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Should you or shouldn't you buy a fixer-upper ?

Before anyone considers purchasing a fixer-upper, they should ask themselves a few simple questions. The first may seem a silly one to ask, but it’s really a question worth pondering. Do you prefer newer or older homes. This answer may seem straightforward – either yes or no – but it really isn’t. Once you’ve answered your own question, ask yourself why it is you prefer older or newer homes. You may discover you’d really prefer an older home with the amenities of a newer home. If the answer to this question is Yes, you may proceed to the next set of questions.

Two Exhibits Worth Catching...a tale of two cousins

As Cronenberg would say, it's all in the DNA. Two Toronto first cousins have concurrent exhibitions going on and they are both worth catching. David Cronenberg's film life has been marvelously curated in EVOLUTION now showing at TIFF on King Street.

Cousin Claire Weissman Wilks dominates the Life Within / After The Darkness exhibit at the Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. Just a short drive with a great gift shop full of original artifacts good for Christmas presents.

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo presents an exhibition featuring seven contemporary art projects that directly respond to the Holocaust and to other atrocities committed during World War II. Specifically, this exhibition LIFE WITHIN / AFTER THE DARKNESS explores the spirit of resistance, survival, hope and beauty through the works of Hélène Brunet Neumann, Chari Cohen, Laura Donefer, Mary McKenzie, Tina Poplawski, Oded and Pamela Ravek and Claire Weissman Wilks. For details click below

Market Watch....prices still strong

November 2013 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,000 home sales through the TorontoMLS system in October 2013 – up from 6,713 transactions reported in October 2012. Over the same period, new listings on the TorontoMLS system were down.

“The GTA home ownership market has been broadly characterized by a rebound in sales since the summer. Market conditions have been tighter in some market segments more so than others. Ground-oriented homes listed for below one million dollars in some areas of the GTA have been especially popular with buyers, while listings for these home types have been constrained,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

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Hot Neighbourhoods

Bloordale? Eglinton West? Little India? Long Branch?

To the east, the area known as Little India is undergoing a notable change as the area near Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue attracts young, first-time buyers who have been priced out of uber-trendy Leslieville. The vibrant community now offers a mix of traditional sari shops and hip new boutiques. Loft houses, modern townhouses and condo units are being added to the housing mix. Long Branch, Bloordale and Eglington Station also on the rise. Aricle below.

Adding to Toronto's allure is the fact that it has just recently been named the second most reputable city in the world. But that was before "FORDGATE" hit us.

A Great Christmas Present


Just released last week and edited by my dear friend Barry Callaghan this book of short stories will make us all feel good about Toronto again. A great antidote to what has been happening with all the Ford nonsense.

Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Austin Clarke, David Cronenberg, Morley Callaghan, Mazo de la Roche are only a small sampling of the great writers that have Toronto stories and connections in this amazingly uplifting collection.

This will warm your heart...a duck rescue tale

Just couldn't resist sharing this with you. A banker

saves a duck family. As Louis Armstrong would say

"What a wonderful world".

Great Banana Bread Recipe

You've GOT to try this banana bread recipe! It uses honey and applesauce instead of sugar Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour...
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs, beaten
3 mashed overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.


Coming VERY SHORTLY to Leslieville. They are menu testing now. Watch for the opening.

LISTED and SOLD in one day.....Anita "Rapps" it up again

Just like City TV, Anita is everywhere, this time a quick sale in Milton, sold before the sign was in the ground.

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