Weekly Blend: December 2, 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 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:

For rent: one “house of horrors.” That’s how this Kingston, Ontario, home was described after tenants – and the livestock kept inside – caused $30,000 in damage.

There’s no place like ho-ho-home, especially if its value is bolstered by a “Santa Premium.” Kris Kringle’s North Pole home would be valued at around $657,000 … if it were real.

The White House is once again the Red and Green House. Take a look at the Obamas’ last holiday-themed Executive Mansion.

Abandoned buildings are usually an eyesore, but this Mexico City building had new life breathed into it as a vibrant mixed-use space.

If you’re a book lover, take a page out of this house’s design. Smack-dab in the middle of this Tokyo home is a room designed to hold 30,000 books.

Who says you need to spend thousands of dollars renovating a kitchen? This portable kitchen retails for $185.

Originally listed for an astronomically-high $50 million in 2013, Bob Hope’s famous “UFO House” was sold for $13 million recently. Talk about an out-of-this-world deal.

According to Instagram, Niagara Falls was the most Instagrammed Canadian location in 2016. Side note: I have no idea who some of the listed “most-followed Canadians” are.

Selling a home over the holidays is tough. You want to unleash your inner Clark Griswold, but you also don’t want to have your home be the brightest on the block. Here are some tips.

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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