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Napa Aftershocks are Physical and Mental

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific BRE #01474067

Napa Aftershock

The aftershocks from the Napa Earthquake continue both physically and mentally.   I was doing ok and not thinking about aftershocks...then I watch the news.  Over and over they repeat, change, and analyze the probablity of aftershocks and their magnitude.  For some reason Monday night when I went to bed I was uneasy.  At about 530AM Tuesday the bed shook...I am not that early of a riser like my husband, but I sure felt it!  It is like the prediction comes true...and in this case I was hoping it would not.  There continues to be aftershocks going one even though in Benicia I have not felt them all. We are located about 15 miles from the epicenter.

Our current listings have not had any problems with damage in the Vallejo area.  One home scheduled to close today is closing tomorrow.  The buyers did come by on Monday for one last walk-through to appease their concern.  This home was built in the 90s so there are no problems. We also have two Benicia homes scheduled for closing this week too.

Yesterday we got an email from our in house lender that said ALL transactions not closed have to have a re-inspection from the appraiser.  It was just announced Solano County was included in the disaster area declaration.  We have a short sale with approval til 9-2 with Bank of America and the second with Greentree.  No way will we close on time as the appraiser has to come back out.  My expectation is the banks will understand, at least Bank of America!  Our closer knows that we have to go through this.  There is nothing we can change as it is what it is.  We will manage through this.

This is the first time as a REALTOR for me to experience the mental and physical aftershocks of disasters.  For us it is minor compared to our fellow agents in Napa where it had the worse damage.  Title companies are sending out emails saying pretty much every thing is on hold there.  My heart goes out to all, who not only have to deal with damage to their homes, but the buyers who were looking forward to living in their dream home. 

Have you experienced a disaster and how did it affect your business?



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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Melanie, thanks for the update. I've been wondering about my neighbors up north in Napa! I personally have not experienced any disasters, but I know of an agent who had several listings in San Bernardino mountains and some of them burned to the ground in the last major fire couple years ago. Very sad, indeed. Best of luck with your closings, 

Aug 27, 2014 03:18 AM
Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828

Thank you for your kind words Pam.  Since this is the first time I have been in the business with a disaster there is a quick learning curve and the domino effect is drawn out for a long time.

Aug 27, 2014 04:06 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Melaine, I am glad that you and your hubby are okay. I felt it in San Jose. It woke me up. Nothing fell or broke but the jolt and shaking was strong. I cannot imagine what the residents and business owners in Napa are going through. FEMA will give loans to small business ... doubtful that applies to real estate agents.

Aug 27, 2014 04:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Melanie Ross so glad you and your family are ok, and must be frightening to experience an earthquake!   Best of luck for all your closings!  

Nov 30, 2014 10:37 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Melanie Ross hope you and your family enjoyed a blessed Christmas!   

Dec 25, 2014 09:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current blogs. I hope all is going well for you.

Mar 14, 2015 04:24 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Melanie: You need to write another blog. Like Roy, I was reading this and wondering how I missed an earthquake in Napa and then realized this was 10 months ago.

Jun 05, 2015 04:27 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Melanie, miss your blogs, and had a huge smile when I saw your smiling face on my home page.  Hope you are doing well. 

Oct 26, 2015 12:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Melanie, here's to a great 2016, and hope to see you blogging again - miss you!

Dec 30, 2015 12:07 AM