REPORT: REALTORS® Help Fire Victims Find Shelter
Colorado REALTORS® and disaster relief organizations worked swiftly in the early hours of the disaster to find housing for those displaced by the fire. REALTORS® Amanda DiVito Parle and Shannon Schliep launched the Marshall Fire Housing Needs and Availability Facebook page. Knowing that Boulder’s real estate inventory only had less than 2,000 homes and rental units available, they knew they needed to act fast: “I think initially you’re going to see rents skyrocket and that’s just short-term rents,” DiVito Parle said. “I think you’re just going to see a real desperation on the part of homebuyers.”
Boulder REALTOR® and CAR Spokesperson Kelly Moye agrees, “Immediately, what this is doing is putting a really big strain on a very low inventory market. There are about 1,000 families who need housing… We already had a really tight rental market; it is ridiculous now.”
The Home Builders Association and Apartment Association are also working to put people back in housing. Amy McDermott, the CAR Foundations Executive Director, said, “Everything is mobilizing quite quickly, which is fantastic.” The CAR Foundation is raising money to be distributed to housing-related relief funds.