First, I hope everyone is okay after Sally! It has been heartwarming seeing the community pull together, but that's what we always do after disaster strikes. As a licensed Realtor, I took an oath to protect and serve. The Tonya Zimmern Team takes this commitment very seriously. If you need help with ANYTHING at all, please let me know! If your home or property has been damaged and you need recommendations on contractors or handymen you can trust, let me know too! We are here for you! Check out the images below for some tips on hiring contractors and a list of professionals I can personally vouch for below those.
To stay up to date, I would encourage you all to follow the BeReadyEscambia Facebook and Twitter social media pages for the latest Hurricane Sally information. For those in Santa Rosa county, visit the official Santa Rosa county Civic Alerts page or the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management page on Facebook.
Here is a list of professionals I personally know and trust. If you have a need beyond what these hardworking and trustworthy individuals offer, please contact us and we can help get you in the right hands. Contact us
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The American Red Cross is offering direct financial assistance to people whose homes were destroyed or sustained major damage. You can call 1-800-RedCross, and then select option 4. If you need food or water in Escambia, you can click here for a list of distribution sties, while the Santa Rosa distribution sites can be found here. If your business has been negatively impacted, here is the Florida Small Business Emergency Loans webpage.
Want information on how you can help? Here's Volunteer Florida's Hurricane Sally page, which is a matchmaker of sorts for people wanting to volunteer and organizations with their feet on the ground. To donate to The American Red Cross and help victims of Hurricane Sally, the web address is redcross.org/donate/hurricanes-sally-and-laura-donations.html. The United Way of West Florida is taking donations at uwwf.org/850RELIEF or text 850RELIEF to 41444.
Is there anything we can do for you? Are there specific concerns you have about our local economy, real estate or otherwise, that you would like information on? Are you unsure how Hurricane Sally and the subsequent damage is going to affect your home's value for the foreseeable future? Are you out of state and you need something checked with your investment property? Let us know what you need, and what we can do to help. The Tonya Zimmern Team is here for this community in the same way this community has always been here for us.
While some areas have had severe damage from Hurricane Sally, the clean up and restoration efforts underway have been both expansive and impressive. As you saw above, there's food programs in place, as well as financial aid initiatives for those in need. I really want to know though, what would YOU like to know? Regardless if it is about real estate, if you have any questions or concerns about the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, reach out anytime. My phone number is 850-293-9959, my email is Tonya@TonyaZimmern.com and my website is TonyaZimmern.com. Reach out in whatever way is the most convenient for you.
Hurricane Sally definitely has made our low inventory even more pronounced however. That means that local demand for homes, which was already high, is surging right now. That is huge news for anyone who has been thinking of selling their house. If you'd like a home valuation for your property, or if you have any questions about selling your home now or in the future, don't hesitate to contact me anytime, day or night.
Luckily, at least on a national and a state level, both the country and Florida's real estate recovery is coming along amazingly, and is regularly exceeding expectations in a variety of factors. In fact, in a bit of news which is definitely going to impact us positively here, according to the National Association of Home Builders and their Housing Market Index, builder confidence in their ability to sell single family homes to American families is at a 35 year high! As you can see, confidence is up all across the nation, with The South jumping 8 points up to 79. This means that our region has the second highest confidence levels in the nation.
If you are needing to buy but have been stressed by the lack of inventory, things are steadily improving. If you have been thinking of selling, you could not ask for a better time than right now.
I have some really great videos over on my blog page for anyone interested in learning more about the current market place, you can check those out here: tinyurl.com/TZTVIDEOS
Of course, you can always visit my blog itself at tinyurl.com/TZTBLOG, look for a new home or get a virtual home estimate at TonyaZimmernTeam.com and get all sorts of great local info, as well as the online version of this newsletter, at TonyaZimmern.com
If you have questions, we have answers, so please, I know I keep saying it, but feel free to reach out to myself, or anyone on my team, anytime.