie

Commission Rate

For BOP/GL/PL: 15% new and renewal
For WC: 12% new and renewal

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

BOP/GL/PL is available in all states

Agency Agreement

The Coterie agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

CoterieIMSSignedProducerAgreement.pdf

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Cypress Property & Casualty Insurance

Programs Available

Homeowners, Condominium, Dwelling Fire, & Artisan Contractor General Liability

Commission Rate

10% New/Renewal for Homeowners, Condominium & Dwelling Fire / 15% New/Renewal for Artisan Contractor General Liability

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

GL appointments open statewide & most Florida counties are open for personal lines business except for Broward County, Escambia County, Franklin County, Gadsden County, Holmes County, Jackson County, Miami-Dade County, Monroe County, Okeechobee County, Palm Beach County, Santa Rosa County, Wakulla County, Washington County.

Agency Agreement

The Cypress agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

CypressAgreement.pdf

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Foremost Signature Auto & Home

Programs Available

Foremost SignatureSM: Standard and Preferred Automobile, Personal Excess Liability Policy, Renters

Commission Rate

Commissions ranging from 8% to 15% based on line of business.

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

Agency must have consistent monthly flow of new business opportunities.
Minimum of 12 months agency ownership experience.
Agent must not have been previously terminated by Farmers®, Foremost® or Bristol West®.
Access to EZLynx or PL RatingTM (Vertafore) preferred.
Agency must be profitable with current carriers.
Appointments are not guaranteed and are based on market capacity and individual characteristics.

Agency Agreement

Foremost Signature Auto & Home agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you e-sign the sub-producer agreement during the application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement. The contract will be provided after the appointment is approved by Foremost.

Website

foremost.com

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Heritage Insurance

Programs Available

Homeowners,Dwelling Fire, and Commercial General Liability

Commission Rate

CGl Commission is 15% on new business (effective 9/1/22), and renewals will be paid at 12% effective 11/1/22. Currently, renewals are paid at 13%.

Base commission will be paid at 10% for new business and 9% for renewal business.

  • Agencies with a 3-year loss ratio of 30% or better will be paid 10% for new business and 10% for renewal business
  • Agencies with a 3-year claims frequency level of 4% or lower will be paid 10% for new business and 10% for renewal business
  • Agencies with a non-CAT loss ratio of 30% or better and a frequency rate of 4% or lower will be paid 10% for new business and 11% for renewal business.
  • Agencies with less than 100 earned house years – your commissions will be paid at 8% new business and 8% renewal business.
  • Agencies with a 3-year non-CAT loss ratio 60% or greater will be paid at 8% new business and 8% renewal business.
  • Agency performance will be evaluated in January of each year based on calendar year results for the prior 3-year rolling period.
Market Availability

Heritage has temporarily suspended partnering with new agents in Florida.

Agency Agreement

The Heritage Insurance agency agreement is between the Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

Heritage-Agreement-Florida.pdf

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JIBNA

Programs Available

Personal Jewelry

Commission Rate

20% on new business (fully complete submissions)
10% on renewals and endorsements

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

Available in all states and DC (approved but currently not writing in Kentucky)
Individual item limit $500,000; Schedules $2.5 million (higher limits available)
Minimum premium $50 (Worldwide coverage)
No blanket coverage
Special perils (All Risk) coverage including mysterious disappearance
No-deductible standard coverage (100/250/500/1000 available)
Exposure rated
Older appraisals (typed) acceptable

Agency Agreement

The JIBNA (Jewelry Insurance Brokerage of North America) agency agreement is between
Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and JIBNA.  When you agree to and e-sign the sub-
producer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions,
guidelines, policies and procedures contained in the agency agreement

Read the Agency Agreement

BrokerAgreement11.pdf

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Monarch National Insurance Company

Programs Available

HO3 – limits up to $3,000,000 Cov. A available
HO6 – limits up to $1,000,000 Cov. A & C combined available
Program is based on insurance score

Commission Rate

10% New / 8% Renewal

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

Monarch has temporarily suspended partnering with new agents in Florida.

