One agent’s personal experience
I retired as a Farmers Agent effective December31, 2019, after twenty-eight years. I survived thru five CEO's, eight State or Regional Managers, and six District managers. I was at one time the longest consecutive profitable auto agent in the State of Michigan. I made Toppers four times. I was one of the first Agents to get my 6 and 63 licenses. I tried to always do right by Farmers Insurance....
After much cajoling by my District Manager and his office, I signed the new Agency Contract with the caveat that I could sell my Agency myself for the best price possible. Of course, it made sense that Farmers had to approve who I sold it to. So in anticipation of retiring, I negotiated a sale of my agency to another long term agent for 50% more than my Contract Value. It was a one time payment instead of three payments over a year.
I was told by my District Manager that Farmers in Michigan was only approving sales of agencies to new agents. Later I found that that was not true, agencies had recently been sold to existing agents. When I brought this to my state Marketing Manager's attention, I was told that my agency was too big to sell to an existing agent. So, I ended up selling my agency for Contract value and I understand that my District Manager's brother-in-law was able to buy it. Go Figure!
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