Mudslides, Earthquakes, and Fires Oh My!

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Real Estate Agent with Donna Homes, PLR 0480809

Mudslides, Earthquakes, and Fires oh my... who would want to live in CA with all this going on?

Every few months, there something going on with California.  There's a mudslide season, there's fire season, and earthquakes can happen at any time.  What season has no issues?

Is it issues like this can help increase everyone's insurance premiums?  If multi-million dollar homes are burning down in flames, and there are several of them, do the insurance companies make up that money on premiums for everyone else across the country?

It's probably not legal to have increases like that, but there is nothing illegal about having "cost of doing business" price increases.

Why do people continue to live in areas that have constant tragedy?  What do these people get out of it?

Just a little rant since the news keeps talking about these fires.  I have the same thoughts when hurricanes, year after year, attack Florida and people choose not to move...

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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
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Donna,

Good question. It reminds me of the celebrities who whine about their "privacy" but go to the most popular restaurants and stores in town just so they can be seen. Then you have Ricky Martin doing karate kicks & push-ups on the beach!

They all just want to be part of something popular so they can feel important. California isn't all that if you ask me. The weather is gorgeous but all the issues you've mentioned just make it NOT worth it!

Nov 17, 2008 12:50 PM #1
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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Donna - I don't get it, either.  However, I guess people have their reasons - Maybe they think: "It can't happen to me"...?   :)

Nov 17, 2008 12:52 PM #2
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Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
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Hey, Donna. That is a good question. I still don't understand why people continue to place themselves in harms way. Thanks, Jim

Nov 17, 2008 12:58 PM #3
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Pat Whitehouse
RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va - Lynchburg, VA
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Hi Donna-I don't personally live there and it is hard to imagine that happening year and year out. It would be extremely difficult to go thru that, time and time again. I don't know that I could do it, but then again I don't know what any of those areas are like to live in the rest of the time. I do have a AR friend that lives in San Diego and he has experienced it first hand. I can't speak for him but I'd say the reason they do is they love living there, in spite of Mother Nature disasters. Think about it, does where you live have nasty weather. I know Texas does get Hurricanes.(I'm thinking of Ike and Katerina) I don't know that they do in the part that you live in but if they do. Would you think about moving if it happened there more than once? Just know that question isn't a criticism of your blog. It's just a observation to your ?

I'm sure you love where you live, otherwise you wouldn't be there, just the same way it is for folks in Ca, Fla., New Orleans, Kansas and Northern NY-Buffalo/Syracuse area(with their dreadful winters that last for 6 mo and have 110" in a week sometimes). Not to mention, if nobody lived in any state where there was so many natural disasters, they'd have to move somewhere and wouldn't that hurt that area's economy maybe even worse than the natural disasters, not to mention the overcrowding of the areas where all those people moved to. Just my thoughts and 2 cents worth. Nothing more and nothing less. :-)  

Nov 17, 2008 01:06 PM #4
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Dona Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers - Saint Joseph, MO
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Donna, I never understood why people live in Ca., but then the weather is so great year round.  The midwest has tornados and terrible ice storms occassional, the gulf areas have hurricanes.  We must all be prepared in case of emergency to act on our organized plan, where ever we call "home"

Nov 17, 2008 01:10 PM #5
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, PLR - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Greg, I don't even think the weather is all that. It'll be nice during the day and freezing when you go out at night.  I like more consistancy in my weather.

Debi, Too many thinking that, and they're going to regret it one day.

Jim, Me neither.  Boggles my mind!

Pat, Nah, I don't really like where I live, and I don't like where I'm moving too... but no choice.  You make good points.

Dona, True, very true.

Nov 17, 2008 03:15 PM #6
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Greg Nino
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Donna - yeah, you're right! I hate drastic weather shifts like that! You're always "stuck" wearing the wrong damn clothes!

Nov 17, 2008 09:46 PM #7
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Steve Shatsky
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I agree with Pat... there are natural weather related pitfalls many places.  Even here in Dallas there are occassionally tornadoes.  I wonder why people live where there are a seemingly endless string of natural disasters, but then too, I wonder why people do a lot of things! 

Nov 17, 2008 11:18 PM #8
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