Weekly Blend: March 15, 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!

Maybe he was just trying to hibernate? Ottawa police had to rescue a snowed-in senior after he spent the winter living off whatever he had in his house. Remember to check on your neighbours.

Who needs Batman to combat crime when you have Barry Manilow? The city of Port Colborne, Ontario, is considering playing the crooner’s music to dissuade unruly teens from causing a ruckus throughout the downtown core.

Forget heading to a club, arena or music festival to see your favourite bands perform. Living rooms are becoming the hot new venues for musicians to perform.

To prevent a The Day After Tomorrow type of natural disaster from happening in New York City, the Lower Manhattan coastline is being pushed out 500 feet at a cost of $10 billion.


Shhhhh! Check out this $2.95 million-dollar Massachusetts home, described as a “classic revival masterpiece” that used to be a library.

Accent walls are a nice way of sprucing up a boring living space, but if you want to go the extra mile and have a bit of a green thumb, you might be interested in installing a living wall. This article explains how to tackle such a project.

Braving the Toronto elements is a struggle for millions of Canadians, that’s why Sidewalk Labs is testing a “building raincoat” to act as a high-tech tent for pedestrians.

If you’re worried about knights ambushing your home (who isn’t these days) then maybe you should purchase the “dragon house” in Michigan. It comes with a tower that spins and the shingles look like scales, but, alas, it doesn’t breathe fire.

This is what happens when you start building a home without a plan. Is it a church? A casino? A doomsday bunker? A castle? Who really knows?

The path to homeownership unfortunately runs right through this English couple’s home. Potential buyers can’t secure a mortgage because an administrative error shows a footpath running through their house on the official plans.

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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