Announcements - First Connect Insurance

10.01.2021 – Velocity Risk has experienced wonderful growth in North Carolina this year. They provide a long-term A.M. Best ‘A’ rated coastal solution. Growing responsibly and strategically is a vital part of fulfilling that commitment. Capacity management and risk identification play integral parts in accomplishing these goals. Across the state you will notice their appetite tightening as they implement new modeling techniques designed to optimize opportunities for homeowners in coastal North Carolina. To help spread overall risk, consider writing homes in Pasquotank, Camden, Perquimans, Currituck, Beaufort and Pitt counties. Beginning October 1, 2021, all new quotes will be impacted by this strategic realignment. Existing quotes must be bound by 5:00 pm, on October 1 to avoid any impact by this change. If you see an application quoting error on any quoting platform after this date, the risk is affected by the change and will not be eligible for new business. We appreciate your support and partnership. If you have any questions, please contact customer service.

4.26.2021 – Coterie has new appetite:

• Mobile food trucks
• Bed and breakfasts
• Gyms and fitness studios
• HR consultants
• Expanded bakeries and baked goods
• Instructional schools and specialty training classes
• Mortgage brokers
• Small grocery stores (less than 4,000 square feet)
• Expanded bakeries and baked goods
• HR Consultants

2.25.2021 – Win a new Tesla? It could happen if you are quoting & writing Neptune private flood this month. Don’t miss out, get your business in before the end of the month! Our agency partners should have received their credentials to login. Reach out today if you need yours!

2.24.2021 – Next has released some great new portal enhancements to make Agents’ and Customers’ lives better:

Removed Customer T&C’s
· Policies will be automatically bound at purchase and will not get the T&C email for signing.
· Agents now sign the T&C’s within the submission process.
Workers Comp Quote document
· Next released two additional pages for WC in the quote document to help with coverage transparency for Agents and Customers: multiclass premium breakdown and total premium calculation breakdown.
Adding Waiver of Sub in the Agent Portal
· The change is available to standalone GL and standalone WC policies.
· This will trigger rate change. Once the customer purchases, COI’s with Waiver of Sub can be issued free of charge from that point on.
Workers Comp Classes can be added by NCCI Number
When agents go through the WC quote screens for a construction risk, they can search for NCCI activities by their numeric code, or by name. You can also select from a wider variety of activities!

2.3.2021 – Neptune has an exceptional agent incentive this February. If you every wanted a Tesla, now is the time to start using Neptune to quote flood coverage for your opportunity to win!

2.2.2021 – Cover auto is launching their new agency platform this month for Texas agents! Keep an eye out for your agency webinar invite and details on their new February agent incentive.

1.7.2021 – Cover Insurance has a “Kick Off 2021” agent incentive running this month. Potential bonus earnings are in the thousands, so don’t delay!

Texas agents, request access today to this Insurtech auto insurance partner! Learn more about Cover here.

12.18.2020 – Next Insurance has added a new Appetite Checker feature to their Agent Portal. Their appetite checker allows you to quickly check the Lines of Business available for a specific business, by state – so you know exactly what they offer. And it’s updated in real-time, so you are never working with stale information!

12.7.2020 – Hippo is spreading the cheer with Bonus Dollars this December. Don’t miss your chance to earn extra Holiday cash with these bonuses, plus exciting drawings for even bigger bonuses continues! We are emailing weekly updates out so you can track your agency earnings.
(Exclusions apply in some states.)

12.2.20 – Cover has launched “A December to Remember” bonus opportunity for Texas agents! To participate, reach out today to get access to Cover auto if you are in Texas and not appointed yet.

11.17.2020 – Hippo & Cover: 2 top carrier partners are offering bonuses this month!

Hippo Insurance (HO) is Giving Thanks to their agents in November. Don’t miss out to earn extra bonuses! (Exclusions apply in some states.)

Cover Insurance (standard auto) is offering Piles of Cash for Texas agents to earn in November. One more $5k bonus payout still remains for the next agency to reach the goal! Get your 10 written now and make it yours!!

11.11.2020 – Velocity Risk Underwriters, LLC, will be discontinuing their HO-3 product in Connecticut effective January 1, 2021, for new business and February 1, 2021, for renewals. Agents may continue to bind Connecticut policies in the system until December 31, 2020, at 5:00 PM ET. A list of active policies will be provided by Velocity by December 1 to each Agency. Keep an eye out for this notice from Velocity if you are an agency that has active HO3 policies in CT. This product line change in CT does not affect other states agents may be accessing and writing. Email Velocity directly if there are questions pertaining to specific policies:

11.10.2020 – Openly is now available in KY and OH! Their HO3, HO5 and Landlord products are now available in 6 states and they continue to expand this year. WI, IN and SC are all expected to be available before the end of the year.

First Connect is able to pre-appoint our agents who need access to these upcoming states. Just email with your request!

Hippo continues to grow and has expanded in the state of DE.

