NNA Surety provides two different kinds of bonds: surety and fidelity. Surety bonds and fidelity bonds are important — and sometimes required — in a wide range of industries including title and escrow, mortgage servicing, tax preparation, immigration services, Notary services, healthcare, car sales and a variety of real estate contractor services such as building, electrical, plumbing and appraisal.
A surety bond is a legally binding agreement between two parties in which one guarantees to provide the other with a service or deliver a product within a given timeframe. This guarantee is backed by a bond. The amount you must pay depends on your credit and bond must be renewed annually or bi-annually depending on individual state requirements.
In any surety bond, the following three parties are involved:
Principal: The person or company purchasing the bond.
Surety: The surety is the insurance underwriter that insures the bond. If the principal fails to deliver on any bonded transaction, the surety will provide a line of credit to cover the damages.
Obligee: The obligee is the party requiring the bond.
Fidelity bonds are typically held by companies to cover losses due to employee theft or embezzlement. These bonds function as a kind of insurance for the policyholder should he or she become a victim of fraud.