Weekly Blend: October 28, 2016

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:

You could spend $20,000 renovating your home for re-investment or you could spend $20,000 on decorating your home for Halloween. Here’s how to do the latter.

Or you can completely skip out on the whole decorating-for-Halloween thing. It might scare off buyers.

And if all else fails this Halloween, just go out and buy a haunted hotel.

Don’t have enough to buy a haunted hotel? Here are Canada’s top haunted destinations to visit.

This house is a pile of trash. Literally. And it was the most-viewed property in the United States last week.

This Toronto-area home adjacent to the Camp X spy-training site is where Sir Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond novels, was once stationed. Too bad its address number isn’t 007.

I’m sure Justin Bieber believes if Sir Ian Fleming were still alive, he’d be a Belieber, too. The Biebs rented this James Bond-style home for £4.75m.

It’s a good time to be a car in the U.S. That’s because America is building more three-car garages than one-bedroom apartments.

For sale: one whole city block. This group of homeowners in Sydney, Australia is banding together to sell their “super lot” neighbourhood for as much as $90 million.

Live like the Royal Tenenbaums in their glory days – or hide away like Bonnie and Clyde – on this private island once owned by Academy Award-winning actor Gene Hackman.

How would you like to live at a Tim Horton’s? Ok, not the famous coffee shop, but its namesake. The Toronto home where Maple Leaf legend Tim Horton grew up is listed for $669,900.

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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