Weekly Blend: July 6, 2018

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 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:

The first hot tub was too cold, the other hot tub was too warm, but this hot tub must have been just right. A parched bear downed a margarita in a California homeowner’s backyard oasis.

You just helped a client purchase a home; go the extra mile and offer them some of these tips to keep moving costs down. (Pro tip: wrap your hanging clothes with trash bags. I’ve done this for three moves because folding all those shirts is a rookie move.)

A “smart city” is much more than snow-melting sidewalks and crowdsourcing approvals for block party permits; this in-depth article dives into the pros and cons of Toronto being “Google’s Guinea-Pig City.”

It’s every kid’s dream to live out their lives in a treehouse. Well, this jaw-dropping treehouse will have adults revisiting those youthful desires.

They won’t be Pulitzer Prize-worthy, but a Swedish news outlet is using artificial intelligence to publish stories about local home sales.

No more pencils, no more books, no more one-room schoolhouse! Wait, that’s not how it goes. Saint John’s historic Little Red School House is in danger of being demolished.

You and your droogs might need a pretty polly if you want this domy. No, I haven’t lost my rassoodock, I’m just using Nadsat, a type of slang made famous in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. The writer’s former East Sussex house is for sale.

There’s a reason the late Jackie Gleason’s iconic circular mansion was nicknamed the Mothership. The iconic spaceship lookalike is on the market for $12 million.

But, if you really have a hankering to vacation out in space, it will cost you about $9.5 million U.S.

You’ve seen tiny homes in the shape of cabins, vans, treehouses and even shipping containers. I’ll take this solar-powered houseboat, though.

You might have to wrestle The Ultimate Fighter fans if you want to buy the mansion used for the popular reality TV show.

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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