Weekly Blend: January 5, 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:

Welcome back! We hope you had a joyous holiday and a happy New Year! Considering 2018 is now five days old, it’s safe to assume you’re struggling to keep those resolutions. So here’s one that should be at the top of every homeowner’s list.

America’s next top real estate team could be formed after The Bachelor’s 22nd season (seriously, the show is that old). The bachelor himself is a REALTOR® and four of the contestants are either REALTORS® or real estate agents.

When it’s too cold to do anything, write a song about it. This Manitoban’s song about Januarys in Canada parodies Africa’s hit song “Toto,” using the lyrics, “I froze my brain up in Canada.”

Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid isn’t the only thing of hers that’s gone up in smoke. A fire damaged the Clintons’ New York estate, but luckily no one was home during the incident.

Leave the flooring to the 3D printers. This giant machine will create terrazzo floors in any pattern, so feel free to etch a portrait of yourself on your foyer’s floor.

Living in a tiny house is no longer a pipe dream. Well, actually, in this instance it is. An architect has turned a concrete water pipe into a 100-square-foot mini-apartment.

Want that concrete look, but don’t want it to necessarily be cylinder in nature? Check out this list of stunning concrete homes.

An Ontario man discovered short journal entries on the framework of his father’s house dating back to the 1800s. So this is what life was like before Twitter.

This poor Toronto homeowner couldn’t even get into his driveway after returning from a trip. That’s because plows left a nearly metre-high heap of snow for him to deal with.

Go house hunting around the world without packing your bags. Take this quiz to find out which country best suits your housing style. (I’m moving to South Africa.)

If you really want to alienate yourself from your neighbours, look into this UFO-styled home.

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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