After you’ve invested years and/or decades into your insurance agency you finally decide to sell. You want to get out and not worry about who shows up and who doesn’t. You want to be rewarded in one lump sum for the years you’ve invested in your insurance agency. There are plenty of buyers in this market. Every day you receive emails from Brooke, various lenders and other companies telling you they want to buy your insurance agency. This may seem like a great opportunity but the fact is – they’re in the business of buying and selling businesses and you’re not.
Most life long agents will sell an Insurance Agency once. The company(ies) telling you they want to acquire you buy agencies regularly. Your first exposure to selling your business is going to be from someone looking to buy you for the least amount of money possible. Sounds like an instant disadvantage. Sellers will give you misinformation to benefit themselves throughout the entire transaction if you’re not familiar with the process. How multiples are paid, how to structure, allocation of terms, carrying notes, unearned commissions, earn outs, the list goes on and on.
It’s best to consult with someone that has bought or sold an agency in the past. You also need to include your CPA and Attorney in your transaction. While they won’t be well versed in pricing or insurance details they’ll help you in more ways than I can list in this post.
So since you’ve spent years or decades building this agency – don’t go it alone, hire some help and learn from someone with experience. Someone who can help you get the best price, bring pre-screened qualified buyers and assist you through the due diligence process. Selling your insurance agency should be a positive experience for you so contact us and we can help you maximize your return. Remember there are no fees unless your agency is sold.