Beware! Natural Disasters are Amongst Us

Real Estate Agent with Florida Future Realty, Inc. BK3071625

Being in SW Florida, I hear concerns from people about Hurricanes from time to time. We usually end up discussing historical data, newest hurricane codes & then I typically go into 'natural disasters elsewhere'.

Honestly, I cannot think of a single place to live that there won't be something weatherwise to concern yourself with. Basically it comes down to picking the ones that least annoy you, or maybe are least likely to kill you.

Here are some I can think of:










I found an article put on USA Today that goes into more detail about these things.

They also have a cool interactive map to show you where these natural disasters occur.

So, what natural disasters do you have to explain in your area?

Oh, I almost forget Florida is also the lightning Capital of the World :)

But I can't see myself living anywhere else!


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Debbie Creech
ERA Team IV Homes - Poughkeepsie, NY
Thanks for sharing that Susan.   It certainly is a helpful resource. 
Mar 01, 2007 05:22 AM #1
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans
Susan.....  good post and it's kind of funny, because living in South Jersey, the only thing in 20 yrs that really has hit this area is the major floods that hit near by about 3 years ago. Sure, we had like 3 to 4 feet of snow in 2 days back in the early 90's.... other than that, it hasn't been bad. Some Eastern parts of Pa. get bad rain storms and sometimes tornado's. I need to check out your links.
Mar 01, 2007 08:49 AM #2
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator
I chuckle when people from CA move to Dallas and want to make sure the area they're looking at isn't on a fault line.  It's funny how people take their fears from one region and apply it to others.
Mar 01, 2007 08:53 AM #3
Jay LaGace
RE/MAX Realty Team - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral / Lee County Real Estate - 239-443-8795

Biggest Disaster to hit SW Florida in years are all the " DOOM and GLOOM " Media people and a few Realtors who are supposedly at the top of there game playing the DOOM and GLOOM thing too. Sorry if I derailed your post Susan, but thats what hit me when I read the post...

 OK, Back to Selling Real Estate....LOL

Mar 01, 2007 09:27 AM #4
Susan Milner
Florida Future Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral Real Estate Broker, FloridaFutureAgents

Debbie, your welcome....

Jeff, yeah we had many, many years of NOTHING, a couple of years of SOMETHING....Then NOTHING...

Donna, yeah sometimes I get questions about things I've never even heard of because it doesn't pertain to here. Yes folks, real estate is quite local in nature.

Jay, yeah that too...I know who you mean. But they want under priced listings right? Glad to see you still visit active rain.

Mar 01, 2007 09:32 AM #5
Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Jay -- There is a difference in presentation.  I think Susan was sharing with how to handle people's concerns.  As I watch World News Tonight and the tornados that his Alabama,  I really prefer Hurricane's, and snowstorms.  Those you have warning and can prepare for.  I don't do cold, so Florida Hurricanes I have to deal with.

Susan is right that we as Realtors must share the pros and cons in living in an area.  People make decisions for many reasons, it is the informed home buyer that will be happier in the long run.  Even if natural disaster strikes.

Mar 01, 2007 09:37 AM #6
George Tallabas
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID
Idaho Real Estate
Hi Susan, I hate to disagree but I believe I live in PARADISE!  The only thing on your list in Idaho are fires.  We are blessed beyond words!


Mar 01, 2007 10:16 AM #7
Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon


In beautiful Bend , Oregon...we have severe lightning which often starts the many fires we contend with each summer. They are usually controlled very quickly but can be scary at times. I guess we all have to deal with something in our neighborhoods...I still wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. : )

Mar 01, 2007 10:23 AM #8
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

Thanks Susan,

I enjoyed that post.  Danger lurks everywhere.  In fact, we are under a tornado watch this evening until 2AM. 

Mar 01, 2007 11:46 AM #9
David Smith
Fillmore Realty - Brooklyn, NY

There is one "natural disaster" that is more of an issue for "us here in more urban areas" that I don't hear many talking about.  More often than not, I am coming across homes that have to be fumigated due to bed-bug infestations...and be aware those little blood-suckers are very difficult to get rid of as they can live up to a year without feeding.  With warmer summers and winters that seem to take longer to set it, if you know anything about bed-bugs, this makes for prime breeding time.  Has anyone yet come across homes where this has been an issue?  I would consider this a natural disaster of a less conventional type that can have implications for homeowners. 

More conventionally speaking, last year here in NYC, some insurance carriers decided to declare parts of Brooklyn "off limits" leaving homeowners with fewer options for insurance.  The reason was that certain areas were considered to more vulnerable during a hurricane.


'Nough said.  I think I'm going to move on to a more cheerful topic 

Mar 01, 2007 01:20 PM #10
Beth Bastian
Rosemont Financial Inc - Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley Real Estate
Where I live in So. Cal we get two fires a year, then the earthquakes.  I love the fact while we live outside of Los Angeles we must have all buyers sign a disclousure notifying them that they live in earthquake area.
Mar 01, 2007 05:17 PM #11
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Susan!  I'll take a blizzard over any of those other things listed.  In a blizzard, you just make sure you get to the store for food and drink, hunker down for a day or 2, then it's life as normal.  And heavy-duty blizzards don't happen here too often anyway.....    I've been through hurricanes (I am from Florida originally & have plenty of family scattered all over central Florida) and tornadoes and terrible lightening storms.  The other things you listed scare me too much.  Blizzards - piece of cake!



Mar 01, 2007 11:55 PM #12
Paul Silver
Tiverton, RI
Rhode Island full service real estate firm

not so much doom and gloom, but a reality check...up here in New England we have floods and Noreasters, as we call them, to look out for... Rhode Island is one of the highest percentage of coastline per land area in the country, and so we have lots of coastal flooding zones, and the associated headaches of purpose built insurance... not that this is doom and gloom, but it is the reality of selling real estate up here...

Dont get down about doom and gloom, just look out for the interests of your clients. Get thejm the deal they deserve (or sometimes, a deal better than they deserve) and keep on truckin' as they say...

Great post Susan...

Mar 02, 2007 12:16 AM #13
Angela Wagner
Coldwell Banker Gundaker - Saint Charles, MO

Severe Thunderstorms occour here in Missouri. We have extreme seasons, COLD winters, Flooded Springs, HOT summers and dry Fall.  The only thing we don't have are hurricanes and severe earthquakes. We have had a tremor or two. I hate the winters (one snowfall and I am ready for spring).  I do love a good thunderstorm.  I have met people from Florida and California that have moved here who were A: surprised at having a basement and B: after the first severe thunderstorm kept talking about how all they had in their previous state was heavy rain.


Mar 02, 2007 01:30 AM #14
David A. Podgursky PA
THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct - Boynton Beach, FL
THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move!
I personally like the lightning - but the thunder here is so ominous because it is so rare
Mar 02, 2007 01:36 AM #15
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