Weekly Blend: January 31, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you 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 contribute, please post 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:

Come visit the Gander Airport – the ‘crossroads of the world’ – where the ‘who’s who’ of 20th-century politicians, scientists, entertainers and royalty would take a break during trans-Atlantic travel.

Hamilton, ON represents in this week’s Weekly Blend. ‘Affordability’ of Hamilton drives real estate market.

NSAR EO Roger Boutilier is quoted in this article about the best places to live in Atlantic Canada.

Bone Structure – a Quebec based company – builds ‘Bone Homes’ –  homes built without any wood or nails. They are money saving, can be built in five days and can evolve with your lifestyle. What are your thoughts?  (Video)

West Kelowna REALTOR® Kaila Klassen – MasterChef Canada contestant, real estate agent and community volunteer.

Millennials – a new generation of homeowner’s – are affection the housing market. This article, from American Genius, tells you how.

And speaking of millennials and home ownership, see the 70 foot self-sufficient pod that students at Vermont’s Green Mountain College have come up with.

This four bedroom, three bath, 4,900 sq. foot Oregon property sits on 19 acres of land and is listed at $3.5 million…did I mention that it has its own railway?

Transforming a barn into a home can be a costly – but worthwhile – project. Here are 10 barn-to-residential conversions that prove it.

Somewhere in every home there’s at least one piece from IKEA…even in Dexter’s apartment or a classroom on Glee or even in a movie like Pitch Perfect.

A Sacramento property appraiser uses Legos to demonstrate why some properties don’t sell.

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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