- Flood policies are still assumable/transferable. The only policies that I know of that are not assumable/transferable are serviced by USAA.
- Pre-firm rates are still available. The rates are just going away at an average of 15% rate increases annually for primary dwelling policies until they reach the “full risk rate”. The actual rate increase can be anywhere from 5-18% on an individual policy.
- Pre-firm Non-primary and non-residential policies will see a 25% rate increase annually until they reach the “full risk rate”.
- What is the Full Risk Rate? Full Risk Rate is only known by getting an elevation certificate completed and this is strongly recommended on every pre-firm property one is considering to purchase to fully understand their future potential cost for flood insurance.
- ALL policies will receive a NEW surcharge. $25 for primary properties and $250 for non-primary, rentals, non-residential properties. A property is considered primary if the owner will live in the property 51% or more over the next 365 days…and FEMA will confirm this
- ALL policies will receive a NEW 15% reserve fund fee (NOTE: fee and surcharge are not a part of the rate increase)
- Photos are required for all assumed/transferred policies. This is a NEW rule and could cause issues if there is a difference with the current policy and what the photos show. I.E. Lower level is enclosed into a livable space or addition is added that changes the foundation. It is unknown how impactful this new rule will actually be.
- There is a NEW $10,000 deductible option. This will save approximately 15% when moving from a $5,000 deductible. Always get lender approval prior to making this move.
To learn more about the April 2015 changes, click here.
Examples of how a policy might be affected…
|Pre-Firm Policy||Pre April 2015||Post April 2015||Approx. % Change|
|Post-Firm Policy||Pre April 2015||Post April 2015||Approx. % Change|
- Every property can be different and these are just examples of how a specific property might be affected.
- Remember that rate increases for pre-firm policies will go up by an average of 15% annually if a primary property and 25% if non-primary so this is not a 1 time increase.
- An elevation certificate might help a pre-firm property with their rates but not always.
Property buyers need to understand what it is they are buying and what their true risk could be down the road…
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