If Crime/bankruptcy/Corruption/High Taxes Won’t get You in L.A. and Earthquake Will

Los Angeles has a $10 billion unfunded pension liability.  It is running a deficit, the schools graduated 45% of seniors in June 2017 with a “D” average—bikes are clogging the streets, cops are not allowed to arrest criminals from foreign nations—L.A. is a disaster.  Now we find that even Mother Nature is not friendly to this Lost city.

“Los Angeles ranks third among major cities at greatest risk of losing housing from natural disasters, according to a new report out Thursday.

L.A. trails only Oklahoma City and San Jose on the list covering all natural disasters compiled by Attom Data Solutions, the Irvine-based real estate research firm.

When only the looming threat of earthquakes are considered, L.A. falls among the most at risk along with San Jose, Bakersfield and Seattle.

Attom found that homes are in high demand in many areas of potential danger. Home prices in the top 20 percent of hazard-prone areas have grown twice as fast over the past five years than those in the bottom 20 percent that are at less risk.

Will President Trump be visiting Los Angeles in the next couple of weeks, promising Federal help for the earthquake ravaged city?  Don’t we have enough to worry about without  waiting for earthquakes?

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LA is one of the riskiest places to own a house, report says

Josie Huang, KPCC,  9/21/17

Los Angeles ranks third among major cities at greatest risk of losing housing from natural disasters, according to a new report out Thursday.

L.A. trails only Oklahoma City and San Jose on the list covering all natural disasters compiled by Attom Data Solutions, the Irvine-based real estate research firm.

When only the looming threat of earthquakes are considered, L.A. falls among the most at risk along with San Jose, Bakersfield and Seattle.

Attom found that homes are in high demand in many areas of potential danger. Home prices in the top 20 percent of hazard-prone areas have grown twice as fast over the past five years than those in the bottom 20 percent that are at less risk.

Attom’s Senior Vice President Daren Blomquist said that’s because many high-risk areas tend to be job centers located in picturesque locales.

“Often when you have natural beauty, that does go hand-in-hand with higher natural disaster risk,” Blomquist said. “The mountains comes with higher risk of earthquakes or wildfire.”

Blomquist said home appreciation has weakened in areas prone to flooding like parts of Florida and Louisiana. But the threat of earthquakes has not had a similar effect on prices. Blomquist said major earthquakes don’t happen often, and when they do, people’s memories seem to be short.

“People forget how devastating that can be to their individual home and to the overall market when something like that hits,” Blomquist said.

Homeowners can protect their homes through seismic retrofitting and buying earthquake insurance, although only a minority of homeowners have.

 

 

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