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Volume 7 - Number 5

February 28, 2014

FHA Asked to Clarify Scope of 203(k) Financing

Several industry trade associations have asked the FHA to confirm whether the 203(k) property rehabilitation program can be used to mitigate future flood threats, particularly for undamaged homes in flood zones. Because of their properties' location in a designated floodplain, homeowners could be hit by rising flood insurance rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies and the Association of State Floodplain Managers said they believe the federal 203(k) program can be used to reduce or minimize the effect of future floodings on undamaged floodplain properties. Flood insurance rates can be reduced significantly by raising a home to a level at or above the 100-year flood elevation, or by ...

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