Weekly Blend: July 5, 2013

Each week, the Weekly Blend will feature interesting links to real estate news, tidbits or topics of interest you can enjoy with your favourite cup of coffee. It may even become a great conversation starter at your next client meeting. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

We all love coffee, but do we all know what’s inside your average cup of morning Joe? Readers of the Weekly Blend might like to find out.

Upon hearing of the devastating flooding in Southern Alberta late last month, the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation flew into action to launch an appeal to real estate Boards, Associations, and REALTORS® across the country, to support the Canadian Red Cross’ Alberta Floods Fund. Organized real estate stepped up to the plate. Over $205,000 has been donated/pledged so far via the Foundation, including this generous contribution from Ontario REALTORS®, and donations are still coming in. Help us break the quarter-million mark by donating today!

More good news: 12 days after the flooding, downtown Calgary reopens as city prepares to host Stampede.

Beer, the cause and solution to all of life’s problems.” – Homer J. Simpson.

We do like our sunshine. That may explain why Canadians are buying up property south of the border.

Netscape had just gone public and NAR was deciding what to do with real estate listings on the Internet. Memories of September 1996.

A Turks and Caicos annexation? It would benefit economic development and give Canadians an additional 600 square kilometres of island paradise. Think of the leasing opportunities.

If you like “Survivor” and would like to own one of three islands in Lake Champlain, off the shores of Grand Isle County, then this is the article for you.

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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