Weekly Blend: November 28, 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:

This bizarre one – courtesy of Century 21 – first aired last Thanksgiving. Weekly Blend readers … I give you the Tryptophan Slow Jam.

Want to know what happens when you Google “Black Friday + Real Estate”? You find a two-year-old story about Thanksgiving real estate deals.

Corn, apples, bread, beer, coffee, fudge, and more. Are they Thanksgiving snacks? Nope, 20 buildings shaped like food.

As difficult as it is to believe, there are some retailers (20 to be exact) that refuse to open on Thanksgiving.

I’ll just let The Huffington Post headline speak for itself: Surpirse! Canada’s largest industry is real estate.

CBC’s Steven and Chris weigh in on the seven things you must know before buying a condo.

The Toronto Star poses the question … what to consider when looking to buy a recreational property?

Whichever side you stand on, fracking is causing a boom in the west and providing some areas with a new lease on economic life.

The Winnipeg Free Press took a look at why the hotel beverage room is disappearing from the rural landscape – not just in Winnipeg, but across North America.

A new study from Concordia University shows that seniors prefer suburbs to urban condos. And here’s the same story – a little bit more flushed out – courtesy of The Huffington Post.

Thinking of buying a European property? Perhaps one of these seven stunning castles in on your shopping list?

A duplex loft in Chicago’s Lincoln Park can be quite a tasty offering … because it once was an old Cracker Jack factory.

And if living in an old Cracker Jack factory isn’t your thing, then maybe a $78,000 gingerbread house is more to your liking.

Since 2000, Pittsburgh has become a destination for young, educated people. “Everybody has a negative connotation of this city,” says one resident. “It’s a different place than most people think it is.” (VIDEO)

New York City may be getting a new park … a floating one called Pier 55.

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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