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Congress OKs Limits on Flood-Insurance Premiums

Flickr/The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to ease big flood insurance premium increases faced by hundreds of thousands of homeowners and allow below-market rates to be passed on to people buying homes with taxpayer-subsidized policies. The measure breezed through the... Continue Reading »

Putting a House Out of Reach of Flood, Insurance Hikes

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Study: Hoboken Got About as Much Sandy Aid as Other N.J. Cities

Charles Sykes/The Associated Press By Geoff Mulvihill TRENTON, N.J. -- The city whose Democratic mayor said GOP Gov. Chris Christie's administration tied Superstorm Sandy aid to her support for a real estate project has, so far, received a level of aid from state-run programs that is similar to what other towns got, a... Continue Reading »

Proposal Would Delay 'Unaffordable' Flood-Insurance Changes

Shutterstock By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week unveiled legislation that would delay for about four years several changes to the federal government's flood insurance program that are threatening to sock thousands of people with unaffordable premium hikes. The move comes as the... Continue Reading »

Jersey Shore Vacation Homes: From Escapes to Financial Traps

The Associated Press By Katie Zezima STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- The Jersey shore's vacation bungalows and cottages have for decades staked out little plots of paradise where families who scrimped and saved could while away summer evenings, parents having drinks on the deck and kids working at an ice cream stand or... Continue Reading »

On the Jersey Shore, Recovery From Sandy Comes Fast -- and Slow (Video)

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At Jersey Shore's Camp Osborn, Sandy's Left Only Memories

Daniel Nee/Patch.com By Daniel Nee There is nothing left of Brick, N.J.'s Camp Osborn neighborhood a year after Sandy -– just like there was nothing left a day after Sandy. If the shoreline was restored, the demolition of the burned-out homes of a mix of seasonal and year-round residents was about as much the Camp... Continue Reading »

How To Get Over Rising Flood Risk, Insurance Rates? Raise the House

AP By Carole Feldman Eileen Benner says elevating her home in Atlantic City, N.J., was a "no-brainer" after it suffered extensive flood damage during Hurricane Sandy. "I would tell anybody who has the money available to go ahead and do it," she says. John Paynter's Long Beach Island, N.J., vacation home now stands 13... Continue Reading »

Sandy 2013: Storm of Protest Grows Against New Flood Insurance Rates

Steven Senne/Associated Press The wave of flood-insurance sticker shock that's sweeping across the U.S. didn't originate with Hurricane Sandy. But a year after the one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history, homeowners in Sandy-ravaged regions of the East Coast have been among the first to feel its impact -- and... Continue Reading »

Many Hurricane Sandy Victims Getting Shortchanged on Flood Insurance

Alamy By DAVID B. CARUSO NEW YORK -- Many homeowners who got slammed by Superstorm Sandy are finding their flood insurance checks are nowhere near large enough to cover their repairs, and consumer advocates put some of the blame on errors by the multitude of adjusters who were hired in a hurry after the disaster. They... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Victims Keep Battling Landlord Over Black Mold

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Family Made Homeless by Hurricane Sandy Feels Victimized Again

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New Flood Insurance Rates Leave Homeowners With Sticker Shock

Residents of Valley Stream, N.Y., reportedly face a new headache in the wake of Hurricane Sandy -- a dramatic hike in flood insurance premiums. Though some of the residents have claimed that their Long Island neighborhood has never flooded, FEMA has reclassified the area as a high-risk flood zone. Valley Stream resident... Continue Reading »

$1,600 Utility Bill for Home Leveled During Hurricane Sandy

Kiernan Burke, a resident in the Queens borough of New York City, was charged $1,600 for electricity and gas usage over the past seven months, and he would dutifully pay his debt -- if his home had even existed in that time. The Burke family's home was destroyed in October 2012 by a fire that swallowed a swath of the... Continue Reading »

Old NYC Map Keeps Breezy Point From Rebuilding After Sandy

Residents of one of the New York City communities most devastated by Hurricane Sandy can't get their rebuilding efforts off the ground, and the finger is being pointed at the city. The neighborhood of Breezy Point in the borough of Queens was leveled during Sandy, with a fire that broke out during the height of the... Continue Reading »

Homebuyers Searching for Deals in Hurricane Sandy Wreckage

It sounds like the premise for a new reality TV series: "Hurricane House" -- people scouring waterside communities looking to buy homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy at a deep discount. While there are bargains out there, ranging from 10 percent off pre-storm prices for upscale homes on New York's Long Island and the Jersey... Continue Reading »

