Weekly Blend: September 12, 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:

Hot off the presses…Buzzbuzzhome.com brings us 9 ways the Apple watch could change the real estate world.

It will take 15-20 years until it’s fully complete but a 6,000-home-inner-city-project was given unanimous approval in Calgary.

Danielle Grundy, a REALTOR® with the Okanagan-Mainline Real Estate Board, represents in this week’s Weekly Blend as she is featured in Kelowna Now for her community involvement.

Approximately 70 universities in the U.S. offer undergraduate real estate programs. There are currently three being offered in Canada. Here’s an NY Times article on one of them.

Waterloo, Ontario, and other university towns are now licensing landlords.

And speaking of landlords, over half of UK tenants have problems with their landlords.

There are great ocean views and then there’s this great ocean view.

Only New York City can boast both the “dirtiest hotel” (which has been sold for a cool $190 million) and a condo with million dollar parking spots.

Who is Monty Iceman and why does his name makes a case for how unusual names can lead to success (by the way, he’s a very successful REALTOR®).

There’s still time for a getaway…and here are seven tiny vacation homes you can rent (if they’re still available).

Personally I’d rather own Wilson the volleyball or Zoltar the Fortune Telling machine from Big, but someone bought Tom Hanks’ houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle.

Keeping with the movie theme, here’s an architect’s guide to famous villains’ lairs.

It may not seem like an obvious match, but crowdfunding continues to make its way into the real estate market.

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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