Weekly Blend: December 5, 2014

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:

What will $6-million get you in Montreal? The penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton … and it looks to be well worth it.

Just in time for ski-season, here are some of the most epic ski homes for sale in Canada.

Keeping with a ski-theme, for the second year in a row Revelstoke B.C.’s Bighorn Ski Chalet was named the best in the world.

Since lavish seems to be a recurring theme this week, here are the world’s ten most expensive skyscrapers.

Take your head out of the clouds and head back down to earth as we look at a neglected mansion in the heart of New Orleans. 

Some of these buildings (which BuzzBuzzhome’s calls “surreal”) are truly a sight to behold.

According to a story on CTV News Vancouver “… the city’s real estate market could become as unaffordable as New York City and London,” and here’s how one ad on Craigslist is an example of just how crazy it’s become. (VIDEO)

From man-caves to landscaping, read how sometimes, when it comes to resale value, over-the-top home customization can bring down your real estate value.

An infographic detailing 180 tips for photographing your home.

Some say winter officially arrives on December 21, whereas others may argue that it arrived in Michigan when a lighthouse became covered in icicles.

Google “12 acres in Playa Vista” and you may find a link to this article about Google buying up 12 acres of property in Playa Vista.

There are some really cool things to be found on Kickstater and this one is no different. The ‘light bandit’ will pipe sunlight into the darkest corners of your home using only a fiber-optic tube.

For between $45 and $75, Philadelphia residents can wear their neighbourhood for work, rest, or play.

This is definitely a “first” for the Weekly Blend: A scientific article determining that your personality helps predict your real estate choices.

Kill Screen Daily – a new contributor to the Weekly Blend – ran an article about ‘Floored’ – a company specializing in 3D real estate software, inspired by the Xbox 360.

Realtor.com offers up a list of eight benefits of buying a house at year’s end.

Here’s another one from Realtor.com that is a short guide to real estate lingo.

The lists keep on piling up this week. Here, courtesy of the “Lighter Side of Real Estate,” are the top 10 reasons you should date or marry a real estate agent.

One final list for this week: Twelve bizarre real estate facts that will make you say “WOW!”

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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