THE RAPP REPORT

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Toronto's Ethnic Buffet ....as seen by the New York Times

  • "When I tell my friends in Toronto how much I love their city, they often say, “Really?” I always assume they imagine I’m just trying to be gracious, or perhaps — with characteristic Canadian modesty — they’re reluctant to acknowledge how easy their city is to love. But they also have a great deal of justifiable civic pride, and a clear sense of why Toronto is such a special and unusual place to live and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize.

    It’s a great walking town, and part of what makes it so much fun to explore is the range and variety of the neighborhoods in which the city takes pride, and which have resisted the homogenization that has occurred throughout so much of New York City". ........Click for article http://nyti.ms/1huPCcy

    The Latest MARKET WATCH

    The average selling price for February 2014 sales was up by 8.6 per cent to $553,193, compared to the average of $509,396 reported for February 2013. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 7.3 per cent year-over-year.

    “While the strong price growth experienced over the last year should prompt an improvement in the supply of listings, sellers’ market conditions will continue to prevail this year. Home prices, on average, will trend upwards at a pace well-above the rate of inflation. The impact of strong price growth on affordability will be mitigated by low borrowing costs,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. Click for full report

    http://www.torontorealestateboard.com/market_news/market_watch/


    MORTGAGE RATE NEWS

    BMO chief economist Douglas Porter and senior economist Benjamin Reitzes say that historically, choosing a variable mortgage rate has been more "cost-effective" than locking in on a five-year fixed rate, but this may no longer be the case as signs of an improving economy continue.

    http://home.mytelus.com/p/news/source/news_cp/category/money/article/27569017

    18 Fresh Interior Design Trends for 2014

    Encompassing a number of trends for 2104, the picture includes turquoise, light wood tones, floral influences, outdoor furniture inside and hair on hide. Check out the latest "Myriad of Blues", "Parisian Soft Black and White", "Brass is Class" and 18 design tips below..

    http://freshome.com/2014/02/17/18-fresh-interior-design-trends-watch-2014/

    Bathroom Remodeling Costs.....

    If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, you want to update the look, increase resale value, add functionality, amenities and storage or a combination of all or some of these. Simple enough.

    But the scope of the project depends on a variety factors — most of all budget, but also how long you’ve been in the house and how long you plan to stay there. As with most things, there are three levels of bathroom remodeling: good, better and best, says Leslie Molloy, a design consultant at Normandy Remodeling. In this new series, we’ll take you through the planning and execution process for remodeling your main bathroom.

    http://bit.ly/1hXVkmX

    Exile Literary Competition

    The $15,000 Carter V. Cooper/Exile Short Fiction Competition (sponsored by Ms. Gloria Vanderbilt) is back for its 4th year of finding, and publishing, the best Canadian writing!

    This is a reminder that the deadlines for Exile's $15,000 Short Fiction Competition and $2,500 Poetry Competition are approaching - March 31, andApril 21, respectively.

    Here is the link to details and entry forms: http://www.theexilewriters.com/poetry-and-fiction-competitions/

    Big prizes! Consider these for yourself (if you are a writer) or pass along the info to friends and/or associates!

    Never Thought A Billboard Could Be Used This Way!

    This is nothing less than a revolution— - generation of water from nothing but thin air (and of course the most innovative advertising technique ever!).

    http://www.reshareable.tv/never-thought-a-billboard-could-be-used-this-way.html

    Brooklyn Tavern brings comfort food to Leslieville

    The Rapp Report has been following the Brooklyn Tavern since it was just a twinkle in Cindy's and Dave's eye, we are now pleased to give you it's first review. Congratulations on a warm and classy place to dine.

    http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2014/02/21/brooklyn_tavern_brings_comfort_food_to_leslieville.html

    Burns for hours with amazing smell

    Live or Invest in Forest Hill from the Mid $200's......

    I have been to a myriad of new condo proposals for Toronto and this one has struck me as one of the best values in the city in one of the best locations in the city. An unbeatable combination for living or investing in a property.

    On St. Clair Ave. West, in the heart of Toronto's venerable Forest Hill neighbourhood, directly across from Sir Winston Churchill Park, THE CODE CONDOS will be a distinguished 9 storey residence of only 108 suites and 10 townhouses, designed by award winning Harin Pontarini Architect.

    This development is DEFINITELY WORTH EXPLORING if you are interested in luxury living, good value or a nice pied-a-terre investment. I was invited to the VIP launch and was very excited about this new development. Please contact me for more details. The developers think that this will be SOLD OUT very quickly .

    Units range in size from 430 square feet to over 2,500 square feet and start from the mid-$200,000s.

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