Weekly Blend: October 24, 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:

My mother always said, “house guests are like fish: after four days they begin to stink.” And, if you follow these rules, they may never want to leave.

Last Blend, the “infestation of the week” was venomous spiders … this week’s winner is 102 sanctuary-seeking snakes slithering in Saskatchewan. (VIDEO)

Still in Canada and still with animals, this past week reptiles and fish were confiscated from a London, Ontario home while living in deplorable conditions. (VIDEO)

CBC Doc Zone asks: How vulnerable is your home to damage by severe weather? Take this quick assessment to find out.

This past week, TREB hosted a Mayoral debate and Buzzbuzzhome.com not only live-tweeted the event, but also came away with these five highlights from the night.

When it comes to home ownership, celebrities are just like us … except they have lavish lifestyles and insane mansions.

When I was a kid, weekends were spent hanging out at Skateway Roller Diso. Your town or city probably had a roller rink, too. Curbed.com takes a look at 150 of Roller Rinks in the U.S. 

Not only are the restrooms at the Vancouver International Airport finalists for the best washrooms in Canada, but the airport overall ranks 5th in the “Guide to Sleeping in Airports.”

Small is the new big as tiny homes become the way of the future. Wicked Local Halifax takes a look at how to live and work in a tiny home.

You can buy a teardown in Vancouver OR you can buy one of these nine French castles –same price, it’s your choice.

We here at the Weekly Blend love IKEA and horror movies. So, to prepare you for next week’s  Halloween edition, here’s an IKEA ad from Singapore with a very Kubrick feel to it.

It’s been a long time since Academy Award winner Joan Fontaine made headlines, but fans of hers will be happy to hear that the sale of her home will benefit an animal welfare organization.

Interested in owning a piece of Toronto rock and roll history? The El Mocambo’s iconic neon palm tree sign is up for sale on eBay. So far, bids are at $11,800 U.S. and counting.

And speaking of auctions, the (ghost) town of Johnsonville, Connecticut goes up for auction on October 28th at a starting bid of $800,000. What would you do with an entire town?

Last week we featured stories about amazing garages and over-the-top retractable window walls. This week, I promise these 16 home theatres will blow your mind (and your budget too).

Have you ever been curious about an Amish barn raising? This time-lapsed video shows how an impressive barn was put up in only 10 hours.  (VIDEO)

This handy-dandy infographic tells us what the colour of a logo says about the company and their brand.

I’m including this because I found it very specific. We’ve seen abandoned resorts, shopping malls, factories, and more. Now, the Weekly Blend brings you 10 abandoned shoe repair stores.

The Atlantic asks the question, “can homeless people move into Baltimore’s abandoned houses?’ The answer is laid out in this interesting article.

Another article in The Atlantic says that one-fifth of Detroit’s population could lose their homes.

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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