Weekly Blend: March 28, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you 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 contribute, please post 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:

This infographic (courtesy of Buzzbuzzhome.com) takes a closer look at the 65,900 people in the GTA who work in the real estate industry.

Is Rhodes Avenue in Toronto the last affordable frontier for first-time buyers?

A study at the University of British Columbia’s School of Economics showed that superstitious homebuyers are willing to pay for lucky addresses. Is this something seen in other parts of Canada?

A Vancouver real estate agent is hoping his one-for-one housing gifting model will catch on and help lead social change.

Pop culture references are a staple here in the Weekly Blend so why should this week be any different. Here’s a subway map to guide you through Springfield. Find out which line you’d need to take to get to Duff Brewery, The Giant Magnifying Glass and maybe even The Hammock District.

If you think you’ve seen homes in need of a deep clean then you need to have a tour through a 200 year old cottage in Scotland that’s been abandoned for the past five-years.

A super energy-efficient house is made out of plastic. Want a tour? Click here.

Smack-dab in the middle of Montpellier, France you’ll find this amazing tree-house apartment. It’s très bien. Très bien indeed.

This is what happens when you ask your friend to house-sit and he then gets the internet involved.

It has absolutely nothing to do with real estate, but New York City now has a 24-hour Cupcake ATM. Yup. That’s where we’re heading.

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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