Weekly Blend: November 14, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news that you just 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 share please feel free to share 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:

The house in Guelph – now designated a National Historical Site – where John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields” continues to draw visitors from around the world.

Could architects be doing more for seniors and soldiers?

A Calgary non-profit organization that helps Calgarians achieve home ownership is celebrating its 500th sale.

If you recognize the quote: “she says the jungle … it just came alive and took him” is from Predator, then you’ll feel right at home in this Swedish house.

And speaking of Swedish … here’s a story about a 12 year old boy from Shanghai who ran away and lived in an IKEA for nearly a week.

Contractor Jonathan Scott and Vancouver REALTOR® Drew Scott go over the pros and cons of buying fixer uppers.

Are your future neighbours hard partiers? Would you live in a building with “too many Republicans?” Find out what some NYC apartment renters found out when they researched their future neighbours.

In case you’re wondering, here they are in  alphabetical order: the 50 most expensive homes for sale in every state (starting with Alabama).

And here’s a closer look at the Beverly Hills’ house that clocks-in as the most expensive house for sale in the U.S. – which completely contradicts the Santa Barbara house listed in the above article. Who do you believe?

NAR has adopted a new Code of Excellence and is embarking upon a REALTOR® rating system.

Speaking of NAR, in this article Todd Carpenter – NAR’s Managing Director of Data Analytics – discusses how big data and mobile computing can be leveraged by brokers, agents, and real estate portals.

The old slogan said “Coca-Cola adds life” … and their former manufacturing plant is certainly doing that to a formerly run-down section of downtown Los Angeles.

Here’s a quick article highlighting five little-known ways agents benefit by using a few simple social media tools.

Micro condos are a big hit with real estate investors, but are of concern to some lenders. A Toronto Star article has a look at why some banks and lenders have rules restricting mortgages on units fewer than 500 square feet.

And speaking of micro living … CNN.com takes us on a tour of tiny living around the world.

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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