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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I think they are between a rock and a hard place... if they spend too much time on the story they are accused of exploitation... if they don't spend enough time and bad things happen they'd be accused of poor reporting. And I say this without being a big fan of media and press.

Oct 07, 2016 11:12 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Media is a wicked vain tool that can and does run amok that does little good

Oct 07, 2016 10:42 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Anything to gain attention and sell advertising. The media is intoxicated with their perceived importance.

Oct 07, 2016 11:04 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

better to play it up than to be relaxed and get slammed.... there were deaths with this one!!!  not really played up....

Oct 07, 2016 11:26 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

They don't. The systems they have now for predicting weather is very sophisticated and we should err on the side of caution.

Oct 07, 2016 11:23 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

They have to make themselves feel important somehow; oh and to be able to sell advertising!

Oct 07, 2016 10:15 PM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Bngo Nina Hollander !

Oct 08, 2016 12:00 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I do believe the media likes to over exaggerate, but in the case of the latest major storm, I think it's needed. 

Oct 08, 2016 11:20 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think they exaggerate a little bit to get people to evacuate.  Might not be a bad idea.

Oct 08, 2016 09:44 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I totally think weather coverage takes priority.

Oct 08, 2016 09:42 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

3 million people without power, 11 deaths, more than 800 deaths in Haiti, so no, I don't think the media is playing it up for advertising sales and rating. In fact, I don't have any problems with the media.Everytime I talk with a person that says they have a problem with the media, they can't give me any specific example. Can any of you guys come up with one?

Oct 08, 2016 09:09 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Media does hype everything and that's their job. But....government officials must do their jobs of protecting the people. I'd vote for being safe and not sorry or much much worse.

Oct 08, 2016 08:35 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Best to be aware and prepared.

Oct 08, 2016 05:03 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I think they want people to prepare for the worst.  

Oct 08, 2016 04:38 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is a fact that they make BIG news out of it but at the same time people don't tend to listen and heed warnings unless they are told over and over and it is sensationalized.

Oct 08, 2016 02:20 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

JM Padron,

My guess is that exaggeration is better than being sorry. Their job is to warn and the potential danger, I am glad it was not worse.

Oct 08, 2016 01:04 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Before real estate, I worked in radio in a resort area that gets extremely hot. We were routinely advised to downplay the temperatures so as not to discourage tourism. Do I think the media can skew reality? Just look at the elections.

Oct 08, 2016 12:31 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yep they overdo it, but perhaps it's better to overdo it and have it be less of a problem than not and risk people not paying attention or being concerned about safety when they should.

Oct 08, 2016 12:20 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I don't believe they intentionall exaggerate.  I do believe they focus on worst case scenario.  When it comes to storm warnings, I am ok with the side of caution... getting people out!

Oct 08, 2016 12:12 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Oct 07, 2016 11:48 PM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Of course...just like politics.

Eve

Oct 07, 2016 11:47 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

They should inform the people and this may be the best way that people listen.

Oct 07, 2016 11:17 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

JM Padron, CCIM Nina Hollander has the right answer for this question.

Oct 07, 2016 11:15 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

They exaggerate. I usually reduce everything they say by 25-50%. Remotes make it easy to switch channels when they keep repeating the same things over and over.

Oct 07, 2016 10:30 PM
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

They grab whatever they can and magnify it to make you glued to the set, causing huge panic. They do it with everything!

Oct 07, 2016 10:19 PM
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Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Yes, the media can pump things up for more ratings. But then, would if they were totally ignored and things turned out to be worse than they said in the 1st place? It is a double edged sword, for sure.

Oct 13, 2016 08:18 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

The media serves to warn us and also create interest in their product.  It is better to be warned to the extreme rather than have something come as a surprise.

Oct 11, 2016 10:02 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

They do but soon that they do 

Oct 10, 2016 06:37 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I guess for safety, you never fully know.  Maybe best to be safe than sorry?

Oct 10, 2016 06:28 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Exaggerating? That is quite soft choice of a word for what they do....

Oct 08, 2016 05:10 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Overblown in my area

Oct 08, 2016 04:00 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Irregardless of the 'play-up' media, I'm with Barbara Todaro - just like with this one, it was devastating and so many were brought to safety because of the publicity of it.

Oct 08, 2016 03:31 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

JM Padron, CCIM - I'd rather be more 'alarmed' than giving an idea that everything is under control.

Oct 08, 2016 02:58 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

They error on the safe side but it makes many people not trust what they say

Oct 08, 2016 01:08 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The media exists now for no purpose other than to sell advertising.  That's why they sensationalize everything.  Out here a freeway was shutdown (granted it was the 405) and we had "Carmeggeddon".  El Nino was supposed to bury the state in water and the news was saying "buy flood insurance before it's too late."  We had MAYBE three days of rain.

Oct 08, 2016 07:45 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

That is how we sell

Oct 08, 2016 06:51 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Alarm and exaggeration are part of the formula for gaining ratings, advertising dollars, and facetime for news personalities.

Oct 08, 2016 04:31 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I think of all the dumb video of people standing in wind that drives me nuts!

Better safe than sorry but I think they overplayed this one.

Oct 08, 2016 04:17 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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They exaggerate everything. 

Oct 08, 2016 02:21 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Media always exaggerates and spins what they report. I am not a fan of media and how they report.  Do they exaggerate and alarm people when storms approach ... I don't know. 

Oct 08, 2016 02:09 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm not a fan of the media anyway, but at least they report it - it's up to us to determine whether we believe their spin or not - usually I do not

Oct 08, 2016 01:11 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Weather is a favourite topic of people in our great land. 

Oct 08, 2016 12:49 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Weather and sports. Too much time and hype.

Oct 08, 2016 12:39 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Perception and reality.   

Oct 08, 2016 12:32 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

JM

I agree.  We have watched them making mountains out of molehills forever with fires, mud slides, and floods,  During the big earthquake in Los Angeles, my parents were freaked in San Francisco, because although they knew where we lived and the surrounding areas around, they were concerned we were buried in rubble.  A

Oct 08, 2016 12:14 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It the reporters making a mountain out of a mole hill. Expect no less!

Oct 07, 2016 11:36 PM
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Good question. Shepherd Smith on Fox News told viewers that everyone was going to die if Hurricane Matthews went further inland.  Check it out here.

Oct 07, 2016 10:57 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Excitement equals rating which equals advertising dollars

Oct 07, 2016 10:43 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your perspective.

Oct 07, 2016 10:07 PM