What to Do If the Oil Spill Affects Your Market
Anyone trying to rent or sell a property on the Gulf Coast should keep these issues in mind.
• Don’t panic. The next few months could be difficult, but this too shall pass.
• Be forthright. Address the issues on your Web site and on the Web site for your client’s property. Say something like, “We know you’re concerned about the oil spill; we are too.” Add links to reliable news stories and blogs.
• Take pictures. Date-stamped photos of clean water may reassure would-be buyers and renters.
• Focus on non-beach attractions. Golf courses, shopping, and theaters are important and unaffected assets.
• Be prepared to negotiate. Bad news brings out bargain hunters.
• Document losses. Help sellers by providing a broker’s price opinion to serve as a baseline should property values decline, and pursue compensation from the government or BP.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, June Fletcher (06/03/20