Weekly Blend: April 11, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you 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 contribute, please post 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:

Buzzbuzzhome.com keeps cranking out the infographics (more like a chart…but I wanted to keep a theme going). This time they look at the number of twenty-something’s still living with their parents.

An RBC Poll shows that more young Canadians see home ownership as a good investment.

Which three Canadian cities make the best bet for long-term investment? Find out here.

Hamilton-Halton Home Builders Association President warns against development charges.

What do Stompin’ Tom, Sandford Fleming, Roger Neilson and now Nelson Mandela have in common? They all have real estate named after them in Canada’s capital.

Who doesn’t want to be a billionaire? The Financial Post lists 25 trends that will make people (maybe even you) billions of dollars.

The U.S. housing market is recovering…but its recovery is a bit uneven. Have a look at the top 10 most rapidly recovering markets across America.

Would you want a house where a one-armed man murdered a prominent Chicago Doctors wife? You would if it was the home that belonged to Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) in the 1993 classic The Fugitive.

Here it is…the list you’ve all been waiting for…the ultimate ranking of television shows with the word ‘house’ in the title.

Silicon Valley millionaires and eviction notices for low-income renters. Read about what’s going on in East Palo Alto and communities like Woodland Park.

Google street view has so many valuable applications…including re-creating classic album covers.

Remember those 3-D paintings from the 90’s where you’d stare and stare and stare and still weren’t able to figure out what the design was? Well this is kind of like that….but much cooler (and kitchen related).

When you’re gone, Mario will destroy your house.

Sriracha Sauce: It has overtaken the condiment market, is a staple on retailer shelves and food truck windows and now a factory in California that produces it has been declared a public nuisance.

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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