Agency Agreement

The Monarch National agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the sub-producer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the Agency Agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

monarchagreement.tif

Website

fednat.com

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NatGen Flood

Programs Available

Beyond Floods Excess & Surplus private flood – residential only
NFIP/ Federal Flood – residential & commercial

Commission Rate

Beyond Floods E & S – 14% New/Renewal/ bonus potential available for book analysis
NFIP/Federal Flood – 20% New/Renewal/Rollover

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

We are open and appointing for all flood products in Florida

Agency Agreement

The National General agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

NatgenProducerAgeement1.pdf

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Normandy

Programs Available

Normandy Insurance Company provides workers’ compensation insurance for industries including: restaurants, light manufacturing, landscapers, health care, cannabis & medical marijuana operations, retail stores and many more. General liability insurance is also available through a proprietary program

Commission Rate

AL 12% New 10% Renewal, FL 15% New 12% Renewal, GA 12% New 10% Renewal, LA 10% New 8% Renewal, NC 12% New 10% Renewal, PA 12% New 10% Renewal, TX 15% New 12% Renewal

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

Normandy will consider new ventures, a lapse in coverage, shock loss risks
Construction class codes require 1 yr prior coverage
Home Health Care requires 3 yrs of prior coverage
High Mods also considered

Click Here to view our state map

Agency Agreement

The Normandy agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and Normandy Insurance. When you agree to sign the sub producer agreement during this application process, you will also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies and procedures contained in the agency agreement. This also applies to the proprietary program for GL and Workers Compensation.

Read the Agency Agreement

Normandy-IMS-agency_agreement.pdf

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Progressive

Programs Available

Commercial and Personal Auto, Renters, Motorcycle, Boat and Recreational Vehicles

Commission Rate

Personal Auto w/ proof of prior auto ins, no lapse in coverage and HO NEW: 12%
Personal Auto w/ proof of prior auto ins, no lapse in coverage and HO REN: 8%
Personal Auto w/ proof of prior auto ins, no lapse in coverage and No HO NEW: 10%
Personal Auto w/ proof of prior auto ins, no lapse in coverage and No HO REN: 8%
Personal Auto w/ No proof of prior auto ins and No HO NEW: 8%
Personal Auto w/ No proof of prior auto ins and No HO REN: 6%
Motorcycle NEW: 13%
Motorcycle REN: 8%
Boat NEW: 8%
Boat REN: 8%
Recreational Vehicle NEW: 8%
Recreational Vehicle REN: 8%
Commercial Auto NEW: 8%
Commercial Auto REN: 8%

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

Progressive appointments are available statewide.

Agents must write two policies per month.
Agency must have access to three or more auto carriers. May be two auto carriers if one is preferred.
Agency must have 1 year agency ownership experience (This can be with a different agency)
Must be in good standing with Progressive
Must not have been previously terminated by Progressive
Applicant must operate and maintain a storefront or retail location for their operation

Agency Agreement

Please email marketing@imsaccess.com for a copy of the agreement.

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Prudent Pet

Programs Available

Personal Lines: Pet Insurance (Prudent Pet offers Comprehensive Accident & Illness plans or Accident-Only plans, with the ability to customize coverage and pricing options that work best for your customer’s budget. Pet insurance works on a reimbursement basis. The customer pays the vet directly, then submits their bill and we reimburse eligible expenses.

Annual limits from $10,000 to Unlimited

Deductibles from $100 to $1,000

Reimbursement Rates at 70%, 80% and 90%

Optional Coverage add-on’s include: Veterinary Exam Fee Coverage and/or Optional Wellness Coverage.

Commission Rate

All Lines- 18% new business, 10% renewal

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

Personal Lines: Prudent Pet insurance is available statewide.

Agency Agreement

The Prudent Pet agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

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RentSense

Programs Available

DEPOSIT PLUS+ Renters Security Deposit Insurance, including the option of RETURN TO RENTER.

Coverage replaces cash deposits for tenants and provides more coverage for property owners/managers. Return to Renter converts a cash Security Deposit to an insurance product allowing for a return of cash security deposits to the tenant with the purchase of a policy mid-lease.

A Rated Insurance Carrier, one-time premium, minimum 25 dwellings. Additional coverages are available.

DEPOSIT PLUS+ is an indemnity product, NOT a bond. Coverage is written on a CLIP policy.

