Are You a Homeowner Thinking About Climate Change?

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Americans are more aware than ever of the effects climate change and natural disasters can have on their homes. According to a report from

More than 3 in 4 recent buyers, 78%, took [natural disasters] into account when choosing the locations of their homes, . . .

The study also found that many existing homeowners (34%) have already considered selling their houses and moving to a new location because of the changing climate. If you're like those homeowners and are weighing your options about what to do next, here's some information to keep in mind as you begin the process of selling your existing house and searching for your new home.

Do Your Research and Work with a Real Estate Advisor To Find a Home That Meets Your Needs

As a homeowner, its impossible to control what types of weather events your home is exposed to. As Maiclaire Bolton Smith, Senior Leader of Research and Content Strategy for CoreLogic, says:

You cant necessarily remove the location from around you, but there are things you can do to mitigate damage that can happen.

The first step is understanding how to navigate your home sale and purchase with these specific issues in mind. While that can seem like a difficult undertaking at first, with the appropriate resources and experts on your side, you can simplify the process.

The Mortgage Reports provides some tips for purchasing your next house, including, but not limited to:

  • Vetting the location before you buy
  • Researching Climate Action Plans and learning if the city or state has one
  • Working with professionals for additional assessments on the homes ability to withstand natural disasters

Ultimately, your best resource throughout the process is a trusted real estate professional. An agent will help you navigate the sale and required disclosures for your existing home, be your expert advisor on local guidelines and information, and keep your goals and concerns top of mind. Even if your advisor doesn't have the answers to all your questions about how your next home will stand up to natural disasters, they can help connect you with experts and resources who will.

Bottom Line

If you're becoming more mindful about the effects of climate change and you're ready to make a move, you're not alone. Lets connect so you have a trusted advisor on your side to help you navigate the sale of your current house and find the perfect spot for your next home.



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Comments (5)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Maybe some are thinking about climate change especially those that choose to build their homes right on the edge of water (what are they thinking?)  although with the record Bomb Cyclone and all time two day snow fall in Boston this last weekend it seems more and more people are moving to the Sun Belt states like Arizona. Sun and warmth....yes! Jeff 😎

Jan 31, 2022 08:05 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Shayne,  People should consider climate change on picking a place to live.  Sometime what looks great and relaxing can be in the path of a major flood.


Jan 31, 2022 08:22 AM
David Smith
Brokers Guild Classic - Lakewood, CO
Residential and Commercial Broker

It is a surprise to hear that the percentage of Homeowners influenced by climate change is as high as 34%, but if it is the case would in fact take that as a positive sign that we may still have what it takes to head off the worst of Global Warming yet... Good article Shayne!

Jan 31, 2022 09:07 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This is so important!  Esp for those pp who want to live on the beach, near a coastline..thank you for posting!

Feb 03, 2022 01:26 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Stuff happens and we need to do our homework before making a move.  

Feb 04, 2022 02:22 PM