Weekly Blend: August 1, 2014

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:

Alberta triplets (and their parents) receive an outpouring of love and support and the help of a REALTOR® from Mississauga.

To celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games, let’s go house hunting in Scotland.

Heading into the long weekend, Cottage Life gives us 10 items that take the stress out of summer entertaining.

Do you know that 16 per cent of homebuyers in the U.S. are single women? Apartment Therapy has the full story.

Twin Peaks fans (if there are still any out there) may be interested to know that Laura Palmer’s house is up for sale and a super fan has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to turn it into a museum.

Use a REALTOR® and find out the history of your home. Don’t use one and…well, it’s just like the recent CREA TV commercial.

A cool $1.7 million can put you in former Ottawa Senators captain Jason Spezza’s West Ottawa home.

Marvel has announced that Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) is moving to San Francisco so naturally a list of places he should live has been compiled.

And if you happened to have the disposable income of, say, a man like Tony Stark, perhaps you’d be interested in buying The Gherkin—a decade old London landmark.

If you like things that used to be other things then you’ll like this photo essay of 12 homes that used to be other things.

If your name is Wolfgang Feierbach then you’re expected to own an amazing psychedelic plastic house.

At “Not a Burger Stand” in Los Angeles, if you order in the voices of iconic characters you’ll save on your food.

An Annapolis Valley artist opened a home-based gallery featuring Storybook Vignettes and handmade storybook houses, inspired by the real homes she sees around the Valley.

Here’s a funky little animated tour through some iconic houses of the 20th century.

It seems like every few issues of The Weekly Blend, I come across a story about shipping containers being used for housing. Here’s another one.

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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