No doubt about it — 2020 has changed everything in America — even our home buying habits.
Forget, "A man's home is his castle." In today's pre-apocalyptic climate, it's more like, "A man's home is his bunker."
A new report by ISoldMyHouse.com claims:
Buyers' searches for "homes with bunkers" are up 300 percent!
What's more, they say that fears of growing civil unrest, even civil war, seem to be driving the trend.
"... we found that two thirds (64%) would consider putting an offer on a house with its own safe room, as almost half (49%) think that there may be the potential for violent unrest in the U.S."
Florida and Arizona top the list of paranoid house hunters, followed by Nevada, California, Ohio, Texas, Idaho, Washington, and Minnesota.
"… in fact one third (30%) of Floridians shared that if they were to move to a new house in the next month, they would rather do so with a safety survival spot easily accessible in the home."
"When asked why a home with a bunker was important to them now, almost half (47%) cited civil unrest, violent protests, outrage and uncertainty of the upcoming election as the main reason behind the search."
Searches for homes with pools (up 45%) and home gyms (up 29%) were also steeply on the rise.
Only makes sense, right? If you're gonna be stuck in a bunker for the coming apocalypse, you're gonna wanna stay in shape for the impending battle.
"This year has taken its toll on a lot of people – a global pandemic, riots and protests; the election – it's no wonder Americans want to feel safer in their own homes. … If this trend continues, sellers may want to consider investing in adding a bunker or panic room to help get their house off the market faster or above asking price – there's clearly more demand for the feature than ever before!" - Kris Lippi, Owner of ISoldMyHouse.com