Weekly Blend: September 19, 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:

To celebrate their 30th store opening in France, IKEA tipped a billboard sideways and made it go from decorated apartment to rock climbing wall.

I wonder if saying Grace before eating is mandatory at these three Churches that have been converted into restaurants.

Vancouver condo buyers may no longer have a bone to pick with developers as both condos and rental properties are becoming more pet friendly.

Last-minute addition to Ottawa’s mayoral race takes aim at city landlords.

Snowbirds are still flocking south – so much so that they are the largest foreign investors in Florida real estate.

Single in America? You’re not alone. There are now more singles than ever…how does that affect the real estate market?

Adding to the list of “ways not to get a house” is this story from Los Angeles, where a woman admits her pranks (possibly criminal in nature) were aimed at driving a couple out of a home she wanted.

The 75-building community of Waterbuurt can be found in east Amsterdam in, you guessed it, the water (let’s hope no one living there sleepwalks).

Want to know what the hottest new online matchmaking trend is? It’s Porch.com – connecting homeowners looking to do renovations with licensed professionals. It’s like LinkedIn for your house.

From time-to-time an Infographic (or two) will show up in the Weekly Blend…and this week is no different. Here’s one that uses food to show the wildly differing rents in America.

Is it a story about real estate? No. Does it have to do with closing costs or legal fees? No. Is it about an alarm clock that wakes you up with a cup of coffee? Yes. Is it the best idea ever? Very close.

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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