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I missed a week of my favorite real estate links from around the web. But this is what I found interesting in the last week on the real estate interwebs......


On Rupert Murdoch Buying

I think I'm weird. If I didn't live in California, where it's between 75 and 85 every single day, I could totally picture myself cuddling up with my iPad next to a blazing fire in my living room and reading Rob Hahn every night before bed. I'm definitely weird. But no one in the industry delves into issues the way Rob does. Here, he takes his second shot at flushing out why Rupert Murdoch bought and what it could mean for the future of online real estate. 


6 Ways to Get Buyers to the Closing Table - Trulia Pro Blog

Struggling to get your buyer clients off the fence and to write offers that will actually get accepted? Read these six tips to learn how to set appropriate buyer expectations. There is nothing more important than setting expectations with your clients. So many of your issues could be avoided, or the impact lessened, had the buyers expectations been set BEFORE they ever made their first offer or got into their first negotiation. This is rock solid advice from an agent in the field, just like you. 


Inside a 160 Square Foot Home - Country Living

This photo slideshow gives a tour of a tiny 160-square-foot home built on the shores of Puget Sound in my home state, Washington. It has a kitchen, living area, bathroom and bedroom loft and seems quite cozy - but not cramped enough to induce claustrophobia......unless you're over 6 feet tall, which I am. Pretty awesome for a builder that had no prior experience. And when she gets sick of her neighbors? She just hooks it up and moves!

What do you think? Could you live in such a small space?


Here's a Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Set to Drift Above China - Curbed

Of the many noteworthy aspects of Cloud Citizen, a proposed skyscraper that would be built in Shenzen, China, the fact that its height of more than 2,200 feet would make it the second tallest building in the world is probably most interesting. Its unusual sprawling shape, which looks like tall stacks of flat rocks, would probably be second. Learn more about this interesting skyscraper, like how it will produce power from the sun, wind and algae. Is this the future of the urban living in America? 


The Absolute Beginners Guide to Social Media - Realuoso

Seth Price, with Placester, is a smart guy (and probably the sharpest dresser in real estate that I know. You never miss him if he is in the room). But in this infographic, he boils down getting started on social media to some simple steps that even us less intelligent folks can understand. Even if you've been doing it for years, Seth's advice is spot on. Wondering how often to post? Wondering how to act and what to post? Give this a read and you'll have a better idea, especially if you are getting started or want to be more effective using social media for your business. 

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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

I had to chheck out the 160sq ft closet, um I mean home. WOW thhat is insane but then again I am sure they think I may be insane for the size of my home as well

Oct 20, 2014 08:42 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just this morning at a class there was a quick discussion of Murdock buying and what it could potentially mean to our industry.  The real issue being with so many other holdings, where can he possibly generate some quick cash to subsidize  something else? Realtors hang on to your wallets

Oct 20, 2014 09:10 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Thx for the links.  I also checked out the 160 sf house, and I agree w/ Joanna.  But, it's still fun to look at.  I might last a day there.  I think I had more space in my college dorm. - Debbie

Oct 20, 2014 10:40 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Thanks for sharing Bob, these are some interesting articles.  I've seen quite a bit written a d photographed about living in tiny spaces!  It can be done but it sure isn't for everyone!

Oct 20, 2014 10:55 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Bob- I love your "links" posts and I'm heading to check out the 160 sq ft home.  While I believe in keeping things edited, there's no way I could get my purses and clothes in anything that small.  That said, Larry went on a 12 day kayaking trip in the Everglades and had to carry everything he needed in his kayak, and that includes 12 gallons of water. 

Oct 20, 2014 11:01 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I will take a look at the 160 sq ft and think I would not have a problem.  I lived in a motorhome for 18 years so that tiny house would be the same or a little larger!

Oct 20, 2014 12:12 PM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

That is some cool posts to catch up on if the rain stays up long enough with no bugs to read them. 

Oct 20, 2014 01:20 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Bob. I was fascinated by Murdock's new purchase. There are so many things going on in the real estate world these days, something you know very well. 

Oct 20, 2014 10:12 PM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Bob, I wasn't interested in most of your links, BUT the Murdock acquisition of Move was very interesting. I read the whole thing. Your guy did a yeoman's job of cutting up and analyzing News Corp, but he just didn't do any thinking outside the box. I think one thing should be clear, Rupert Murdock DOES think outside the box.

What this will mean for our industry remains to be seen, but I don't think Murdock does anything without a reason. He likes to win and he expects to win. So watch out.

Bill Roberts

Oct 20, 2014 11:45 PM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

These were some great articles. Thank you for sharing. I think i could do the 160 sq ft house. As long as I had a TV, my laptop and internet I'm good!    :-)

Oct 21, 2014 03:14 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Bob, good reading here, I have seen a few of these tiny homes, they do take a lifestyle adjustment.

Looking forward to reading about the Murdock issue.

Oct 22, 2014 04:36 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Waiting for the impact on Rupert Murdoch's purchase. Have seen the 160 SF homes before. People are converting Cargo containers. Pretty cool.

Oct 22, 2014 05:46 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

 Bob followed some of your links.  Did not get through the article on Murdoc but I suppose like anyone else he wants to make money.  Also anytime there is competition it is good for consumers and even us poor small fish caught in the middle.

Love those small houses and have thought about something like that for our side yard.  We already have a small house and we could use that as a guest house.

Chinese Sky Scraper makes me think of all the scifi stuff I read as a kid.  Loved the links.

Oct 22, 2014 05:59 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Bob Stewart ~ I like your favorite link series, you have a good read on what's going on in our industry... I am glad to see you gave props to Notorious Rob again; I'm a huge fan and I have been following him for a long time now... Rob always seems to have the inside scoop "plus" he always tells it without any hidden agendas... 

Oct 22, 2014 06:37 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bob Stewart I recently wrote about a 210' house that I toured this weekend. It is being built by Maryland students. You can read more at I can think of so many uses for this type of structure.

Oct 22, 2014 07:23 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I am going to have to check these out, Bob. I don't think I could live in a 160 square foot home, no matter what.

Oct 25, 2014 05:59 AM
Courtney Cooper
Cooper Jacobs - Seattle, WA

Bob Stewart  size 13, huh?  tiny houses or houseboats not for you probably.....

Oct 27, 2014 03:50 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Another great list of articles.  I had seen the one for the 160 sq ft house and thought she was amazing for being able to live there.

Oct 29, 2014 12:08 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Social Media will be visited later tonight..  I've seen some of the 160 sq ft houses.. NO THANKS!

Oct 31, 2014 12:33 PM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

This was a wonderful read, glad I came across it in the archives. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 30, 2015 01:21 PM