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Do You Need Flood Insurance? Here's What to Consider

by Ted Stumpf 03/19/2023

Whether your home is on the coastline or in a landlocked neighborhood, floods can be catastrophic and costly. Because of this risk and homeowners insurance not including coverage for flood damage, flood insurance is an essential commodity for many homeowners. But how can you know if a flood policy is right for you? To help you decide, here are some of the most important things to know about flood insurance:

Determine Your Flood Insurance Requirements

Mortgage lenders often require flood insurance for buying a home. This is especially common in areas with higher flood risk, but may be a requirement in other circumstances. The best way to know if you'll need flood insurance to get a mortgage for purchasing or refinancing is to find out if you're in an official flood zone as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and discuss it with your lender.

Be Aware of Waiting Periods

If flood insurance isn't required where you live, you may still want to consider the investment. However, it's safest to discuss flood coverage with your insurance provider before you need it. Many policies have a 30-day waiting period before the coverage takes effect. This means that buying a last-minute policy right before an oncoming storm might not protect your home.

Research the Area

According to FEMA, more than 20% of all claims made through the National Flood Insurance Program were from residents outside flood zones. Researching local flood history is extremely helpful when buying a new home, as it can help you determine your risk and budget for additional coverage. Living outside an official flood zone doesn't guarantee you won't experience a flood; however, it can mean lower insurance rates.

While not required everywhere, flood insurance can provide excellent relief in the event your home or belongings are damaged by a flood. Keep these key factors in mind and consult with an insurance professional to determine the best choice for your situation.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!