Weekly Blend: November 4, 2016

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:

With the Obamas all set to move out of the White House, here’s a rare look into their stylish private quarters. Can’t say I’m a fan of that gold velvet couch, though.

No garlic, holy symbols or silver jewelry allowed on this trip. An Ottawa woman won a contest permitting her and a guest an overnight stay in Dracula’s castle—a first in nearly 70 years.

Yes, I know Halloween is over but just like the candy in my cupboard, the scary stories are never-ending. There’s a reason why this entire ghost town is for sale: it’s apparently haunted.

This Halloween display can stay up a little bit longer after that epic Chicago Cubs World Series win. The lights are synced to the “Go Cubs Go!” song.

This 123-acre West Virginia mountain retreat—complete with 80 homes, sports parks and its own water and power systems—is for sale. It also comes with a secret code name, which I won’t reveal here.

Country superstar Miranda Lambert’s Tennessee mansion is up for sale. Turns out it isn’t the house that built her after all.

Smart homes. Sure they’re cool but the largest city in central India, Nagpur, is becoming the country’s first “smart city” with high-tech fiber networks, WiFi and connected cameras.

Paint the walls or put up wallpaper? Why not both? This woman draws abstract designs on wallpaper and then colours it in with pens and felt tips.

Moving shouldn’t have to be this hard. A house being carried by a semi-truck crashed into an Edmonton overpass and caused major traffic delays.

Cars, cell phones, purses: these are things that are commonly stolen. I think this is the first time I’ve read about an entire stolen house, though. It happened in Winnipeg.

The world’s tallest tower being built in—surprise, surprise—Dubai will stretch nearly one kilometre into the sky. Have a look at the $1 billion structure.


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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