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September 21, 2017

5 Homes Featured With Bomb Shelters (Mind. Blown.)

“This spacious 6192 square foot single family home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, oh and by the way, a bomb shelter too!”

No matter how innocuous a real estate agent might be, featuring a bomb shelter as a selling point can take some finesse and subtly, or ‘spin’ as we like to say in marketing.

With searches on Google currently trending for “bomb shelters near me” we thought we’d take a look at a few properties listed on and compare descriptives, qualifiers, and superlatives, while offering some advice to agents and home sellers on the best way to market your home to both preppers and non-preppers alike!

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September 20, 2017

Which States Are Raising Their Minimum Wage in 2018?

The Economic Policy Institute has great facts and figures on the US minimum wage, currently $7.25, which has not been raised since 2009. Various states have raised minimum wages for their workers, and some are planning to further increase minimum wage in 2018.

We don’t suggest you move for an extra few dollars or cents, but when you’re looking to buy a home, every penny counts! Currently, Washington, D.C. boasts the highest minimum wage at $12.50, with Washington state and Massachusetts coming in tied at $11.00/hr.

In the District of Columbia, someone earning minimum wage would have to work for 30 years (that’s pre-tax) to afford the average cost of a [...]

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September 19, 2017

Where are the Most Scenic Road Trips in the US?

1. Pacific Coast Highway

California’s longest highway tops many of the world’s most scenic highway lists. The 657 miles from California’s northern border down to San Diego offers travelers an outstanding variety of coastal vistas, seaside villages, city views, mountain wilderness, surfer spots, and sunny wine districts.

2. Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. As a favorite of leaf watchers, the magnificent fall views of trees turning attracts tourists & locals alike. At its highest point, you’ll be driving at an altitude of 6,000 feet with fantastic valley [...]

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August 21, 2017

How Many Almonds Would It Take To Buy A Home? (The Answer’s Nutty!)

We know… it’s not easy saving for a home, in fact, it’s somewhat nutty what a down payment can look like with home prices in the most expensive areas today.

Because we *are* a little nutty, and because our partners over at The Nut Job 2 thought it might be cool, we thought it would be great to see how many almonds would be the equivalent of the average U.S. home price, and compare that to other nice things to have – and horrible things to avoid!

We’re not ones to tease, so the actual answer to “how many almond nuts would it take to buy a house?” is over 37,000,000. Yes… that’s 37 MILLION! And that’s a lot of [...]

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August 9, 2017

Nutty Cities

The team went nuts finding several street names and locations that are so nutty, Surly and his friends (from The Nut Job 2) may reconsider relocating to one of these tasty-sounding towns. You may *think* we're nuts, but how about the folks living in Nuttsville, Virginia, or the defenders of Nutter Fort, West Virginia? With almost 20,000 cities, towns and villages in the US, you'd expect a little bit of nuttiness to creep into some of those locations' names.
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April 1, 2017

Are Tiny Homes the Answer?

Trend Expected to Accelerate Given California Real Estate Soaring Costs

With Google engineers living in trucks, tech workers co-habitating in living room pods and other horrific stories driven by real estate shortages and exploding costs of housing in the Bay Area, one unlikely entrepreneur thinks he has the answer.

Rip Fasool: Entrepreneur and Founder of – “Homes for tiny people everywhere.”

“I recognized there was a major disconnect between home values and wages in the San Francisco area,” said Rip Fasool, Founder and CEO of, “so I [...]

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February 3, 2017

Big Game? Tiny Home! The Ultimate in Tailgating.

As an Englishman living in the States, I can equate the fervor of the “Big Game” to a similar big game in the UK, the FA Cup Final, a pinnacle of British football, um soccer.

Given the history of (the real) football as a game for working class folks, and as a public transport-driven culture, it’s rare that any football stadium is too far removed from residential areas, nor too far from a Tube stop (in London) or bus stop anywhere else in the country.

The thought of renting a ‘tiny house’ close to an event stadium to watch the pre-game show on TVs within your tiny home, is therefore somewhat alien to this Brit, until you add in the [...]

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February 8, 2016

Ask The Agent: What Home Features Are Most In Demand When Buying or Selling?


Ask the Experts What home features or amenities do you see most in demand when buying or selling a home?

Have you thought about redoing your kitchen or revamping your master bath? Well, doing so might help your home move even faster on the market. We polled real estate experts across the country to find out what real-life buyers are looking for in their dream homes. Out of the hundreds of responses we received, here are some of the top sought-after features.

Michael Bishop

Coldwell Banker King ThompsonDublin, OHTwitter – @99DayRealtor

“Quiet neighborhood. Good schools and close [...]
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February 5, 2016

Ask The Agent: What to Know When Selling Your House in 2016


Ask the Experts If you have one piece of advice to give folks looking to sell their home in 2016, what would it be?

If you’re thinking about selling your home sooner rather than later, we collected tips and tricks from real estate experts across the country to find out what you should know about today’s housing market. After receiving hundreds of responses, here is some of the best advice we’ve found to help you plan for your real estate future.

Katrina Wilson

Century 21 All IslandsKihei, HITwitter – @LuxuryMauiHomes

“Interview your agent, and pick the one who wants your success [...]
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February 3, 2016

Ask The Agent: What Is Your Best Advice For Folks Looking For A New Home?


Ask the Experts If you have one piece of advice to give folks looking for a new home in your area, in 2016, what would it be?

The real estate market can be difficult to navigate. How can you know if it’s a good time to buy? What should you be looking for in a home? Well, if you’re thinking about buying a home in 2016, check out the great advice that we’ve gathered from real estate agents across the U.S. We asked hundreds of agents what their best advice would be for people looking for a new home, and here are our favorite responses.

Tim Burrell

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February 1, 2016

Ask the Agent: What Will Be the Main Housing Trends in 2016?


Ask the Experts What do you think the general trends will be in the housing market of 2016?

It can be hard to figure out what’s going on with the real estate market. That’s a big part of the reason why real estate professionals are so crucial in a successful real estate transaction. How do you know if now is the time to buy or sell? Well, we decided to ask. Hundreds of experts from around the country responded with advice, tips, and market trends to help you know what to expect from 2016.

Dutch Revenboer

DutchSellsOKC@gmail.comFlat Iron Realty GroupEdmond, [...]

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January 28, 2016

Ask the Agent: Why Will 2016 be a Great Time to Sell a Home?


Ask the Experts Why do you think 2016 will be a great time to sell a home?

Selling your home is a big decision, and there are a lot of considerations to make when deciding whether or not you’re ready. To help you decide if you’re ready for that step, we’ve asked hundreds of agents around the country for their thoughts on what they think will make 2016 a great time to sell. Here are just a few of our favorite answers.

Michael Bishop

Coldwell Banker King Thompson Dublin OH Twitter – @99DayRealtor

“The volume of homes on the market has declined – this means [...]
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