Let the Jersey Shore Rebuilding Begin - New Building Standards Issued

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore

Let the Jersey Shore Rebuilding Begin

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has issued an emergency order adopting tough new standards for rebuilding that dictates to municipalities and homeowners how high houses and buildings will need to be as well as how they are constructed.
Little Egg Harbor-Boats in Backyards from SuperStorm Sandy
Those new standards are the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps released by the federal government in December.  Rather than wait to see if those are the recommendations are adopted by FEMA, the Governor's emergency order allows the Jersey Shore rebuilding effort to begin using those standards.

The regulations about how high homes must be also dictates how the homes must be constructed.  The order uses the Flood Hazard Area Control Act to rebuild New Jersey, instead of building codes that vary from town to town.
Little Egg Harbor-Boats in Backyards from SuperStorm Sandy
The Governor said raising the base flood elevation levels is necessary to keep flood insurance rates down and minimize future property damage.  If FEMA adopts the current advisory maps, and homeowners don't comply their flood insurance could be in the tens of thousands annually.

Flood insurance rates have already increased, but not because of Super Storm Sandy.  This increase was needed because new federal regulations demand property owners pay more into the National Flood Insurance Program.  Those regulations call for insurance premium increases until the indebted National Flood Insurance Program is self sufficient.

This means flood insurance increases for property owners in all states, not just New Jersey.

The emergency order has been adopted but Flood Hazard Area Control Act amendments will be published in the New Jersey Register on February 9, 2013.

Check the FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation for your property by entering your address.


 

Comments (9)

Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

I think this is a good Idea!!,  keep up the good work and good luck in 2013 with your business, E

Jan 24, 2013 06:49 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, that's a great idea.  And, the recovery really needs to start/accelerate.  I still have customers here waiting for their insurance money.  It's kind of ridiculous.

Jan 24, 2013 06:54 PM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Ed, whether you like our Governor or not, he's decisive!

Debbie, and we have homeowners and local officials just waiting and not knowing what to do!  Hope this gets things rolling.

Jan 24, 2013 07:00 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent idea.  I hope this is the start of getting things moving at the shore.

Jan 24, 2013 08:16 PM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Laura, I agree with Roger: hope this is the start of the rebuilding efforts.
Jan 24, 2013 08:23 PM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Roger & Carol, it's going to be expensive for most and I don't know what's in store in the housing market as a result, but at least is a a start!

Jan 24, 2013 08:29 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Wonderful that families can start to rebuild and have a safer and more secure home, best wishes.

Jan 24, 2013 10:05 PM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

David thanks, but the question is how can some afford to rebuild, and if they sell how can they when buyers will face huge insurance premiums.  I'm working on that blog now!!

Jan 24, 2013 11:49 PM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have wondered why all along the coastal waters, why the setbacks are not farther or at least the height of the homes above the high water mark isn't met.

Jan 25, 2013 03:07 AM