Weekly Blend: Row, row, row your house, gently down the stream!

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!

This Maryland homeowner is taking the term houseboat to a whole new level. Instead of building a home on his waterfront property, he wanted something with a little more character. So what did he do? What any normal person would do: buy a 4000 square-foot home from 1760 and send it upriver.

Earlier this week, a pair of North Carolina homeowners were shocked to find a black bear lurking in their backyard. But what brought the bear to the home; loose garbage, birdseed, an apple pie on the windowsill? Let’s just say the Charlotte Hornets have a new starting centre.

Bet you haven’t seen a property like this before. Take a look at this rare gem that puts a new spin on the classic country home, blending rustic comfort with a healthy dose of modern flair. But be warned, fans of the conventional might not like what they see.

From Newfoundland to British Columbia, I think we can all agree that one thing this great country doesn’t lack is breathtaking vistas. See for yourself, these ocean front properties have some of the best views Canada has to offer. The best part? They’re all on the market right now.

Remember last week, when we loved tiny homes? One San Diego resident recently listed his refurbished garden shed on the rental market for $1,050 a month, prompting less than positive reactions from the online community.

There’s nothing that can ruin your day quite like a car crashing into your house. Having it happen once is one thing, but twice? Only a REALTOR® can steer you clear from a bad luck house like this one in Kingston, Ontario.

Ah Drake, will we ever tire hearing of your eccentric acquisitions? Toronto’s favourite lyricist has recently put yet another spectacular mansion under his belt, purchasing a home in Toronto’s Bridal Path neighbourhood. What makes this one different? Well, not much, other than the singing toilet.

Every REALTOR® knows how important staging is, but have you ever considered the importance of art when it comes to enticing a buyer? Check out this enlightening article on how art can add value to a home.   What comes to mind when you think of tiny homes; quaint, cozy, minimalist? The truth might be a bit more uncomfortable than you’d imagine. Have a look at these photos and see the ugly truth of life in a tiny home. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Following his time studying history at Carleton University and as an infantry soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces, James Crocker-Fitzpatrick brought his diverse communication skills to the Canadian Real Estate Association. As a former summer student focusing on content creation for REALTORS Care® and CREA Café, James worked hard to write stories that reflected the generosity of the REALTOR® community and helped create interesting articles for the CREA Café. James finds pleasure in a quiet night of reading or painting alongside his three cats. He also likes scary movies, science fiction, and a well-crafted sentence.

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