Weekly Blend: February 14, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you 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 contribute, please post 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:

We’ll start out the Valentine’s Day edition of the Weekly Blend with a story about an NYC retailer that created an entire store dedicated to love.

The National Post asked 14 married couples from across Canada for their secret to making it last. Couple #2 features Alberta REALTOR® Penny Kander and couple #7 features Mississauga REALTOR® Dan Beamer.

Is your client a hopeless romantic? Are they madly in love…or looking for love? Google trends shows that Edmontonian’s love romance and Montrealers have a thing for lingerie.

Canada’s Olympic House in Sochi has a beer fridge that only opens with a Canadian Passport. Just another way we own the Olympics!

Will there be any love lost as Canada kills an investor visa popular with Chinese?

This Gawker headline is great: “Manhattan Apartments Still “A Good Buy” for Bond Villains”.

The 12 buildings nominated for the year’s best design include a floating school in Nigeria, a museum in Mexico City and a crematorium in Stockholm.

An inflatable fun house is touring U.S. colleges – all thanks to sponsors and Adult Swim.

Do you have clients with eclectic tastes? Well then here are a few ideas for them to liven up their home.

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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