Weekly Blend: December 9, 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:

Make shoveling snow fun again with the One Wheel! All you need is a $2,295 skateboard-snowboard-Segway hybrid. Does it come with a winter tire?

Well, we’ve come full circle. Amazon is making it cool to actually shop in a store again and not just online.

Oh, you renovated a kitchen by yourself? That’s cool. These Norwegian homeowners built a seaside cottage from trees cut on site.

Now, this is a treehouse. Actually, it’s a tree tower. When completed in 2017, this Taiwan apartment complex will boast 23,000 trees, absorbing up to 130 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Want an upgrade to your home’s security system? Have you considered building a moat? If not, this 300-year-old historic English hall is up for sale.

Or you can just move into Manhattan’s Trump Tower. A condo for sale in that building is touting the Secret Service as a new amenity.

The hottest housing market in the U.S. will be in one of the country’s warmest cities. Realtor.com predicts Phoenix as the No. 1 housing market for 2017.

America’s No. 1 REALTOR® is expected to break the $1 billion barrier… again. Last year, Ben Caballero became the first billion-dollar producer in the world.

Guaranteed you’ve used one of these real estate terms in your listings. From “charming and quaint” to “move-in ready,” here are some common realty-terms translated.

Turns out David and Victoria Beckham’s Los Angeles mansion wasn’t posh enough for them. At 13,000 square-feet, they now want more space.

This could come in handy during Canadian winters. A luxury high-rise in San Francisco will offer a droid that delivers everything from champagne to toiletries straight to your door.

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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