Weekly Blend: December 21, 2018

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:

If you constantly complain about being too cold, the Icehotel in Sweden should be excluded from your vacation destination shortlist. Now in its 29th year, it’s as cold and glorious as ever.

Canadians are so polite, even our hackers can be likable. A “white hat hacker”—someone who exposes security vulnerabilities for the greater good—shocked a REALTOR® from Arizona when he started broadcasting from the American’s Nest security camera and warned him about security risks.

From magnificent mansions to dinosaurs in the dining room, there’s a reason why these were the most popular homes for sale in the U.S. for 2018.

After seeing the late Taco Bell founder’s luxurious California estate, you’ll be saying, “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!” It’s definitely a chihuahua-friendly home.

Marilyn Monroe once said, “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you $1,000 for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul.” Well, if you want the American icon’s Hollywood Hills honeymoon home, it’ll cost you $2.695 million U.S.

With a new year on the horizon, some people are itching to shake things up. If you plan on doing some interior design work, here are five classic rules to never break.

Oh where, oh where can her tiny home be? A woman in St. Louis was relieved when police found her 12-foot-tall house 50 kilometres from where she parked it.

Little known fact: Santa’s Canadian embassy is in Oakville, Ontario. At least, that’s the vibe you get when you pass by this elaborate Christmas display, dubbed “Santa’s Castle.”

Good news! Canada’s priciest condo was just reduced by $8 million. It will now only cost you $30 million for this two-storey penthouse atop Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour.

After seeing these tasty “listing” photos, you’re going to have to step up your gingerbread house game.

With this being the last Weekly Blend of the year, we combed through our archive of more than 50 installments to find the most popular Blend of 2018. It turns out a lot of you were particularly interested in oddball real estate stories during Super Bowl weekend. Check out this highly read edition, first published on February 2.

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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