Weekly Blend: June 17, 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:

Angie’s List – a paid subscription website that has crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses – has created a home cost calculator which can help calculate your monthly home expenses … broken down by city, too.

Here’s what an average one-bedroom apartment costs in 50 U.S. cities.

For $650,000 in St. Paul, Minnesota, you can own the house where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in his 20s.

Here they are: the only five rules to know before investing in real estate.

If you’re planning on travelling this summer, keep this list of 50 of the world’s best restaurants handy. You never know where you’ll end up.

Famous homes with amazing features … including tree phones and zebras at Hearst Castle. (VIDEO)

Would it surprise you to find out that New York City is the most walkable city in the U.S.?

Artist Babak Ganjei has painted iconic 90’s sitcom living rooms. Can you tell which one is which?

YouTube is introducing new ways to help small businesses make better video ads.

Lifehacker Australia has an infographic with design tips to help sell houses faster.

Spacious is a startup that makes use of empty restaurants by offering them up to freelancers and others without an office as an alternative to crowded coffee shops.

And, just for fun, here’s the Offset Shed House: an award winning home whose unique design takes advantage of the New Zealand coastline.

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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