Sometimes you just have to go with the flow when showing homes.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Carmel Beach

This last week or so it was all about the rainstorms passing through the Monterey Peninsula. Yes, California has had a drought situation for several years now and Mother Nature is trying to rectify that situation in a short space of time.

Scheduling appointments becomes tricky because clients don't really want to be out there with the possibilities of trees blocking roads and power lines coming down. Especially if they are coming from out of town.

Even the listing agents worry about the homes showing well. In some cases, way up in the hills, whether we could get there at all.

My view on viewing? It's great to see a home on its BEST day and hopefully have my clients fall in love with it, but it's also not a bad thing to see it while Mother Nature shows another side of her. Wouldn't you want to see where the rain puddles on the property, trees that threaten homes, and driveways that are hard to maneuver up a tricky hill?

So when my clients told me they were coming in on Thursday, no matter what, for a day of viewing homes all over Carmel Valley and beyond--and right in the middle of a series of storms--I said "ok, let's do it."


It turned into a glorious day, the air fresh and few cars on the road. The whole day was absolutely unbelievable. We went into Cachagua Valley dotted with vineyards and incredible hillside homes.  Sure, some of the roads were a little muddy but that made homes with paved roads more desirable.


Then, yesterday morning about 7AM, the biggest storm yet blew through the Monterey Peninsula, downing trees and power lines. My office in Carmel-by-the-Sea did not have power for about four hours but that did not deter me from writing up an offer. It helps to have spare power backups for computer and phones--plus, I have a HOT SPOT on my phone to keep my computer online.






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Hella Rothwell at Carmel Beach during Concours WeekCarmel-by-the-Sea Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Course California

Whether buying or selling oceanfront, oceanview, commercial or any type of real estate in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel Valley and Big Sur, I can help you. Call me and let's meet in my Carmel-by-the-Sea office in Su Vecino Court on Dolores between 5th & 6th.

Or we can just chat on the phone to discuss your real estate needs.

Are you out of the area? No problem, I often never even meet my clients. The whole transaction is handled long distance.

As an independent real estate broker licensed in California and Hawaii, I can represent you with residential real estate, commercial properties & investment opportunities.

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Hella

Hope all is well after the storm. Sounds like you and your buyers weathered it just fine. While being out in bad weather may not be fun it can be a great time to see a house and any problems that might arise from rain!


Feb 18, 2017 04:54 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Hella. Sounds like you have it covered no matter what. Good luck with the offer.

Feb 18, 2017 07:08 PM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am glad you got the job done. Having a hot spot on your phone means you will be in business when other services are down. Have a wonderful weekend, Hella.

Feb 18, 2017 07:39 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Hella.  If I were the buyer, I would be much more interested in seeing homes when potential dangers are present and observable.

Feb 19, 2017 04:11 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Hella --- last week brought Southern California the sunniest of the days as well as some of our wettest.  Good luck with your offer --- it's all in a day's work in the world of real estate.  

Feb 19, 2017 07:09 AM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Yes, you're like me, Hella, you have a backup plan for your backup plan. You know, when I was in Ka'anapali last month, the WiFi was incredibly horrible at my hotel, so bad that I used my phone for a Hot Spot, and when I ran out of data for that, I switched to my iPad thru a different carrier, and when I ran out of data for that, I changed the date for my iPad billing cycle.

Some hotel WiFi is so bad these days, and they don't care, there is no way to upgrade to a faster connection. They can say they provide it. They don't seem to care if it works.

Feb 19, 2017 09:26 AM #6
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Hella, LOVE your attitude, missy! Taking lemons and making them into lemonade! Always look for the positive and it will come back to you twicefold, I believe. 

Feb 19, 2017 09:46 AM #7
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