Next has expanded their Workers Comp program. It’s now available in the following states:

  • FL
  • CO
  • TX
  • GA
  • NV
  • IL
  • AZ
  • VA
  • TN
  • MD
  • LA
  • CT
  • SC
  • KY
  • NE
  • AK
  • RI
  • VT
  • WV
  • NM
  • IN
  • ID
  • MT
  • NH
  • IA
  • UT
  • KS
  • MS
  • AR

7.30.2021 – Honeycomb habitation coverage is now offered on an advanced Insurtech platform and is currently available to our IL agents! More state availability rolling out very soon. Interested in getting access to IL?

Reach out to our to get appointed today!

4.22.2021 – Rainwalk Pets is a new carrier partner offering pet insurance in the following states: TX, SC, NC, GA, AR, IN, PA, TN.

This is a great add-on policy for your clients that offers a quick quoting platform and offers better than market prices on small to medium sized pets. No medical records are required due to the instant UW process to qualify the pets. Rainwalk Pets truly offers smart coverage plus smart technology to keep your client’s pet healthier, longer!

Get appointed today by reaching out to

2.25.2021 – Elephant is a brand new agency partner providing auto insurance in the following states: VA, GA, MD, TX, TN, OH, IN & IL. Elephant Insurance is a customer-centric direct insurer headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 2009, Elephant is a subsidiary of Admiral Group plc, a FTSE 100 company and one of the U.K.’s leading insurers with a presence in eight countries and over 6 million customers worldwide. Offering a simple quote journey to their direct underwriting contacts with 24/7 claims reporting.
A few highlights:
• Easy-to-use agent quoting journey
• Competitive pricing
• Valuable discounts for your customers
• Direct contact with Elephant underwriters
• Customer portal for easy policy changes, making payments, and downloading policy documents and ID cards
• Premium add-on features like 24/7 Roadside Assistance
• Reach out to to request your access!

2.1.2021 – Coterie has (re)launched as a commercial lines partner with us, offering BOP, GL & PL. Coterie has built a 100% digital instant quote and bind platform to give simpler coverage options and better pricing. Backed by A & A- rated companies and available nationwide except NY, NJ & MA (those are coming soon). WC will also be available later in Q1! Coterie also offers easy API integrations to simplify the process even further. Look in your Agency Connector dashboard for you agency link to quote or reach out to sign up for access now! Learn more here.

12.22.2020 – Two new carriers are available now for agents! Reach out to Agent Support for access

Kemper Personal Lines has officially launched as a new partner for CA & TX agents! Lines include Standard and Preferred Auto, Home, Renters, Boat, Umbrella, etc.

Kelly Klee Private Insurance has launched as a new nationwide partner for primary high-value homes (policy add-ons include flood, earthquake, builder’s risk insurance); vacation and secondary home; auto; high-limit umbrella; valuables; watercraft; specialty vehicles (RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, golf carts, snowmobiles)

11.10.2020 – A new preferred auto carrier is coming soon for our CA agents… we will update soon so stay tuned for the announcement!!

New drone coverage available. Skywatch is now available to our licensed agents. Great for small businesses who use these within their operations. Not normally covered in GL policies so this is required for any who use these. Skywatch is available nationwide.

COVER – Insurtech Auto Insurance Provider now available to Texas-licensed agents! See more about Cover on our carrier page.

7.7.2021 – Velocity Moratorium: Tropical Storm Elsa is anticipated to move in a northeasterly direction this week. Velocity Risk Underwriters added additional states to the moratorium currently in place for Florida. Effective immediately, the following states have been added to the moratorium: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. All lines of business will be impacted by the Moratorium Policy (see details below).

Velocity Risk Underwriters will continue to monitor this event and will provide updates as necessary.

When a territory is under a moratorium for a given peril:

No new policy quote will be issued.
No outstanding quote can be bound.
No coverage enhancing endorsements.
Requests to bind renewals must be referred to underwriting.
Certification of no loss may be required post event.
For our full Moratorium Policy, click here.

11.10.2020 – Next Insurance has lifted the moratorium placed on 10/28 due to Hurricane Zeta. This moratorium affected their property products (including Inland Marine and Commercial Auto due to Physical Damage coverage) in AL, GA, LA, and MS. However, due to Hurricane Eta, Florida will continue under a moratorium binding all Next property products in Florida.

10.28.20 – Next Insurance Moratorium: Due to Hurricane Zeta approaching, we need to implement a moratorium on binding all Property products (including Inland Marine and Commercial Auto due to Physical Damage coverage).

This will affect Inland Marine and Commercial Auto in AL, FL, GA, LA, and MS. The moratorium will go into effect today (10/28) and will be in place until the storm associated increase in risk has passed.

Hurricane Laura caused many carriers to issue moratoriums in TX, LA and up the East coast the last week of August. All were lifted within a couple days and open for quoting & binding again.

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