Weekly Blend: August 5, 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:

You probably wouldn’t mind being stuck home alone in the Home Alone house. Here’s a list of movie homes that filled our childhood dreams.

I want a cooling hood for this hot, dry Canadian summer we’re having. Look for it, and these other cool gadgets, at the Rio Summer Games starting this week.

Do you think Alanis Morissette left a mess when she went away from her Ottawa home? You’d have to win the lottery (and hopefully not die ironically the next day) to afford it now that her condo is on the market.

If this seems like a crappy idea, well, it is. Canada will have its first poop-themed dessert café soon.

Acrophobics might get queasy just looking at pictures of the world’s tallest and thinnest observation tower.

Let a gnome roam and he’ll find his way home. A B.C. woman recently had her stolen garden gnome returned to her with a photo album filled with its international travels. (with VIDEO)

Live like Bilbo Baggins in this house under a hill. The home in the U.K. village of Holme is set on one acre of land and has an asking price of $927,000.

Could dusting be a household chore you can skip every now and then? Turns out house dust is protecting Amish children from asthma.

“Your house is trash” has never been a compliment … until now! A startup is turning plastic waste into construction blocks that can be used for building frames.

Fitting this last story is from BUZZfeed. A St. Thomas, Ontario, family’s house is now home to thousands of bees after tree trimmers took down their hive.

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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