Weekly Blend: June 29, 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:

Don’t you hate it when you misplace your house? Police in Delaware were left scratching their heads as to how, or why, someone abandoned a house in the middle of a country road.

A kale burglar is on the loose in Ottawa. This homeowner is dealing with a serial vegetable bandit in her neighbourhood, so she concocted a plan to foil the soil thief.

Let a tortoise roam and he’ll find his way home. After 11 months on the lam, Martin the tortoise was reunited with his Oakville owners after making it a whole two blocks­ away from home.

You had me at “pizza room.” Now if only someone can lend me $100 million. This Bay Area home is packed with jaw-dropping features: 20 rooms, gym, dedicated poker room, theatre, spa and an ice rink!

If you’re a fan of rich, dark colours, but want to avoid creating the illusion of a cramped space, use these bright lighting techniques.

You can try to huff, and puff, and try to blow this house down, but the unique dome home has been designed to withstand hurricanes.

It seems as if Kelly Clarkson has waited a lifetime to sell her Tennessee home. After a year on the market, the first-ever American Idol winner still can’t find a buyer.

For all you DIYers on a budget: sometimes the cost of a renovation is enough to keep the hammers hidden in the garage. But, check out this list of home upgrades that can be done for under $100.

Remember when movies and video games were about the only thing you could rent for your home? Well, now add furniture to the list thanks to this new startup.

You better step up your game if you live next to Oprah. Good thing Rob Lowe’s $47-million California mansion, which just recently hit the market, will make you say, “Oh!”

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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