‘If my claimant doesn’t win, I’m relocating to Canada.’
It’s a common refrain, maybe even some-more so in a exhilarated 2016 competition – though one South Carolina genuine estate representative is perplexing to money in on a voter discontent.
Jeff Cook has put adult roughly a dozen billboards opposite eastern South Carolina with cinema of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton staring down, subsequent to a phrase, “Moving to Canada? We can sell your home.”
The 48-foot by 15-foot advertisements charity a services of Jeff Cook Real Estate started gathering adult along freeways and widespread highways behind when a Republican gathering began final month. The signs are, naturally, a bit tongue-in-cheek – after all, few ever make good on threats to pierce opposite a northern border. But Cook tells FoxNews.com they’re generating business, including from people who contend they’re looking to make that move.
“It’s a joke, obviously, though we have indeed started a focus routine for people who wish to pierce if their claimant doesn’t win,” Cook said. “I don’t know if they know a immigration issues, cost and paperwork that comes with this. But they contend they’re serious.”
Cook’s billboards have turn a prodigy opposite amicable media, ensuing in about 200 additional phone calls a week from around a world. Most of a callers are looking for a good realtor, some are members of a media (including press from New Zealand and Great Britain) and others are preoccupied by a ads and wish to give their opinion.
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He says his website trade has jumped from 30,000 to 150,000 hits per month and he has hired additional agents to hoop a workload.
But not all a calls are friendly.
“People in Canada are job saying, ‘Please don’t send those people adult here; we don’t wish anything to do with those people,’” Cook said. “We also had someone from Mexico call and they were insane that we’re not promulgation people to Mexico.”
Cook has also fielded calls from Canadian realtors who wish a referrals to any clients who move. So far, Cook says he has about 20 people in a focus routine who contend they’ll wait to see if their claimant loses before fixation their homes adult for sale.
“If their claimant doesn’t get in – they wish to go,” Cook said.
Tommy Welch, 34, of Charleston, is one of those people. A Trump believer mulling over what he would do if Clinton wins, he pronounced he saw a billboard and called Cook. He filled out a paperwork and is now debating: Toronto or Montreal?
“The billboard is kind of laughable though right on; a choosing is a frightful understanding that everybody is gearing adult for,” Welch said. “I would definitely, 100 percent, really perform a probability [of moving] if Hillary won.”
Welch, a genuine estate investor, says he owns 3 homes and would sell them all, and dig his family of four.
Another Charleston proprietor and Trump devotee who wanted to be identified usually by his initial name, Jim, pronounced he too called Cook after saying one of a billboards and filled out a form.
“If Hillary wins, we will really pierce out of this country,” pronounced Jim, 72. “I’d like to contend I’ll go to Canada, since it’s a closest place we could get to. Any place though here.”
Cook is casting himself as an equal event realtor. He’ll sell a homes of conservatives who wish to rush a Clinton presidency, and liberals who wish zero to do with a Trump-led America. (That latter list would embody celebrities melancholy to leave if Trump wins like Cher, Samuel L. Jackson and Raven-Symone.)
The clients – and a phone calls – are “pretty uniformly split” in their support for Trump or Clinton. So distant no one has indeed sole their residence since of a election, he said. He’s also gotten new clients relocating locally who called since they suspicion a billboards were funny.
As for Cook, who is he voting for?
“I’m not going to say,” he said.