Disclosure- Flood Insurance

A home was recently listed for sale in Avalon with all new interior finishes on the 1st floor. Because I know the area, I asked the agent if the house was flooded during Sandy (2012) and/or Jonas (winter storm in 2016).

The agent confirmed that the home was damaged and repaired using flood insurance funds after both storms.

Why is this important? Other than fundamental disclosure rules, a buyer should be aware of the history because flood insurance claims remain on the property even after a sale.  Basically a permanent record .

The flood insurance rate charged to the new owner will be based on the elevation of the structure and past claims.

If the structure is elevated or demolished (and replaced with a new home), the owner will request a re-evaluation of their flood policy and benefit from a lower rate.

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