Commission Rate

10%

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

Nationwide

Agency Agreement

The RentSense agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Website

rentsense.us

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RMS Hospitality Group

Programs Available

General Liability, Liquor Liability & Assault & Battery for Hospitality Risks are written with Clear Blue Specialty and United National Group. Franchise Food General Liability and Property plus WC are written with Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance.

Commission Rate

Clear Blue Specialty General Liability 10% new and 10% renewal.
United National General Liability 10% new and 10% renewal.
Crum & Forster General Liability, Property and WC 10% new business and 10% renewal.

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

General Liability, Liquor Liability & Assault & Battery for Hospitality Risks is available in all states except for VT and the District of Columbia DC. The Franchise Food package is written in all 50 states.

Agency Agreement

The RMS HG agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and RMS Hospitality Group. When you agree to and e-sign the sub producer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement. Note some programs and Excess and Surplus Lines.

Read the Agency Agreement

RMS-Sub-Broker-Agreement8.pdf

Website

rmshg.com

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Scottish American

Programs Available

Contractors Guard Pro - General Liability for CGCs and CBCs
Contractors Guard - General Liability for artisans and trade contractors (Available in all states except NY and CO)

Commission Rate

10% on new and renewal business

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

Open for appointments in all IMS states for current active members

Agency Agreement

The Scottish American agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and FHBI. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

scottishamerican_agencyagreement.pdf

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Swyfft

Programs Available

Programs Available

Admitted Home Program
11% for New business when the program reopens. Currently closed for new business.
7.25% for Renewal business, starting with renewals effective 9/20/21.

E&S Home Program
8% for New business. No changes.
7% for Renewal business, starting with renewals effective 9/20/21.

Commission Rate

Admitted
New Business: 11%
Renewal Business: 7.25%

Non-Admitted
New Business: 8%
Renewal Business: 7%

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

We are currently NOT accepting appointments at this time.

Agency Agreement

Agency agreement: Swyfft producer agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you e-sign the sub-producer agreement during the application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement. Read the Agency Agreement

Read the Agency Agreement

Swyfft-Producer-Agreement.pdf

Website

swyfft.com

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SynchronoSure

Programs Available

Workers Compensation (learn more) – This coverage helps protect businesses for injuries to workers that arise from their employment and from wages that are lost due to those injuries. We have over 900 available governing class codes representing most of the classes associated with hazard grades A – F, and 15 classes within hazard G. Maximum unmodified manual premium is $35,000. Maximum experience mod is 1.35. Business we are actively writing includes small contractors, hospitality, light manufacturing, and agricultural risks (no trees or animals bigger than we are). We are not presently entertaining transportation, healthcare, Federal Act risks. The average bound premium to date is about $6000 per policy. The insurer is Sutton National, rated A- VIII by AM Best.

Follow Form Excess Liability (learn more) – This policy provides coverage above the limits of the scheduled underlying coverage. It offers no broader protection than that provided by the underlying policy. We have more than 550 available class codes. Limits capacity is $5 million, and we are attaching typically excess of primary $1 million or excess of $5 million excess of primary $1 million. Coverage is offered on a follow form excess liability basis, and we can sit over GL and Auto liability, but will not do auto by itself. We are actively quoting coverage within both residential and commercial contracting codes, hospitality including both restaurants and hotel/motel risks excess of $1 million primary insurance or $5 million excess of $5 million excess of Primary insurance. In addition, we are actively quoting habitational exposures excess of $6 million minimum attachment point. The average bound premium to date is $9,000. The maximum policy premium we entertain in our layer is $35,000. The carrier for this product is Sutton Specialty, rated A- VIII by AM Best.

General Liability (learn more) – This is a monoline general liability market currently focusing on trucker general liability. This liability coverage provides protection for premises and operations liability, and products/completed operations liability. We are expanding the GL program to 155 other class codes (targeting “live” at 11/15/2022). The maximum premium per policy will be limited to $35,000. The product is built around the ISO GL product language. The carrier for this product is Sutton Specialty, rated A- VIII by AM Best.

