Weekly Blend: Game of Thrones character in battle with scarecrows at 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!

If getting pooped on by a bird is considered good luck, the new owners of this fixer-upper are swimming in good fortune. Pigeons absolutely defiled this seaside home with their droppings, but it still sold for more than double its asking price.

Before he even thought of writing The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway was a journalist for the Toronto Star. Now, his Toronto house is on the market for $730,000 and like his timeless stories, this home is a masterpiece.

Kit Harrington is taking his “Game of Thrones” character’s old Night’s Watch duties seriously. He’s using a statue of Jon Snow as a scarecrow in his home’s garden. And now his watch begins.

Speaking of the hit HBO series (that returns on Sunday!), devoted fans should seriously look into filling their homes with the following décor items: dragon egg candles, a Westeros map and, of course, a Hodor door stop.

There’s usually a hefty price tag involved when it comes to owning a celebrity’s old home, but if you want to experience the A-lister life just for a weekend, check out these homes available on Airbnb.

Don’t just assume you need a ton of money to appear on one of those fixer-upper shows you see on HGTV. An Italian city is selling homes for less than a cup of espresso and they want you to star in a primetime TV show.

Vampires, have I found the house for you. This concrete home only lets in little slivers of light during certain parts of the day.

You’ve seen those house lotteries where outside-the-box sellers try to sell enough tickets to make a profit on their home. Well, it didn’t quite work out for this English couple who only raised £110,000 for their home, valued at £2.5million.

The Odell House is nearly a century older than Canada itself, and now Fredericton’s oldest building is on the market.

This is the tale of a tiny town named Story: For $3.8 million, you can own everything in the Indiana community, including an inn, a restaurant and six houses. Did we mention the town is thriving with its three residents and four dogs?


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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