As Realtors returned to the area following Hurricane Matthew, they did what they do best: help the community and their homeowners.
Area Realtors sprang into action, assessing their listings to guide their sellers and buyers in what for many was their first experience dealing with a natural disaster. State and local real estate associations offered guidance and tips on handling various hurricane-related issues, but no one could predict for sure how the storm would impact the local real estate market.
In the long term, other areas that have experienced a weather-related disaster have rebounded with an increase of properties hitting the market featuring renovations and updates like new roofs, resulting in increased property values. Though that may be little comfort to sellers coping with the cost of repairs due to Hurricane Matthew.
What might Realtors tell would-be buyers about Hurricane Matthew? I believe the message will be: “We are humbled and proud by the resilience and spirit of our community and the leadership of our towns, county, law enforcement and fire and rescue. This is the best place to live, work and play.”
Jean Beck is the executive vice president of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors.