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The Roanoke Regions' "Best Of"

Thank you to the Roanoke Regional Partnership for bringing more and more attention to the Roanoke region. Here are the highlights of recent "Best Of" accolades:

          Blue Ridge Outdoors: #1 Trail Town

          Lumosity: Brainiest Cities

          NerdWallet.com: Salem - Best Cities for Young Families

          Gallup: Top 25% for Exercise and Low Obesity

          USA Today: 10 Beautiful Places to Run

          U.S. News: Best Regional Hospitals

          Forbes: Best Places for Career and Business

          Milken: Best Performing Cities

 
Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Passed by Congress
On March 13, 2014, the United States Senate approved the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, as previously approved and amended by the House. President Obama signed the bill into law shortly thereafter.
 
The new bill repeals the authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premiums to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. The bill limits premium increases to 18% annually on newer properties and 25% for some older ones. Additionally, the bill adds a small assessment on policies until everyone is paying full cost for flood insurance.
 
SCAM ALERT: Deed Processing Solicitation

RVAR alerted members last summer. But the scam has become so widespread, Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring has just issued a statewide scam alert.

A company with a return address based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has been mailing solicitations to homeowners attempting to sell them copies of property deeds for $83. The solicitation looks official and lists specific property information, including parcel and zone identification.

Citizens may obtain a copy of their deed or related documents from the local Circuit Court Clerk's Office where the recording was made for a copying fee of 50 cents per page (typically 2 or 3 pages) at any time they need it.

If you believe you have been a victim of this or any other fraud or consumer crime, call the Virginia Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-552-9963.

 
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