Weekly Blend: August 19, 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 American REALTOR® just set the bar high. Alex Naddour won a bronze medal in the pommel horse event for Team USA at the Rio Summer Games.

Is this the coolest hotel you’ve heard of or what? Book your trip to Antarctica now and stay in style at the icy continent’s first luxury hotel.

OK, smarty-pants, you want a smart home but don’t want to shell out the big bucks? Here are 11 DIY projects you can do to make your house more automated.

You’ll have a hard time keeping up with all the Jenners’ real estate purchases. Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner (she’s only 19!) just bought her second mansion – right next door to her current mansion.

Just when you thought I was Finnished with the puns, I do it again. A 100-year-old Saskatchewan house is being sent to Finland’s World of Trails museum to show what life was like where Finnish immigrants went.

Jan Brady, put those scissors down! You don’t need to sell Marcia’s beautiful hair anymore to make money, your house just sold for $3.9 million!

How many times has the lack of a nuclear bunker been the deal-breaker on a home sale for you? Probably too many times to count, right? Next time, point your clients to this farmhouse on the outskirts of Toronto.

Feel free to rent out your home as soon as you buy it when this new Quebec City condo development opens. The developers are actually using Airbnb to entice owners and investors.

Forget renovated kitchens, master suites and square-footage. There’s a new selling point in some Oregon real estate listings: marijuana plants.

The most expensive house in the U.S. right now has a measly 33 bedrooms and sits on a modest 15.6 acres of property.

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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