The boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.
About 85 percent of the coastal properties in Ocean City, Md. are owned by people who don't live on the coast.
That means phones have been ringing off the hook at local realty companies for the past 48 hours, as folks across the bridge worry about what Hurricane Sandy could do to their beloved beach houses.
Bud Church owns a Coldwell Banker branch on 78th Street in Ocean City. He, like many realtors in town, is rolling up his sleeves to help folks from out of town get ready for the storm.
"We've been in and out of units all day," he says. "Having been through several hundred storms, I'm not real excited about this one."
The one thing that will help Ocean City property owners is the massive sand dune system created by the federally funded beach replenishment program, which has saved billions of dollars in potential property damage from storms like Sandy in the past few decades.