Weekly Blend: June 30, 2017

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:

Are you ready for Canada Day celebrations? This Cambridge woman is. She used red duct tape to create a Canadian mural on her garage doors.

Some of the real winners this Canada Day are Ottawa homeowners as the nation’s capital will overflow with tourists. People are renting out bedrooms only for as much as $500 a night!

Bees can be such a buzzkill. There were 100,000 of them lodged in the walls of this Ontario home.

Neither snow nor rain will stop mail carriers from delivering parcels. But, crows? This infamous crow named Canuck can carry a knife – you read that right – and has been tormenting mail carriers in a Vancouver neighbourhood.

If you plan on going to or are hosting a Canada 150 birthday party this year, here are some helpful tips to ensure your celebrations radiate true patriot love.

Let me just reach into my back pocket for a cash down payment on this $63-million home in Vancouver’s “Billionaire’s Row.” It’s claimed to be the most expensive real estate listing in Canada.

Turns out Minesweeper isn’t just a time-wasting computer game, but a home! This ex-Navy ship has been turned into a waterfront residence, selling at a cheap-for-Vancouver price of $299,000.

Onto a couple of non-Canadian items: The California house belonging to Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki burned down in a fire this week.

No one should ever get this excited over measuring things but, I mean, have you seen this new app?! It uses a measuring tape in augmented realty – extremely handy for planning layouts or renovations.

The owners of this house surely yelled, “YABBA DABBA DOO!” when their house sold. The Flintstones House is officially off the market after selling for $2.6 million.

Hope you enjoyed this special Canadian-infused version of the Weekly Blend. If you’re looking for last-minute Canada Day meal ideas, may I suggest a little recipe we concocted? Ketchup chips and Timbits have never tasted so good together!

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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