Weekly Blend: January 12, 2018

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:

Summer is coming, we know what’s coming with it: higher temperatures. That’s why you might want to check out this impressive Game of Thrones ice hotel before it melts.

For a larger-than-life Instagram post, head to Dubai and pose under the world’s largest picture frame. At 150 metres tall, you might need a collage of photos to fit it all in.

A-tisket a-tasket, how the heck did someone sell this basket? The iconic seven-storey tall Longaberger basket building finally sold for $1.2 million.

Hey there, bud! Did you hear a-boot the moose who went out for a rip near the ol’ barn? He just sent it, eh? Apparently our Canadian accent is ranked as one of the sexiest in the world.

And there will be plenty of poutine talk amongst athletes at the Canada Olympic House for Pyeongchang 2018. Take a look at the 12,000 square-foot space filled with plaid, maple and Muskoka chairs.

Amphibious architecture is a way to combat destruction due to weather events caused by climate change. Imagine a house being able to lift itself up out of water.

Professional golfer Rory McIlroy is putting his Florida home up fore sale. There’s a pretty large water hazard on the property, though, as the $13-million mansion sits lakeside.

Calling timeout during the middle of a street hockey game to allow cars through would no longer a problem if you build your rink of dreams on the sidewalk instead.

Talk about a supreme deal! Diana Ross’ childhood home in Detroit is listed for $130,000 U.S.

Are you cool enough to pass this test? This completely scientific, fully-researched quiz from Buzzfeed will let you know if you’re cool or not based on how you design a home.

Minimalist, sleek and crisp white décor trends are soooo 2017. Here’s a list of home design trends you can expect to see more of in 2018.

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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