Gulf Coast real estate one year after Katrina

Home-price increases not uncommon in hurricane-hit areas, realty pros say

Jon Ritten, president and broker for Coldwell Banker Coast Delta Realty in Diamondhead, Miss., said he is still haunted by the heavy hum of helicopters, and the utter devastation that left his community in tatters.

“This place truly looked like Beirut. I can still hear those helicopters coming,” he said.