Weekly Blend: April 13, 2018

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 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:

Paintings, tickets to NHL games, wine-of-the-month subscriptions and spa days—these are all types of closing gifts REALTORS® are giving their clients. What’s your go-to gift? Let us know in the Comments section below!

A REALTOR® from Vancouver got quite the payout recently and it had nothing to do with real estate. Derek Kai and two others are splitting the record-setting 50/50 prize at the Vancouver Canucks’ final home game of the season—a whopping $507,278!

Dog owners in this Toronto condo have it pretty ruff. People with pooches may soon have to pay an extra $15 fee to account for extra maintenance and cleaning caused by dogs.

Let this be a lesson to all REALTORS®: always have your phone ready, not just to take calls from clients, but in case you stumble upon a viral-worthy moment. This Arizona agent, with clients in tow, captured a fight between a bobcat and a rattlesnake.

If your client is into airplanes, you should have no problem landing a deal on this unique Texas home that features an airplane cabin-themed media room.

Hot off the presses: “fire alarm wallpaper.” Not only can this new invention detect a house fire, it can sound an alarm and helps restrict flames from spreading.

They must not have taken the wind into account. Yeah… that’s it. A planned demolition of a silo in Denmark went spectacularly wrong when it toppled the wrong way.

No need to ask if this Chicago home has stainless steel appliances. Dubbed the “stainless steel apartment,” this unique home taking up two floors in a Chicago high-rise is a beauty.

This house would be perfect if only it had a pool. But, wait! With the touch of a button, the yard folds back and a hidden in-ground pool appears. The future is now.

A Florida listing is going viral for its whimsical décor. If you purchase this Disney-inspired, six-bath, lakefront home for $880,000 U.S., each day will be like living in a Magic Kingdom.

Matt Day brings his experience as a nationally-recognized multimedia journalist to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Matt provides professional writing, digital media and communications support to CREA and assists in developing engaging social media content. He is regularly featured in the CREA Café where he provides interesting and entertaining content for REALTORS® to enjoy. Matt is a professional photographer but has dreams of becoming a rock star. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and using the Oxford comma.


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