Weekly Blend: August 12, 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:

Raise the roof for this hotel “room.” Actually, you can’t. Minimalists can still live life to the max, though, as they stay at this open-air hotel – no walls, no roof, no toilet — overlooking the Swiss Alps.

As we celebrate our first gold at the Rio Summer Games, take a look inside Canada Olympic House: the home base for athletes. The design team deserves a gold medal for incorporating canoe paddles, logs, Adirondack chairs and, of course, beers.

BONUS: If you liked what you saw there, here’s a list of some other Olympic Houses. The Portugal House is on a boat!

Speaking of Canadiana, from Yellowknife’s Sombe K’e park to Elora and its Riverfest music festival, cities and towns across Canada are setting up public events for Tragically Hip fans who can’t make it to their final show in Kingston, Ontario on August 20. Check your local news to see if there’s an event in your area.

You can make Donald Trump’s childhood home great again now that it’s on the market for a cool $1.55 million. OK, so it’s already pretty fantastic.

A man who won a $5-million lottery jackpot in 2006 is already broke and faces prison time after pleading guilty to dealing crack. Dude, you could have bought Trump’s old house with your winnings!

Don’t tell the people of British Columbia a dog is just a pet. No, you’d be barking up the wrong tree. (That was ruff. I’m sorry, I can’t yelp it!) Nearly 100 per cent of B.C. dog owners say their dog is part of the family.

REALTORS®, here’s a game you can beat your buddies at. This new video game about gentrification lets you play the role of real estate speculator.

The “ugliest house in Vancouver” is expected to sell for between $8.5 million and $10 million. That’s a lot of coin for this grey cube house some people are calling a “budgie breeding box.”

My mouth doesn’t know whether to water or stay sealed. Oreo has released a new limited edition Swedish Fish-flavoured cookie. Too bad (thankfully?) it’s only available in the U.S.

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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