Where should you buy life insurance from? If you are looking for life
insurance this can be a confusing decision. Is it best to buy from an agent, a broker, or direct insurance company?
1. Through a Life Insurance Agent
An agent represents just one company. The downside is that the agent only has a few options to offer you. The upside is that an agent should be very familiar with the company and policy represented.
Many people start in the insurance industry as a life insurance agent and learn a great deal from the company they first start with. Over time many feel that they are not doing a good enough job for their clients because they can not shop the market on their behalf. That said, there are a number of great agents who really care about their clients and do great work on their behalf. But many do wish they were brokers!
2. Direct from Life Insurance Companies
You can buy life insurance direct from some insurers. This is done through the insurance company website or through an insurance company toll free number.
It is generally pretty easy to buy direct. The call centre or internet center is well designed to take your information and process a sale. The overall process might be lacking because how well can a big corporation get to know you? If you buy from an agent or a broker they help you deal with the big insurance company and make sure that you get what you need. Not only that, but if you have a problem, who will you deal with? The person who handled your transaction in the direct buy route will not be the same person you speak with if you have any questions or concerns. But if you buy from an agent or broker you know who you will be dealing with if there are any problems.
3. Through a Life Insurance Broker
A broker is probably your best bet in buying life insurance. This is because a broker represents many life insurance companies and is an unbiased advocate for you.
A life insurance broker will deal with many life insurance companies and will know which ones are best for your situation. Aspects of your medical history, lifestyle, and occupation may be viewed differently by each insurer. It is important to find the best insurance company to apply with.
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Always speak with a licensed insurance representative about your specific situation.
This site is general in nature and there may be errors or ommissions