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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If I lived in a situation that called for it, it makes sense.

Jul 12, 2016 09:39 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Ha -  they'll only use them if they have wi-fi   We all have basements up here and still they never really get used in an emergency as people tend to want to watch the storms!

Jul 12, 2016 09:15 AM
Carol Cross
Cross Country Realty - Grand Junction, CO
Homes in Western Colorado

David, I live in Western Colorado and we would not have much need for a storm room. I see it as a useful storage room for can goods and canning supplies. But I am sure where you are from this is not old school but maybe a necessity.

Jul 12, 2016 04:33 PM
Toronto, ON

We rarely get major storms in the Toronto area.  The last time we had major damage from a hurricane was in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel struck.  The odd time a tornado hits a very localized location.  I don't know anyone who has a "storm room" in Ontario.

Jul 12, 2016 03:36 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

In my market that is called a basement.

Jul 12, 2016 11:03 AM
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Up here in Toronto, we don't need to hide from storms...although there have been tornados once or twice a year, here and there.  Lol, we're likely to go outside to watch them...and say to ourselves, Wow, those are real!  Outside isn't where we are supposed to be around tornados, but humans are as curious as cats....

Jul 12, 2016 10:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I agree, David.  It's like a generator (or insurance for that matter).  You may never need them but feel better knowing you have it!  

Jul 12, 2016 09:47 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm in PA and we don't really need them

Jul 12, 2016 09:39 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Just makes good sense to me that if you live in an area that is storm prone, or constant weather pattern changes ... to have a storm room or we call it a Fall-out Shelter.  Not old school, just smart!

Jul 12, 2016 09:26 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Isn't that kind of standard in Nebraska & OK? I think it was worse when I was a kid here in the Midwest. I've only run for cover with the dog once in the last 5 years I would say.

Some people still have cellars here in the older homes.

Jul 12, 2016 09:10 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

David Landau I agree, storms seem to be getting more severe all the time.

Jul 12, 2016 09:09 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

David Landau - I am even North of CT - though did not find a real need for a 'Storm Room'....

Jul 13, 2016 03:43 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

You may be old school, but we have definately had an increase in storms around the world.

Jul 13, 2016 12:46 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've wanted a walk-in fridge on some of the summer nights here.  One I could put my bed in.


Other than that, sounds too much like a panic room/safe room to me.  Granted I'm building one of those...

Jul 13, 2016 04:47 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

When I lived in upstate NY it was never a necessity. Perhaps if it was closer to the coast, I might change my mind.

Jul 13, 2016 02:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

While I'm not in the Northeast, I have no problem with being "old school" as part of your modus operandi.  

Jul 13, 2016 01:27 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Florida.  Hurricanes.

Interior hallway or MBR closet is the safe room.

We have a supply of food, water, gas lamps, propane stove, etc.   I have seen power out for two weeks.   Stores emptied.  Roads blocked with fallen trees. 

Be prepared!

Jul 13, 2016 12:20 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It depends where you live in the northeast. I grew up in Buffalo which had a lot of snow. I could see it closer to the ocean.

Jul 12, 2016 11:49 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

It would not be a necessity for me! It is fun to sit on the deck with a cocktail and watch the occasional storm blow by!

Jul 12, 2016 11:37 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

what's a storm room?? I'm in MA and I've never heard of that....

Jul 12, 2016 11:36 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

We have not had a need for it in New England (excep for Ocean front) however many new contruction homes are adding them as an option. 

Jul 12, 2016 11:13 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

In Florida, it wouldn't matter - if a hurricane wants to get us, it will :)

Jul 12, 2016 11:00 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

A storm room should be a necessity on the entire East Coast as well as many other areas!

Jul 12, 2016 10:35 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We do not see storm rooms in our area. However, many homes do have basements.

Jul 12, 2016 10:02 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Are those the only two choices??!!   I'm going with "neither"...

Jul 12, 2016 10:01 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We can put underground shelters in garages in Oklahoma City for as little as $2200. It is an add on like granite counters that enhance the home.

Jul 12, 2016 09:55 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not really... and how would one do this when one lives in coops or condos in a big city? 

Jul 12, 2016 09:02 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

When I use to live in the Midwest we called that a basement. Now a basement isn't a common feature in my area, but I do have one. I like that sense of security. 

Jul 12, 2016 02:09 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

In the entire time I've been in DC, I've only grabbed the dog and headed for the basement once during a wind storm with a tornado alert.  Most of our storms involve heavy rains.  

Jul 12, 2016 01:37 PM
Steve Snyder
Private-Money-Loan.com - Los Angeles, CA
310-948-8585 |100% LTV | Stated | Private Money

Makes sense. Seems like weather is getting more violent with warmer temperatures. It might be a fad to come soon.

Jul 12, 2016 01:13 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I live in Tennessee and we have bad storms too but I do not feel the need for a storm room. If a bad storm comes I guess I would go seek safety under the staircase.

Jul 12, 2016 12:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It makes sense if it is needed.

Jul 12, 2016 12:10 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

If I lived in Midwest or Texas Panhandle, where my brother lives, yes I would have a 'storm room' but here in western PA a 'storm room' won't be much help in a snow storm.  Food, wine and wood for fireplace that's my storm list.

Jul 12, 2016 12:05 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We have basements here for that, though I seldom use mine, I have however survived 3 tornados in my younger days while hanging out in the basement.

Jul 12, 2016 11:25 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

While I would not insist on it a storm room would certainly give me good piece of mind.

Jul 12, 2016 10:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It can also be used for safe room in case of intruders / home invasion, as well as stack for MRE's and distilled water, etc. Storms shelters are a good idea, although i don't know what value an appraiser would give for one.

Jul 12, 2016 10:51 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I would not own a home without one

Jul 12, 2016 10:35 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

When I grew up in New England (CT), there were basements, but they were not Storm Rooms, and I've never seen one, or it was not called that.  I'm thinking in other states like KS, OK, etc. they definitely need Storm Rooms, because they could save lives David Landau - I don't think of them as 'old school' for certain areas at all.

Jul 12, 2016 10:31 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree

Jul 12, 2016 10:20 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Go back to storm shelter, the basement. or Fall out shelter/

Jul 12, 2016 09:48 AM