Weekly Blend: Beware of the teddy bears in Paris

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 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!


The invasion of the giant teddy bears is finally here. The massive cuddle monsters have already subjugated one neighbourhood in Paris and who knows where they’ll strike next. Run while you still can!

Calling all country music fans! Kenny Rogers’ Atlanta mansion has just been put on the market. Check out these amazing photos of the legend’s former home.

Out of all of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, The Birds seemed furthest from reality, but not anymore. A colony of “gangland gulls” has been wreaking havoc at a school on the island of Gurnsey.

Genuine eyesore or an elaborate cat-spiracy? A couple in Huddersfield, England, has been drawing criticism from locals for their incredible backyard cat sanctuary.

It’s a dream location for some and a nightmare for others. This cliffside hotel in Norway is not for the faint of heart. Embedded in a cliff more than 579 metres (1,900 feet) above ground, just looking at it will make your palms sweat.

Yoga and goat snuggling: just try and think of something more serene. This Airbnb will make you feel as if you’ve left the real world behind and leapt straight into the whimsical pages of A. A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood.

Chicken lovers in Nova Scotia are rejoicing at the news their dreams of backyard chicken coups will soon  become reality. It’s unclear yet whether roosters will be included, so better hang on to your alarm clock for the time being.

Open windows and your old stand up fan not doing the job? Here’s a list of great new tech that’ll help keep the summer swelter at bay.

Earlier this week, Toronto emergency services were stunned when they received a call about a massive python emerging from a sewer grate. Thankfully the slithering suspect was apprehended before it had the chance to become an urban legend.

Following his time studying history at Carleton University and as an infantry soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces, James Crocker-Fitzpatrick brought his diverse communication skills to the Canadian Real Estate Association. As a former summer student focusing on content creation for REALTORS Care® and CREA Café, James worked hard to write stories that reflected the generosity of the REALTOR® community and helped create interesting articles for the CREA Café. James finds pleasure in a quiet night of reading or painting alongside his three cats. He also likes scary movies, science fiction, and a well-crafted sentence.


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