It's the question that gets asked probably a hundred times a week. Insurance agents, property owners, and even banks want to know the answer.
Everyday we see FHA loans fall apart because of flood insurance. Many times flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program can be higher. Then you might have to pay the cost of an elevation certificate.
In 2019 FDIC made a major move in the industry when it started to allow private flood insurance.
People assumed this meant FHA would start accepting private flood insurance. However, because FHA insures loans they have different guidelines they do not accept private flood insurance. As of July 2022 FHA still only allows flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, but hopefully, that will be changing soon.
On November 10, 2020 FHA made an announcement they were looking at accepting private flood insurance. They opened up a 60 day comment period for people to leave comments on this possible action.
So what happens next and what will be the impacts?
After this 60-day comment period FHA will look at the comments and probably make a decision by the 2nd quarter of 2021. If they decide to approve it then they would probably delay it going into effect by 6 months. This is what FDIC in 2019.
So what could the impacts be?
Well if you currently have an FHA loan then these could possibly cause a major decrease in your mortgage payment. You might see a 40% rate decrease in the private market.
However if this is passed don't go and try to jump to the private market right away.
FEMA has strict guidelines for cancellation. Unless you are refinancing your house you may not qualify until your policy is up for renewal.
In 2019 we saw a lot of people lose money because of FEMA cancellation rules. Many times private carriers require payment up front and charge minimum earned premiums.
This means you might be out 25% of the money you paid for a private policy because FEMA won't let you cancel.
We will continue to monitor this situation and continue to educate the public as this process moves forward. If you have questions about your flood insurance options then click here.
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