Weekly Blend: July 4, 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:

First it was tear sheets, and then came faxes, then the Internet. Now lifestyle videos are the latest trend in real estate marketing.

In a country filled with political tension, one creative group literally built a house of cards.

These 7 green and repurposed sports stadiums show you what a little imagination and innovation can do.

These skywalks may offer amazing views but they are certainly not for the faint of heart.

The average price for a detached home in the 416 is over $900,000. An entire town in South Dakota can be yours for just $400,000. You decide.

Two new city blocks could be added to Manhattan. How much do you think that property would go for?

What would you say to a water, mold and fire resistant building material that is stronger than concrete completely organic, compostable and easy to mould. Sounds pretty good, huh? Now, what if I told you that it was a mushroom?

I can’t do justice in describing this project so I will let a direct quote from the website provide explanation: “Weaving a home” re-examines the traditional architectural concept of tent shelters by creating a technical, structural fabric that expands to enclose and contracts for mobility while providing the comforts of contemporary life…”

Smartphone, smarthome, and now, livescribe has developed the smartpen.

Wondering what to do with your old hurleys (sticks used in the Irish sport of Hurling)? A sculptor is using them to recreate the Game of Thrones throne. Maybe this will inspire a Canadian version with hockey sticks.

This story about a grandmother buying a building and finding some classic arcade games is pretty sweet, especially if you’re her grandchild.

Movie theatres of yesteryears are vanishing and being replaced by multiplexes, but here is a beautiful photographic essay on America’s disappearing historic theatres.

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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