Vacant buildings could represent potential losses for insurance companies that choose to take on the exposures. If left unattended, a burst water pipe in the dead of winter, incidents of vandalism and even arson could mean heavy losses to insurers who decide to provide coverage for vacant buildings. However, if underwritten properly, vacant properties could mean profits for insurers. Keith Allred of TAPCO Underwriters Inc said that they believe that most retail agents find it advantageous to provide their clients with a package policy when insuring vacant properties. Their low rates and minimum premiums allow their retail agents to offer both coverages at a very reasonable price. Allred points out that, over the past couple of years, the real estate market in general has yielded an increased demand for vacant property coverage given the number of vacant properties for sale.