Weekly Blend: May 23, 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:

Weekly Blend continuing update on the status of Toronto’s El Mocambo. This week’s…it’s back on the market.

Maybe it’s because I’m from Ottawa…maybe it’s because I remember/have been to many of the places featured, but I loved this article which is a walk down Carling Avenue (with a bit of history thrown in).

Still in the Nation’s capital…Ottawa REALTORS® get ‘happy’ and raise $46,000 for local charity.

This list of 45 things that drive your housemate crazy can also be applied to spouses, kids, parents, guest…basically anyone who ever enters your house for longer than 5 minutes. (#20 is a personal pet peeve of mine).

According to the Wall Street Journal, census data shows that more Americans are returning to the suburbs.

Nebraska news uncovers houses that used to be meth labs and the laws regarding buying and selling of the property. And here is the link to the list of known former meth labs for every state.

Want to auction off your parking spot in San Francisco? There’s an app for that.

Next time you’re visiting Pauls Valley, Oklahoma don’t forget to stop by the Toy and Action Figure Museum. I don’t know if the Smithsonian has anything to worry about.

It’s real estate related only because a real estate based website in Seattle did the research. Check out this map displaying which words and phrases people in all 50 states search for more than people in any other state. The results are quirky, hilarious and kind of disturbing. (What’s up with Texas?)

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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