Weekly Blend: Tech consultant trades gigabytes for homegrown organic bites

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!


It’s never too late for a career change! This IT consultant decided to follow his dream, swapping his collared shirts for coveralls to start his very own backyard farm.

Looking to maximize your eco-friendly lifestyle? There are plenty of sustainable products to help you minimize everyday waste and say goodbye to disposable plastics for good.

Deadly snake? Not so much. A rubber King Cobra replica caused terror in this California neighbourhood until animal control discovered it was merely a harmless toy.

Tillsonburg, Ontario emergency services had to remind residents 911 does not offer pest control after a local man contacted them to remove a bat from his home.

Trouble is brewing in Calgary over one family’s backyard treetop sanctuary. A local property developer says the treehouse is too close for comfort.

Police are left baffled after 50 unwanted old televisions were mysteriously delivered to multiple homes in a Richmond, Virginia neighbourhood. That’s one way to deal with e-waste!

Our homes are becoming more automated every day. It’s hard to find a home that hasn’t been touched by scientific advancements—from Amazon’s Alexa to Roombas—technology has changed the places we live.

Speaking of smart homes, one community in Auburn, Alabama is embracing a smart neighbourhood concept, giving us a glimpse at the neighbourhoods of tomorrow.

Looking to turn your backyard into an urban oasis? Have a look at these beautiful backyards for some inspiration.

Following his time studying history at Carleton University and as an infantry soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces, James Crocker-Fitzpatrick brought his diverse communication skills to the Canadian Real Estate Association. As a former summer student focusing on content creation for REALTORS Care® and CREA Café, James worked hard to write stories that reflected the generosity of the REALTOR® community and helped create interesting articles for the CREA Café. James finds pleasure in a quiet night of reading or painting alongside his three cats. He also likes scary movies, science fiction, and a well-crafted sentence.


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