Weekly Blend: November 9, 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:

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… an alien spacecraft? Is this odd-looking asteroid a probe sent by extraterrestrials?

Maybe this house can help beam you up to the weird asteroid (probe?). A home that played a crucial role in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is on the market for $5.7 million U.S.

Forget the penthouse suite, if your travels take you to China, book a stay at the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland where 16 of the hotel’s 18 floors are underground—the bottom two facing a 33-foot-deep aquarium.

Five thousand years from now, historians will debate what this concrete block overlooking the Pacific Ocean is. Spoiler alert: it’s an extraordinary home, not our generation’s Stonehenge.

At what point is a “tiny home” considered to be too big? This clever homestead extends to two floors, essentially doubling its original 150-square-foot floorplan.

Here’s a breath of fresh air: using plants when staging a home can help make for a quicker sale.

You certainly won’t be living “The Simple Life” if you buy the house in Hollywood Hills where Paris Hilton partied during her peak wild days.

Chances are, as a real estate professional, you and coffee are on good terms with one another. While this list is meant to act as a gift-giving guide, we’ll totally understand if you buy one or two of these coffee-inspired gifts for yourself.

For the lazy procrastinator who puts off tidying up before guests arrive, this checklist is for you. Make your living room look its best in just 10 minutes.

You only turn 49 once, and what better way to celebrate it by skydiving onto the Playboy mansion grounds. Rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs did just that, because apparently a nice dinner out is too lame.

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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