Weekly Blend: September 23, 2016

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:

Snapchat isn’t just for face-swapping anymore. This 28-year-old, Los Angeles-based real estate agent successfully used the image messaging app to rent out a Malibu beach home for $80,000 a month.

Renting out a house over Snapchat is so last paragraph ago. This Australian real estate office lets buyers walk through homes without ever having to step into them thanks to virtual realty headsets.

Forget coffee runs before coming into the office. This Tampa Bay real estate office doubles as a coffee bar.

Fellow muggles, now is your chance to live like a wizard. Harry Potter’s childhood home is for sale. While it does come with a cupboard under the stairs (Harry’s aunt and uncle made him sleep there), the master bedroom is a much better place to sleep.

Jackie O’s childhood East Hampton estate is for sale. At $50 million, you would need a presidential salary to afford it.

Talk about a home run. Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. has put his 25-acre property on the market.

This one-bedroom beach house near London is a steal at just £20,000. So what’s the catch? Well, it’s designated as a holiday home and has to be unoccupied for at least two months every year.

As a REALTOR®, a majority of your life is spent on the road. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a self-driving car? For $1,000, this retrofit will make your car nearly driverless.

Wanted: a building big enough to conduct all of Saint John’s municipal affairs. The New Brunswick city is hoping a REALTOR® can find a new city hall.

If the pirate’s life is for you, then consider buying this pirate ship for sale in Winnipeg. Of course, you’ll have to buy a parrot companion first.

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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