Weekly Blend: September 6, 2013

Each week, the Weekly Blend will feature interesting links to real estate news, tidbits or topics of interest you can enjoy with your favourite cup of coffee. It may even become a great conversation starter at your next client meeting. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

Anyone have the number of a good contractor? Lawrence Martin of The Globe and Mail thinks it’s time to renovate the capital.

Futuristic, rural Sweden in the 1980’s is a pretty cool concept (and a whole bunch of anachronisms) done in paint. Check it out.

While in Winnipeg, CREA’s President Laura Leyser helped raise funds for Alberta Flood Relief.

Described as “a beached whale, trying to hide its copious grey flanks behind its dainty Victorian mask”, this building has the dubious honour of being named Britain’s Worst New Building.

Staying in London, we move from the Worst New Building to an office building that melts cars. Yup, you read that right…melts cars.

Your skiing is garbage! Oh, sorry, I wrote that wrong. I meant to write ‘you’re skiing on garbage’. Check out this hybrid ski slope/waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen.

Can’t afford a Brownstone in Brooklyn? Pretty soon wooden homes will be unaffordable too as buyers move from brick to wood in NYC’s most fashionable neighbourhood.

You better be up on your residential livestock/farming codes before you go into the chicken rental business.

Here’s a tip. Don’t include the Elvis’ Christmas visit photo in your real estate listing. Is it interesting? Yes. Is it going to help sell the house? Probably not.

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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