Reba Shelander’s home is one of many that was stripped to the studs after Harvey. Shelander is planning to sell her home as is.
Shelander, and her daughter Donna Glach grew up in the Rose City home.
The house flooded during Harvey and Hurricane Ike. Glach says it’s not worth rebuilding a third time.
"It's heartbreaking, it really is, but my mom's 85-years-old and she's ill so there's no need to rebuild it," Glach said.
Glach says her great-grandparents managed a nursery near the home.
“It's heart-wrenching for even her to think about [selling] it, she's broken down and cried several times," Glach said.
Other homeowners are facing the decision to rebuild or leave their homes behind.
Charlie Hallmark with Pat Holmes Real Estate says each homeowner faces a different challenge in selling a home.
"The biggest problem is if they have a mortgage if they have one they will have to work with their lender…so you can’t just sell your house if you want to if you have a loan on it,” Hallmark said.
“Now if your house is free and clear and it's paid for, you certainly can feel free to negotiate whatever terms you can and move on with your life," Hallmark said.
Hallmark describes it as a stressed sale situation.
“Certainly the value is going to drop incredibly…I mean you’re not going to get market value for your house obviously, but the thing is that most people if they walk away from it, and they’ve worked with their insurance, a lot of them will take those proceeds, put it in their back pocket, get what they can, move down the road and buy a house already put back together,” Hallmark said.
Shelander has moved into Glach’s Lumberton home. Moving away from their old house will be tough.
“it will be tough for me to say goodbye,” Glach said.