Battling insurance: The dark side of disaster recovery

In the aftermath of four major natural disasters in the last month — Houston, Puerto Rico, South Florida and now Napa and Sonoma — plans to rebuild have already begun. And insurance companies are wringing their hands, plotting their next moves …

Agent/broker perspective: How can brokers support agents in the wake of natural disasters?

An experienced Miami real estate agent needs her broker’s support after a hurricane creates chaos for her customers …

Agent/broker perspective: How can brokers support agents in the wake of natural disasters?

An experienced Miami real estate agent needs her broker’s support after a hurricane creates chaos for her customers …

Weathering the storm: 5 tips for real estate agents handling natural disasters

A few years ago, when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, I was there. Now I’m in South Florida, where Hurricane Irma just hit. As a team leader, I have seen first-hand the psychological impact that natural disasters can have …

Weathering the storm: 5 tips for real estate agents handling natural disasters

A few years ago, when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, I was there. Now I’m in South Florida, where Hurricane Irma just hit. As a team leader, I have seen first-hand the psychological impact that natural disasters can have …

Number of homeowners with insurance falling nationwide

Whether buying a beach house in Miami or cabin in Appalachia, you probably need homeowners insurance — but what kind? While you can skip over hurricane insurance in Appalachia, that’s not a nationwide trend, according to a new study …

DisclosureSave launches app to gauge natural disaster risk

For homebuyers in California, it’s especially important to understand a home’s risk factor against natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, floods and fires. DisclosureSave has been a Natural Hazard Disclosure (NHD) provider since 1999, and i…

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 …

6 times mother nature didn’t care about real estate in 2016

Mother nature doesn’t care about real estate. It never has. Mother nature doesn’t care if you have an open house. Mother nature doesn’t care about your longterm investment. Mother nature does what it does, and you, with your ineradicable entrepreneuria…

IRS will let you deduct loss on illegal structure destroyed by fire, earthquake or flood

What happens if you build a structure without obtaining the necessary permits and it’s later destroyed in a fire? First of all, even if you have fire insurance coverage, you likely won’t be able to collect anything. Fire insurers ordinarily …