Floods and Flooding

The real estate industry needs to adequately outline risk

The real estate industry needs to adequately outline risk

Catherine Rentz’s October 28 article chronicling how $19 billion in Maryland real estate is at risk from rising sea levels is eye-opening not just for the sheer number and value of properties at risk, but for the source of the information: the real estate data firm Zillow.

In high profile markets like Miami and the Outer Banks, real estate giants try hard to squash any notion that sea level rise is a threat to coastal property owners. So it is striking — and commendable — that Zillow has released a series of reports over several years making the risks of coastal flooding available to prospective property owners.

Zillow’s recent report, like many others, focuses on the year...

39°