Blocked Insurance Market: A Guide to Making Informed Choices

22 March 2024

What Is Blocking in the Insurance Market?

The Strategy Behind Blocking

Blocking in the insurance market occurs when a broker submits a client’s application to multiple carriers, effectively preventing other brokers from doing the same. This strategy is employed by brokers to gain a competitive edge and secure exclusive deals with insurance carriers. While it may seem like a savvy business move for the broker, it can have several implications for you as the client.

How Does Blocking Affect You?

  1. Limited Options: Blocking restricts the ability of other brokers to present alternative options, potentially denying you access to the best pricing and terms for your coverage needs.
  2. Missed Opportunities: You might miss out on more suitable coverage options that a non-blocked broker could have offered, leaving you unaware of potential alternatives that could better meet your insurance needs.
  3. Strained Relationships: This practice can lead to damaged relationships between brokers and carriers, as well as between competing brokers, fostering a less cooperative and more contentious industry environment.

Why Consider Working with Fewer Brokers?

The Benefits of Simplifying Your Broker Relations

To navigate the complexities of a blocked insurance market, it might be advantageous to work with fewer brokers. This approach can offer several benefits:

  1. Better Communication: Fewer brokers mean stronger relationships and more effective communication, ensuring your needs are fully understood and met.
  2. Enhanced Trust: A solid relationship with your broker leads to increased trust, which is crucial for enabling brokers to negotiate better deals on your behalf.
  3. Greater Efficiency: Simplifying the process by working with fewer brokers can reduce the chances of delays and errors, making the insurance purchasing process faster and more efficient.
  4. Tailored Solutions: A dedicated broker who is familiar with your specific needs can create more customized insurance solutions that are perfectly suited to your requirements.

How to Choose the Right Broker?

Making the Best Choice for Your Insurance Needs

Choosing the right broker is a critical step in your insurance journey. The key is to keep it simple, stay informed, and make decisions that best align with your coverage needs. Here are some strategies to ensure you make the best choice:

  • Research: Look for brokers with a strong reputation and a history of transparency and success in the industry.
  • Ask for References: Don’t hesitate to ask potential brokers for references or case studies that demonstrate their ability to secure favorable coverage options.
  • Consider Specialization: Brokers specializing in your industry or specific type of coverage are more likely to understand your unique needs and challenges.

Seeking Guidance in a Blocked Market

If you’re uncertain about how to navigate the blocked insurance market or how to select the right broker, consider reaching out for professional guidance by one of our expert agents. An experienced advisor from Inszone Insurance Services can help you secure the best coverage tailored to your needs, offering data-driven solutions that have a significant financial impact.

By partnering with the right professional, you can simplify your insurance experience, making it more efficient, stress-free, and suited to your specific requirements. Remember, the goal is to ensure that you are well-informed and confident in your insurance decisions, leading to better protection and peace of mind.


For further reading and to back up some of the claims made in this article, consider exploring the following resources:

  • Insurance Business Magazine for insights on broker strategies and industry trends.
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for guidelines on choosing the right insurance broker and understanding your rights as an insurance consumer.
  • Investopedia’s Guide to Choosing an Insurance Broker for practical advice and considerations when selecting an insurance broker.
Larry Jefferey - Inszone Insurance Senior Commercial Lines Account Manager

Larry Jeffery

Senior Commercial Insurance Specialist

Larry Jeffery is a Senior Commercial Insurance Specialist at Inszone Insurance Services, joining Inszone in August 2023. Larry’s extensive background in the real estate sector spans over two decades, beginning with acquiring his Real Estate sales license in 2001. Initially, he worked as a residential loan officer and later became a partner in his own brokerage, leading a high-level team of loan originators.

Through the financial challenges of 2008, Larry excelled in handling a substantial portfolio of bank-owned real estate, successfully selling over 900 homes. Acquiring his Broker’s license in 2013, he spent an additional decade originating mortgages, facilitating financing for numerous clients, and engaging in property transactions. Larry’s experience has enriched his professionalism and dedication to both past and future clients. Transitioning into the insurance industry, Larry seamlessly continues his commitment to serving customers’ needs with a fresh perspective. Larry’s outstanding performance has earned him numerous accolades, including multiple years as a Top Performer and Salesman of the Year.

In his free time, Larry cherishes moments with his family, enjoys golfing, and indulges in his passion for surfing while exploring various destinations around the world.

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