Friday Finds

Throughout the week we come across all sorts of fantastic real estate, home improvement and technology tidbits that don’t always fit into our blog posts, but that we want to share with you all the same. Welcome to Friday Finds!

Survey says…  smartphones trump sex! Yep, you read that right. Many mobile phone users would rather remain celibate than be without their iPhone.  (Wired)

Luckily, you don’t have to choose. This weekend when you (and your phone) are looking for homes for sale, take a tip from MSN real estate and supercharge your home search with our award-winning mobile app. (MSN Real Estate)

Our iPhone app features StreetScan™ technology, which allows you to scan the street you’re on, instantly see which homes are for sale … and see the inside of those homes without even walking in the door. When it comes to viewing beauties like these it’s better to do so virtually, no? (ZipRealty, CNN Money)

Perhaps those homeowners could have taken a tip or two from IKEA. Here are some home tech and organization ideas to poach from the latest catalog. (Unplggd)

Of course, many buyers want to start from scratch. MSN real estate discusses the advantages and disadvantages of buying a newly built home. (MSN Real Estate)

Summertime is sweet and the perfect season to get away. While you may not be able to join the ranks of private island owners, WSJ tells us why now might be a good time to buy that vacation home. After all, John Donne was (mostly) right when he said that no man is an island! (WSJ)

Summer can always be enjoyed in your backyard or a neighborhood park. Everyone loves a picnic, especially if you’ve built your own audio-equipped picnic table. So cool! (Unpluggd)

As fall approaches, college is on the brain… even of young parents. ZipRealty’s Myron Lo talks about the trade-offs his family is making for his child’s future expenses. (Daily Finance)

What were your favorite finds this week? Post in the comments and let us know.