Sometimes we like to think that we are removed from natural disasters. And sometimes we are. But in a world that is increasingly social and increasingly connected, we are able to keep in touch with some of the people involved in these difficulties and it make the experience more real for us. Such was the case for me when I found out that a friend in the real estate industry was / is affected by Superstorm Sandy. One of my friends in the industry, Carolyn Capalbo’s family has two homes (not her primary residences she lives and sells real estate in Northern Virginia) If you look back in the archives of REIW you will see that we did an article about her 3 years ago. She is still successfull and still selling real estate.
She has been gracious enough to share her story on Facebook, and more than a few of us are reading and empathizing. I share it here as one example of what I am sure are many.
Still no power to our homes in NY. To my knowledge the street is now power ready; however, the homes are not. We have received our estimate from the contractor for work required to be compliant with the utility companies for re-connection of services. The estimate is for over $10,000! Our Flood insurance carrier has not provided the promised initial relief claim check yet. We have spent over
$15,000 already on initial clean up. We are fortunate and have the necessary funds in savings to move forward while we wait and wait for the insurance claim to process and funds to be provided. I feel so horrible for those families that do not have the resources necessary to move forward and start putting their lives back together. Insurance companies are so quick to demand payment; however are so slow to make good on claims. Steve will be heading back up to NY later this week. Keeping those families that are still without power and resources in our prayers…
For the most part the cameras are gone. The news media has moved on to other stories. And yet there are still many dealing with the issues from this. And for those who think that this might be an old post, please bear in mind when reading that they are still without power that the facebook post above was from this Monday…the monday AFTER Thanksgiving. Power still is not on. The people who do not have generators still have no power…that is reality.
Carolyn is fortunate. She and her husband Steve are determined to get through it and they have saved the needed resources. How many others are out there that have not.
If you are a brokerage or agent with a story about Hurricane Sandy to tell, we’d love to hear from you!