Weekly Blend: September 21, 2018

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!

Here are my weekly picks:

And with that, summer is essentially over. The leaves are changing colours, parts of Canada have already experienced snow(!) and all homeowners need to begin the process of winterizing their homes. Here’s a handy fall checklist of things to do.

A pair of painters transformed a Hamilton, Ontario building’s drab, deteriorating exterior wall into a beautiful piece of art that would make any graffiti artist jealous.

SpaceX recently announced they have found their first passenger for their Big Falcon Rocket. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will become the world’s first civilian rocket man.

Oslo, Norway is aiming to become completely carbon neutral by 2030, but it’s not without controversy. Car owners are frustrated over the reduction of parking spaces and closure of streets.

The next time someone asks, “Were you raised in a barn?” when you forget to close a door, you might respond with, “I wish!” after seeing these stunning barn-to-home conversions.

There’s a reason why raccoons are always wearing masks: they are never up to any good. Take this example of three raccoons that broke into a Toronto home to have a sit-down meal in the kitchen.

The tiny home trend continues to push the limits of what you can call a home. This 320-square-foot modular “micro home” is for sale on eBay. While it’s designed for two people, it lacks a bathroom and kitchen.

No pets not allowed. This apartment building in Denmark will only rent to pet owners, making it a true puppers paradise. (Or the ultimate dog house?)

A decluttering spree seems like the worst way to spend a weekend, so why not set a time limit of just 20 minutes? As this article shows, you can get a lot accomplished in under half an hour.

The Los Angeles home where James Dean once lived—and was actually discovered—is on the market for $3.9 million U.S. Luckily for the eventual buyer, it’s been dramatically updated since the nifty 1950s.

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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