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Diane Slawych is a contributing writer for REM.
“I invited a mortgage broker, a notary and a Realtor from Ottawa to participate and act in the musical,” says Michael Lederman.

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Quebec broker Michael Lederman created an online music video designed to help sell a home, and he’s so pleased with his first effort he plans to make more.

The beautiful Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana is one of the most haunted homes in the U.S. (Photo: Amanda Deville)

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Ghosts don’t wait for Halloween to make an appearance at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. This Creole-style home built in 1796 is often cited as one of America’s most haunted houses.

A reconstructed Taino village near Guardalavaca, Cuba includes life-size models of Amerindian dancers.

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About six km from the resort area of Guardalavaca is Aldea Taina, an authentic reconstruction of a Taino village. The Taino were a mostly peaceful people skilled at pottery and boat building.

Fidel Castro was born in 1926 in this home in Biran, Cuba.

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Of greatest interest to visitors is the homestead – a yellow wooden mansion built on tall stilts where the family lived and where Fidel Castro was born.

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Neighbours called it “that crazy house.” Today “that crazy house”, also known as the Rietveld-Schroder house, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The film interviews a pensioner named Maurice, who lives in his van.

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The many causes of the housing crisis in Vancouver and how people are dealing with it are explored in the documentary, Vancouver: No Fixed Address, which had its world premiere at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.

The Hendrika Maria houseboat museum in Amsterdam.

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When Vincent van Loon lived on a houseboat in Amsterdam, he often encountered questions from passersby. “How do you get your water and electricity?” they would ask, or “Is it cold, damp and dark onboard?”

Shophouses (as they are today) in Singapore’s Little India in the early morning before the bustle of the day.

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In the 1800s, Singapore had its own version, called the shophouse, typically a two or three storey building owned by one family who would operate a business on the ground floor and live on the upper levels.

Bea Smith

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“I can truly say, I have seen and done it all,” says Bea Smith, who retired in March after 48 years in the real estate industry.

Santa Claus welcomes us with open arms to his home (on left) in Finland.

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Santa Claus gets to see the inside of many people’s homes on his travels around the globe while distributing gifts during the Christmas season, but rarely does anyone get a peak inside his abode.