Weekly Blend: REALTOR® by day, ultimate fighter by night

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!

You don’t want to go toe-to-toe with this REALTOR® because when he’s not selling homes, he’s putting people in chokeholds. Al Iaquinta isn’t your typical real estate agent, he’s also the fourth-ranked lightweight in the UFC.

A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but an essay could be worth $1.7 million. An Alberta couple is giving away a historic manor valued at $1.7 million—all you have to do is write a 500-word essay and pay a $100 entry fee.

Situated on the picturesque coastline of Detroit’s east side lies a medieval home fit for King Arthur and former owner, punk rocker Patti Smith. Have a luncheon in the dungeon before enjoying the fresh air of Lake Saint Clair!

Do you hate dealing with the morning and afternoon commute? You need to invest in air travel. Check out these homes for sale that come with either a helipad or a landing strip.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and while mom probably deserves a tropical island getaway, sometimes a clean house and a peaceful nap can go a long way. Oh, and a bottle of champagne, according to these moms.

You know what they say, millennials can’t afford homes because all they want is avocado toast (whatever that means). Anyway, a developer in British Columbia found a solution: offering a year’s supply of avocado toast to those who buy one of their homes.

Staying at the historic Rockefeller Center in New York City is about to get a lot easier thanks to a partnership between Airbnb and RXR Realty.

Do you know any Dolly Parton fans looking for the perfect wedding venue? It’s a very concentrated demographic, yes, but the country music singer’s former Nashville home is up for sale and is advertised as having a museum and wedding reception potential.

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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