Weekly Blend: From horror show to dream home

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!

It’s your run-of-the-mill home reno show, but with a little twist. “Murder House Flip” is a show taking audiences to homes that have witnessed some of the most notorious crimes in United States history.

Is this real life or a Jason Bourne movie? A commercial truck travelling down an Ontario highway struck a telephone pole and was catapulted into the air, landing on a nearby home. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.

“Did you ever know that you’re my hero?” Bette Midler fans will be asking us this question after hearing about her New York City Penthouse that’s officially on the market. Hopefully you have $50 million to spare.

The screeches heard in this Burnaby, British Columbia neighbourhood aren’t from an unruly bird or a construction worksite. No, the Vancouver SkyTrain has been screeching so loudly there’s now a petition to get it to stop.

A heartwarming story has emerged from the United Kingdom this week. Merchants from the Gorleston community have decided to buy back the town’s supply of plastic ring toys to protect the area’s seal colonies.

They can’t leave their homes or use their gardens because of wayward balls. Residents in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, are living in fear from the constant barrage of balls from a nearby cricket pitch.

Have you heard? Chicken coops are replacing tiny homes as the hottest backyard trend. Have a look at this article and learn everything you need to know about this egg-cellent idea.

Fifteen years ago, thieves made off with a Houston resident’s championship football ring. This week, it was discovered underneath one homeowner’s property … more than 300 miles away!


Following his time studying history at Carleton University and as an infantry soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces, James Crocker-Fitzpatrick brought his diverse communication skills to the Canadian Real Estate Association. As a former summer student focusing on content creation for REALTORS Care® and CREA Café, James worked hard to write stories that reflected the generosity of the REALTOR® community and helped create interesting articles for the CREA Café. James finds pleasure in a quiet night of reading or painting alongside his three cats. He also likes scary movies, science fiction, and a well-crafted sentence.

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