Weekly Blend: April 8, 2016

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:

This infographic from Adweek.com breaks down the level of interest people have in the idea of everyday objects in their home being connected to the Internet.

When Phillip Weidner isn’t working as one of Alaska’s top trial attorneys, this DIY architect is building his “poem to the sky.” (VIDEO)

Zaha Hadid often was referred to as “the most important female architect of our time.” Following her sudden death, Wired.com took a look back at some of her most important designs.

First talked about in the March 18 Weekly Blend, WeLive – a communal living space in New York City – opened their doors this past Monday.

Sweden just knocked 35 years off the maximum mortgage term. Take out a mortgage today and don’t pay it off until 2121.

Starship sang about a city built on rock and roll. Google would like to build a city too…but on Wi-Fi access and improved traffic flows.

BuzzFeed.com offers up 12 struggles of buying your first house, as told by goats.

In his latest web project, Character Building, Michael William Lester makes international architecture approachable.

Ad agency VSA is branding Serena del Mar – a Columbian city that won’t exist for another 20 years. (VIDEO)

The tenements of NYC and the Gamble House in California are just two of the 10 buildings looked at in the PBS program “10 Buildings That Changed America.” Check local listings for scheduling information.

For nearly 30 years, the Videoport rental store was a beloved institution in Portland, Maine. This short documentary chronicles the sentimentality behind the store and its bittersweet end. (VIDEO)

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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