Weekly Blend: January 25, 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 fancy yourself as a bit of a raconteur, you’ll want to showcase appealing adjectives and captivating storytelling techniques to this Alberta woman, who’s giving away her $1.6 million home in a letter-writing contest.

The Sims isn’t just a video game where you can take the ladder out of your character’s pool and watch their futile attempts at escaping. No, there are designers who actually make a living building tiny homes in the popular video game.

This incredible living arrangement will have you saying, “Viva Italia!” Airbnb teamed up with a non-profit to offer free housing for the summer to four lucky people who want to live on a historic hilltop in southern Italy.

Do you think the address of this house is 007? James Bond’s fictional London home is up for sale for $11.86 million CDN.

The most expensive home ever sold in the United States isn’t some astronomically sized villa with 50 bedrooms and an indoor waterpark. Billionaire Ken Griffin just paid $238 million U.S. for a New York City penthouse.

Bookies aren’t the only ones cashing in on the Super Bowl. Those who live near the Atlanta stadium where this year’s game is being played are making, on average, $441 a night renting out their homes on Airbnb. (Go Rams!)

At first glance of this headline, you might think this REALTOR® in New York is giving up on selling homes to sell pork products. No, Bacon is just the name of a school that recently hit the market.

The Three Little Pigs could have used this bricklaying machine to protect themselves from the Big, Bad Wolf. The Hadrian X can lay 1,000 bricks an hour.

What’s the first thing you advise your clients to do when they move in? Change the locks? Put groceries away? Whatever it is, don’t say paint the walls, according to this Toronto designer.

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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