Weekly Blend: March 1, 2019

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!

This building is for the birds, and we mean that in the nicest way possible. Once dingy and utilitarian, the chicken coop has undergone a stylish resurgence and are being designed for maximum chicken comfort.

Attention dog lovers: have we found the place for you. This apartment building in Chicago has a resident, 12-year-old Newfoundland dog who lives in the lobby and greets residents.

Attention skiers: paradise awaits you at this rustic, luxurious, Lincoln Log-esque mountain home in the Lake Tahoe area. A lot of flannel and hot chocolate would go well at this $3.45-million home.

When Carrie Underwood wrote the song “Temporary Home” a decade ago, she probably wasn’t talking about her Tennessee mansion. However, the Grammy-winning singer has listed the four-bedroom house for $1.45 million.

Neverland Ranch might never sell. The estate famously owned by Michael Jackson once had an asking price consisting of nine digits. It was being offered at $67 million in 2017 and was most recently reduced to $31 million.

Think the above story has an eye-popping price drop? The Mountain, a prime piece of land at Beverly Hills’ highest point, just got an avalanche of a price cut – from $1 billion last summer to $650 million now.

What do you do when you have billions of dollars to spend and a huge home? You install a trampoline room in your $127-million mansion, à la Bill Gates.

Imagine coming home to find a for sale on your front lawn. OK, sounds unextraordinary for REALTORS®, but what if you didn’t want your home sold and discovered strangers kept listing the house?

Instead of purchasing seeds or plants, you can redirect your mango smoothie scraps from the compost to a flowerpot. Check out this article in REALTOR.ca’s Living Room blog, which details how to make windowsill plants from kitchen scraps.

These British best buds couldn’t get a mortgage on their own, so they pooled their money together to buy a home. What do you think? Should best friends buy a home together? Let us know what you think in the Comments section below!

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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