Facing facts on floods and financing

Home Sale Hindsight

Q: I bought a home five years ago and did not notice that my second mortgage had a balloon rider. (I grew up in the projects and had never owned a home.) Also, the house was not in a flood zone when I bought it, but now the second lender says I am in a flood zone. I looked on my appraisal and the FEMA map used in 2005 was dated 1998!

When I contacted the builder’s office, I was told that it still has homes for sale in this subdivision and the banks have not informed the builder that we’re in a flood zone. The county engineer said that at the time I bought my home, the flood zone was to the west of my house, but since FEMA has updated its map, the flood zone includes my house.