The lighter side of real estate

Welcome to the Movoto Blog

We’re glad you’re here. We strive to create unique, and most importantly, fun real estate related stories. From quirky real estate trends to calculating the cost of famous imaginary houses, the Movoto blog has done it all. Do you have an imaginary home you’d like us to value? Are you interested in republishing Movoto content? Please email us at blog[at]movoto[dot]com.

Movoto Real Estate strives to make the home-buying process an easy and enjoyable experience by providing detailed housing information and access to knowledgeable local real estate agents. Movoto’s blog is an extension of our company’s business philosophy. In life and work it is important to have a sense of humor—this is the Movoto blog.

A Little Bit About Our Top 10s

We have received coverage from all over the world for our city-ranking lists. Our thorough and well-researched methods involve using algorithms to weigh categories in ways that have never been done before. We take the time to dig deep into the important subjects in life, like which city is the nerdiest, and research the criteria no one has dared to touch before us ;).

Meet the Masterminds

Chris Kolmar Chris Kolmar
Chief Armchair Economist, Director of Marketing

A self-proclaimed “Data Nerd”, Chris leads the blog team in creating fun and engaging content for the real-estate-osphere. If he’s not geeking out over a SEOMoz article, he’s combing the data to find the most newsworthy trends & facts.


devon Devon Buechler
PR Intern

Straight out of Minneapolis! Devon is a current Purdue student helping out the PR team by wearing a few different hats. She is also the only one with a working knowledge of Pinterest in this office.


Megan Radich Megan Radich
Visual Designer, “Idea Queen”

Megan is in charge of the coding and graphics for the blog and is most known for her “cartoony” or “anime-style” drawings. She also writes about graphic design in real estate, when she’s not making memes in the office.


Nick Johnson Nick Johnson
Brand Manager

If you’ve got an article and you want people to know about it, who ya gonna call? Nick Johnson! Nick helped re-ignite the blog back in 2012 when we had 3,000 visits a month. He led the PR and outreach effort on his own before building a team in beautiful Lafayette, Indiana. He currently assists with the branding and business development aspects for Movoto. He’s also the dodge ball champion of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and destroyed everyone in the Indiana division in office games. You can reach him at njohnson(at)movoto(dot)com


Patrick Brown Picture Patrick Brown
Marketing Analyst

You can find Patrick plugging away on Facebook ads, coming up with crazy analytics equations which might as well be sorcery, and managing display advertising on Movoto. Sometimes we ask Patrick to play office games, but he’s like a pit bull that you have to catch at the right moment because he can get pretty busy. You can contact him at pbrown[at]movoto[dot]com with advertising questions.


Randy Nelson Randy Nelson
Content Manager, Nerf Herder

Randy spent the last dozen or so years writing about video games for publications like PSM and Nintendo Power, but now he’s decided to get “serious.” That’s why he’s helping create a blog that wraps houses in bacon and explores the history of toilets, naturally.


Alison, Content Editor

Alison is from Colorado, and has strong opinions about the Oxford comma and Game of Thrones theories. She is the quokka’s #1 fan, and is a connoisseur of YouTube fail videos.

Christine , PR Associate

The best things in life start with a C. Coffee, Cats, Cookies, and… Christine. Here is an outreach superstar who, when she isn’t busy pushing cookies and/or rearranging Angry Cat, likes to actually do a bit of work here and there by crafting killer e-mails and generally showing the rest of the team how it’s done. Thanks to her infectious fondness of Dirty Chai Lattes and Sexy Fries, I find my wallet to be consistently lighter and my weight considerably heavier. Fret not though, Christine is a perfectly friendly and amiable coworker, after she has had her second cup of coffee.

Erin, Content Editor, Chocolate-Bearing Goddess

Erin (aka Hurlz, aka any other annoying name the rest of the staff can come up for with her) is known for her hatred of wayward apostrophes and her amazing hipster glasses (not pictured here). Her spirit animal is the hedgehog.

Erin, PR Associate

Marrs originally came from the woods (Oregon), went to college (Portland), and then made a weird joke which was taken seriously and landed her in the Bay Area. She tried out several different positions at Movoto before finding her place on the Movoto Insider team, where she now does PR outreach for the Southern states, and has learned a lot about tornadoes in the process (mostly that ‘they happen, sometimes’).

Jari, PR Associate

Jari graduated from Indiana University and then decided to take his talents to California. He spends his time sharing Insider blogs all around the country, eating French Dip sandwiches, and caring for his luxurious beard. He loves living in San Francisco and is thinking about adding the word “hella” into his vocabulary sometime soon.

Maggie, Content Editor

Maggie Owens, native San Franciscan and Cal grad (Go Bears!) is one a Movoto CityPulse contributor writing blurbs for all those city-oriented videos you love so much.

In her free time, Maggie enjoys making collages, bedazzling fast food containers and experimenting with developer liquids in the dark room—much art, wow.

Two things to know if you want to get in touch—no whale videos allowed, but anything flamingo- or bratty-teenager-quote-related is much appreciated.


Melissa, Content Editor

Melissa is from a town you probably haven’t heard about (Spring Mills), located right smack dab in the middle of Pennsylvania, where she cultivated a mighty respect for the Amish. After college, we at Movoto couldn’t do without her so one free plane ticket later, here she is, editing up a storm and taking names (for accurate sourcing).

Her favorite geographical location is Turkey. Her favorite non-geographical location is a field of Queen Anne’s lace. Both at the same time, meh.

She can pop her shoulder out of its socket. Apparently, it doesn’t hurt!

If she was going to be any animal at all, it would be a manatee, of course.

So what gets this shoulder-popping manatee out of the bed in the morning? “Knowing that sleeping all day is unacceptable.”

Natalie The Giant

Natalie is that girl who you’ve probably seen around the office, once every week or so. Contrary to what you might think, she is not merely there to distract people from working by talking about Game of Thrones; nor is she there to eat up all the free food (it is just a coincidence that she comes in on Wednesdays, I swear). She is there working as a content writer and being an all-around Mastermind for Movoto.

When she’s not in the office, Natalie works on Mastermind articles from home, and where that is seems to change from one day to the next, as she is something of a nomad. Aside from travelling and writing, Natalie enjoys running, reading, and jumping out of planes.

Rachel, Content Lead, Queen of Segways

Rachel never fails to infuse the Movoto Insider blog with informative and hilarious city content, which you can usually recognize by the cat pictures. She’s also the forever champion of theme parties and Jem look-alike contests.

Phil, PR A-phil-iate

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Phil hails from Belarus, but has the heart of a Californian. When Phil isn’t busy slaying PR dragons, you can find him speaking Russian, building brackets for the next office gauntlet of games & watching his neglected plants die slowly.

Sam, Content Creator

Sam Bertken… where do we even start? How about in San Mateo, where he was both born and discovered a love for writing (about his favorite video games, at first) from a very early age. Since then, Sam has traveled the world (Japan’s his favorite), attended Kalamazoo College, and taken up acting (his other job). He started at Movoto working in client and agent relations and has now brought his love of words (and orcas!) to writing about places all across this great land. He also wrangles our WordPress and makes a mean baked Alaska.

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