Weekly Blend: June 30, 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:

Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui drives across Canada to uncover the immigrant history – and vibrant presence – of small-town Chinese-Canadian food.  Maybe your favourite is featured!

The buyers may be older but the tenants are still pretty young (for now). Find out why Vancouver parents are buying condos for their young kids.

What happens when you hold an auction for a home in Victoria and only one bidder shows up?

There’s a Star Wars home for sale just outside of Ottawa. I can’t think of a clever pun so you’ll have to make one up on your own. (VIDEO)

Planning a road trip this summer? Be on the look-out for some of Canada’s oddest big roadside attractions.

There’s now one more reason to visit Cape Breton Highlands National Park: its newly-installed cocoon tents.

If the sentence, “…for $2,200 and a case of Corona, he bought the VW and towed it back home” doesn’t make you want to read more, you have no curiosity in you.

Wondering what to bring when you rent a summer property? Global News offers up this helpful checklist.

This former Baptist Church/newly renovated three-bedroom townhouse in Toronto’s Little Italy is up for sale for $10,950,000 and it is pretty spectacular.

Sure there are ride sharing apps and home sharing apps but in Moncton, you can you download “Shed” – an app to have your lawn mowed on an “as needed” basis.

I wanted to go all-Canadian for this Weekly Blend but when I came across a story about a restaurant at the base of a waterfall in the Philippines, I couldn’t resist.

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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