First new business after the fire: Indian Head Properties

      “We’ve been really chaotic,” reported Cassie Barr of her new small business Indian Head Homes. Her new affiliate and extended-time friend Alicia Hammerich sits beside her and nods in arrangement. Hammerich just obtained her license this thirty day period. The two women, both extended-time Greenville citizens who are about to develop into empty nesters, are excited to do their part of the Greenville rebuild and repopulating efforts.

     The women sit across from each and every other at the trailer’s table with their laptops and phones dinging absent with notifications of men and women needing to converse with them.

     The women have their expertise and awareness of the place and the families who lived in this article on their facet. Indian Head Attributes, named soon after the valley’s landmark mountain ridge, is the 1st new company to open up considering the fact that the Dixie Fire took the town on August 5.


     That busyness Barr speaks of has largely to do with the present attributes still left in Greenville and the sellers—mostly regional retirees—who’ve decided to promote their properties that escaped the fireplace. Retirees have left in the final two months to are living nearer to their youngsters and grandchildren in other areas of the point out and in other states by way of out the place.

     Retirees are also going through the new actuality of canceled fireplace insurance coverage or acquiring to figure out a way to pay back on the California Good Plan which can drive insurance policy selling prices upwards of $4,000 a 12 months, according to Barr—hard to do on a set earnings.

     The housing scarcity in California—and in specific Greenville after the Dixie Fire—is driving the price ranges of present homes upwards, not downwards—even soon after a disaster like the fireplace.

     Who are the purchasers? Neighborhood folks who’ve misplaced their residences in the hearth as well as persons from outside the house of the place (commonly the Bay Area) who are even now wanting for a function-from-house way of life that started underneath the beginnings of the COVID lockdown. According to Indian Head Houses, the median household rate for the typical 3 mattress, 2 lavatory household in Indian Valley is around $350,000. Not lengthy in the past, a rate tag like that would be uncovered in Quincy and Lake Almanor, but not necessarily Greenville until there was acreage. Mount Hough Estates just noticed a selection of properties transforming hands—most over $400,000.


     In the last number of months they’ve bought homes for long-time residents—some who still left throughout evacuation and just in no way arrived again. They’ve offered thoroughly furnished residences.

      Barr has been in the business three many years. She was hunting to make a modify in her everyday living and wanted to be ready to start investing. Initial she worked for an additional genuine estate agent, but she desired to expand into a a business enterprise completely ready to match the requires of today’s Plumas County.

     Hammerich was exhausted of company function and preferred to be in a position to have a retirement someday—a common sentiment for Plumas County people who’ve eked out a living in an economically frustrated region.

     “We continue to keep each individual other focused. It is fun. There’s no negativity and we are reinvesting in our community,” explained Hammerich.


     Before the fire, Hammerich had been thinking of leaving the area subsequent summer season right after her youngest son graduates and heads to the Air Drive. But the fire and the possibility to give again to the put she’s termed dwelling for pretty much 20 years, gave her an additional calling. She’s keeping place and eager to be the other 50 percent of Barr’s crew.

     They understand proper now is a sensitive time for several folks whose homes have burned or whose homes did not melt away.

     “It’s all right to promote. People must know that. There is a stigma right after the fire—but never really feel bad about your everyday living choices. What’s ideal for you and your family (staying or leaving) can support a different household have what’s very best for them,” reported Hammerich.

     Until the cleanup is done in downtown and other spots of Greenville that burned, they are not using up symbolizing the attributes left decimated by the fire. They will be once clean up up has concluded and there isn’t environmental legal responsibility associated with the burned loads.

     “We’re open downtown. We’re happy to be in this article answering queries and pointing people today in direction of what they need—not just real estate,” reported Barr.


     They equipped the new business with probably the only working Web in downtown, a scanner, a printer, a plate of cookies and a fridge comprehensive of drinks. They’ve been attending all the neighborhood conferences they can to stay on top rated of the adjustments happening all all over them so they can far better issue Greenville people and customers in the path they need to have to be in.

     “It’s an exciting chance to be element of the rebuild work,” claimed Hammerich. Their mobile phones are pinging again—more former Greenville inhabitants looking to shift back again to Greenville.