Weekly Blend: July 24, 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:

How many REALTORS® do you know can say they reunited Aerosmith lead singer, Steven Tyler, with his dog? One would be the answer and he’s from Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Not enough floor space for stairs? Why not do what they did in this Berlin apartment and install a fire pole?

Discover how a blind architect is changing design, here. (VIDEO)

There’s still plenty of summer left for you to try one of these five Montreal restaurants.

Unleash your inner child at one of these five great American swimming holes.

In the continuing list of things to do this summer, here are 25 places guaranteed to produce amazing memories.

How much would you pay for a hamburger? $100? $5,000? Here are the eight most expensive burgers in the world.

Spend a night in a hotel straight out of the “Gilded Age” – a time in American history when every person was a potential Andrew Carnegie and Americans who achieved wealth celebrated it as never before.

One of Niagara’s most coveted vineyards has been sold and now a new chapter in the old owner’s life is set to begin.

Gute.ca – a Maxwell, Ontario business that builds “bunkie trailers” are moving online in hopes of expanding their sales.

Could you mini-size it in one of these tiny homes?

Some billionaire who calls himself “the king of all fun” is selling his Hampton’s estate for $95 million.

Post-Pan-Am Games, what will happen to the neighbourhoods that went through gentrification?

$29 from Popchartlab.com will get you an 18” x 24” print of the architecture of American houses.

$725 million will get you a Texas ranch the size of a small nation.

Canadian firm superkül, home builder Great Gulf, and Europe’s Active House Alliance, have collaborated to create a tech-savvy prefab home that can control its own climate.

Pirates of the Caribbean? More like Pirates of the Aegean! Why? Because Johnny Depp (and Warren Buffett) both just purchased Greek islands.

Staying in the same region, a massive underground city was recently found in the Cappadocia region of Turkey.

A singer highlights the different echoes that different spaces have by singing the same song in spaces like an empty pool, tunnel, and gymnasium and edited the performances together. (VIDEO)

Prepare to enter the amazing world of these incredible Minecraft creations.

Book and Bed Tokyo: is it a bookstore inside a hostel or a hostel inside a bookstore? You decide.

A REALTOR® reflects on the top 10 reasons she loves her job. What are some of your reasons? Feel free to leave them in the Comments section below.

You have until September 7th to submit your best dessert (and $100) in the latest “home as a prize” contest.

It could be one of the heaviest books out there right now – 100 Contemporary Concrete Building – now available on Amazon.com.

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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