Weekly Blend: January 30, 2015

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, newsgroups and forums 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 have a spare lot, this Victoria, B.C. family could use it for their 350 sq. ft. home.

If you’re a DIY-er or a history buff, have a look at this 1949 NFB video about how an igloo is built.

CBC.ca has a story about the changing role of the REALTOR®. Does this article ring true with you?

This week, the Blend has actual footage from inside a cat house … it’s actually video of a man who’s converted his house into a feline oasis.

An Ottawa couple (and co-founder of Shopify) have big plans for their new purchase … the historic Opinicon resort on the big Rideau.

A facility that provides Vancouver’s homeless people with a place to store their belongings received national recognition in the form of a $40,000 grant.

CTV.ca takes a look at some celebrity properties up for sale, including the penthouse apartment of the Chairman of the Board. (VIDEO)

Another CTV.ca/Canada A.M. story, this one covers fun and frugal hotel room hacks to improve your stay.

There is so much interesting stuff (abandoned properties, rooftop photography, etc.) featured on Freaktography.ca that I thought it best to include the whole website and not just a few links.

Now let’s travel inside the abandoned property of Takieddin el-Solh, Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1973-74 and briefly again in 1980.

For those readers with a flair for adventure, Airbnb’s new cable car lets you sleep 9,000 feet in the air (careful when you step outside for your morning paper).

Here are 10 cases where it might be right to rent rather than own during retirement.

Pictures of cities and the foods they are known for (disclaimer: Weekly Blend not responsible for sudden urge to want sushi, gelato, or waffles).

Many Millennials want what their parents had: a spacious, single-family home. But they can’t afford to leave their metropolitan lives.

We can’t head in to Super Bowl weekend without mentioning this Arizona-based Seattle superfan who painted his whole house Seahawks’ colours (lawn too).

And, to show how partisan the Weekly Blend is, here’s a Boston Globe story covering the ultimate Bean Town guide to the big game.

Jonathan Baker, our former Speech Writer, contributed to the development of speeches, advertisements, and communications to our membership. Our staff knew him as the go-to guy at 200 Catherine for some comic relief. Prior to joining CREA, Jon worked in the radio industry in Ottawa. If you meet Jon, be sure to ask him to tell you about his encounters with many famous musicians while volunteering at a local music festival for more than 10 years.

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