GigBOP® (learn more) – A package insurance for the gig workers, contractors, freelancers, and one-person bands. This coverage includes Business Personal Property, Business Liability, and Miscellaneous Professional Liability, uniquely crafted to meet the needs of modern small businesses. Currently supports 78 eligible class codes, soon to expand to 183 (11/1/2022 target to go “live”) as well as reducing the minimum policy premium to $500 and introducing a “starter” limit at $100,000 for a minimum policy premium of $350. We are actively quoting management consultants, bookkeepers, and building and home inspectors. The product includes business personal property with limits to $250,000, liability up to $ 1million and miscellaneous professional liability to $1 million. The carrier for this product is Sutton Specialty, rated A- VIII by AM Best.

Commission Rate

For Big I agency members in good standing: 12.5% new business and 10% renewal.

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability
  • Workers Compensation – Currently available in 17 states: AL, FL, GA, IL, NC, TN, TX, and WI. Soon expanding to KY, MD and PA. (IMS is not currently licensed in AR, IA, IN, KS, MO, MS, OK, SC, & VA)
  • Follow Form Excess Liability - Currently active nationwide (please check with IMS for licensing status outside of FL) on an E&S basis.
  • Truckers General Liability - Currently available in 37 states on an E&S basis: AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, NC, SC, TN, TX, and WI. (IMS is not currently licensed in AK, AR, AZ, CO, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WV, and WY if you have significant opportunities in any of these states please let us know)
  • GigBOP® - Currently active nationwide (please check with IMS for licensing status outside of FL) on an E&S basis.
Agency Agreement

https://synchronosure.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/SynchronoSure_IMS_Producer_Agreement_Watermark_02162022-2.pdf

The SynchronoSure® agency agreement is between the individual signing agency or brokerage firm and SynchronoSure®. When you agree to and e-sign the agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Please Read If Considering SynchronoSure:
Producer Sign-up for SynchronoSure must be completed by clicking this link https://synchronosure.com/producer-registration/

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Travelers

Programs Available

(Personal) Automobile, Personal Liability Policy

Commission Rate

Auto (Standard Insurance Company) up to 10% new and renewal,
Personal Liability Policy up to 8% new and renewal
Youthful Driver up to 8% new and 8% renewal

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

Years in the industry 5+ years
Years in agency 2+ years
Agency has a personal lines focus
Agency preferably has/follows a formal written business plan
Size of agency staff 3+
Agency management system in place
Comparative rater in place
Agency committed to using Travelers Customer Care Center(CCC) Program
Profitable with current carriers
Auto focus /opportunity to place a minimum of 2-3 preferred auto/umbrella sales a month with Travelers
Auto Quote and New Business Flow Guide:    
Consistent monthly auto new business flow
Agency auto monthly close rate target of 25% or higher

Agency Agreement

The Travelers agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement. Contract will be provided after appointment approved by Travelers.

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United Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

Programs Available

Homeowners and Dwelling Fire.

Commission Rate

12% new, 10% renewal.

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

UPC has temporarily suspended partnering with new agents in Florida.

Agency Agreement

The United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. agency agreement is between the Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

UPC-IMS-Agency-Agreement.pdf

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Universal North America Insurance Co.

Programs Available

Homeowners and Dwelling Fire.

Commission Rate

10%, new and renewal.

Commissions paid by Independent Market Solutions

Market Availability

Open in Florida (except for Pasco and Hernando) subject to exposure management and capacity restrictions.

Agency Agreement

The Universal North America Insurance Co. agency agreement is between the Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

Universal-General-Agency-Agreement.pdf

Website

uihna.com

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V3 Insurance

Programs Available

The V3iconnect Comp Program is a state of the art internet Based Workers’ Compensation program designed for single and multi-state risk with full on-line quote and bind capabilities.

Small to medium sized employers, With premium ranges between $5,000.00-$200,000.00 .
V3 accepts New Ventures in all industries other than Construction.
Experience mods between 0.75 and 1.69 - other mod ranges is a referral
Wide range of industries including but not limited to construction, servicing and manufacturing

Commission Rate

Commission rate is 8% new and renewal

Commissions paid by Carrier

Market Availability

The is a nationwide program that is available in all states except Alabama

Agency Agreement

The V3 agency agreement is between Independent Market Solutions (IMS) and the carrier. When you agree to and e-sign the subproducer agreement during this application process, you also agree to the instructions, guidelines, policies, and procedures contained in the agency agreement.

Read the Agency Agreement

v3agencyagreement.pdf

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