Weekly Blend: October 16, 2015

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:

Just $507.35 a year: That’s the projected total energy bill for The Edelweiss House, an ultra-efficient bungalow built by Ecohome near Edelweiss, Quebec.

A Kamloops, B.C. company called “Rent-a-Chicken” is, well, it’s exactly what you’d expect it to be.

How fitting it would be for Hy’s Steakhouse if the traditional gift for a 60th anniversary was a T-Bone.

Tall towers pose big challenges in Vancouver.

Coffee drinkers and Weekly Blend readers alike will enjoy this story (no need to adjust the headline): “Maybe black coffee isn’t for psychopaths, after all.”

Rentseeker.ca has created an infographic comparing the cost to rent apartments in cities across Canada and the U.S.

Essay contests and lotteries were two new ways to own homes/businesses and now if you finish the 30-pound, $150 Gran Chingon burrito in an hour, you become a 10 per cent owner of Don Chingon in Park Slope Brooklyn.

At the San Francisco location of Amoeba Music, co-owner Dave Prinz wants to open a marijuana dispensary in his store.

Here’s an interesting article from REATLOR.com that asks, “is the legalization of marijuana good or bad for home values?

There’s now a Will Ferrell-themed bar on New York’s Lower East Side. Stay Classy New York celebrates all things Ferrell.

Home stagers take note of this Buzzfeed article of 40 easy DIYs that will significantly upgrade your home.

A seller contributed her story to The Globe and Mail detailing the cost of getting her house ready for the real estate market … and how it came as a shock.

News flash: The current real estate market has many American’s pretty darn upbeat.

Here’s what Adweek.com has to say about this Bacardi ad: “…the ad depicts a roving hipster gang that turns a house relocation into a raucous wingding, complete with a legit DJ, bathtubs full of liquor (Bacardi, of course), and live chickens flapping around the den.”

This haunted house in Tustin, California is so scary visitors are required to sign a waiver … and there’s even a safe word. Enter if you dare.  (VIDEO)

Our good friends at NAR created this interactive “Build Your Own Haunted House” – similar but not exactly like our Anatomy of a Haunted House (from last year).

Last week we had a story about Integral House and this week we have a story and a video tour.

Some Halloween DIY tips for the home from the Huffington Post.

Luxury home automation company Savant launches a remote for controlling everything in your home.

Fastcodesign.com takes a photographic look at the Fading “Grands Ensembles” of Paris – the stigmatized housing experiments and their aging residents.

From a crumbling bank to a world class arts center, you’ll be amazed at what $1 can get you in Chicago.

I’ve included this listing, not because of how spectacular it is but, because of the number of ornamental roosters that appear in almost every single picture.

Meet the horror fans who built (and live in) a replica of the Halloween house.

See the 20 “Most Pinned” places on Pinterest.

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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