First responders real estate and natural disasters impact on housing

    I have made it a point to let it be known that I have a soft spot for the first responders of the world.  The men and women who lay it on the  Lion every single day. These men and women are truly the bravest of the brave. As we watch the events as of late unfold in Houston, we see the true loyalty and commitment expressed by these first responders.

    My heart goes out to those people that lost friends and family members. I also cry for those who lost their homes as a result of Texas is most recent natural disaster.

    Florida is getting pummeled by Irma as I type this. God speed to all who are involved!

    Watching those events reminded me of myself having been a first responder during the Northridge earthquake.

    It was very serene – watching as people were sleeping in bags in the many parks throughout the San Fernando Valley. Cops and Firemen everywhere, not just from Los Angeles – but from surrounding jurisdictions.

    Did you know that these horrific events also impact real estate? Insurance companies, lenders, mortgage companies, stop the transactions which are in process in the event of a natural disaster.

    This post can in no way compare with the heart ache and trauma experienced by those impacted by the event of a natural disaster. That is not my intension – my intension is to make you aware that if you are buying a home or selling one, and a natural disaster hits, you are going to be put on hold. This “on hold” even applies if you were not directly impacted. If you are in an adjoining city or nearby – you will also be paused.

    They make everything pause so they can evaluate if they are going to continue to insure, continue to loan, etc. – Those who are in the process of buying a home have to wait. Those who are in the process of selling their home have to wait. Agents, Lenders, Appraisers, insurance agents and all involved with the real estate process have to wait after a natural disaster strikes.

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    Paris and Connor MacIvor

    Connor and Paris MacIvor are in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, starting their real estate business in 1998 with RE/MAX Gateway - Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. Their becoming licensed real estate consultants and representatives came from the horrible experience they had when they bought their first home. There were many things that the agent they had hired did not explain and disclose, which per law he should have. Getting that agent on the phone after they closed escrow and after he had gotten paid was impossible. Paris and Connor called the broker, the board of realtors, the office manager and all they received was the promise of a phone call back. The remedy did come, but not as fast and in the way they wanted. That act - that bad agent was the reason why Paris and Connor became Realtors. That was all they needed to vow to never let the same fate befall anyone else, that befell them. Today Connor and Paris are focused on client service. Protection and top-shelf service with regard to their real estate clientele. They primarily work within the Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. However, for a referral, where 80+ of their business is referrals they have License and Will Travel to other parts of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County to handle real estate transactions for those who trust their real estate operation. Writing on their Real Estate Blog is a passion. is where you will find over 10,000 real estate articles. Go to to listen to their latest real estate radio broadcast.

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