Weekly Blend: July 22, 2016

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:

Now that Pokemon Go has launched in Canada, proximity to Pokestops and gyms (no, not the ones you actually work out at … come on, that’s so 2015) are selling points on real estate listings.

Speaking of this Pokemon Go craze, here are a few stories you can use as ammunition against your friends walking around catching cartoon characters on their phones.

“Real estate junkies” took this tired, red pleather-riddled house in a trendy area of Toronto and turned it into a contemporary masterpiece. Has red pleather ever really been trendy?

Rain, rain, go away, I’m gonna paint my lawn today. A Vancouver-based lawn care company is offering a 100% biodegradable lawn dye service to take your lawn from dry and brown to lush and green.

If you want to leave the passport at home but still travel, staycations are a good alternative. Get out and explore what the Great White North has to offer this summer.

No home office is complete without a desk. But you don’t necessarily need an office chair now that standing desks are popular. The under-desk hammock screams George from Seinfeld, doesn’t it?

It might not be on Golden Pond but you’d feel like the Woman of the Year on a Holiday in the Summertime if you ended up buying this oceanfront home with Katharine Hepburn ties for $4.9 million.

Cleaning out the attic is probably last on your to-do list. But, you should probably go up there just to make sure a stranger isn’t living in your house rent-free.

If every drawer in your kitchen is turning into a junk drawer, it might be time to manage the mess. But starting the cleaning process seems like so much work. Maybe this list will help you.

That’s one way to get a 0-star rating: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick revealed an Uber driver once convinced his wife to ride in the trunk while he worked. What? No shotgun?

It’s no secret our country is great. I mean really, really great. People love Canada, they really do. We’ve been told by millions of people Canada is very great. (Sound like a certain presidential candidate you know?) A real estate agent in South Carolina has unveiled a series of billboards advertising how he can help people sell their homes and move to Canada if their candidate loses.

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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