FEMA Appraisals

At Residential Appraisers, Inc, we are your trusted experts, dedicated to guiding you and your team seamlessly through the challenging permitting process associated with the FEMA 50% rule.

Our extensive experience and commitment to excellence make us the go-to partner for overcoming the Substantial Improvement hurdle.

What sets us apart is our unwavering focus on providing exceptional service. We take pride in our meticulous follow-up and outstanding support, ensuring that you receive the assistance you need every step of the way. Our mission is to deliver credible, prompt, and efficient results, offering easy-to-read reports with an unparalleled attention to detail.

With a track record of success, we have helped countless homeowners and commercial building owners navigate the complexities of the FEMA 50% rule, enabling them to achieve their goals without unnecessary delays or complications. Our aim is not only to meet but to exceed industry standards by consistently delivering high-quality, credible appraisal reports, and conducting punctual FEMA appraisals and appraisal services in the South Florida market.

At Residential Appraisers, Inc, we understand the importance of staying current with the latest developments in floodplain management and building codes. That’s why our team, led by Alexis Riveron, an esteemed member of the Florida Flood Plain Managers Association, regularly attends continuing education seminars hosted by reputable organizations such as the Florida Flood Plain Managers Association, Florida Building Codes, and Home Inspectors. This commitment to staying informed allows us to offer you the most up-to-date and accurate guidance throughout the permitting process.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost to replace a building on the same parcel with a new building of like-kind and quality, minus depreciation due to age, use, and neglect.

The elevation of surface water resulting from a flood that has a 1% chance of equaling or exceeding that level in any given year. The BFE is shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for zones AE, AH, A1-A30, AR, AR/A, AR/AE, AR/A1-A30, AR/AH, AR/AO, V1-V30 and VE.

A program developed by FEMA to provide incentives for those communities n the Regular Program that have gone beyond the minimum floodplain management requirements to develop extra measures to provide protection from flooding.

A community’s permit file must have an official record that shows new buildings and substantial improvements in all identified Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) are properly elevated. This elevation information is needed to show compliance with the floodplain management ordinance. FEMA encourages communities to use the Elevation Certificate developed by FEMA to fulfill this requirement since it also can be used by the property owner to obtain flood insurance. Communities participating in the Community Rating System (CRS) are required to use the FEMA Elevation Certificate.

Official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), the Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and the risk premium zones applicable to the community.

Any land area susceptible to being inundated by floodwaters from any source.

The operation of an overall program of corrective and preventive measures for reducing flood damage, including but not limited to, emergency preparedness plans, flood-control works and floodplain management regulations.

The cost to replace property with the same kind of material and construction without consideration of depreciation.

The area that will be inundated by the flood event having a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. The 1-percent annual chance flood is also referred to as the base flood or 100-year flood.

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