Flood Insurance Rate Changes
Coming October 1
September 30 Updates
- National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended to December 3.
- Risk Rating 2.0 is starting October 1. Legislation is pending to delay the implementation, and NOMAR will update you if it progresses. Key takeaways for Risk Rating 2.0:
- Encourage buyers to assume existing flood policies when available.
- Encourage owners with existing flood policies to maintain them as much as possible.
- Seek quotes from private flood insurance providers in addition to NFIP.
What REALTORS® Should Know About Risk Rating 2.0
Risk Rating 2.0 is scheduled to take effect on October 1. This new rating structure for flood insurance policies uses different methods of assessing risk to bring properties closer to the true risk rate for their premiums.
Many agents have reached out to us about clients getting flood quotes for post-October 1 closings that are not what they anticipated, either higher or lower. Here’s what you need to know to help your clients understand the changes:
If there is no flood insurance policy currently in place on the property:
- It will be subject to the new rating methodology and full risk premium beginning October 1.
If the current owner has an active flood insurance policy:
- It will be subject to the new rating methodology beginning with the next renewal after April 1, 2022.
- Under 2014 federal law, most premiums cannot legally increase more than 18% per year. Policy renewals will see up to an 18% annual increase until they reach the full risk rate.
- New buyers can still assume a seller’s existing flood policy. Doing so will allow them to take advantage of the cap on annual premium increases.
- Louisiana REALTORS® NFIP Updates – Includes webinars and maps of projected increases/decreases.
- NAR NFIP Guidance