Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its Way!

Spring is almost upon us and in just a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Easter! As children eagerly anticipate the arrival of a certain festive bunny, the Rocca Sisters & Associates are proud to once again be the presenting sponsor with Museums of Burlington’s Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event on Sunday, April 9 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Hop on over to Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, at 2168 Guelph Line in Burlington, for this family-oriented event that’s fun, festive and a memorable time for all! 

The Rocca Sisters & Associates are thrilled to provide our community the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring, community spirit and of course Easter! 

“One of the ways we can thank our community is to invite everyone to join us at the Sp’EGG’tacular Easter Event at Ireland House on Oakridge Farm FREE of charge,” says Tanya Rocca.

Egg-citing activities will include an Easter egg trail and visits with the Easter bunny. The trail will be open from 11 am to 3 pm for all ages. Kids can find three of the same-coloured eggs in order to complete the hunt. Once collected, they can trade their three eggs for a treat bag! And, if they find a golden egg they will win a special prize!

“We have it on good authority that the Easter Bunny is feeling extra generous this year, so get those bunny ears on, bring your best Easter basket, and keep your eyes peeled for lots of eggs!” adds Cathy Rocca.  

Be sure to leave time for the family friendly activities including Bricks 4 Kidz lego activity station, Comedy Magic Show at 2pm, crafts, games, face-painting (this is always a hit with the kids!) and more. Museum tours, silent auction, vendors, Horticultural Society spring wands and more! A delicious spring BBQ and other refreshments will be available. Be sure to visit the Rocca Sisters & Associates’ tent in which children will receive a free giveaway!

Admission is free but donations are welcomed and will go to supporting the children’s educational programs and conservation of the museum’s collection.

“Ireland House Museum is a local treasure with wonderful educational programs and an incredible historic collection. We invite everyone to come out to this free event, and encourage residents to donate to the Museums of Burlington,” explains Tanya.

Ireland House at Oakridge Farm is one of the oldest heritage homes in the community, and the Museums of Burlington bring past to present by fostering exploration and curiosity.

So, mark your calendars and bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time!!!

For more information on the event, visit the “Upcoming Events” section of our website, www.RoccaSisters.ca. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Make location the top of your wish list

With home improvement and real estate television shows gaining popularity, potential home owners have access to a vast amount of information. Whether it be learning about the latest trends in flooring, countertops, home layout or even décor, the information is not only accessible but plentiful.

With all this information available at the click of a button, potential buyers begin to form concrete ideas of what they are looking for and can, at times lose sight of the bigger picture. While an open concept floor plan, new fixtures and updated appliances might be at the top of one’s wish list, real estate experts will often remind their clients of the old adage ‘location, location, location.’

“Every potential buyer has an idea of what they are looking for in a home,” says Cathy Rocca. “It’s part of what makes the search so exciting for many people, but it’s important to factor location into that wish list.”

The location of a home can have a positive or negative impact on the value of a home and it is possible to purchase the right home in the wrong location.

“Finding our clients a home in the perfect location is always a thrill for us,” said Tanya Rocca. “Whether it’s in their preferred neighbourhood, is within walking distance to their favourite shops, or if it offers a great view, we always want to get the location just right.”

So what should a home buyer do if they have found a home in their perfect location but it doesn’t meet every item on their list? Consider prioritizing what is most important and what are the absolute must-haves. Home owners can always alter a home’s layout, remove wallpaper and paint, and can easily replace fixtures and appliances, however you cannot move your home.

Looking for a home can be an emotional process, but by creating a clear outline of what is important in the home search, buyers will be able to see their housing needs as a bigger picture.

The Rocca Sisters have built a solid reputation for serving their clients with a high standard of professionalism. Their full service, highly responsive, executive team of professionals are deeply committed to providing timely, ethical and comprehensive guidance to your home buying experience.

Contact the Rocca Sisters & Associates today and let their personal approach and proven results surpass your expectations.

Home inspectors soon to be regulated by the province

The start of a new year is often marked with the plan to create positive changes, a trend which is ringing true in the real estate industry for 2017.

A common component of the home buying process, is the home inspection, a step which involves bringing in an outside party to evaluate the home for potential issues. Despite the fact that approximately 65 per cent of homes sold receive a home inspection, home inspectors are one of the only professionals involved in the real estate transaction who are not provincially regulated.

This year, the provincial government intends to bring forth legislation that will allow the province to regulate the home inspection industry. If passed, the changes will require that home inspectors be licensed with proper qualifications, will set minimum standards for contracts, home inspection reports, disclosures and the performance of home inspections, and will establish an independent administrative authority to administer the licensing legislation and associated regulations.

“The proposed changes will give home buyers peace of mind,” said Cathy Rocca. “It is important to receive the most accurate information possible so that home buyers are not at risk for unexpected costs or potential safety issues.”

Currently the profession is governed by a variety of industry organizations, each with individual training programs and accreditation standards. If passed, the changes will allow the profession to become more streamlined and will introduce mandatory qualifications for all inspectors.

“By creating a more standardized approach to inspections, home buyers will be able to feel more confident in the information that they are receiving,” says Tanya Rocca. “With our clients especially, we always want to ensure that they have an extensive understanding of the home that they are looking to purchase.”

The new changes will also help to create a more balanced playing field for the profession, preventing inspectors with little or no training from competing with qualified professionals. The legislation is based on 35 recommendations made in a report by a government commissioned panel of real estate, legal and inspection experts.

The Rocca Sisters have built a solid reputation for serving their clients with a high standard of professionalism. Their full service, highly responsive, executive team of professionals are deeply committed to providing timely, ethical and comprehensive guidance to your home buying experience.

Contact the Rocca Sisters & Associates today and let their personal approach and proven results surpass your expectations.

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