Weekly Blend: March 4, 2016

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:

Buyer – or in this case – renter beware. An Ottawa man woke up to find piles of unexplained furniture in his driveway which turned out to be a rental scam. (VIDEO)

Lebowski, Balboa, Leatherface. Find out the fate of these fictional characters’ real life homes (and a few more too).

The Weekly Blend has featured many stories about businesses being raffled off but here’s a follow up about a winner who decided to walk away from his prize of a Toronto restaurant.

Eater.com invites you to take a look inside the home kitchens of professional chefs.

Instead of hotels, Hyatt wants to sell customers “stays.” Is this the anti-hotel for the Airbnb era?

If you’ve ever been inspired by this song then perhaps this Vashon, Washington lighthouse property is something you might be interested in.

Even though the Academy Awards are last week’s news, these Oscar-inspired Airbnb rentals are still available … and none of them are on Mars set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future.

I’m not going to try and write a better headline: There’s a city in China that was built to replicate Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

What good is cheap rent if the cost of commuting consumes a huge chunk of the tenant’s income?

Muggles, pack your bags! There’s a Harry Potter-inspired café in Argentina.

And speaking of otherworldly … Business Insider looks at the plans to build a futuristic vertical village in India.

The oldest book store in America (and possibly the world) is also haunted.

It’s a video about doors but also much more than that. I hope you enjoy it. (VIDEO)


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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