New RREM Grant Program – Sandy $$ Scams
Links to Check Water & Beaches – New FEMA Maps
Hello NJ !
Hope today’s blog finds you well and enjoying your weekend.
We have a number of items today and as always, it’s my hope that at least one will help you in your efforts.
Beach & Boardwalk Report: Very busy up and down the shore and getting better each day. The businesses were not able to make the Memorial Day weekend are gearing up for July 4th and more are opening every day. The majority of the businesses on the barrier islands are open in one form or another and more are opening each day. Customer traffic is light after the holiday, but that is normal. A solid Memorial Day weekend let many people who weren’t at the shore know that it was open for business, and everyone went home and told friends the same story. All good, positive, word of mouth advertising which is causing people to change their plans (or keep them) and visit the shore this summer. It’s still the best vacation value around and the more people that know the Jersey Shore is alive, well and jamming, the better off everyone will be. Tourism and related businesses are a substantial portion of the NJ economy and one of the many things that help property values.
Scam Sandy Report & Warning: As usual whenever there is a disaster, there are dirtbags (my mother’s term – my descriptions are stronger) who will try and take advantage of unfortunate victims. There are people out there contacting anyone who signs up for RREM and Federal Disaster relief housing grants and advising them that they had been approved for a grant and that there was a fee to collect it.
There is no fee to apply for the reNew Jersey Stronger grant, nor for any other form of assistance to rebuild after Sandy. Be warned. Contact this author, the NJ Attorney General’s Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group at 855-Sandy39 (855-726-3939) or go to the website at www.stopsandyfraud.org. We have enough issues without worrying about also being ripped off. As an additional note, make certain you are dealing with a licensed (New Home Builder or Home Improvemen Contractor, or both), insured builder or general contractor when you are pursuing your rebuilding efforts.
Seminar Schedule: Our next Free Rebuilding seminar will be held at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library on June 13, 2013 at 6 pm. This will be a great seminar. We’re hosting an excellent panel of professionals: Scott Lepley, architect, Bob Faust from Guaranteed Rate Mortgage, , Tracey Giery, realtor, and Sandra Guage, attorney. Special mention: Anthony Bevilacqua from Anthony & Company Insurance will also be speaking and answering questions about flood insurance and rates. Tony has been my insurance agent for over 15 years and is a nationally acclaimed speaker. We are lucky to have him with us. I will be moderating and it’ll be an open forum for discussion to get your specific questions answered. Remember to bring your surveys and flood elevation certificates. Seating is limited and refreshments will be served. Call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space.
Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Grant Program (RREM)- Update: Several weeks ago, federal funds were released to NJ and NJ has started accepting applications for two grants to aid rebuilding. There are 2 different programs and you can apply for both of them. Both grants are for primary residences only. Homeowner Resettlement is a grant of up to $10,000 for affected homeowners to resettle or remain in your community. The Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Grant (RREM) offers up to $150,000 to repair, elevate or rebuild their primary home.
The program has been funded by the $600 million NJ receivedfrom the federal government (FEMA). It has it’s limitations for some people, but it is definitely a positive step in the process.
Go to www.renewjerseystronger.org and register. It takes 2 minutes and you will be on the list. You can also call 855-SANDY HM (855 726 3946) if you don’t have access to a computer, or if you want to speak to someone directly. It’s important for everyone to register so unless you are independently wealthy, splitting the atom or solving world hunger, please do it now.
FEMA Flood Maps – Update: Okay, so we’ve all been pretty frustrated by home FEMA has released their Advisory Base Flood Elevations and Flood Zones. Some clarity is happening now. By mid to late June FEMA will be releasing working maps on a county by county basis that incorporate Overland Wave Analysis (what is in the way – houses, bulkheads, vegetation and dunes – of this huge wave rolling in on the next storm). This is a tremendous improvement from the maps promulgated in December 2012 and is much closer to what the final maps will be. It is widely expected that there will be a reduction in the V zone across many areas, which will help rebuilding costs substantially. However, we continue to believe that the advisory elevations will not change, or at least not to any material degree. We will keep you apprised of changes and you can always log into the FEMA web site at www.region2coastal.com to check.
Links for Beaches, Boating and Water Quality: There are a bunch of great links to check on beaches, boating and water quality at the shore. Anyone concerned, who is planning a day or a vacation should use these resources. For boaters, the waterways are not nearly as bad as they have been reported to be and all channels have clear access. Go to www.goboatingnj.org to check your planned route. For beach lovers, check out www.waterwayguide.com/superstorn-sandy and www.njbeaches.org to check beach quality and access.
Hope this information helped you today. As always, if you have question, comments or just need some assistance, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 732 300 5619.
On another note, we actively purchase raw land, building lots and existing properties and have done so for many years. If you have property to sell, give me a call and let us evaluate it for you.
Stay well NJ.
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