Weekly Blend: September 5, 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:

Helping people buy and sell homes is just one thing that makes REALTORS® great members of their communities. Giving over $53.8 million to charity is another way of showing how much REALTORS® care.

Say goodbye to another beloved dining spot as Toronto’s Mr. Greenjeans closes its doors in the Eaton Centre.

LEGO is everywhere these days – including its very own LEGO House. So, to showcase that, Buzzbuzzhomes.com brings us the seven largest LEGO sets for real-world landmarks.

Before you close up the cottage, let’s take one last look at the Muskoka Chair – a true Canadian symbol of summer.

From CBS Sunday Morning – a story that combines book lovers with interior design. (VIDEO)

Sorry folks, this Häagen-Dazs® ice cream cake, designed to remind people to return home for the holidays, is only available in Paris (no, not Paris, Ontario).

In the past we’ve featured terrible real estate photographs and real estate marketing gone wrong. This week, we turn it around and feature homes photographed by Annie Leibovitz. How’s that for a real estate photographer?

An NYC property once said to ‘…vie, for beauty and taste, with those of the finest cities in Europe…’ also comes with a tale of 19th-century New York’s most sensational murders.

Has an urban garden popped up in your neighbourhood? Does it make sense to turn vacant lots into vegetable patches in cities with high rent? Here’s what’s happening in San Francisco.

Do you have a client with a ‘weird home’ or know of some of your own? Why not copy what they’re doing in Austin, TX and have a tour of weird homes.

There’s ‘Rate My Doctor’ and ‘Rate My Prof’ and now, this Temple University graduate has a developed a site asking you to rate your landlord.

Do the severed mannequin heads at the Triple L Mobile Home Park violate the parks aesthetic standards found in the lease agreement or are they just fun? Calls to the Parks manager were not returned.

Man uses 3D printer to make mini castle. Is a liveable house far behind??

It’s creepy and it’s kooky. It’s positively spooky and it can be yours for $2.5 million. It’s The Addams Family house.

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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