Weekly Blend: August 8, 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 Danish real estate site created/staged a hidden camera apartment haunting ad campaign urging people to use common sense and avoid rental rip-offs. Personally, I think it’s a bit of a stretch. You be the judge.

“Head up Shakespeare”…here are 40 ways to hide a secret room in a house (bonus points if you get the Shakespeare reference).

Vancouverites (or visitors to that city) have less than a month left to try out Robson Street’s ‘Urban Reef’.

VIDEO: Landlords in Montreal are not very happy with tenants turning to airbnb and, in some cases, making a profit from it.

If you’ve got a hankering for Root Beer and a desire to hit the open road, then “Root Beer Stands of New Jersey” is just the article you’ve been waiting for.

If root beer and New Jersey aren’t your thing, why not try 300 miles of modern architecture in Vermont.

When I read the headline “Underwater homeowners are turning into landlords”, I foolishly assumed it had to do with homes that are actually under water. It doesn’t.

VIDEO: Furniture designer Jens Risom built a beautiful pre-fab home 40 years ago on Block Island, Rhode Island and this beautiful home still stands.

It’s scheduled to open in 2016, but I bet the 86 rooms at this five-star snowflake hotel floating off the coast of Norway will sell out quickly.

Thinking of investing in the commercial real estate market? Then know these few nuances of commercial realty.

You can ‘say, say, say what you want’ about this, but Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is back on the market (I know, it was a duet he did with Paul McCartney but I’m running low on ideas).

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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