Weekly Blend: August 22, 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:

A casting call has been issued for Nova Scotia properties. Do you think your property has what it takes to make it in show biz?

Is your alma mater featured in this Huffington Post pictorial of the most beautiful University campuses in Canada?

New research shows that people who know and trust their neighbours are less likely to have heart attacks.

I think it was Mark Twain who said (regarding The Adventures of Tom Sawyer): “What began as a blog is destined to become a book”…and the same can be said for terrible real estate agent photographs.

Are you looking for a way to entice buyers to the former railway tunnel you have listed? Do what Vans did and encourage them to convert it to a skate park/clothing store.

$133,000 will get you a bathroom set made entirely out of Belgian chocolate.

A Springville, Utah homeowner has built ‘the mountain’ – a colossal 90 foot man-made mountain. Cost – just $2 million.

Buyers should prepare to have to shoo off over-zealous English majors as the former home of J.D. Salinger is on the market for just $679,000.

See what Danish architect Bjarke Ingels meant when he said, “Lego bricks provide the ultimate tool for testing architectural ideas.” And have a look at some of the other ideas his firm – BIG – is working on.

Groundfloor Inc. – a startup that crowdfunds investments in real estate, has raised $1 million and is moving from North Carolina to Georgia. What are your thoughts on crowdfunding in real estate?

As the epicentre shifts, vacancies rise in Manhattan real estate.  Maybe now is a good time to buy?

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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