Friday Finds: Urban condo trends, fall selling tips, and HOA playground woes

October 2, 2015 by SmartZip in Articles 

It's officially October. Instead of ruminating on where the month of September went, we're diving in headfirst. Here are eleven of the best articles we read online this week.

Every agent dreams of that one massive listing that will triple their commissions. But what happens when that high-end luxury listing just won't sell? See why Minnesota's most expensive home remains on the market after eight long years. Then check out a showstopper Hollywood estate that's drawing "looky-loos" like Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and the heirs to the Hearst fortune.

As kids trade their neighborhood kickball game for organized practices and screen time, does it make sense that bigger homes are being built on smaller lots (which then have smaller yards)? And how do you reconcile this trend with the rising interest in "teeny-tiny" urban condos -- a movement impacting everything from appliance design to the resurgence of murphy beds?

Livability just released their list of the 100 Best Places to Live across the U.S. If your city or market area made the cut, don't forget to add the award to your website and marketing materials. If you came up short, don't lose hope. You may still be on Trulia's list of Best Beer Towns in America.

Fall is a great time to get in contact with potential clients and those in your sphere of influence. Give homeowners a push with these three tips on prepping your home for a fall sale. If you know someone who plans to stay in their house a bit longer, share these awesome outdoor fireplace ideas.


Instead of begging for a FSBO listing or scaring them into listing with you, why not ask for a tour? You can say you'll keep their home in mind as you work with buyer clients... and the seller will wonder why you're so much calmer than all the other rabid agents who have been knocking down their door.

If you wake up with a case of the Mondays, power through. It turns out, it's the best day of the week to buy a home.

Oh and if you wake up in a fight with your HOA because you painted your kid's swingset a non-sanctioned color, power through that, too. They'll lose and you'll become Internet famous.

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