Our client, a national broker, asked us to help them reduce flood insurance costs for one of their clients – a large REIT with 16 properties in its portfolio that standard flood zone determinations indicated to be within FEMA-designated Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), which include flood zones beginning with letters A or V.
We performed a thorough flood risk analysis and found that 11 properties were not at high risk of flooding during 100-year flood events. Therefore, they had been wrongly included in the SFHA. We worked with FEMA to successfully remove these properties from the high-risk flood zones and to reclassify them into the correct low-risk flood zones, where they should have been in the first place.
- 70% of the properties were removed from the SFHA (11 out of 16)
- $103,000 reduction in annual flood insurance costs
- $1.47 million increase in property values, based on the application of a 7% capitalization rate