All Hurricanes are Local

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties

All Hurricanes are Local - As I woke up this morning in my normal groggy state, I suddenly jolted awake realizing it was now daylight – time to survey the damage Irene left Solomons with.  After a week of tracking Irene and trying to figure out how Solomons would be affected and how to best prepare, the answer has played out.  There are a lot of downed trees and power outages, not exactly good news, but all things considered could have been a lot worse.

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Solomons is located at the mouth of the Patuxent River at the Chesapeake Bay.  In the days prior to Hurricane Irene’s arrival, the tracking took on varying degrees of concern with much comparison to Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and how approaching Irene might impact Solomons’ vulnerable location.

As I watched the maps changing hourly and struggling to see how Solomons might be affected as the meteorologists determined areas of severity as to expected conditions,  I found myself responding to the numerous calls from concerned family members as to what I knew about about how Irene might affect Solomons.  As comprehensive as the reporting on The Weather Channel  is, it was still hard for my family to know what the predictions for Solomons were, as the reporting indicated areas more generally as Eastern Shore, Eastern Shore of the Bay, and Western Shore of the Bay. They live in South Florida and experienced the wrath of the numerous storms a few years back, so know firsthand how important it is to take the unpredictability of hurricanes very seriously. With Solomons being located just off the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay on the Patuxent River, applying the various spaghetti tracks and commentary of the various meteorologists made it very apparent that determining impact on Solomons was very localized in nature.

So, as the rain began on Saturday morning , my normal weekend routine as a Realtor was sidelined – waterfront showings on hold for the time being, that’s for sure. The preparations for what probably would be a once in a lifetime event in Solomons had been made, I had resolved myself to continued monitoring of Irene’s track as long as the power held out.

All that tracking had me thinking about location – a lot – and how examining location too generally can be a big mistake, certainly with regard to Irene. Forgive me, but I’m a Realtor and what’s a Realtor to do when faced with a day inside with a lot of wind and rain and so much emphasis on location and how all that weather is going to affect Solomons - but  to think about location and real estate.

So much of the reporting on the current real estate market is very general in nature making it very difficult for consumers to determine if it’s a good time to buy or sell, and in some cases downright scaring them.  In my opinion, it is incumbent on Realtors to provide very localized analysis to consumers to make good decisions about their investments and to try to take the fear factor out of it. One of the vehicles to present that localized real estate analysis is on Active Rain.  There are consumers who find this level of detail to be very useful and we need to reach out in a variety of ways to be the best advocates we can.

Our customers rely on us to give the best indicators possible, just like we rely on “weather authorities” to give us the best guidance possible, to be best prepared for the situations we may be facing.

Hope all who have been in the path of Irene have fared OK


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Comments (8)

Sid Ackerman
Beach and River Homes - Andrews, SC
Realtor and REO/investor specialist.

Very good way to use Irene to help define what our view should be of our markets. Although we all are in a larger "storm" I think many of us will emerge at different times and with different levels of damage. Good job on this blog!

Aug 28, 2011 09:44 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I agree with you that Irene could have been so much worse for most of us.  Downed trees and flooding are bad but the 12 or 24 people that have been reported as deaths connected to Irene make us realize that we are fortunate that we only have property damage. 


Aug 28, 2011 09:52 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

You nailed this, Susan!  First of all, so glad that things weren't worse for Solomons compared to some of the other areas!  You have a great title that catches the gist of our current housing situation as well as Irene.  Your point is well taken and just like real estate you didn't hear many positive stories of where the destructive flooding/winds missed with their destructive damage.  There are a lots of positives that emerge in such a widespread storm as well as the real estate markets nationwide, as well as the negatives.  Report them both!

Aug 28, 2011 10:01 AM
Susan Thompson-Solomons
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties - Solomons, MD
Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist

Sidney - You are so right that we are in a large storm. Part of the way to come through that storm is to look markets locally and adjust accordingly.

Betty- Oh absolutely, certainly don't want to trivialize what many experienced with this storm. What a tragedy for some. My point with this was the parallels of the importance of localized information and how it impacts people's preparation and decisions.

Bruce - It would be nice to hear reporting on the positives - information that can be used to its best advantage, and in the case of hurricanes and real estate - the importance of localized information.

Thanks to all for commenting.

Aug 28, 2011 02:48 PM
Barbara Raley
The McNelis Group,LLC - Solomons, MD
When you think of Real Estate, think of me!

Susan, you should see St. Mary's County, it's now called generator county, those of us who live on the Patuxent River still do not have power and the trees are on houses and in the roads. Thank goodness for these beautiful days that have followed Irene, everyone is out helping their neighbors, a wonderful thing to see.

Aug 30, 2011 04:13 AM
Susan Thompson-Solomons
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties - Solomons, MD
Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist

Barbara, I know. Trees down everywhere here in Solomons Landing, as well, and some buildings lost power. 68 mile an hour winds with 10+ inches of rain and trees everywhere are nothing to sneeze at. Just imagine if this storm had stayed as powerful as predicted at one point.

Aug 30, 2011 04:26 AM
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

Susan - great blog!  And I know a little about hurricanes being local also - being from Louisiana!  But great that you are giving LOCAL information - not NATIONAL!

Aug 30, 2011 07:46 AM
Susan Thompson-Solomons
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties - Solomons, MD
Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist

Louise, thanks for commenting. People are best served by information that is specific to their situation.

Aug 30, 2011 08:13 AM