On Thursday morning, real estate agents on the east coast woke up to flooded properties and limited transportation thanks to record rainfall caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
Storms hit Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York on Wednesday, dropping nearly 8 inches of rain over Central Park in Manhattan and 8.59 inches in Waldick in Bergen County, New Jersey. In total, at least 27 people were killed in the storms, which resulted in thousands of rescue missions and millions of dollars in damage to homes and vehicles.
“The main problem is transportation, because a lot of trains just don’t run at all,” New York-based agent Matt Ziegler of the Oxford Properties Group wrote to Inman.
For Ziegler, the metro is the main way to get to sessions and appointments during the day.
“I’ve already had a lot of canceled appointments today from clients coming from outside of Manhattan as well,” he continued.
Beyond limited mobility, Ziegler also faces the wake of open windows.
âSome unoccupied apartments in a building I work with had the windows open and suffered water damage on the floors,â he explained.
Ari Meridy, an agent for Brown Harris Stevens, said the backyard of a new rental he represents in Midtown Manhattan was under a foot of water this morning. Some of the water entered through the windows and damaged the floors.
âFortunately my drain has been running overtime and it’s completely drained,â he wrote to Inman earlier today.
But it didn’t drain without leaving a mess. Meridy told Inman that some repairs will need to be done on the rear facade and the floor inside.
In southern New Jersey, Nancy Kowalik of the Nancy Kowalik Real Estate Group, told Inman that neighborhoods in the Mullica Hill area were destroyed not only by heavy rains, but also by a tornado that hit the ground.
âPeople have told me that they saw cows going up, like something from the Wizard of Oz,â she said.
There are communities, she continued, where houses have been destroyed and some completely swept away.
For Kowalik, she was fortunate to share that none of the properties her brokerage house represents was seriously damaged. However, backyard damage will delay some of its announcements.
Sage Blinderman clients weren’t so lucky.
Blinderman, an agent for Coldwell Banker in northern New Jersey, and told Inman that last night two of his clients were affected by the storm.
One of them, she explained, was leaving the house they were selling when the flash floods started. The truck with the furniture got stuck in the street and the customer was forced to stay in the empty house overnight.
Another Blinderman client was due to close next week, but his basement was flooded.
âThe basement had inches of water because the pipes burst,â Blinderman said. “Water was coming out of the basement sink like a river, a waterfall.”
She told Inman that repairers in the area are so overwhelmed with requests that she has yet to be called back.
âBecause it’s happened all over New Jersey, all the businesses are completely overwhelmed,â she explained. âNormally, if I have a problem with a basement and water, I can call someone and it will be finished in an hour. “
In Mullica Hill, New Jersey, Kowalik told Inman that not only will storm damage impact inventory available to potential buyers, but displaced homeowners now need housing to rent.
“The phone rang this morning with people asking ‘do you have any salespeople who can hire,’ she said.
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