Lower Manhattan 4 Months After Superstorm Sandy: Deserted and Still Struggling

The historic cobblestone streets and 19th-century mercantile buildings near the water's edge in lower Manhattan are eerily deserted, a neighborhood silenced by Superstorm Sandy. Just blocks from the tall-masted ships that rise above South Street Seaport, the windows of narrow brick apartment buildings are still... Continue Reading »

Disaster Tax Relief: How to Optimize Your Refund If Your Home Has Been Damaged

By Mary Boone Wildfires in the West, flooding and landslides in Alaska and hard-hitting Superstorm Sandy were just a few of the major natural disasters that hit the United States last year. In all, 112 federal disaster declarations were issued in 2012. For those living in an area where a federal disaster has been... Continue Reading »

Superstorm Sandy Buyout Program Would Offer Storm Victims Full Market Value for Destroyed Homes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend up to $400 million to buy and demolish homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy and permanently preserve the land as undeveloped coastline, an idea that received generally positive reviews Monday from New Yorkers in some of the storm's hardest hit communities. "A lot of people need that... Continue Reading »

Congress' Superstorm Sandy Aid Package Passed, Bill Goes to Obama

Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. "I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into... Continue Reading »

Burt and Jeanne Metz of Queens Surprised With Rebuilt Home After Hurricane Sandy

Burt and Jeanne Metz (pictured above) lost their home in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens when Hurricane Sandy struck that New York City borough. But now, thanks to a group of humanitarian volunteers, the couple has a rebuilt one. More than 300 volunteers with the Virginia-based Operation Blessing International... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy and 2012's Other Natural Disasters Could Cost Homeowners for Years to Come

Mother Nature certainly made herself known in 2012, unleashing unusually destructive wildfires and storms across the U.S. Hurricane Sandy alone caused up to $50 billion in damage. While the spate of disasters weighs on homeowners in the near-term in the form of reconstruction costs, it may have significant long-term... Continue Reading »

Princess Cottage, Hurricane Sandy Symbol, Torn Down in Union Beach, N.J.

The Princess Cottage, a 150-year-old home on New Jersey's Union Beach that became the symbol of Hurricane Sandy after the monster storm ripped it in half, was torn down in 15 minutes by bulldozers on Friday. John Zois, who had lived in the home for six months before Sandy hit, had been hopeful that it could be saved. He... Continue Reading »

Housing Recovery: Halfway Back to Normal

Each month, Trulia's Housing Barometer charts how quickly the housing market is moving back to "normal." We summarize three key housing market indicators: construction starts (Census), existing home sales (NAR), and the delinquency-plus-foreclosure rate (LPS First Look). For each indicator, we compare this month's data to... Continue Reading »

Reclaim NYC Turns Hurricane Sandy Wreckage Into Furniture for a Good Cause

A group of New York City designers have come together to turn wreckage from Hurricane Sandy into beautiful housewares that will be auctioned off to benefit storm victims. Reclaim NYC, a group started by design/architecture writer Jennifer Krichels and some of her colleagues and friends, called on local designers and... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Class-Action Lawsuit Says Insurance Companies Fudged Damage Claims

Victims of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene in New Jersey have filed a class-action lawsuit against nine insurance companies that allegedly denied their claims by misinterpreting the definition of a basement. Many residents who live in ground-floor units didn't receive insurance compensation because their homes were... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Recovery, One Month Later: Alhadad Family Still Struggling for a Place to Stay

It's been more than a month since Hurricane Sandy tore through the Northeast, leaving behind billions of dollars in damage. Now as survivors dig out and try to regroup from the Oct. 29 storm even as wintry weather moves in, some are coping better than others. This is the second of five stories of Sandy victims trying to... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Recovery, One Month Later: Small-Town Mayor Digs In to Rebuild His Town

It's been more than a month since Hurricane Sandy tore through the Northeast, leaving behind billions of dollars in damage. Now as survivors dig out and try to regroup from the Oct. 29 storm even as wintry weather moves in, some are coping better than others. This is the first of five stories of Sandy victims trying to... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Victims' Electric Bills Show Charges for Power Despite Blackout

Hurricane Sandy victims on Long Island who spent weeks in the dark after the storm knocked out their power are livid after receiving electricity bills charging them for a normal rate of usage during that time. The Long Island Power Authority sent out the bills, basing customers' estimated usage rates on those from the... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy Batters Home Sales in Storm-Affected Areas

Hurricane Sandy destroyed thousands of homes in the Northeast, reportedly inflicting as much as $50 billion worth of damage and sparking a slew of relief efforts aimed at providing housing aid for storm-affected victims. But along with putting many homeowners' lives on hold, Hurricane Sandy also brought housing sales in... Continue Reading »

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