Weekly Blend: April 10, 2015

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news that you just may have missed. Our hard at work Weekly Blend crew scours the web, newsgroups and forums looking for obscure, bizarre, interesting and informative real estate (or real estate related) stories. If you have one you’d like to share please feel free to share it in our comments section or tweet about it using the hashtag #WeeklyBlend. So brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy these stories…maybe even share them with friends or colleagues. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

Moncton’s surplus military homes were snatched up so quickly that, if you’re reading this, there probably aren’t any left.

This Okanagan lakefront retreat lets you cool off post-sauna with crisp, cascading mountain water. To quote Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there…”

If you’re going to watch (and share) just one thing in this edition of the Weekly Blend, please let it be this video that uncovers what your noisy upstairs neighbours are really up to. (VIDEO)

Hey New York hipsters, Brooklyn is full. Why not try Detroit instead?

After years stomping on buildings in downtown Tokyo, Godzilla has decided to spend his (or her) golden years working for the city he (or she) has terrorized so many times in the past. There’s no report on how Mothra feels about this.

Ralph Body was such a good doorman, doing everything from checking on pets, watering plants, and emptying litter boxes, that his employer decided he needed to be fired.

Once you get past the fact that CBC used a promotional image from the latest Vince Vaughn movie in this piece, the article does cover some interesting business terms that mean absolutely nothing.

Hey Blenders (that’s what readers of this blog have decided to call themselves), say hi to “Caveman” Bill Donaldson – living off the grid in a cave above the Yukon River.

Baby-boomers: helping their children with home purchases while driving up the sales of luxury homes. Is there nothing “the greatest generation” can’t do??

If its oceanfront property in Havana you’re after, you’re going to have to wait because Cuban real estate is not for international buyers.

Atlas Obscura never seems to let me down. This week, we have a look at six iconic locations from classic album art.

This family’s story about living off the grid reminded me of the book/film “The Mosquito Coast”.  (VIDEO)

If you’re a fan of Lady Antebellum and having your mortgage paid off, this Rolling Stone story may be of interest (you probably also have to be a U.S. citizen).

Last week we featured Houston, this week we find out how Portland neighbourhoods got their names.

It’s pretty impressive what office workers will do with 8,024 sticky notes and a lot of spare time.

Talk about a fixer-upper! Here’s the abandoned Columbian property of Pablo Escobar (where rhinos and elephants once roamed freely).

Locals refer to it as the “Dr. Seuss House”. Have a look if you’re so inclined, you never know what you will find! Does this house have many floors? Not just floors, but windows AND doors! (With apologies to the estate of Dr. Seuss).

Jonathan Baker, our former Speech Writer, contributed to the development of speeches, advertisements, and communications to our membership. Our staff knew him as the go-to guy at 200 Catherine for some comic relief. Prior to joining CREA, Jon worked in the radio industry in Ottawa. If you meet Jon, be sure to ask him to tell you about his encounters with many famous musicians while volunteering at a local music festival for more than 10 years.


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