Weekly Blend: July 11, 2014

To see if you’re paying attention I’m replacing this blurb with a joke. A moth flies in to a REALTOR®’s office. The REALTOR® asks the moth if he can be of assistance. The moth replies “thanks for asking…things just aren’t going so well for me these days. Every day it’s the same routine – day-in-day-out – and sometimes I feel like it’s not worth it.” The REALTOR® looks at the moth wondering why he’s telling him this. The moth continues, “My wife and I fight all the time, the kids don’t seem to like me…I mean some days I wonder what’s it all about…why am I here…why are we here…” The REALTOR® interrupts the moth and says, “it seems like you might be depressed…why are you telling me all this, wouldn’t you be better off talking to a psychiatrist? Why did you come in here?” The moth replied, “I dunno, your light was on.”

Here are my weekly picks:

Now that Everest College is closing up all of their Canadian locations, network television will be wondering what to do with all that available advertising time.

Have a look at the past sixty years of IKEA home décor. IKEA…Swedish for “where did I park my car?”

From mold/moisture detectors to smart food scales. Here are five smart home products you can buy in 2014.

Three neighbourhoods in Vancouver are seeing demand outstripping supply…and the CBC spoke with a member of the REBGV as well as a few REALTORS® from Vancouver.

Want to be neighbours with Miles Davis and Celia Cruz? All you have to do is…well, let’s just say you have to downsize to a much smaller space and it’s probably your final move.

In the Weekly Blend, “Throwback Thursday (TBT)” has to come a day late. Have a look at these 16 items that new houses might never see.

An Ipsos Reid survey shows that condos rank as second most popular real estate choice for prospective Ontario homebuyers.

Real estate trends are constantly changing and this Mashable.com article lists five ways big data is changing real estate.

There is a casualty in Britain’s hot real estate market and that casualty is the neighbourhood pub.

DRONES – the new way to scout luxury properties in Australia.

I’m including this article only because this is the first time I’ve come across the term “zombie foreclosure.

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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