International Women’s Day took place on Thursday, March 8th and is focused on inspiring women around the world and celebrating their economic, political and social achievements, as well as focusing world attention on areas that still require further action. We wanted to reach out and recognize all the incredible, hardworking women in our community.
Each year, a theme is picked by the United Nations. This year, the theme is #PressforProgress.
With the recent Hollywood film industry scandal and World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Reportfindings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. We are lucky to live in a community where strong leadership by women is accepted and celebrated. As two nationally top-ranked sales representatives, we support any woman striving to achieve their goals and trying to make a difference. And when you do achieve success, it is also just as important to give back to the community that helped you, and lend a hand to others who need it.
We would personally like to share our appreciation and respect for our mother, Joan Rocca, who impacted our lives in ways words could never express. She was a strong loving woman and she made us into who we are today, instilling in us the passion to strive for the top. Our mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer in 2009. Since then, we have celebrated her and carried on her memory through various Ovarian Cancer projects throughout the community to help give support to other women suffering from the disease. Our mother was an incredible woman and she continues to make an impact in our lives each and every day.
We are very fortunate to live in a country where there are no restrictions to what women can do, or what we can achieve. We invite you to reach out to the special women in your life who have made an impact on you, and make your appreciation known!
One of the most important parts of our mission here at The Rocca Sisters Team is social responsibility. We acknowledge that the greater our success the greater our ability to make positive change in our world. We also focus on giving back to our community by enthusiastically participating in community based awareness and fundraising activities that result in a significant contribution to the overall quality of life of our friends, neighbours and colleagues.
Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids’ Fund’s Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.
With four small children in the beginning years of their schooling, Cathy and Tanya Rocca realize the value of raising awareness of these issues and hold them close to their hearts.
“All kids are entitled to happy childhood and we need to teach kids from a young age that we are all created equal.” says Tanya Rocca.
This year, The Rocca Sisters team showed our support by dressing our entire office in pink!
As the Pink Shirt Day movement grows each year, we not only see more and more people practicing kindness – both online and off. The organization is pleased to use the funds raised through official merchandise sales and donations to help hundreds of kids affected by bullying. Since 2008, net proceeds of over $1.8 million have been distributed to support youth anti-bullying programs in British Columbia and throughout Western Canada. In 2017 alone, they were able to support programs that impacted more than 59,300 youth and children.(www.pinkshirtday.ca)
We want to say a big thank you to everyone in our community who along with The Rocca Sisters Team took part supporting Pink Shirt Day and raising awareness!
While it may be hard to believe that spring will ever arrive, believe it or not, in real estate, the busy hustle and bustle of spring is already upon us. We here at The Rocca Sisters & Associates have lots to look forward to this season including our upcoming Sp’Eggtacular Easter Event at Ireland House Museum on Saturday, March 24th! Mark your calendars and come out to enjoy the fun!
If you’re looking for a fresh start this spring, now is the ideal time to sell your home quickly and for maximum value. That’s why it’s crucial for you to get your home ready now so that you can take advantage of buyers who are already looking to purchase!
Here a just a few easy inexpensive steps you take now to prepare your home for the market:
Start Packing Now
It may seem silly to start packing up your belongings before you even put your house on the market, however, it will help to make your life much easier in the long run. One of the most important parts of staging your home for a successful sale is to de-clutter and depersonalize so home buyers can envision themselves in the space. You also want your home to look as spacious as possible. By packing up articles that you don’t use every day, it will help you keep your home neat and tidy for showings & lessen the stress of packing come moving day. To learn more about our FREE STAGING and patented Staged&Sold Strategy, give us a shout!
Pay Attention to Curb Appeal
Potential home buyers can make up their mind on a home within seconds. Poor curb appeal could mean the difference between a buyer falling in love or continuing their drive without even stopping. Even when the snow is piling up outside, simple touches like keeping your front porch, driveway and walkways shoveled is a must. And, if there is no snow, ensuring that your lawn is well-maintained and that all winter debris like fallen branches, are picked up, is just as important. Painting your front door or adding new door hardware can also help make a good first impression on the buyer while they are waiting for their agent to retrieve keys from the lockbox.
Clean like you have never cleaned before!
You want your home to be spotless from top to bottom for every showing and open house. A messy house can give buyers the impression that the house has not been well-maintained and cared for. Consider hiring a professional cleaner to give your home a good cleaning – it’s relatively inexpensive and will save you the hassle so that you can concentrate on decluttering instead.
The most important step in preparing for a successful spring sale is to find the perfect realtor. As nationally-ranked, top producing agents, we will maximize the value of your most important asset. We have the track record to prove it. For a free, no obligation home evaluation and to take advantage of our complementary staging, call us directly at 905-335-3042. Or, visit our website to find out what makes us different and how we will provide you with an experience that is not just the best, but remarkable!