Weekly Blend: October 19, 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:

The official residence of Canada’s Prime Minister is under attack. Bees, bats and wasps invaded a vacant 24 Sussex Dr. this year and it cost $10,000 to fix the problem.

Buying an unfinished mansion in the middle of nowhere will either “be fun or it’ll be a divorce” for this Kamloops, B.C. couple. The 11,000 square-foot mansion sits on a rural plot of land in Kinistino, Saskatchewan.

Cops had to get creative to catch a pig on the lam in a California neighbourhood. The mini-horse sized hog was lured back to its home thanks to a trail of Doritos.

A Ukrainian man faked his own death but was in heaven for a short time before getting caught. He was found living the good life in a castle with access to a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom.

Afraid of the apocalypse? This North Carolina home has a secret in its garden: an atomic bomb shelter built 30-feet underground. The bunker could use a little TLC, though.

If you buy the houseboat Tom Hanks once lived in, make sure to tie it up really tight to the dock. You wouldn’t want to float away to a deserted island and have a volleyball named Wilson as a best friend.

You can rest assured knowing this home doesn’t have any unwanted ghosts in it. After performing an “energy clearing,” Virginia resident Elizabeth Ferrall gave her REALTOR® the go-ahead to advertise the house as not haunted.

Chances are you won’t see dead people in Bruce Willis’ Idaho estate either, which recently sold for $5.5 million. Rebuilt in 2003, it has an extravagant outdoor pool and breathtaking views of the mountains.

I don’t care what’s on the other side of this bridge, there’s no chance I’m crossing it. The “Golden Gate Bridge of Arkansas” is closed after a viral video showed it sagging under the weight of a bus.

Here’s a scary thought: a Halloween display that looks so real, people are calling 911. It may look like a plane crash, but upon closer inspection those are just plastic skeletons hanging out of the cockpit.

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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