The commercial vacancy rate was the highest the Houston area has seen since 1994, nearing a mind-blowing 19 percent. On top of that, the area was also facing an oil slump and now they are stuck with damages caused by the record-breaking storm. Since Texas has a very relaxed approach to building codes, many of the buildings were not strong enough to withstand all of the rainfall and flooding that hit southeastern Texas.
Commercial mortgages in Texas may see a large loss from the storm, but nothing like residential mortgages. That is because most residential homes do not have insurance that covers flood damage. In fact, it is estimated that around 80 percent of the residential areas that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey does not have insurance coverage for flooding. There many also be a spike in loans to help people recover from these damages.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to only worsen the financial crisis that the Houston area was experiencing before they saw record rainfall from the category 4 storm that brought on massive flooding and causing quite a bit of damage to the area. The single storm that produced a national record of rainfall, could also rock the oil industry even more, causing commercial mortgages in Texas to suffer and require more time to rebuild.
Many are trying to forecast just how bad commercial mortgages in Texas were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. It can take some time to get the exact answer, but some are forecasting that the commercial market will be able to recover and maybe even faster than areas that were hit hard by previous hurricanes. This is very optimistic since the vacancy rate grew an outstanding 14 percent in just 3 years in the Houston area.
Some good news for the area when it comes to commercial mortgages in Texas is the assistance they will be received from local banks and lenders. With the Houston area, already on the radar for many because of the slump they have seen in the real estate market, many banks and lenders are willing to work with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. From allowing waived fees for late payments or even restructuring plans, many businesses will hopefully be able to recover with their help.
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC Private Hard Money Lender
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About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.