July 19, 2018

FEMA’s NEW FLOOD MAP EXCLUDES PARTS OF BROWARD COUNTY

It was announced recently that a new FEMA map has indicated that more than half of Broward County properties including parts of the Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market will no longer be required to carry flood insurance. We sincerely suggest that Fort Lauderdale and Broward County Homeowners do not run out to cancel their flood insurance policy, based on FEMA’s new guidelines.

Property owners in the Ft Lauderdale Real Estate market currently carry three insurance polices, windstorm, flood, and homeowners or liability. The flood policy has always been the least expensive. Should we ever have another weather related disaster it is not hard to visualize insurance companies as they have done in the past arguing if the water in your home came from wind related issues, or rising water? By maintaining both policies you are covered and can allow the insurance companies to argue the issue.

Prior to this change there have already been parts of east Fort Lauderdale that were in what is referred to as X zones, areas that did not require flood insurance. There are areas of Victoria Park, and even areas east of the intracoastal near the beach that were not included as flood zones. Prudent property owners in these areas have always carried flood insurance, and some condos in these areas have been forced to purchase insurance by prudent lenders.

If you are in one of the areas where flood insurance is no longer required we would suggest you think twice and keep the policy and hopefully by calling your insurance agent the policy can be rerated to even a lower cost. Any questions, give your insurance company a few weeks to receive the new guidelines and give them a call.