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Ready to sell homes with bunkers? You’d better be- bunker sales up 1000%



On a serious note

The world is on fire. Not literally, but Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis along with uprisings across the Middle East, economic disaster and global warming have some people believing the world is in serious trouble and they should protect themselves and their families. Guns can’t protect anyone from a nuclear disaster or attack, so some are hedging their bets by investing in bunkers.

On a less serious note

Really? Are Realtors prepared to know all there is to know about a bunker when they sell a home with an underground living system? According to a recent report says in the US, sales of bunkers rise up to 1000%. The video above is from famed company Vivos who is building an entire network of bunkers deep underground in Nebraska who post-Japan has seen applications skyrocket 1000% despite their hefty price tag and $5,000 minimum deposit. They will not be sold to individual houses, rather in a connected network, but this points to a trend that hasn’t spiked since the Cold War era.

How to market a home with a bunker

In case the world doesn’t end in 2012, we should be prepared for the homes that have installed bunkers, right? So here are some creative ways to title a blog about listings with bunkers:

  1. The perfect gift for the spouse that has everything- a luxury bunkered man cave
  2. Entomb those you love in style- luxury bunker properties
  3. Luxury bunkers- all the rappers have one
  4. Live out the end of days in luxury- bunker properties
  5. Why go highrise when you can go low?
  6. Like MC Hammer said, you can’t touch this… underground bunker
  7. This ain’t yo grandmama’s bomb shelter – luxury underground bunkers
  8. Underground luxury bunker for your shawty
  9. Luxury bunkers – bling up your end of days
  10. Party like a dictator in your underground bunker
  11. Our favorite:The perfect mother-in-law plan – luxury underground bunkers

Tell us in comments how you would title a creative blog post about a listing with a bunker!

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  1. MH for Movoto

    March 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve gotta say i think this is pretty amusing. I mean, yes, of course bunker sales are up because virtually no normal people have gone bunker-shopping since 1960-something.

    Isn’t the whole point of an all-encompassing apocalyptic disaster that you can’t prepare and you can’t prevent it? We in NorCal are totally primed for a little earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown of our own, but we’re not letting it mess with our Zen.

  2. Amanda Durbin Hall via Facebook

    March 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Luxury bunkers no less!!’

  3. Amanda Durbin Hall via Facebook

    March 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Luxury bunkers no less!!’

  4. Mike C

    March 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    The new realtor® designation for bunker sales: B.O.M.B. ;P

  5. Paula Henry

    March 24, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Kinda scary! On the fun side, me thinks some male heads of household have invented this idea as a way to enjoy their “luxury bunker man cave”, whilst offering family protection. Time to assess the BOMB designation.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?



Looking at the bigger picture

(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.



aging housing inventory

aging housing inventory

The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.



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zillow move

Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub,, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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