FLORIDA — It’s raining.
A few inches.
And a house.
A hurricane is coming.
But not all Florida realtors are ready to take the risk.
“I haven’t really looked at a house in three weeks,” said Lisa Dombrowski, an associate broker in Fort Lauderdale.
“I think that’s really all that is driving me.”
Domboldski is just one of the more than 3,000 Florida real-estate brokers surveyed by CNNMoney this week who are asking themselves, “Will I need to buy now?”
And they’re not sure they want to.
Florida realtor Joe Domboldt has seen more than 400 homes foreclosed and lost value since Hurricane Irma hit.
He said that’s a lot of homes that could be bought again.
“It’s not as bad as you think it is,” Dombaldt said.
“If you’re looking for a home that’s going to sell and you’re not worried about it selling for a profit, you’re doing the right thing.”
Florida realtoring has a really good reputation.
It’s very easy to find a house, it’s really easy to get a job and it’s hard to find bad property, Dombauldt said, adding that the state has a “very good job market.”
Dombalds has not heard from buyers in the days since Irma hit the Florida Keys, but he’s not too worried.
The hurricane has knocked out power and disrupted the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
But Domband said he’s still seeing buyers willing to pay a premium for a property that is being foreclosed on.
“If you want a house that is a rental, if you want it to be a house on the market, then you can’t be turned down,” Doboldt said of a buyer’s hesitancy to take a risk on a home.
“But if you don’t have a mortgage, if the house is a one-bedroom or two-bedroom, you might be able to get that house and put your money where your mouth is.”
A lot of them are willing to wait, and a lot are not,” he added.
Florida realtor and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is also not too concerned about the hurricane.”
They’re not renting. “
They’re buying houses.
They’re not renting.
They don’t want to sell.”
But he added that some people are taking advantage of the situation to sell.
“The owners that are making the big bucks are not the ones who are the most prepared, he said.
But many realtORS say they’re prepared, and they’re saying that they’re ready to do the job.”
The house is the first asset that you’re going to get.
So you want to be ready,” Domingoski said.
If you need help with a property, visit the National Association of Realtors website.
“Most of them don’t understand the market. “
There’s a ton of people out there that are very willing to help,” said Joe Riggs, president of the NAR.
“Most of them don’t understand the market.
They may have no idea that they are getting into a situation where they’re taking a chance on something that’s not necessarily the best investment.”