Weekly Blend: April 17, 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:

A Calgary landlord is suing his former tenants for grow-op damages.

Three Durham region charities benefit from DRAR’s generosity to the tune of $14,663.85.

To celebrate the return of ‘Mad Men’ (albeit a week late). ..The Weekly Blend takes you inside a Toronto home owned by the same person for over 72 years and, when you get a look at the photos, you’ll understand the Mad Men reference.

S’mores at 1,168 feet! The CN Tower campsite lets hikers tent at the top of the main pod. I wonder if it’s KOA approved??

No excuses anymore for late newspaper delivery as condo’s get set to go up in the Toronto Star parking lot.

One of the most famous houses gets ready to celebrate Easter with an historic Easter Egg Roll – check out the promo here.

Take your seats and pay attention. Here are 27 schoolhouses currently on the market in the U.S.

As technology continues to boom in Silicon Valley, many long-time area residence are facing eviction and uncertainty.

The old fake vacation rental scam…here are some tips on how to avoid it.

And speaking of vacations…if you’re planning a trip to Germany soon, here’s a handy-dandy guide to the 6 official ‘Urban Naked Zones’ set up in, and around, Munich.

A recent U.S. survey found that a solar system to heat/cool your home boosted a home’s resale price by $17,000. Find out how one California company is making it more affordable…and more neighbourly.

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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