Flood Considerations Every Real Estate Buyer & Seller Should Know

Flood Considerations Every Real Estate Buyer & Seller Should Know
Dana Stevens of Stevens Hale & Associates to Address Pooler Chamber Luncheon

(POOLER, GA) The Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau Inc. announces the May Lunch and Learn meeting will feature a presentation from Dana Stevens, account executive with Stevens Hale & Associates, accompanied by Fred W. McGinty, Sr., of McGinty Gordon & Associates, on Tuesday, May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crosswinds Golf Club, located at 232 James B. Blackburn Drive. The speech will discuss new regulations and flood considerations for real estate buyers and sellers.

About one million of the more than 5 million federal flood insurance policyholders in the U.S. are being hit with increased costs when they go to renew their policies. The premium increases range from 15 to 18 percent on average for primary residences and up to 25 percent for secondary homes or properties that have suffered repetitive losses. The rules that spurred these increases went into effect this Spring.

The featured speaker for the event will be Dana Stevens, account executive with Stevens Hale & Associates, accompanied by Fred W. McGinty, Sr., of McGinty Gordon & Associates in Brunswick, Ga. Stevens Hale & Associates is a Savannah insurance agency representing with more than 100 years of combined industry experience, and which maintains large brokerage ability with local ownership and decision-making. McGinty’s firm was recognized as Flood Insurance Agency of the year in 2008 by the National Flood Insurance Program.

“There are new procedures for properties that have been newly mapped into the Special Flood Hazard Area and existing Preferred Risk Policy Eligibility Extension policies,” said Stevens. “There are also changes in how subsidized structures that have been substantially improved are rated.”

Stevens and McGinty will address these and other changes resulting from the implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) passed by Congress in 2014 and the continued implementation of its predecessor reform law, Biggert-Waters 2012 legislation (BW-12), during the presentation.

For tickets, call 912-748-0110. Seating is limited.

Dana Stevens is an account executive at Stevens Hale & Associates. One of the foremost firms on the Savannah landscape, Stevens Hale represents three generations of brokers, and a reputation of continuity and longevity that is rooted in the Savannah community. Stevens Hale & Associates excels in commercial lines, business owners packages, commercial umbrellas, automobile liability, professional liability, workers compensation, technology and medical malpractice insurance. The firm also offers personal coverages such as home, automobile, watercraft and personal umbrella liability policies. Though the agency has expanded through the years, growing from eight to 22 associates, their commitment has remained an extraordinary dedication to customer service. A graduate from Hampden Sydney College with a degree in Political Science and Government, Stevens received his CIC Designation on June 20, 2014. He is the former Vice President of Bank of America/Commercial Bank. Stevens Hale & Associates is located at 7391 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, GA. For more information, call 912-961-4300, email dstevens@stevenshale.com  or visit online at www.stevenshaleandassociates.com .

Fred McGinty is the CEO and a principal in McGinty Gordon & Associates an independent insurance agency with 33 employees and offices on St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Amelia Island Florida. The National Flood Insurance Program recognized McGinty Gordon as Flood Insurance Agency of the year in 2008. The firm places commercial and personal insurance and employee benefits for clients in Glynn County and in over 30 states. Except for a three-year stint as corporate risk manager for an international plastics manufacturing company, he has been associated with McGinty Gordon and its predecessor companies for over 30 years. Handling a wide variety of commercial insurance accounts including general contractors, public entities, manufacturing and condominiums in Coastal Georgia and the Southeast, McGinty is a coverholder at Lloyds of London and manages several Lloyds binding authority contracts including one of the few private flood insurance contracts in the US. He holds a CPCU professional insurance designation and a degree in Finance from Valdosta State University. He is a past chairman of the Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and the Brunswick Glynn County Development Authority. He resides in Glynn County with his wife Deborah and has two adult children. For more information, call 912-634-8000, email fmcginty@mgassi.com , or visit online at www.mgassi.com .

Pam Southard
Executive Director
Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Inc

Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

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