Weekly Blend: December 4, 2015

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:

Rentseekers.ca takes a look at where millennials in Canada are choosing to live.

The future of Sudbury’s Tom Davies Square looked like an episode of Dragon’s Den.

The new owner of the former Montreal Children’s Hospital hints at using the site for baseball stadium.

A new study shows that Metro Vancouver’s walkable neighbourhoods help lower the odds of obesity.

An art school is at the centre of a redrawn Vancouver neighbourhood.

In St. John’s, a real estate agent is planning on running in the Ward 4 byelection.

Vancouver-based Shoes.com (or ShoeMe.ca in Canada) is opening its first retail location in Toronto.

Vancouver gingerbread house is listed for $4.5 million on Craigslist.

In Montreal, Lacey Green residents are not thrilled by Kirkland development plans.

What turns a development into a community?

According to the Wall street Journal, a weak Canadian dollar is changing the landscape of foreign buyers in the U.S.

A Long Island man who went to Florida to have knee surgery returned home about six months later to find his house had been demolished. (VIDEO)

Tracing Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois.

Get ready for a new array of devices and services that will make it easier to work, stay healthy, live at home and remain connected to friends and family.

This building won’t stop screaming and it is driving people nuts.

Click here if you want to know where the world’s greenest cities are.

These London high-rises are a massive experiment in co-living.

Another story from Fastcompany.com: this one gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how Japanese retail giant Muji makes a tiny shelter.

Thousands of Ikea flatpack shelters have gone to Syrian Refugees in 2015.

From insulating the attic to installing weather stripping, here are 12 expert ways to make your home warmer this winter.

Swett, South Dakota is a 6.16 acre ghost town that is now up for sale at the low, low price of $250,000.

The number of new affordable homes in England jumped by 55 per cent in 2014-2015.

Some Britons are turning away from expensive flats and taking up residence on urban waterways.

Come see the home spas that rival those found in big hotels and resorts.

Fundrise lets common folk invest in posh real estate ventures.

How crowdfunding has changed real estate investing.

For crowdfunded real estate to go mainstream, it’s all about security.

This story is being included because the headline reads: “World’s Priciest Steak Costs More Than Your Mortgage.”

Why a basement can hurt the price of a luxury home.

What a good real estate broker should do for you: Ryan Serhant of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing NY” explains what you need to know about your broker. (VIDEO)

Just in time for five weeks after Halloween, “This Old House” magazine brings us … Home Inspection Nightmares XXXIII.

A Wisconsin woman called the police on her neighbor’s Christmas lights.

You won’t find this on Pinterest (or maybe you will, I don’t use Pinterest). These photos show what the 2015 White House Christmas decorations look like.

The salary you must earn to buy a home in 27 American metros.

First FAO Schwartz and now, at the end of December, Toys R Us will be closing their iconic New York City’s Times Square location.

From yoga mats to night lights, here are free things you can get at a hotel in 2015.

Saudi Arabia plans to build the world’s tallest tower at one kilometre high.

Are baby boomers causing a shortage in real estate inventory?

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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