Weekly Blend: December 22, 2017

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:

Silly deer, how do you expect to buy anything in the store if you don’t have any doe? Also, hasn’t this herd heard the golden retail rule? No shoes, no shirt, no service.

It doesn’t matter how posh the Beckhams’ tree house is. Neighbours aren’t happy because the famous couple never got permission to build one.

This is a bird-brained idea. A neighbourhood in Bristol, United Kingdom, has put rows of sharp spikes on trees to prevent birds from landing on their limbs.

They say the best things in life aren’t free. Sure, this house isn’t going to appear on any Top 10 lists any time soon, but you can’t beat the price.

Rome must have been inspired by Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. Spending $73,000 on a tree only to have it described as “mangy” is likely not the outcome they were hoping for.

Giving and receiving gifts at Christmas is exciting, but if you really want to create memories for the architecture-lover on your list, consider these experiences.

This Simpsons-related article isn’t holiday themed (unless you consider Santa’s Little Helper as festive), but it’s too cool not to include. This is how the iconic Evergreen Terrace home would fare on House Hunters.

What happens when you blend the Grinch and Christmas Vacation together? You get this unfortunate scenario where a thief steals part of a Barrie home’s elaborate Christmas display.

Don’t bother trying to compete with this Christmas display. New York City’s most iconic holiday home gets 100,000 visitors each year because it’s that good.

And if you’re stuck coming up with ideas on how to compete with your neighbour’s over-the-top display, a “ditto” sign works best.

Of course, Donald Trump’s White House Christmas display is over-the-top. There are 53 Christmas trees, 12,000 ornaments and 180,000 feet of lights. Where’s my “ditto” sign?

From all of us here at the CREA Café, Merry Christmas and happy holidays! We’ll be back in the new year with more quirky real estate-related stories.

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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