Weekly Blend: Paper homes make great gifts

The spread of COVID-19 is affecting the world now and will have long-term effects we can’t foresee just yet.

With that weighing heavy on the minds of millions of people, it’s important to step away from the news of the world every now and then, even if it’s just for a couple minutes.

This edition of the Weekly Blend is designed to, hopefully, help you crack a smile and remind you about the good and wacky side of the real estate world.

If you’re looking to give your clients a unique gift upon moving in, why not commission this artist to make a paper version of their brand new home?

This is a house for GOATs (meaning Greatest of All Time, not the barnyard animal). NFL superstar quarterback Tom Brady is settling into his new Tampa Bay, Florida community by purchasing former MLB superstar Derek Jeter’s old house.

You can’t visit Walt Disney World, but if you have $1 million you can get a taste of some of its magic. “Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House” was a retreat for Walt and his wife Lillian in their later years, and pops with bright colours and Disney-themed decorations.

Physical distancing is hard, but it would be a lot easier to do if you had your own arena, spa, swimming pool or bowling alley. Check out these incredible homes on the market right now.

For those who don’t have millions of dollars to throw at a dream home, you can make the best of what you have and transform your living space into something beautiful using these free methods.

Imagine the best log cabin in the world. Now multiply that by 100. Hidden in the forest of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, this incredibly built log home offers both tranquility and luxury.

It’s easy to get consumed with all the somber news stories about COVID-19, but there are plenty of good news stories to go around, too. Below is a selection of stories that show the good in people and how REALTORS® are doing what they can in the fight against the coronavirus.

A band of volunteers, including a REALTOR® from British Columbia, is taking production of personal protective gear into their own hands, sewing cloth masks to help protect people around the province from COVID-19.

A REALTOR® in Toronto is collecting donations to buy grocery store gift cards for families in need. So far, more than $10,000 has been raised.

REALTORS® in Penticton, British Columbia, are collecting food for their local Salvation Army to help those out of work because of the COVID-19 crisis.

In another area of British Columbia, a REALTOR® is conducting curbside pickup of diapers, canned food and other essential items for the community’s food bank.

A round of applause goes out to everyone who is doing their part to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19. REALTORS® often go above and beyond their job description to help their community and these examples above prove just that.

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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