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Rental Loans for Single-family and Vacation Properties

The Emergence of Rental Loans for Single-family Properties

This guest post by Jeff Ball of Visio Lending provides an overview of rental loans for single-family and vacation property investors and the role flood risk management plays when seeking the best financing possible. Historically, most investors have financed single-family rental properties in one of three ways: through a second home loan, through agency investor […]

Commissioner says Lake of the Ozarks residents incorrectly getting letters stating they need flood insurance

Verify Your Flood Zone Designation – A Cautionary Tale from The Ozarks

Welcome to The Ozarks, and in particular, the Camden County, Missouri, communities surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks, where FEMA’s revised -and many would say “flawed” – flood maps serve as a cautionary tale for property owners: Verify your flood zone designation! Courtesy of KY3 (Springfield, MO), here’s their story: CAMDENTON, Mo. — “They have […]

Flood Risk News & Notes: Rates, Maps, Regulatory and Elevation Matters

From the headlines to your bottom line, this edition of Flood Risk News & Notes includes another extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); an increase in flood insurance premium rates; flood map changes in more than 70 communities around the country; and a reminder about elevation certificates. Below you will find a summary […]

November 2017 Flood Map Updates

November 2017 Flood Map Updates

On November 3, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released revised flood insurance rate maps for select communities in three states: New York, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. The new maps place many homes and buildings in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), also known as a high-risk flood zone. A flood map reflects a geographic […]

where can i learn more about NFIP Reauthorization

NFIP Reauthorization Watch: Reforms and Your Flood Risk

In September 2017, the president of the United States signed legislation to extend, by three months, the expiration of the nation’s federal flood program, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  In doing so, the program – absent of much needed reforms –  remains intact, authorizes emergency funding for disaster relief, and gives lawmakers additional time […]