Insurance is required to close any Multifamily Real Estate deal with lender financing. Recently, Rod Khleif invited me on his podcast, Lifetime Cashflow Through Real Estate to discuss insurance for Multifamily.
Rod Khleif is a veteran real estate investor syndicator, real estate mentor, and podcaster based in Sarasota, FL. We discussed steps multifamily investors can take to be successful in procuring insurance for your property.
Insurance for Multifamily is very specific. To make certain you are working with a broker / agent that can help you, here are some questions to ask:
If you are purchasing a property that is more than twenty-five years old, you have to ask some questions not required for newer properties. There are 4 Building Systems that every Insuance Underwriter wants to know about on older buildings. If you want the most affordable insurance, find the answers to the age and details of work done to these systems:
Sometimes, you can determine from the seller’s financials dates and significant amounts spent on system updates. During the due diligence period, review the financials and ask quesitons.
For Liability you want to walk the property looking for trip and fall hazards. Are the hand railings firmly attached, stairs in good shape, any uneven walking surfaces, or cracks in the concrete? All of these are potential claims that the insurance company is looking to avoid. If the insurance company’s inspection finds that your property has these, you will receive a cancellation notice, or inspection report requesting that these need to be repaired for the carrier to continue providing coverage.
For your best pricing, start talking with your Insurance Broker early. The older, more value add opportunity you are buying, the more information will be required, including Seller Loss History, to tell a story the Underwriter wants to hear.
Insurance is complicated. There are lots exclusions and endorsements that if you or your insurance broker do not ask for can leave you with big coverage challenges in a claim. The following are a few specific items to ask for: