Weekly Blend: May 16, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you may have missed. 

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Weekly Blend, we wanted to put together a list of the risqué-est stories that we weren’t allowed to publish over the past 12 months…but they were, in fact, too risqué. Instead, our hard-at-work crew has selected some of the best stories from the past 12 months! Thanks for all the comments and compliments over the past year! Happy reading!

Here are my picks for some of the top #WeeklyBlend stories from the past 12 months:

Any commercial agents looking to help their client fulfill a dream of owning a restaurant? Don’t suggest any of these names…they’re already taken.

Rappers don’t try to sell houses so maybe REALTORS® shouldn’t try Hip-Hop.

According to one blog, Superman would need a lot of super cash if he had to pay for his fortress of solitude.

Through the lens of a talented photographer these abandoned factories, school, churches and theatres show the beauty in abandoned properties.

For many vacationers, Grossingers provided them with the time of their life. Which corner will they put Baby in now?

Late with a rent payment? Were you abducted by aliens? Waiting for a tax refund? Didn’t have a stamp? Read about a Melbourne grandmother’s bizarre eviction notice.

Have you ever heard this song? Make it a reality and put an offer in on one of these two beautiful lighthouses?

I want to come up with a clever headline but I couldn’t top ‘The Joys of Using an Outhouse’

You better be up on your residential livestock/farming codes before you go into the chicken rental business.

This dazzling desert gem, located in the heart of Las Vegas, comes complete with two elevators, two jacuzzis, a sauna, dance floor and more. It can be yours for just $1.7 million. Oh, did I mention that it is 26 feet underground?

Bad photographs. No, make that ‘terrible real estate photos.’

Some people decorate their lawns with fake tombstones…the one on this Alabama property isn’t just real…it’s functioning (meaning there is someone buried beneath it).

Want to own a piece of Canadian television history? No, I’m not talking about Molly’s Reach. Have you ever wanted to walk the same halls as Wheels, Spike, Joey Jeremiah and Mr. Raditch? You can now because the Toronto District School Board has put Degrassi Junior High up for sale.

Thanks to BuzzFeed for showing us photos of some guy who spent the last month dressing up like local REALTORS® and pasting himself over their bench ads.

Here’s an interesting sculpture. One can only imagine what his pumpkin would be carved to look like…or how about his Christmas lights?

If you have a super-villain as a client, then one of these properties may interest them.

I’d like to begin 2014 with what could very well be the best headline from 2013.

Here’s a short article which emphasizes the importance of proof reading your real estate listing.

This device is 34 years old, can save your life during a fire and is probably something you’ve never even heard of.  I give you the life-saving toilet.

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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