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Federal Deficit: What $1.1 Trillion Would Buy in Real Estate Transactions

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 10:26 AM

In 2012, the United States racked up a federal deficit of $1.1 trillion, according to the New York Times. This number can be difficult to understand. In fact, most people have a hard time comprehending large amounts of money because they are outside their common experiences. Still, there...

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Romney Forecloses on Big Bird

(46) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 6:40 PM

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During the first presidential debate, Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off on the economy. One of the questions from moderator Jim Lehrer was how the two men would handle the country's federal deficit.

It's an important question that voters will have...

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123 Sesame Street Is Expensive Real Estate in Today's Market

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 12:21 PM

For more than 40 years, the plush-covered denizens of Sesame Street have educated and entertained children. Oscar the Grouch has complained, Bert and Ernie have sung, and Elmo has laughed.

There have been a lot of memories made, and most of those centered on the block's famous building-123 Sesame Street....

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Spike TV's Flip Men: Secrets to Turning a Profit

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 7:07 PM

This weekend Spike TV's "Flip Men" returns to the airwaves for a second season of housing hijinks. Previews are already promising an entertaining season that will include bees, a drug den, and a hoarder's haven.

If viewers are lucky, they'll see TV stars Doug Clark and Mike Baird battle...

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Batman's Crib: The Real Value of Wayne Manor

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 5:09 PM

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Batman ranks among America's most beloved comic book heroes. For more than 70 years the Caped Crusader has battled garish villains in an attempt to avenge the murder of his parents and turn bleak Gotham City into a beacon...

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Barbie's Malibu Real Life Dream House Is Laughably Small in Real Life

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 6:39 PM

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Beach at Grand Mirage-BALI taken by Donald Man, adapted by Movoto

Every couple of years there's a dustup over Barbie's image and how it affects our society. The most recent example is 21-year-old Valeria Lukyanova, whose claim to fame is that she's a real-life...

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How Many LEGOs Would It Take to Build Your House?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 6:14 PM


Lego My House by Movoto

Has your inner child ever dreamed of living in a Lego house? With a little imagination and hard work, building a new room or extending an existing room would be easy -- and most importantly fun. Of course, a home built with millions of brightly colored bricks might not sit well with your HOA. But when has an HOA ever made anything easy?

At the Movoto Real Estate HQ, LEGOs held a special place in our childhood. Boats, airplanes, and cars-we've built them all and tore them apart to rebuild them again. At least once, we've mused about building a real-life Lego house in the vein of James May.

If you haven't heard, in 2009 the British resident (along with a 1,000 volunteers) built a two-story LEGO house as part of "James May's Toy Stories," a BBC show that looked at toys from the past and their modern applications. The garish brick house wasn't to last though. It was torn down after Legoland in Winsor wouldn't take the structure because of exorbitant relocation costs.

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Not all of us have the wherewithal to order truckloads of LEGOs and then Facebook harass friends to construct it. (Talk about a house warming!) So in order to appease our own inner child and our curiosity we tasked the Movoto team with figuring out how many LEGOs it would take to build a median-sized American home.

A LEGO Home: Where House Shoes Are Paramount

Let's get it out of the way for the information starved. A two-story house that is 2,169 square feet -- the median size of a house, according to the Census Bureau-would take 10,079,829 LEGOs to build.

There's a disclaimer here: Our estimate would be for the exterior of the structure, including the roof. So if you have have plans for things like interior walls, you'll be adding more of the plastic blocks to your count. But once you get over ten million LEGOs, what does a few hundred thousand more matter?

A Brick Is a Brick, Unless Size Matters

We came up with this figure by first figuring out the size of a standard eight-peg LEGO in inches. We found an excellent resource on LEGO brick dimensions and with some converting from millimeters to inches we had the size of a LEGO: about .26 x .62 x 1.22 inches. After we figured this out we researched the standard size of a brick in the States: 2 1/4 x 4 x 8 inches. The end result: 359 LEGOs per brick.

From here it's

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TGIF: Revisiting the Homes of Some of ABC's Best Comedies

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 5:49 PM

ABC has been talking about reviving their TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Friday) brand with some new shows: Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and Malibu Country, a new series starring Reba McIntyre. We immediately thought of TGIF's glory days of the past. Where are they now? Where are Uncle Jesse and...

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Hispanic Home Buyers Becoming a Force in Real Estate

(5) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:00 PM

We now know that minorities have become a majority of America's young. More than half of all infants born in the U.S. last year were minorities or multiracial.

How has this trend affected the real estate industry? One way to study this is to create a picture of...

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Presidential Election Years Historically Drive Down Home Gains

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 1:53 PM

Home owners have had a bumpy ride during the last eight years, just like the rest of the country. As things are settling in the housing market, Movoto decided to see how housing numbers may be impacted by this year's presidential election.

It's a mixed bag.

Using historical...

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Facebook IPO Could Create at Least $1 Billion in Property Value

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 12:02 PM

The Bay Area real estate market might be in a mini housing bubble that's being fueled by Facebook's IPO.



This week the social media giant is expected to open its doors to the general public. Overnight, Facebook will become a publicly traded company and a...

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What Would the White House Cost if it Were in Your Backyard?

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Last week, Movoto asked The Koitz Group to estimate the value of the White House. The boutique real estate firm came back with a list price of somewhere between $110 and $115 million -- just for the building and its 132 rooms. This didn't include any of the...

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What's the Going Price on the White House?

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:12 PM

Like it or not, the election season is here. Along with heated debates and campaign promises, the politically savvy will start tossing around a tried and true adage: The White House is for sale. This got us thinking: What would the executive mansion in the heart of Washington...

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