TO:                 State and Local Government Association Executives

FROM:           NAR Government Affairs

RE:                 National Flood Insurance Program Rules Begin May 1

DATE:            30 April 2014

NOTE:           This Update was sent to State and Local GADs earlier today

 

Effective May 1, 2014, all buyers of older properties (“pre-FIRM”) will see a premium rate reduction under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.

Instead of jumping to “full cost” for flood insurance, buyers will assume the seller’s Oct-2013 rate for a pre-FIRM property.

 

NAR prevailed upon FEMA to implement this provision seven months early.  FEMA also extended the rate relief so all pre-FIRM properties

(including the second homes and businesses) will begin paying Oct-2013 rates when they purchase or renew their flood insurance afterMay 1, including:

  • ALL buyers of a pre-FIRM property, not just those whose seller has an existing policy;
  • ALL recent owners who apply for a new flood insurance policy on a pre-FIRM property;
  • ALL recent owners who reinstate an old pre-FIRM policy that previously lapsed for any reason;
  • ALL recent owners who renew a policy on a pre-FIRM property bought or newly insured after the 2012 Biggert-Waters law.

 

While expediting the rate relief, FEMA must still issue refunds to all those who paid more than their Oct-2013 rate.

NAR will continue working with FEMA and Congress to quickly issue these refunds to anyone overcharged for flood insurance under Biggert-Waters.

 

NAR Flood Insurance Resources on the Web

NAR Flood Insurance Webpage:

http://www.realtor.org/topics/national-flood-insurance-program-nfip

 

FEMA Bulletin W-14014 (dated April 15th): http://www.ksefocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/4/2003.pdf

 

FEMA Bulletin W-14016 (dated April 24th): http://www.ksefocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/4/2021.pdf

 

NAR Implementation Survey: https://survey.vovici.com/se.ashx?s=2D55F0781086FB83

 

NAR Frequently Asked Flood Insurance Questions:

http://www.realtor.org/topics/national-flood-insurance-program-nfip/homeowner-flood-insurance-affordability-act

 

NAR Legal Guidance on what to tell clients: http://www.ksefocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/4/1816.pdf

 

 

John DiBiase

Communications Director

Government Affairs

National Association of REALTORS®

500 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001

202-383-1037 Direct Line

202-701-0407 Mobile

jdibiase@realtors.org