Weekly Blend: November 16, 2018

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 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:

Smoking isn’t only bad for your health, but it can reduce the resale of a home by as much as 29%. Also, burning down your home is a potential risk you take, so butt out.

When a house is five cents over budget and has drawn-on windows or, even worse, vertical floors, it’s time to cross it off your list. Check out the hilarious “Saturday Night Live” skit spoofing an episode of “House Hunters” that aired over the weekend.

Chances are if you’re a pet owner, you know the dog wears the pants in the relationship. Owning a dog changes a lot about your lifestyle, including where you live.

You know what they say: love thy neighbour. Well, these Japanese homes are designed to encourage interactions with your neighbours.

This guest house may look a little wonky from the outside, but it’s intentionally done to maximize living space.

There’s a reason why Toronto’s most expensive home currently for sale ($21.7 million!) is named La Belle Maison. Although, I think the theatre’s seating is due for an upgrade.

The makers of Monopoly have made a version of their game exclusively for millennials. If you don’t know what a thimble is and want to gain experiences, not properties, this is the game for you.

Sick of seeing homes decorated in “millennial pink?” (There better be an abundance of that colour in the new Monopoly game.) Hopefully muted green and poppy red burst onto the scene soon.

This Spanish villa in Los Angeles will make you say, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” Grammy-winning singer Usher recently sold his home for $3.3 million U.S.

An average 25-year-old would need to vacuum the house for five hours straight in order to burn off all the calories in the heart-attack inducing “Freakshake”. This mouthwatering masterpiece has 156 grams of sugar per serving!

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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