Express Real Estate Umbrella Insurance

Flexible limit options and outstanding value.

Group 932-01

We Call it Sleep Insurance

Offering liability limits at competitive prices for a broad range of real estate risks, the Express Real Estate Umbrella Insurance program is ideal for smaller accounts with five locations or fewer. You'll be able to submit new business via our easy-to-use Broker Portal, making it very efficient.

Formed by Distinguished Programs in 1987, this Umbrella program is the country’s first and longest-running of its kind. Today our Umbrella programs are among the largest in the United States.

Competitive pricing, outstanding value and online submission. 

$70M

Up to $70M in Limits

Path 12198

National Coverage

Group 859@2x

Online Submit-Quote-Bind

what kind of Real Estate?

The Express Real Estate Umbrella Insurance program was designed for:

  • Associations (Condos, CO-OPs, HOAs, PUDs)
  • Office Buildings
  • Strip Shopping Centers
  • Stand-alone Retail
Group 945

1 To 5 Locations

1290, Apartment, Condominium, Hotel, Rest House

Well-Maintained Properties

Group 946

Long-Term Ownership

High Limits. Already Built.

No need to build layers of coverage on your own, save your time and resources. Rely on the Real Estate Umbrella limits we've already built for your clients. It's easy, efficient, and good business.

Outstanding Value.

When you compare the level of coverage to the premium costs, the value is outstanding. Exceptional coverage for when the exceptional event occurs. It's why we call it sleep insurance.

Simple And Efficient.

With our online portal, you can submit, quote and bind at your convenience. Everything you need is available at the click of a few buttons. And if you need support, we're here for that too.

In-Depth Domain Expertise.

Designed by industry risk management experts with decades of experience, the Express Real Estate Umbrella provides comprehensive coverage. Rely on our expertise.

Features

  • Limits from $1M to $70M
  • Admitted, A.M. Best A rated carriers
  • Directors & Officers Liability for not-for-profit community associations
  • Competitive pricing and low minimum premiums
  • No shared limits
  • Automatic renewal process for most risks
  • One-step, easy online quoting and policy issuance
  • Superior level of claims service and support
  • Condominium Associations (COAs)
  • Homeowners Associations (HOAs)
  • Planned Unit Developments (PUDs)
  • Cooperatives (CO-OPs)
  • Property Owners Associations (POAs)
  • Commercial Condominiums
  • Mixed-Use Condominiums
  • Office Buildings
  • Strip Shopping Malls
  • Stand-alone Retail
  • $1,000,000
  • $2,000,000
  • $5,000,000
  • $10,000,000
  • $20,000,000
  • $45,000,000
  • $70,000,000
  • Directors & Officers Liability for not-for-profit community associations
  • No Assault and Battery exclusion
  • Crisis Response coverage
  • Broad Named Insured endorsement
  • No Sexual Abuse and Molestation exclusion
  • Unintentional Errors or Omissions
  • Bodily Injury and Property Damage
  • Advertising Injury
  • Directors & Officers Liability for not-for-profit community associations
  • Host Liquor Liability
  • Discrimination
  • Personal Injury
  • Contractual Liability Auto Liability
  • Punitive or Exemplary Damages - Except those related to a certified act of terrorism
  • Employee Benefit Liability
Commercial General Liability (CGL) $1,000,000 per Occurrence/
$1,000,000 Personal and Advertising Injury
$2,000,000 General Aggregate per Location  
Commercial Auto Liability (AL) $1,000,000 Combined Single Limit
Employers Liability (EL) $500,000 Each Accident
$500,000 Policy Limit-Disease
$500,000 Each Employee-Disease
Employee Benefits Liability (EBL) $1,000,000 Each Occurrence or Each Claim
$1,000,000 Aggregate
Garage Keepers Legal Liability (GKLL) $1,000,000 Each Loss
Directors and Officers Liability (D&O)
(Not for Profit Community Associations Only)
*See Form Requirements Below
$1,000,000 Each Claim (Indemnity)
$1,000,000 Each Claim (Defense)
$1,000,000 Aggregate Each Association
Or
$2,000,000 Each Claim (Defense inside the limit)
$2,000,000 Aggregate Each Association

All primary insurers must have an A.M. Best rating of A-VI or better. However, we will provide coverage over Employers Liability placed with certified state funds and/or carriers with an A.M. Best Rating of B++ VI or better.

* Endorsement form Directors & Officers Liability on the Commercial General Liability policy is eligible only if the D&O has its own separate unimpeded limit.

*Directors and Officers Liability underlying policy must include Duty to Defend wording with regards to Defense.

The coverage information outlined here is a guideline only. Please refer to the actual policies for full terms, conditions, exclusions, and limitations. In the event of a conflict between this document and the actual policies, the policies will control.

Umbrella insurance for community associations – Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Property Owners Associations (POAs), Condominium Owners Associations (COAs), and others – provides extra protection once an association maxes out its limits on its underlying policies. This includes the association’s General Liability, Directors & Officers Liability, Commercial Auto Liability, Employers Liability and other primary policies. An Umbrella policy is triggered when the underlying coverages have been exhausted. It can be designed to be follow-form, mirroring an association’s underlying coverage while increasing its limits. In some cases, the Umbrella policy is broader than the primary policies.

The number-one reason for obtaining Umbrella insurance for a community association is to properly protect an entity in the event of a significant, unforeseeable loss. Lawsuit settlement damages and verdicts today can easily exceed$1-$2 million dollars, and underlying policies are not designed to respond to catastrophic losses. Here are some examples of the types of losses that could upend the financial health of an association:

  • A teenager became a paraplegic after he fell by the swimming pool area of a condo association. The association had a $2-million General Liability policy in place and no Umbrella coverage. The lawsuit filed by the child’s family resulted in a $20 million judgment. Each individual owner was assessed $80,000 to cover the verdict.
  • A HOA was found responsible for the death of one child and the traumatic brain injury of another when they fell through the ice at a community’s lake. The jury in the lawsuit found the HOA liable for the damages and rendered a judgment of more than $30 million.
  • A jury last year hit a Nevada-based condo association with a $10-million verdict as a result of a serious accident suffered by a child due to faulty playground equipment. The association only had $2 million in General Liability insurance and no Umbrella policy.
  • The board of a HOA in Arizona was sued for discrimination after the property manager claimed its new rule prohibited the unit owner from leasing to a family because they had children under age 16. The unit owner filed a lawsuit against the association and its manager, saying the new rule discriminated against tenants based on age and tied his hands in legally renting or selling the condo. The owner also presented emails in which the manager referenced the renters’ race. The plaintiff’s suit asked for damages in excess of $2 million.

Each of these lawsuits makes a strong case for why community associations need Umbrella coverage. A Umbrella policy provides a cost-effective way to provide higher limits, which will protect a community association from unforeseen liability losses, as well as help avoid the need for a special assessment should the association have insufficient coverage. 

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