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Flooding, NFIP, and the Future 

Insuring against risks inherent with real estate is a practical and ambitious undertaking.  When it comes to enormous disasters, floods are perils with tremendous consequences.  In 1968, after decades of calls for federal support with regard to flood losses and rising disaster relief costs, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was enacted by Congress which, among other things, subsidizes flood insurance. 

Nearly fifty years later, what is the financial condition of the NFIP?  Is the federal program adequate for the future?  What changes may be in store for U.S. policy towards weather-related catastrophes?  In 2017, the NFIP is up for reauthorization before Congress.    

An informative initiative is accessible thanks to The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project on creating flood-prepared communities.  Pew documents that 39% of the U.S. population resides in coastal counties, totaling greater than 123 million people.  Over a recent 30-year period, Pew underscores flooding is the nation's fastest-growing and costliest natural disaster.

To learn more about Pew’s policy areas on the project, such as federal flood insurance, disaster mitigation, infrastructure, and nature-based solutions, visit their research and analysis through the Flood-Prepared Communities page on their website.


Magazine for Real Estate Investing

Readers with a passion for wealth creation from real estate investing have a focused resource in the periodical space.  Think Realty: The Magazine for Real Estate Investors® delivers “actionable ideas and money saving advice” six times per year.  First-time investors and experienced professionals can tap into content that speaks to issues faced in the dynamically rewarding industry niche of real estate investments.  Think Realty Magazine is published by Affinity Real Estate Media LLC.  Also check out ThinkRealty.com.  


Blooms of Wisdom in Spring RE Guide from Money

Money published its annual "Real Estate Guide" in the May 2016 issue.  The focus is on four consumer types, specifically those Starting Out, Trading Up, Downsizing, or Staying Put.  Money’s guide suggests best moves or ideas for owners, sellers, and buyers, depending on where they slot themselves in the shopping hierarchy this season.  In a companion article on the debt side of the equation, Ian Salisbury covers "5 Ways Borrowing for a Home is Getting Easier." 


Comparing the Housing Websites

Which are the housing websites matching your needs?  Consumer Reports® magazine shares pros and cons of popular housing websites with "Go House Hunting, Virtually" in its March 2016 issue. They take a look at four sites, and list geographic coverage, app status, frequency of data updates, and unique features.  


Preparing Buyers

Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home
by Egypt Sherrod.  2015.  Running Press, Philadelphia.  224 pp. 

Navigating the process of buying a home can prove difficult.  What if there was a book written in a relaxed style by a credible professional, who gathers the most important steps to know in the process for you?  Now in her second decade of representing clients in the buying and selling of real estate, Egypt Sherrod concentrates her knowledge in Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate to save readers time, money, and a few headaches when they’re buying a home. 

With Keep Calm, Sherrod emphasizes

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