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    That Joke Website About Americans Moving To Cape Breton Is Actually Helping The Island's Real Estate Market

    "It's just an absolute buzz," a local real estate broker says.

    So you know the website that said Americans should seek refuge in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, if Donald Trump becomes president? Well, the joke has taken on a life of its own. Apparently some Americans are seriously considering it.

    Since it launched, the "Cape Breton If Trump Wins" website has gotten almost half a million visitors, according to CBC News.

    The site was started by Cape Breton radio host Rob Calabrese and suggests the island as a welcoming place for Americans who want to escape a possible Trump presidency.

    Plenty of people are giving that suggestion some thought, according to a listings site that says interest in Cape Breton real estate has spiked in the last week.

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    Point 2 Homes, which includes listings from across the country, told BuzzFeed Canada that over 43,000 visitors from the U.S. have looked at homes in Cape Breton since Calabrese's anti-Trump website launched.

    Hundreds of people have even gotten in contact with brokers about buying homes on the island, the listings site said.

    Cape Breton broker Valarie Sampson says the real estate market is already benefiting from a weakened Canadian dollar, but the Trump website has accelerated that process. "It’s brought people to the island just checking it out," she told BuzzFeed Canada.

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    Sampson, who owns RE/MAX Park Place, said that she and several other real estate brokers in Cape Breton have gotten serious inquiries from Americans interested in moving to the island.

    "It's just an absolute buzz," she said.

    Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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