Weekly Blend: November 7, 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:

I’m including this listing for one reason and one reason only, the house belonged to Alan Freed – the former DJ who coined the term “Rock & Roll.” It can be yours for a little over 500K.

Still with houses that have a musical connection, for the first time in 46 years, The Band’s Garth Hudson returns to ‘Big Pink’ – the house where they, along with Bob Dylan, recorded The Basement Tapes and Music From The Big Pink.

Slyce – a visual search technology company – recently opened up their office in downtown Toronto. The Globe and Mail offered up a quick video tour of their hip Queen Street location.

The lower Canadian dollar is bringing foreign buyers back and they’re buying up property in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour.

In the past, The Weekly Blend has featured a few stories about Toronto’s El Mocambo … the sale of the building, the auctioning of the sign, and now, it turns out that the legendary night club may be saved from condo development and kept as a music hall.

When buying a home in South Florida, cash sales dominate the housing market.

MSNBC host Donny Deutsch tried to scam a real estate broker out of $1.2 million in commission.

Three million dollars can barely buy a new townhouse in Brooklyn but one mystery bidder is hoping that same amount can buy more than 6,000 foreclosures in Detroit.

Canada has the Diefenbunker and now, after 70 years, Rome’s Department of Culture has opened up Mussolini’s secret bunker.

Lockboxes are cool but the Keydisk can store up to nine keys, comfortably, in your pocket. Order yours today via Kickstarter.

Who didn’t want to have a tree fort as a kid? These 17 amazing tree forts are the stuff you’d find in the movies.

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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