Weekly Blend: August 15, 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:

Thinking of relocating? Last week, Forbes Magazine published a list of America’s Coolest Cities. You may be surprised to see what was #1.

Hey, that’s great! Nice to see you! Victoria has been named the world’s third-friendliest city. Have a nice day!

Meet the fire hydrants in Ottawa and Toronto making the most money from parking tickets.


If you’re like me, you probably haven’t yet taken your decorations down from last year’s “Shark Week.” So, to help keep it relevant, here are the 10 most fin-tastic buildings in San Francisco.

Are you buying or selling in a hot home market? Well, suit up and get ready for battle because here come a few tips for winning a bidding war.

Fans of the Red Sox, Fenway and the Green Monster can now bring a little of that history to their home – thanks to Benjamin Moore. Will any of Canada’s hockey teams follow suit?

Family business takes on a whole new meaning as this Gatineau, Quebec, clan is busted for housing a grow-op.

Last week it was a snowflake-shaped hotel off the coast of Norway … this week we’re looking at 13 crazy hotel designs … all of which I would gladly book a room in.

And speaking of strange, here’s a look at the most unusual homes for sale or rent right now (I particularly like the one in Mexico).

Turns out people are willing to pay more for homes where celebrities used to live (it’s kind of like owning a Chrysler Le Baron that used to belong to Jon Voight).

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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