Weekly Blend: May 2, 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:

According to BMO, the Canada-U.S. house price gap has hit a record high.

Southwest Winnipeg set to get an 854,000 sq. foot retail development which will include an 11-hectare residential component.

Want to own a piece of Toronto history? Platinum Liquidations is auctioning off Toronto Street signs – with one of them even autographed by the Mayor. Bidding starts at $30.

How can buying a condo in Vancouver help a Cambodian get a house? Find out in this Globe & Mail article.

It ain’t the House that Ruth Built…but baseball’s Wrigley Field turns 100 this year…so here are 100 photos from the last century of baseball in The Windy City.

A couple in Santa Clara, California painted their home like the house in UPneedless to say; some of the neighbours aren’t too pleased. At least their favourite movie wasn’t The Amityville Horror.

Have a look at these beautifully haunting abandoned British places.

And speaking of haunting…here’s an abandoned cold war bomb shelter and, based on the conditions, I’d take my chances outside.

My friend the infographic makes yet another appearance in the Weekly Blend. This week’s timewaster is all about The Working Dead – and the eight types of zombies plaguing your productivity.

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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