Weekly Blend: March 13, 2015

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:

“Do not enter” signs are always tempting to disobey, especially when they’re keeping you out of buildings you’ll never, ever be allowed to enter.

Never mind that some readers of the Blend were in utero when this band was popular … the lead singer’s childhood home is on the market. Here’s the link to entertain you.

Pass this advice on to any new home owner you might encounter. There’s some good stuff here.

People aren’t the only creatures looking to change residences. Here’s a short video detailing the house hunting habits of the hermit crab.

Is this a real estate-related story? Nope. But, seeing as our CEO and a recent Past President both share this name, I thought all Gary’s might be interested. Look at me kissing-up to the CEO.

If you think your neighbourhood is growing too dense, how would you feel about this expansion option from the UK? I wonder whether it’ll find its way across the Atlantic?

Still in the London, advocacy group “Homes for Britain” have run a series of hard-hitting billboard ads that draw attention to the soaring home prices in the UK.

RIP Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons. Here are 14 times The Simpsons poked fun at architecture and design.

What can $125 and a 200-word essay get you these days? Well, if your essay is the winning one, it’ll get you a century old Bed & Breakfast in Maine.

A house in Indonesia just came on the market with a rather unique extra – the buyer has the option to marry the current owner.

Have a look at this small home for sale in Calgary’s Killarney neighbourhood and you’ll be reminded of a time when the city’s inner-city was still considered the outskirts.

Last week, the Weekly Blend asked if you would be interested in a house in Buffalo, NY for just a dollar. This week, we enlighten you with five things to know before buying a $500 house in Detroit.

And the Financial Post has a similar story laying out why taxes in Detroit are killing the dreams of homeowners.

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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