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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

That is definitey the topic of conversation and yes, we should all do as much as we possibly can to help! I agree with Lyn Sims there are some excellent choices other than those who have such high over-head so that more of our money goes to help. Jeff Pearl shared some great options in another Q&A post.

A lot of us who have lived in Charlotte over the past several decades are reminiscing about Hurricane Hugo, which hit in 1989, and the way that the community and those from far and wide came to assist us here. The city was ripped apart but, we suffered nothing as devastating as those in Houston are suffering. I know how bad it was for us during and following Hugo and cannot even begin to imagine what Texans are going through right now.

Aug 29, 2017 06:50 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The 29 year old without medical expertise that organized a shelter was an amazing young man.

Aug 29, 2017 06:44 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Aug 30, 2017 08:19 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I think it is conversation being held across the country and perhaps the world.   It's still going on and it's likely going to be "with us" for many years to come.  

Aug 30, 2017 04:57 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Indeed thinking about it. I just found some information I will be posting...

Aug 29, 2017 09:20 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Our brokerage has already sent out an e-mail asking for monetary donations that will go the Red Cross, as has our community asking for donations of supplies and cleaning products and personal items, that will go to World Care Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI.  I, too, cannot imagine being flooded out, let alone losing all of my possessions - both the unreplaceable ones and the replaceable ones . . .  and it moves my heart to see how generous and brave and beyond helpful people are to others.  They are truly giving of themselves, and they are saving lives.  People are 'seeing' people that have an immediate need for help and survival and they are acting as we all would or hope that we would, in a similar situation.  So, more proof that there are angels among us . . .   

Aug 29, 2017 08:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's a true testiment to the good in people who will do what they can to help others. Such an inspiration. And there are so many in need!

Aug 29, 2017 08:25 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I am watching up here too Anna and it is amazing watching all those people risk their own lives to save others. They really are hero's.

Aug 29, 2017 07:35 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It is amazing what people are doing and how their attitudes are so upbeat. It is an inspiration.

Aug 29, 2017 07:11 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

My heart goes out to the people in Houston for sure.

Aug 29, 2017 06:24 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There are a lot of amazing people

Aug 29, 2017 06:22 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

People can and will rise when the see the need. So many in my area know all to well what they are going through in Texas. It was only 6-7 months ago when so many were flooded out of their homes. They are still rebuilding. What Texas is undergoing is 10-20X in magnitude. 

Aug 30, 2017 12:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

News reports indicate that only about 20% have flood insurance.

And, they allowed construction in flood zones...poor planning or no planning.

Aug 30, 2017 08:36 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think this speaks of the values and fundamental nature of our nation.  It was what we experienced in the 94 earthquake in Los Angeles.  A

Aug 30, 2017 07:43 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Being located 200 miles north of Houstn and having family and friends there you bet.

Aug 30, 2017 06:33 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Phoenix flooded in 1977 and again in 1978.  Much of Interstate 10 was washed out.  It was pretty dramatic.  What was amazing was the carpet of flowers that appeared in the desert a few days after the water ran off.

Aug 30, 2017 05:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

We get those conversations in hurricane season here, but Charlotte has been hit since 1982, so it's not a frequent event. Our grandson and his wife, who fortunately remained dry in their apartment in Houston, were finally able to venture out yesterday to volunteer.   

Aug 30, 2017 04:49 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

KW has a built in charity effort to assist in times like this

Aug 30, 2017 04:27 AM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

True character under fire, the cream rises to the surface.  Texas community standing tall, a nice change from all the bad news we get blasted with.

Aug 30, 2017 04:23 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I called my relatives there. One in oil service industry is house bound. He tried to get bottle water-not on the shelf. Gas stations aren't selling gas. His Sugarland neighborhood has storm water retention ponds. He owns a 19 ft soar ceiling home and can always stay on the roof too high to get rescued. He expected to be home trapped through labor day.  Another one owns a strip mall has his commercial brokerage with no signs or address to avoid investors. It is probably flooded. His website is down. He is the kind of broker who does not know how many commercial listings he has. Often 50-80 listings with a couple of helpers. I imagine all these monster signs are flipped over or floating somewhere in west Houston. I will donate cash.

Aug 29, 2017 05:26 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

There are so many people that didn't plan for this at all. Most of them will have no insurance to help recoup or recover.

We also talked about not giving money to the Red Cross - there are better more worthy ways to help. Investigate if you don't think so.

Aug 29, 2017 05:14 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, there is so many ways to help others, no need to wait for the disaster. There is plenty of charity, find-raising, volunteering opportunities in every community. If you can brighten someone's day, do it, even if it is a smile(free!) or friendly support. 

Aug 30, 2017 11:47 AM
shirley cicero
Continental West Realty - Livermore, CO
Northern Colorado Mountain Homes and Vacant Land

I admire people that can just go and help those in need. I can't even imagine having to go through something like that. 

Aug 30, 2017 08:39 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Alot of people are all having those talks here too Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI . On both ends what if it happened to me and what if it was close, and i could go help. 

Aug 30, 2017 07:18 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The flooding concept is not new just new to those that it affects first time out. I live next to a well-developed Riverbank that was reinforced that serves as a natural wildlife corridor but also as a 100 year flood channel i.e. to offset the once in a 100 year storm should it come. It is designed to handle run-off from the mountains etc.  Prior to it being modified and put firmly into place, anyone who lived at the borders of these flooding zones would risk getting flooded and knew it too. Today, it can handle anything thrown at it. Without some pro-activity, prevention or insurance, we remain at the mercy of these things as this current disaster clearly demonstrates. For a more chilling thought, we have no earthquake defense

Aug 30, 2017 06:13 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

So much to do, such time constraints! So sad! So many doing so much!

Aug 30, 2017 05:18 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

These are heroes who we should blog about !

Aug 30, 2017 04:54 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

We're having that conversation in Wyoming! We are too far away to lend a hand but have found other ways to assist.

Aug 30, 2017 04:42 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

there are many different disasters depending on where you live....we have winter blizzards like the one in '78.... many were trapped in their homes... 

Aug 30, 2017 04:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No, the organizations tend to be very well funded at this time.  Supplies are more critical (food, water, clothing).  Several groups in Texas (Dallas Cowboys, Marcus Luttrell's (Lone Survivor) "Team Never Quit" and many veteran groups are a few that come to mind) are all organizing supply drops into the area.

Aug 31, 2017 12:57 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Having experienced a flooded home decades ago, I just dealth with it. The fire department did show up to help pump out my basement. These people  affectd by the flooding deserve all we can spare.

Aug 31, 2017 08:26 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, we've had them as well.

Aug 31, 2017 05:40 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It is inspiring


Aug 31, 2017 12:00 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI - this definitely is a topic - or should be, at the meetups...

Aug 30, 2017 11:35 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I was caught up in the flood in Rapid City, S. D.  Can happen to any of us.


Aug 30, 2017 06:46 PM