Do You Have To Have Good Credit To Become And Agent?

Dec 22, 2007

  1. sell4u
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    I'M NEW TO THIS I WAS WONDERING DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE GOOD CREDIT TO BECOME A INSURANCE AGENT PLEASE HELP PLANNING ON STARTING CLASS THIS JANUARY COMING?:arghh::arghh:
     
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    I'm not quite sure how good it has to be, but they do check credit reports. A lot depends on your state of course, but generaly the DOI just wants to make sure your not a crook and didn't lie on the application.
     
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    No. if you needed good credit to because an agent the insurance industry would collapse.
     
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    Some carriers and/or GAs will run credit - but only if it's a situation where you are getting loans/advances from them. A definite minority.

    And pleez...turn off the CAPS LOCK!
     
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    They do run full credit checks when you use ALL CAPS.

    As long as you are not getting advances (which is a loan) then credit is a non issue, if they refuse to appoint you due to credit go somewhere else.

    A lot of agents have bad credit, this should be a non issue.
     
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    I've never heard of an agent not getting appointed even with companies that advance. I took on an agent who BK'd last year and he got appointed with every carrier around, with advance and no problems.
     
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    also with the advances do they give that to you by choice or you have to speak up,also I don't want to invest no time or money into something thats dam near impossible to get into ?I have a squeaky clean back ground check and from anywhere a 536-560 Fico score>HELP.......times ruining out for me to make a decision?:mask:
     
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    Ask for an advance but not all carriers advance. You're looking for Assurant, Golden Rule (through a broker) World and Unicare.
     
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    If you believe its the right career choice for you, go for it. Develop a plan, follow that plan to its conclusion, and only adjust when the plan itself needs adjusting.

    Your credit is not a problem, credit is something that matters to different people in different ways. The only thing insurance companies care about, is can you sell their product and make decent field underwriting decisions.
     
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    For health, I don't know that credit makes a big difference. In the P&C markets, I believe it matters a bit more, especially if you want binding authority. To be honest, I don't think I've had any health carrier run a credit report on me, but when I was first appointed with P&C they did, and will decline based on your credit. You don't need anything overwhelming, but a history of bad credit may prevent P&C appointments.

    More than credit, you'll need some cash reserves to get started. You can make some money the first few months, but the $$$ won't be strong till you get into a rythm.

    Dan
     
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