Weekly Blend: May 24, 2013

Each week, the Weekly Blend will feature interesting links to real estate news, tidbits or topics of interest you can enjoy with your favourite cup of coffee. It may even become a great conversation starter at your next client meeting. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

This Manhattan renter downsized from 96 square feet (no, that’s not a typo).

And if you need to furnish that small apartment, here’s some interesting modular furniture that’s not from IKEA.

The CBC took a random cross-country sampling of properties listed on REALTOR.ca to see what’s available for around $380,000. Better yet, why not get a superior read on housing prices by checking out MLS® Home Price Index Tool. You can compare the price of “typical” homes in a number of markets. (Hint: go to the tab “By Timeframe and Property Type” and select the “Benchmark” option.)

Each week, stories of REALTORS® making a difference in their communities across Canada appear on REALTORSCare.ca. This week, the London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® shared a feel-good report on how REALTORS® from Keller Williams Lifestyles celebrated RED Day 2013 by sprucing up the garden and yard of a local public school and painting eye-catching murals.

Rappers don’t try to sell houses but should REALTORS® try Hip-Hop?

Here’s a nifty vacation rental for those of you heading out the Palm Springs way. Maybe a place to stay during a White Christmas… but only if the Holiday Inn is booked.

They may dub this property “The Playboy Warren” (because bunnies live in warrens).

Are there lessons Canadians can learn from the U.S. housing crisis? An interesting article from Yahoo.com.

South Beach, FLA has unparalleled nightlife, stylish shopping and Zilbert’s real estate store.

Be extra careful when demolishing walls. You never know what’s hidden behind the drywall.

Lowering property values is just another reason to give up smoking.

Is your Smartphone the right Smartphone for your business?

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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