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#2227318 - 12/13/19 12:20 AM Flood Insurance Coverage Requirements
iheartcompliance Offline
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I had a scenario presented to me that I would like to get feedback on. Is it permissible to require flood insurance for less than the insurable value and the loan amount? The property is located in a participating community.

Agricultural property was appraised for $1,780,000. The agricultural contributory value on the property is $480,000.

The Loan Officer has asked if he could back the coverage down to $150,000 with a $50,000 deductible. His reasoning is that in the event of a flood, the net $100,000 coverage for flood insurance would insure that our loan value remained at 70.35%. Property appraised $1,780,000 less arena value of $480,000 plus the $100,000 flood insurance value.

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#2227319 - 12/13/19 03:07 AM Re: Flood Insurance Coverage Requirements iheartcompliance
David Dickinson Offline
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Your loan officer is thinking about the bank's exposure. Flood insurance isn't about the creditor. It's about protecting the federal government. If a flood occurs, FEMA will be writing a check. How much damage might the borrower incur and how much might FEMA have to pay?

Therefore, you must require the lesser of the insurable value of the buildings located in a SFHA, the loan amount or the maximum available under the NFIP.
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