An Update On Recent Disasters

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Recent natural disasters, including the Mexico City earthquake and hurricanes that roared through the Caribbean, have impacted millions of lives. People are displaced, power systems are struggling or down, and water continues to cause problems. Thousands of RE/MAX Affiliates have had their lives disrupted, and unfortunately some have sustained significant damage to their homes or offices. Those in Puerto Rico may be without electricity for months.

Sadly, RE/MAX Sales Associate Gabriela Jaen Pimienta was among the hundreds of people killed in the Mexico City earthquake last week. Other affiliates lost family members as well. Condolences to Gabriela’s family and everyone impacted by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

You can help RE/MAX Affiliates in Central America and the Caribbean by donating to the regional relief fund, here.

RE/MAX Mexico has directed those who want to help to contribute to the Mexican Red Cross.

Scenes from Mexico

Eduardo Moncada, Broker/Owner of  RE/MAX Consulting, helped remove rubble from the building where Pimienta was trapped. He shared these pictures he took while participating in efforts to clear the wreckage.

Photo from Eduardo Moncada, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Consulting.
Photo from Eduardo Moncada, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Consulting.
Photo from Eduardo Moncada, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Consulting.

Stories from the Caribbean

“Our offices and our homes are gone. Our team is safe. We must rebuild the office (which is nonexistent; disappeared). 98% of the island infrastructure is gone and must be rebuilt. The situation is difficult as military has arrived and curfew is established due to looting and robbery.”
– Antonio Pomata and Ettore Musolino, RE/MAX Elite, Saint Martin

“Everything is destroyed here in the British Virgin Islands, the hurricane took the country back a decade. All business and offices have been torn apart and at least 7 are dead.”
-Rico Garcia, RE/MAX Best Priced Properties, British Virgin Islands

“During my 22 years with RE/MAX, I have never seen devastation like this in the Caribbean; these were no ordinary hurricanes, and they hit very sensitive places. It will take years for some of these markets to go back to normal. This is the time to show solidarity with our RE/MAX family.”
– Ricardo Cardenas, Regional Director & Co-Owner of RE/MAX Caribbean and Central America

“Hurricanes Irma and Maria made direct hit on several of our offices in the Caribbean. In several islands, it may well be 4-6 months before electricity is fully restored, due to what was already a failing utility infrastructure. 15 out of 71 offices in the Caribbean and Central America Region have been seriously damaged or destroyed, or 21% of the Region.” Just to put that in context, imagine if all the RE/MAX offices were damaged or destroyed in a 10-state area of the USA, or an entire province of Canada.

Many of our Agents have lost not only their offices, but their homes, their personal possessions, and their market – and thus their means of livelihood unless they are willing and able to relocate (at least for the interim and foreseeable future).”

-John D. Turley, CEO & Co-Owner of RE/MAX Caribbean and Central America

Image from Rogelio Ferrer, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Dorado Realty in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
Image from Cheryl Henderson, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Tropical in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Image from the office of Broker Bonnie Dougall of RE/MAX Luxury Properties BVI in the British Virgin Islands.
Image from the office of Broker Bonnie Dougall of RE/MAX Luxury Properties BVI in the British Virgin Islands.
Image from the office of Broker Bonnie Dougall of RE/MAX Luxury Properties BVI in the British Virgin Islands.
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