Retail property and casualty agents are adapting to the new realities of “For Rent” signs on shop windows and foreclosure notices on home lawns. Agents who never or seldom handled vacant property are now learning the ropes and are looking for answers to some basic, as well as not so basic, questions.

“Along with providing a steady stream of vacant-property submissions, agents tend to ask us four basic questions about vacant-property placement,” said Rich Gobler, assistant manager for the San Francisco Branch of Burns & Wilcox. “They want to know how we handle partial occupancy, whether we can help them get building ordinance protection, if we handle vacant property on a monoline or package basis, and if we can quote the same day,” he said. “The answer to all four is ‘yes.’”

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