Weekly Blend: June 21, 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:

Through the lens of a talented photographer, these abandoned factories, school, churches, and theatres show the beauty in abandoned properties.

Looks like FSBO wasn’t the way to go for ForSaleByOwner.com creator.

I saw Phish there in the early 90s. What are your memories of Toronto’s Masonic Temple?

Think Los Angeles properties are priced too high? This article compares Vancouver properties to LA ones with some very interesting results.

It won’t be a happy Canada Day for some Montreal condo owners hoping their homes would be ready for July 1st.

This blogger offers up stories and tips on how to choose the best real estate agent.

Continuing with last week’s gift ideas, here are some gems for the REALTOR® on your shopping list.

A Texas architect created a series of GIFs to show the effects of three decades of human-landscape interaction (urban sprawl).

This Los Angeles Times story looks at a federal study that found gay couples face rental discrimination.

Related Companies – with over 40,000 rental residences it owns and manages in places like New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Boston – bans smoking in residential buildings.

When Google is in your neighbourhood, you can list your two bedroom, one and a half bath, 960 square foot house for $1.1 million.

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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