New tool tells lenders if properties were damaged by natural disaster

The new parcel-level disaster data is available as a free add-on to the VeroVALUE service, which the company describes as an AVM that provides realistic value ranges for properties across the country.

Rebuild or buy new? 6 factors to consider after a natural disaster

Hurricanes took “a toll on over 270,000 homes” this year. In Texas and Florida alone, damage is expected to exceed $150 billion. Such numbers aren’t isolated to one or two events. Other hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and other natural disasters happened in 2017 that led to even more damages and repair costs across the nation …

Rebuild or buy new? 6 factors to consider after a natural disaster

Hurricanes took “a toll on over 270,000 homes” this year. In Texas and Florida alone, damage is expected to exceed $150 billion. Such numbers aren’t isolated to one or two events. Other hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and other natural disasters happened in 2017 that led to even more damages and repair costs across the nation …

Fight, flee or adapt: Rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, mounds of sodden building materials lined the streets of Houston and other flooded areas. As residents began the long process of rebuilding, the storm’s unprecedented flooding rekindled a long-running debate in the Houston area over the best way to move forward: rebuild, leave or adapt …

Podcast: 8 ways to keep working when disaster strikes your market

It’s a plan that we sincerely hope none of you have to implement anytime soon, but it’s imperative to plan for the worst and hope for the best, so here we are. Our show today was inspired by one of our students and listeners after having been evacuated…

Hurricane Matthew home damage expected to be in the billions

Some homeowners are bracing for the worst as Hurricane Matthew now claws and crawls its way up the east coast of Florida …

Best and worst US cities for disaster evacuation

Forensic consulting firm PT&C|LWG recently determined how the 10 most populated urban metro areas would fare in a disaster evacuation, taking into account a wide range of factors: exit capacity, internal traffic, roadway intensity (number of lanes per 1,000 people), auto availability, bottlenecks, congestion, geographic barriers (oceans, lakes, mountains), public transit, land area and population density …

Keller Williams raises $1.8 million for West Virginia flood victims

After 1,200 destroyed homes, 23 deaths and the far less important canceling of the PGA U.S. Open, Keller Williams has banded together to send $1.8 million dollars to West Virginia to help people in need and the flood relief …

5 tips to help educate your clients about homeowner’s insurance

As a real estate agent, you are the best resource for your clients when it comes to finding, purchasing and protecting their new home. Appraisers, inspectors, lenders and decorators — you are your clients’ go-to authority when it comes to all necessit…

How to navigate a devastating crisis

We never expect a devastating crisis to happen to us. Nevertheless, you can help your clients be as prepared as possible for the unthinkable. Here are some steps to take …