Homes up for sale in Meyerland post Hurricane Harvey

Monday, September 25, 2017
Homes up for sale in Meyerland post Hurricane Harvey
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Homes up for sale in Meyerland post Hurricane Harvey.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Kia McQueen remembers the day Hurricane Harvey hit her Meyerland home. She and her 11-month-old daughter, Olive, were asleep. Her wife woke them up.

"The water was already rushing into the house," said McQueen. "I'm just stepping out of the bed into water."

In the darkness of night, the McQueens scrambled to get out.

"There's no greater fear than having to put a life jacket on your child at 5:00 in the morning and having to wade through the water," said McQueen.

Almost a month later, the water is gone. Now, debris lines the streets. With homes turned inside out, Meyerland has turned into a ghost town.

According to officials, 80 percent of the homes in Meyerland flooded -- some for the third time since 2015.

"I've seen anger and frustration and just overwhelming confusion," said realtor Brena Moglovekin.

Realtors Brena Moglovekin and Terry Cominsky work in the Meyerland area. They said it is hard to know what will happen next. Some want to stay. Others want to go.

Moglovekin said those leaving could be taking a hit on their home's value.

"People that want to sell are thinking about what their home was worth before the flood and that's hard to come to the reality perhaps of what it's worth today," said Moglovekin.

Since Harvey, there are 20 more for sale signs up in Meyerland. Five sales are pending. According to HAR, on average there would usually be 15 homes for sale with two sales pending. HAR said it is far too early to know what will happen with home values or the market in Meyerland after Harvey.

Moglovekin and Cominsky said many homeowners are waiting on their insurance to decide what they will do next.

The McQueens have already made their decision.

"I can't get that out of my head right now, just this insane fear that this is going to happen again," said McQueen.

They put their home on the market, saying their daughter's safety is their number one concern.

Whether people plan to stay or go, rebuilding is something we're all doing together.

"At St. Thomas down the street, there is a sign that says restore, rebuild, restart and we're just keeping that in mind right now," added McQueen.

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