Friday Finds: The scariest haunted house stories, death of the 8-hour work day and tips for planning 2016

October 30, 2015 by SmartZip in Articles 

We've reached the end of October! Whether you're planning a full weekend of Halloween festivities or just happy that we're one week closer to Thanksgiving, here's a quick review of the top stories and advice we've seen about housing and homes this week.

Real estate agents have never worked a simple 8-hour day, and it seems the rest of the world is starting to feel our pain. Fast Company profiles how flexible schedules and the desire to "work from home" is leading to 10-hour work days.

Have a client who just won't take your advice? Maybe they'll listen to the Property Brothers. Here's their list of seven tips for homebuyers and sellers. We like the last tip on cost-effective staging.


Many were outraged that a Google software engineer is living in a truck in the company's parking lot, but the full story shows that it's a (bizarrely) voluntary move on his part.

As Bay Area residents are priced out of the area (two-bedroom median rent in San Francisco just hit $5,000), many are heading north to Portland. To protest this infiltration and Portland residents are vandalizing the for sale signs of local homes with "No Californians" stickers. Will Portland be able to "stay weird?"

Photo courtesy of Portland broker Quinn Irvine

Nearly 80 percent of Americans will drive out of their way to save ten cents on a gallon of gas, but only 17 percent negotiate the interest rate on their car. This behavior translates to mortgage planning too. What can agents do to help buyers get savvier about loan generation?

It's the spookiest time of year, and we can't stop reading stories of haunted houses. Here's the best haunted house recap we've found so far. (Pssst, this is the perfect thing to share on your Facebook page!)


Even scarier than Halloween is the behavior of toddlers in the days after Daylight Saving Time. This hysterical petition to end DST is great, but the easiest way to make a difference this Sunday is to bring coffee to parents of young children.

One last note on Halloween -- here are 13 tips to keep your children and pets safe from choking hazards, tainted candy and walking dangers.

As you plan your 2016 budget and business plan, take a peek at seven costly mistakes that agents make.


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