Weekly Blend: Not enough pet photos cancels win-a-home contest

The spread of COVID-19 is affecting the world now and will have long-term effects we can’t foresee just yet.

With that weighing heavy on the minds of millions of people, it’s important to step away from the news of the world every now and then, even if it’s just for a couple minutes.

This edition of the Weekly Blend is designed to, hopefully, help you crack a smile and remind you about the good and wacky side of the real estate world.

A pet photo contest with a grand prize of a 4,100-square-foot mansion in Calgary failed to get the minimum requirement of 100,000 entries.

You couldn’t paint a prettier picture: A house once owned by a member of the Group of Seven is for sale in British Columbia for $799, 000.

What do legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Captain Jack Sparrow have in common? Yarr! The pirate life be for them! Earnhardt Jr.’s Key West home is a treasure and is on the market for $3.7 million.

Ex-royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are searching for a “beautiful and secluded” mansion that offers “the privacy they need.” So, Vancouver Island was too busy for them?

It’s Day 6,325 (or something like that) of physical distancing, and your home is probably feeling the effects. Here are some home organization hacks you can put to use.

It’s hard to believe, but Mother’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for mom, here’s a list that’s sure to help.

Since we can’t go to the beach, wouldn’t it be sweet to bring the beach to us? Now you can with these 10 virtual beach vacations. Please note: sand, sun and warm temperatures aren’t included.

Is Simon Cowell preparing to host a Gatsby-style pool party? The music mogul recently received approval to add a $15-million pool and sunroom to his London mansion.

Matt Day brings his experience as a nationally-recognized multimedia journalist to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Matt provides professional writing, digital media and communications support to CREA and assists in developing engaging social media content. He is regularly featured in the CREA Café where he provides interesting and entertaining content for REALTORS® to enjoy. Matt is a professional photographer but has dreams of becoming a rock star. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and using the Oxford comma.

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