This is What Buster Olney’s Prediction for the 2014 MLB Season Looks Like in Real Estate

Ah, the start of the Major League Baseball season. A time where the grass looks greener. The hot dogs are a bit tastier. And hope springs eternal.

At Coldwell Banker Real Estate we’re excited about baseball as well because it’s one of the best sports that connects directly to home. Home plate. Home run. Home field. Home team. There’s a yard. You can go yard. Landscaping is ridiculously important. I mean the list goes on and on.

But this year we have a partnership with MLB.com where we’ll be producing some pretty amazing video content with Major League Baseball players in the coming months, but before the season got too far along we wanted to see how some were predicting the baseball season to play out. One of my favorite baseball analysts is Buster Olney with ESPN and every year he lays out his predictions as to which teams will make the playoffs. Instead of just looking at team logos and rosters, what if we looked at Buster Olney’s predictions as far as how it looks based on the most expensive homes on coldwellbanker.com in each market? Here’s how it would look.

American League East Champ: Boston Red Sox ($6.1 million)

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American League Central Champ: Detroit Tigers ($1.475 million)

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American League West Champ: Anaheim Angels ($929,000)

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American League Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays ($2.4 million)

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American League Wild Card: Kansas City Royals ($317,000)

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National League East Champ: Atlanta Braves ($48 million)

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National League Central Champ: St. Louis Cardinals ($3.95 million)

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National League West Champ: Arizona Diamondbacks 

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National League Wild Card: Washington Nationals

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National League Wild Card: Los Angeles Dodgers

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And there you have it. Personally, I think Buster may be a little off with his prediction as he has the Cardinals and Rays squaring off in the World Series with the Cardinals coming out on top. According to the most expensive homes in the market I think Arizona is the team to beat.

 

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Real Estate Headlines for the Week of the MLB All Star Game

Ah the Mid-Summer Classic is upon us. The unofficial halfway point of the baseball season also ushers in what’s usually some of the hottest days of the year and the slowest days in sports. But before you choose to settle in or completely ignore the Major League Baseball All Star Game, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

How hot is the real estate market? Here’s an example of a 30% overbid on a home for sale.

Gen Rent? Try Gen Own. New report from National Association of Realtors shows younger generations are more likely to buy a home.

Trendy homes on tiny lots is the latest craze to hit the streets of Los Angeles.

Yahoo Finance explains how to buy a home for $15,000. Excuse me while I go memorize this article…

Foreclosures are at the lowest level in 7 years.

Would you invest $100,000 in renovations for a home…you rent?

TheBillfold has a really interesting first-hand account of what it’s like to buy a house with your boyfriend in the current real estate market.

How would you like to own a home that is partially buried…on purpose?

And finally Casa Sugar has some ideas on how to still use your fireplace as a design focal point even in the summer months.

The Perfect Home for MLB Opening Day

Welcome to baseball season. Sure March Madness has its Final Four still to come and the NBA is winding down its regular season, but this time of year is special for baseball. The Major League Baseball season has begun. Stadium across the country today are filled with hope and wonder as every team starts their season with the goal of winning a championship. While the outfield grass is trimmed and watered, as homeowners we’re doing much of the same as we’re prepping our lawns for mowing.

Baseball is the American pastime and holds a special place in our hearts. And a monumental occasion, like MLB Opening Day, deserve a perfect place to enjoy it. So I set out to find the perfect home for baseball’s opening day. You’ll never guess where I found it…Woodway, WA. Continue reading

Homes for the 2012 MLB Playoffs

Ah, playoff baseball. A crisp in the night air and you break out your team hoodie or blanket as you head to the ballpark excited with anticipation for what the evening may hold. Or, as most of us will do, we’ll settle into our favorite seat on the couch with bag of chips in hand and enjoy the fall classic from the comfort of our homes.

I’ve mentioned before how home and baseball are intertwined in both their history and metaphors, but with the playoffs now in full swing we wanted to take a look at what homes might be a good fit for those prepping for the playoff race.

Turns out we found 17 different homes on coldwellbanker.com that feature a batting cage either inside the home or in the backyard. How awesome would an indoor batting cage be for your future All Star? Forget the kids, how awesome would it be for the adults?

I’m not sure if Robinson Cano, Joey Votto or Matt Holliday even have one in their home. Speaking of Matt Holliday of the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, he might want to check out this batting cage home in Frontenac, MO which isn’t too far from St. Louis. In addition to a batting cage, the home has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a game room and space for him to put a trophy room together in case the Cards repeat.
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Baseball is truly our national pastime and you can see that in the fact that of the 17 different homes with batting cages they are located in 13 different states. While your favorite team may not be in the playoffs, I’m sure you’ll find yourself checking the scores this October and during those commercial breaks head on over to coldwellbanker.com to see the batting cage homes and search for whatever baseball-inspired addition you’re dreaming about using our keyword search.

Home for MLB Opening Day

Get ready for baseball in your hometown

The opening day of the Major League Baseball season is upon us and to me there’s no sport that better relates to home than baseball. Think about it. Home is an essential part of the baseball vernacular. You’ve got home plate, home run, “root, root, root for the home team” is part of the infamous song Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and then there’s the insider vocabulary like “he covers a lot of real estate out in center.”

Not only that, but baseball is a game that for me brings back memories of home. Playing home run derby with the neighborhood kids or wiffle ball in the backyard or the Little League parade down the main street in your neighborhood are all memories of the home where I grew up and still resonate today with my own family.

Baseball also appears to be a marketable element in some homes for sale on coldwellbanker.com. 313 homes currently have “baseball” in the property description and 19 currently offer a “batting cage” as an amenity. In fact one property in Wichita, KS even offers a full baseball field with bases and an official pitcher’s mound to go along with a separate batting cage area for practice. Now there’s a lover of the American pastime.

It makes no difference who your team is. You may love the Bronx Bombers, the Chicago Cubs, the Anaheim Angels or even my struggling New York Mets, but the feeling is the same for all baseball fans. We’re happy to have the game we love back in action and we’re all planning how we can get to an upcoming home game.

So regardless of where you call home, I hope you’ll have some time today or this weekend to enjoy the game that always applauds when someone comes home.

Play ball.