Ventura, Ojai, and Santa Barbara County Realtors donate $650K in aid to wildfire victims

A month after the U.S. Forest Service announced an end to the Thomas Fire, three California Realtor associations have begun distributing aid to families.

Deadly California Wildfires Claim Lives and Real Estate

Fires Continue to Rage in Northern California The Carr Fire—the largest of the 17 currently ravaging Northern California, and the fourth most destructive in the state’s history—has claimed the lives of seven people and burned through 160,049 acres across Shasta and Trinity counties (at press time), as well as destroyed over 1,000 homes, 24 commercial […]

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How can the real estate industry help wildfire victims in California?

More than a dozen wildfires are currently burning through California, headlined by the destructive Carr fire in Shasta and Trinity counties.

California agent charged with price gouging during NorCal fires

On April 16, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed three misdemeanor charges against real estate agent Melissa “Missy” Echeverria for raising the price of a rental from $5,000 per month to $9,000 per month …

Homes at risk of wildfires total $1.5 trillion in value: Redfin

2017 was a record-breaking year for wildfires, with 9.8 million acres of land being destroyed over just a few months. Although California was hardest hit, other desert and plains states such as Texas and Nevada are at great risk as well, as evidenced by Redfin’s latest estimate that 7.7 percent ($1.5 trillion) of U.S. housing value is at risk of being destroyed by wildfires this year …

Wildfire insurance out of reach for many Californians who need it

“More and more homeowners who cannot afford insurance may decide to go uninsured, risking their life savings,” according to a new report …

Life after fire: competition for Santa Rosa housing is fierce

“The fires really started a big change – there was a big ripple effect. Anything under $700,000 is moving very quickly whether it’s a fixer or a condo…” …

SoCal Realtors help clients, save animals as wildfires rage

Multiple wildfires continue to wreak havoc in coastal Southern California. Covering 96,000 acres at the time of this article’s publication according to the LA Times, the “Thomas” fire that broke out near Ventura County earlier this week is currently the most widespread, threatening at least 12,000 homes. …

Celebrities among thousands of residents evacuating SoCal fires

Many more people who aren’t public figures have been impacted, including those with far fewer financial means to recover from such a natural disaster …

Realtors scale up good deeds in disaster-torn communities this holiday season

Every Christmas Eve, Houston Association of Realtors’ chair Cindy Hamann drops off a blanket and a bottle of wine to several random and very thankful homeless people in downtown Houston. Realtors like Hamann are doing wonderful deeds all over the count…