Weekly Blend: June 3, 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:

B.C. REALTOR® Patricia Houlihan makes it to the top of the Weekly Blend for her laser-focused advertising campaign. The story also made it to AdWeek.com.

REALTOR.com continues their weird and interesting ad campaign with Elizabeth Banks helping people find their dream home.

“…I’m, I’m simply saying that life, uh… finds a way.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm. It’s taken a little over 25 years but lush greenery has taken over this abandoned fishing village of Shengshan Island, China. (VIDEO)

From Portugal to Reykjavik and all points in between, here are 16 hostels that are way nicer than you’d expect them to be.

Have you ever wondered what Cosplayer’s at home might look like? Well wonder no more!

For approximately $24,879 USD you can spend the weekend in Princess Diana’s childhood home.

The Upper East Side brownstone that reportedly inspired Harriet The Spy’s fictional home can be yours for $5 million. No sleuthing required when looking for additional pictures, either.

Five – count ‘em – five tips to help a house look better in pictures when it’s time to sell.

One day when I’m rich and famous I’d like to have lamb chops with Kevin Spacey at Bakhshi on 58th Street and Fifth Avenue while sitting beneath a Warhol original.

Canadians have the Home Buyers’ Plan as an option but what incentives are in place for first time buyers in the U.S.? REALTOR.com highlights five ways the government can help buyers save money on their first home.

A little known publication called The New York Times has an article about four not-so-obvious things to consider when deciding to buy or rent.

Have you ever fallen asleep wondering where the world’s first floating urban dairy farm will be built? Wonder no more because it’s in Rotterdam.

And we will end this week’s Blend with a video about baby orangutans … because it’s very cute and you get to see baby orangutans in wheelbarrows. (WARNING: brief orangutan nudity)

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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