Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties is proud to release the next installment of our Real Estate Redefined Series providing information, insights and inspiration to help you take your real estate business and life to the next level. In episode #48, Dan Forsman highlights the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, two opportunities to donate and two checklists to help us prepare for weather events in the future.
Hello, Dan Forsman here…
The events associated with Hurricane Harvey have the attention of our nation. This is a massive storm and the recovery will take months if not years in some cases.
The greater Houston area has been particularly impacted. Houston is the 4th largest city in the nation and covers over 8700 square miles. This large geographic area is one of the reasons Houston has always been a leader in new homes growth. You may not know that the Houston Association of REALTORS, led by Bob Hale is the 2nd largest REALTOR organization in the country with over 36,000 members.
We also have several Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices affiliates being impacted by the storm. These include:
• BHHS Anderson Properties and BHHS Premier Properties in Houston
• BHHS Real Estate Center in Corpus Christi
• BHHS RGV Realty in McAllen
• BHHS Don Johnson, REALTORS® in San Antonio
We also have long-time friends from The Realty Alliance with Mark Woodruff and Marilyn Eiland who own and run Gary Greene REALTORS in Houston. Please join us in keeping these fine organizations and their leaders in our thoughts and prayers.
This monster storm is dumping record rainfall across eastern Texas and parts of Louisiana. Just think about the property damage when many thousands of homes and businesses are flooded with water. How do businesses continue to operate? How do REALTORS continue to help clients buy and sell homes? What about flooded schools? Flooded churches? In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison hit Houston and left 30,000 homeless and flooded over 70,000 homes. The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is expected to be significantly worse. But just like other disasters, the American spirit will not be denied. Homes will be rebuilt. Businesses will recover. And REALTORS will be there to help their clients and customers buy and sell homes. Once again there will be amazing stories of heroism and generosity. These are the times that define our great country.
There are several ways that you can help.
You can make a donation to the RedCross.org fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief. This fine organization helps those in need during disasters like this.
You can also make a donation to support REALTORs in Texas by donating to the Georgia Association of REALTORS Disaster Relief Fund. All donations received by September 30th will be donated to the Texas REALTORS Relief Fund.
Links for donations to both of these organizations will be included with this video.
Unfortunately, it is far too common that people are not prepared for potential disasters. It could be a weather event with damaging winds, floods or snow. Remember Snow Jam here in Atlanta a few years ago? How many people lost power or got stuck in their cars and were not prepared.
I am attaching 2 flyers to this video that you can use to get prepared right now. One flyer is for power outages. The other flyer is for items you should have in your car in the event you get stuck. You can also use these to remind your clients and customers while this is top of mind. Now is the time to take action so you can be ready!
The upcoming weekend is Labor Day and there are only 17 weeks left in the year. I want to encourage everyone to Stay FOCUSED on your Impact Activities so you can finish strong in 2017 and Get a Fast Start for 2018. Thank you for watching this video.