Can You Say Devastation?

Real Estate Agent with David Tracy Real Estate #555994

Well it has been BAD!  

All of the flooded homes in Houston, Santa Fe, Friendswood, League City, Sugar Land, Texas City and other communities will need to be reparied! 

From experience I see contractors traveling in from all parts of the United States coming to repair roofs, HVAC units, sheet rock, floor and carpet. There will be an abundance of Insurance claims and there will come a point when the insurance companies will limit on how much each person will be able to get refunded. Remember the early bird gets the worm so get your clain in early.

Make sure your contractor is insured before you sign on the dotted line and make sure he has pulled a permit with your city. Be bold and call and ask the permit deparment. Don't give out a huge pay out to get the contractor started on the job. You may not see that contractor again. I previously seen a lot of people burned like this in other hurricane rodeos!

A big thank you to all the people who traveled here with their boats to pull people off of roof tops and flooded areas and to safety! WE are not a nation divided!  


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Sussie Says…

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Comments (67)

Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

There will be an army of "Pete in a pickup".  They will come, take people's money and not do the work.  Beware!


Aug 30, 2017 06:22 PM
Sussie Sutton

Boy!  You got that right! The code enforcement officer sent one packing today when she found him trying to shake down an old person.

Aug 31, 2017 05:12 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The devastation is unreal . . .  . It will takes years for the area of Texas to come back.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 30, 2017 07:34 PM
Sussie Sutton

I did not get to share all the pictures or videos on my person Facebook account... but there were some great one there.

Aug 31, 2017 05:13 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on the feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 30, 2017 07:35 PM
Sussie Sutton

Thanks Lou!

Aug 31, 2017 05:13 PM
Evelyn Santiago, Managing Broker Heart Realty Group, Inc.
Heart Realty Group, Inc.. - Oswego, IL
Passionate About Real Estate & Our Clients!

Glad to hear you are OK...thanks for posting.  Our prayers are with you all in Houston.  Too sad for words.  May the country come together despite our differences and help Houston and surrounding communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Aug 30, 2017 07:42 PM
Sussie Sutton

I can't get over the fact that they are going to have to slow release water from the two dikes here in Houston. That is going to impact more people. Has to be done so that the dam won't break.

Aug 31, 2017 05:16 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The price of building materials will go up and so will labor costs. Gas has jumped 20 cents a gallon since the weekend. Your advice to check out the contractor is sound advice.

Aug 30, 2017 08:28 PM
Sussie Sutton

Oh yeah a few of the stores here in our area were price gouging. Social Media took care of that. The store were posted on FaceBook everywhere.

Aug 31, 2017 05:19 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Great advise. So many people get scammed in times like this. Be deligent before agreeing to pay money or let an unknown contractor inside your home. 

Aug 30, 2017 09:38 PM
Sussie Sutton

Amen to that statement!

Aug 31, 2017 05:19 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Glad to learn that you are doing fine Susie Kay.

Thanks for your advice on contractors and insurances.

Aug 30, 2017 10:14 PM
Sussie Sutton

Your welcome Praful Thakkar!

Aug 31, 2017 05:22 PM
Mega Team Real Estate
Realty ONE Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge

The photo tells a lot of stories. Thank you for your advice. 

Aug 30, 2017 10:34 PM
Sussie Sutton

Some of the stuff I have seen is just crazy!

Aug 31, 2017 05:23 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great advice on contractors. There will be plenty of dishonest people taking advantage of this horrific situation.

Aug 31, 2017 04:13 AM
Sussie Sutton

Yes unfortunately there will be many there. Just today we encountered one. The office had to run him out of the city.

Aug 31, 2017 05:24 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

It is so sad to see how so many lives have been turned upside down.

What happens now? Your post gives us a summary of that.

There will be people coming to "repair" but are not qualified and some will have ulterior motives.

Your warning to make sure contractors are licensed and insured must be heeded.

Aug 31, 2017 05:26 AM
Sussie Sutton

Making sure they are licensed and insured is the most important thing.... well the most important thing is that you go with someone you know.

Aug 31, 2017 05:26 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I feel like the worst is yet to come for these pp--extremely difficult mentally to have your daily routine so upended, especially for the kids. No work, no home, living with thousands in a shelter.  How to be strong and have hope>?

Aug 31, 2017 09:52 AM
Sussie Sutton

The shelters were awesome. Teenagers came forward to form a fun daycare for the kids and play with them.

Aug 31, 2017 05:29 PM
Denise Copeland
Home Sales Palm Beach - Jupiter, FL
Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes

Prayers out to all in the Houston area. It's devestating to say the least.

Aug 31, 2017 01:34 PM
Sussie Sutton

Thank you for your kind words.

Aug 31, 2017 05:30 PM
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Our hearts are with our Texas brothers and sisters. I love this quote about Texans:

"Overwhelming odds never discouraged them and defeat but spurred them to ultimate victory." - JACK C. BUTTERFIELD

Aug 31, 2017 03:23 PM
Sussie Sutton

That's right, as the Alaskan Bush People say (who are from Texas)  drop a tree on us and we will make firewood.

Aug 31, 2017 05:33 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Yes, lots of work will bring out a few contractors that are not legit.  Great advise to check out anyone before they begin working on your property. 

Aug 31, 2017 07:26 PM
Sussie Sutton

Yup we ran one off yesterday from trying to take an old woman's money for esomething that was not needed!

Sep 01, 2017 08:46 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

If we were a third world country there would be tens of thousands of fatalities and the recovery would take anywhere from 100 years to never. 

Sep 01, 2017 08:44 AM
Sussie Sutton

You know I did not think of that but you are so right, and you are right. Also third world countries usually don't have building standards.

Sep 01, 2017 08:47 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Sussie, Hope all is well for you.  It will take time but everyone helping shows the great attitude of people from Houston and the nation!

Sep 01, 2017 08:25 PM
Sussie Sutton

The mayor was saying it would take a year to get back to normalcy... some homes and business' will make it and others will not. The total impact will take much longer.

Sep 01, 2017 08:48 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sussie, I'm so glad you're okay.  Your advice is a valuable reminder for everyone.  I hope and pray that the extraordinary help from around the country continues until that normalcy returns to all areas impacted by the storm.

Sep 05, 2017 08:39 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Those two pictures - wow I can't believe how much water there is in the second picture!  It's just mind boggling.

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