Friday Finds: Giving back to your market, the healthiest city in each state, helping snowbird buyers

November 27, 2015 by SmartZip in Articles

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, and happy Black Friday, too! Here are some of the top articles and tips we read this week. Whether you're busy landing deals at big box stores or just eating a fifth helping of sweet potatoes, we hope you enjoy this week's Friday Finds.

We love sharing advice with agents on Active Rain, and this week we profiled three industry experts who have ramped up their charitable giving efforts in the last year. See their advice for giving back while meeting members of your community.

You've likely thought about gratitude at some point in the last few days. But did you know that wave of thankfulness is good for your health? This NPR report details why we should make gratitude a year-round emotion.

We are forever checking to see if our hometowns or adopted hometowns are making the "best of" city lists that we find all over the web. If you're the same way, take a peek at The Wall Street Journal's index of the healthiest city in each state. Did your market make the cut?

Image of California's healthiest city, San Luis Obispo; Courtesy: Yahoo

Now, check to see if your market area makes the list for having the most homes by percentage, with price drops after listing. Some of these Black Friday markets, like Detroit, aren't too surprising. But others, like San Francisco and Oakland, surprised us. See the full list here.

Working with a lot of first-time homebuyers? Share this list of things every homeowners should know, courtesy of HGTV, as a way to follow up after closing.

As you plan your 2016 business plan, think about more than vendors and budgets. What are you really hoping to accomplish in the next year? Read this helpful post from Entrepreneur magazine on the non-negotiables for thriving in business and life.

'Tis the season for snowbirds to head south for the winter. RE/MAX's Above magazine offers insider advice and details on how agents can help retirees find the right winter residence.

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