Weekly Blend: January 18, 2019

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:

If you detest dealing with unruly neighbours and want to inflate your bank account, may we suggest becoming the keeper of the East Brother Light Station in San Francisco Bay? You’ll get paid $130,000 to operate the historic lighthouse on a tiny island.

Cats are usually portrayed as being snooty, so this story won’t help their cause. Tina and Louise are two furry felines who have been gifted their own studio apartment in Silicon Valley, costing the cats’ owners $1,500 a month.

This Alberta house will eat up a good chunk of coin. That’s because the homeowners turned their garage into an awesome arcade, filled with 100 vintage games including pinball, Mario Brothers and Pac-Man.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was this eco-friendly home (it was built in three days). Check out this modern masterpiece, which is carbon positive for 70 years and features renewable technology.

So, you want to put your lakeside cottage or your downtown bachelor pad on Airbnb? Here are seven things no one ever tells you about being a host on the home-sharing site.

If you’re anything like me, you have trouble planning your next day, never mind appointments and meetings a week from now. This 10-year calendar is a little excessive.

After nearly 10 years of sitting abandoned, this mould-infested, animal excrement-filled mansion overlooking Toronto’s Scarborough Bluffs just sold for $3.8 million.

Homes for $1? That’s silly. Well, no, it’s actually Sicily. A picturesque town on the Italian island is offering homes for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.

This California city is using a “Goat Fund Me” to pay for goats to make it safe from wildfires, as they can quickly clear flammable brush. Sorry, Nevada City, but Tom Brady, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky are all busy.

Afraid of Big Brother listening in as you ask your smart home device about personal finances or recipes? Invest in this “fungus” which reportedly prevents Alexa and Google from eavesdropping on you.

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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