Carr Fire property owners decide to sell their lots and not rebuild


    To sell or not to sell is what many property owners affected by the Carr Fire are trying to decide on their vacant lots in Redding and Shasta County.

    To sell or not to sell is what many property owners affected by the Carr Fire are trying to decide on their vacant lots in Redding and Shasta County.

    "The ones I've seen that have come on the service there's probably been about 15 to 20 that I've seen so far," said Redding realtor Robbie Middleton.

    He said he noticed people may choose not to rebuild but instead to sell their lots.

    "Some just didn't want to wait to go through the process of rebuilding their home," Middleton said.

    Currently, in the city, there are seven active listings on the market, 10 pending in Redding and 16 that are already sold.

    "Which is significantly more than the county. The county has seven active, two pending and two that have sold," said Realtor Tanya Mewhirter from the House of Realty.

    Mewhirter said some decided not to rebuild for a list of reasons.

    "I have two clients who lost their homes in the fire. One was in the county and one was in the city and both of them came to me in the beginning and said 'I want to rebuild,'" said Mewhirter. "They went back to their properties to see the way things looked. It was totally different and it was tough for them, so ultimately both of my clients decided to repurchase them [and] sell their lots."

    Ronald and Rita Madewell from the city of Shasta said they decided not to move back to their property.

    "Our property that burned down has been cleaned off. We're still in the process of getting the septic system working again," Ronald said.

    Ronald explained him and his wife will not live on that property because of safety concerns since the fire, the emotional hardship of revisiting the property, and other reasons like how quickly they can get into another home.

    "It would take longer to rebuild there than to rebuild on another lot in development in Redding. We'll be in our new house in probably May, it will be finished. If we rebuild on that lot, we're still probably looking at a year out," said Ronald.

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