Weekly Blend: March 3, 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:

You don’t have to head through Platform 9¾ to get your wizard on. Pack your wand and head to Toronto for some Harry Potter yoga.

Cement factories can be such magnificent works of art. Oh, you’ve never heard that before? You might want to check out this factory-turned-home outside of Barcelona.

A dress shirt from Tommy Hilfiger can put you back a pretty penny. So will the American fashion designer’s Florida mansion; it’s on the market for $27 million U.S.

Regular readers of the Blend know I love puns, but this one makes my eyes glaze over. There’s a 24-hour livestream of cats playing in a dollhouse and it’s called “Keeping Up with the Catdashians.”

It’s now possible to go green without notice. A startup is now offering camouflage solar panels to match any roof.

You can soon literally waste away in Margaritaville. Canadian real estate developers are creating a Jimmy Buffet-branded retirement city in Florida.

REALTORS®, I’m sure you can appreciate a good floor plan. And if you’re also a movie buff, you’ll love this artist’s rendition of floor plans for these Oscar-nominated movies.

Have a spooky house that just won’t sell? Try marketing it as “not haunted” like this agent did for a rundown home in Idaho.

If you thought you’d never be able to afford Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, well… you probably still can’t. It’s now going for $67 million – a drastic drop from its original asking price of $100 million.

Mother Nature huffed and she puffed, and almost blew down this Toronto house under construction. I shall now call it the leaning tower of Leslieville.

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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