Weekly Blend: February 20, 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:

Regular readers of the Weekly Blend know I have an ongoing love affair with NPR, which is why I’m beginning with this story about a Texas community aiming for urban utopia.

Recently our East Coast friends have taken a bit of a winter storm beating but for one Summerside, PEI couple there is light at the end of the tunnel. The light just happens to be attached to their car, which is buried under roughly two storeys of snow.

Sure, some parts of the country are covered in snow but now’s the time to think spring and selling and one way to increase the value of a home is by doing outdoor renovations.

What’s groovier and more swinging than owning a “60’s ‘Bubble House”? The only catch is that the ten that are for sale are in France.

Stop, collaborate and listen. Ice is back and he’s been arrested. Why is this Weekly Blend worthy? Because Vanilla Ice has a home renovation reality show and I thought it would be fun to include him in the Blend.

Frozen fountains, frozen lakes, frozen waterfalls, frozen brownstones…Winter…let’s let it go already.

Last week, it was cheap plots of land for sale in Newark and this week it’s even cheaper plots of land for sale in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone, Manitoba.

Devoted fans of Joy Division have launched an Indiegogo campaign to turn Ian Curtis’ house into a Joy Division museum.

If you’re thinking of selling your Vancouver property keep in mind that some buyers may want everything, including couches, cutlery, and art.

Fans of Japanese animation would love to be spirited away to a proposed Stuido Ghibli theme park – a perfect place to take your neighbour, Totoro.

The Weekly Blend will keep the spirit of Valentine’s Day alive with this seductive tour of Fifty Shades of Grey’s Seattle locations.

The American Dream is alive and well and can be yours in Minneapolis (according to The Atlantic).

A few weeks ago, the Weekly Blend took a look at an old NFB film on building an igloo. This week, we take a video look at the preservation underway to save an Antarctic explorers’ hut.

A global study has identified four disruptive forces in retail. Should retailers and REALTOR® be concerned?

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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