Weekly Blend: October 31, 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:

Horror movies and haunted houses go hand-in-hand. One writer binge-watched (mostly) direct-to-DVD, haunted house, sub-genre movies found at their local grocery store.

For those of you watching “American Horror Story”, you’ll know how important location is to the show. Curbed.com has mapped the filming locations of this hit show.

Was your home a former grow op or meth lab? Did a murder take place on the property you’re interested in? Are there reports of paranormal activity from the house down the street? Housecreep.com – an Ottawa-based crowdsourced website – answers those questions, and more.

Halloween House Quiz: Guess which witch lives here.

The creepy, the weird, and the gross … read these tales of real estate agents who walked into real-life houses of horror.

This Halloween, relive New York City’s bad old days … in a haunted house.

The more, the scarier. Check out 2014’s scariest haunted houses … but only if you’re not faint of heart!

Seven – count ‘em, seven real-life haunted houses for sale. (13 would have been more effective).

If you suffer from coulrophobia like my friend Sandy does, then you’ll want to stay clear of Wasco, California (and Bakersfield and Delano too).

And speaking of clowns … this is just plain spooky. Atlas Obscura takes us to a motel on the edge of the desert with thousands of clowns conveniently located next to an abandoned graveyard. Have a good sleep.

Okay, Atlas Obscura could be my new favourite site for the truly obscure. For instance, let’s take a visit to eight of the eeriest abandoned places on the seas.

Take a look at these famous authors’ homes. There’s Edgar Allan Poe’s, Anne Rice’s supernatural New Orleans home, Stephen King’s house, and a video tour of Bram Stoker’s Dublin home.

Wizards and Muggles alike will delight! A UK B&B has redesigned two of their rooms as Harry Potter themed rooms! Don’t worry; neither of them are located under the stairs.

How does a round church in Richmond, Vermont make the Halloween edition of the Weekly Blend? Well, rumours and legend cite the architect’s inspiration ranged from his own hometown to the devil himself.

Abandoned properties have always been featured in the Weekly Blend so why should Halloween be different? Here are 13 photos of creepy abandoned places.

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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