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"Active Rain" takes on a new meaning in stormy York County, Maine

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team

Last week was a historic week in Maine and New Hampshire, with a rainfall to that has had no comparison in recent history.  Driving around during the last week since the storm, I still see trees toppled over, huge pines cracked right down the middle, edges of the road are washed away, and hoses are still pouring water out of people's basement windows.  I attended a funeral of someone who, it is believed, died in his sleep from the fumes of the generator he had hooked up while without power. A young girl and her grandmother were swept away as water washed out a road-way.

All in all, it has been a really lousy April in Southern Maine.  How do we protect ourselves and our homes and property when these catastrophic events hit us so hard? I have written many a purchase and sales contract for a home, and never once have advised that someone look into flood insurance if they are nowhere near water.  After this week, I might just start recommending it.  I have written several purchase and sales contracts for people in homes where the generator will be staying behind for the buyers as a favor.  I might be recommending a safety course in the operation of those generators now.

Our job in selling homes is to do everything we can for our buyers and sellers to get them into the home they are dreaming of, or out of one into another.  But it takes a month like April 2007 to bring home the reality of our jobs, that there is much more to owning a home and being responsible with that home ownership. That being said, I was lucky.  I received no damage whatsoever in or around my home.  But had I had damage - I can honestly say I have no safeguards in place.  I am not near water, so I must not need flood insurance, right?  Well, the people across the street from me were bailing out for 2 days. There by for the grace.....And I am on public water and sewer, which is great, right? Well, for me maybe, but not for the people 6 doors down from me.  There is still a BFI trash bin in their yard, as they had to throw away most of their possessions when the sewer in their home backed up.

Many of my neighbors and acquaintances were hit hard.  I do count my blessings, but I know I may not be so lucky if this happens again. My thoughts go out to all of those that are dealing still with the results of our Patriot's Day Storm. Watch this video from a town resident, Major Gordon Littlefiled: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiJozOX0v4g to see just how the area fared.

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Liz Foley, The Maine Real Estate Network,207-651-6198

www.lizfoleysellshomes.com; mainelyliz@gmail.com




Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Hi Liz...just stopped in from the "other side" of the Border.

I just posted about my Knox County visit! and was reading some of your posts!

I can't believe you aren't getting more comments! This one is especially good!

Come on over and visit  "our side"one of thse days!

May 09, 2007 08:29 AM
Liz Foley
Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team - Sanford, ME
Cheerfully serving your real estate needs!
HI Joan - thanks so much for your visit!  I think this post was buried, with so many posting, that is probably why no comments, but thank you for yours, it is appreciated!  How bad was your area hit?  It is amazing to me - I haven spoken to many buyers looking to come here from out of state who had absolutely no idea we even had a storm, never mind how devasting it was.  Weird, huh? Well thanks again - take care - Liz (and thanks for the kudos!)
May 09, 2007 08:37 AM
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Hi Liz - I was browsing York posts and came across this post.  Well, in late June 2008, it remains quite timely!!!!  Lately, we seem to alternate between very heavy rain (most days) and so brutally hot, everyone goes to the beach.  This combined with graduations and other school end activities have made an even slower market these past few weeks.  Well, here's to less active rain and more active real estate. 

Your post had some good and serious points, which we can still keep in mind. 

Jun 29, 2008 12:47 AM
Liz Foley
Keller Williams Realty - The Steven Chicoine Team - Sanford, ME
Cheerfully serving your real estate needs!

Hear, hear on the active real estate part - busy, but in a non-productive way these days.  It's all right, the market will do as it always has, rise to the occassion - maybe not yet, but by next year (I say as I peer into my not-so-crystal ball!)  Thanks for the comments, and thanks for reading.  I have found that these writings don't just go into the black hole of kingdom internet, they really do get read later, so it is a good reason to keep up on the blogs (hint to myself here!)

Take care, and happy selling!  Liz

Jun 29, 2008 04:52 AM