Weekly Blend: October 17, 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:

What do you do when there’s more value in your house than in your marriage?

Another one from the Financial Post – and still dealing with divorce – here are four things to consider before selling your real estate.

This week’s Blend isn’t all downer stories. Here’s one about a Vancouverite and his castle … a castle he bought in New Brunswick for less than an East Vancouver bungalow. Did I mention that it’s a CASTLE!?

A Canadian architect (Raymond Moriyama) awarded a Chinese architect (Li Xiadong) a $100,000 prize for his ‘low-cost and highly-effective library’ on the outskirts of Beijing.

Real estate resurgence is happening in Palm Springs and Canadians are the cause of it.

What makes these magnificent homes even more magnificent? Retractable window walls, that’s what.

And now, we’ll go from retractable window walls to 15 of the world’s most expensive and outrageous garages.

Michael Wekerle, one of the new dragons on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, is buying up property in Waterloo, Ont. to build a tech incubator.

There’s just a little over two months left in 2014 so now is a great time to look at 33 of the most innovative and stunning buildings from around the world created this year.

The house was easily worth $140,000 more than asking … because the cat was included. (VIDEO)

What you can (or cannot) rent for $1,000 in a few major American cities. (VIDEO)

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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