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PROPOSED FEMA FLOOD REGULATIONS

On July 16, 2018 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposed revisions to its flood regulations. FEMA proposes to amend parts 59, 61, and 62 of 44 CFR. These parts contain regulations implementing the NFIP. In addition, FEMA proposes to amend Appendices A(1) – A(3) of part 61, containing the three forms of the SFIP: The Dwelling Policy Form, the General Property Form, and the Residential Condominium Building Association Form. FEMA proposes this rulemaking for […]

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LOGIC BEHIND THE SMALL BANK FLOOD ESCROW EXEMPTION

We discussed the issue of the small bank exemption from the new flood insurance escrow requirements in previous articles entitled Flood Rule Conundrum and Flood Rule Conundrum – Part II. We almost called this one Flood Rule Conundrum – Part III, but we thought that would be too repetitious too repetitious. The issue is whether a small bank, that had previously escrowed for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (HPML), could be eligible for the new exemption from […]

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FLOOD RULE CONUNDRUM: DOES YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION QUALIFY FOR THE SMALL LENDER EXCEPTION?

On June 22nd, the agencies (FRB, OCC, FDIC, NCUA, and FCA) issued a joint final rule to modify existing flood regulations. On June 24th, we issued an article discussing these new interagency flood rules (to access that article click here) that examined the three main elements of the final rule: detached structures, escrow provisions, and force placement. Since then we have received numerous questions relating to the small lender exception to the escrow portion of […]

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JOINT AGENCIES ISSUE FINAL RULE ON FLOOD INSURANCE

The joint agencies (OCC, Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, Farm Credit Administration and NCUA) recently approved a final rule that modifies the regulation for loans secured by property located in a special flood hazard area.  The final rule implements certain provisions that were established under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) such as the requirement to escrow for flood insurance premiums on residential improved real estate securing a loan, as well as, an […]

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REVISED FLOOD INSURANCE MANUAL AVAILABLE

Last month the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the revised NFIP Flood Insurance Manual, updated with program changes that will become effective October 1, 2014. The changes primarily impact those issuing FEMA policies, but contain information helpful to those obtaining FEMA policies. Among other items the manual shows where information was previously added in accordance with the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, but removed to comply with provisions of the Homeowner Flood […]

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