Monthly Archives: May 2014

The U.S. Open: The Undeniable Perseverance of One Burlington Athlete

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Drive and resiliency are at the core of what has led Sean Bozuk to the final qualifying rounds to the U.S. Open Championships. The 20-year-old Burlington native is among over 10,000 hopefuls worldwide, who is representing our community on the journey to golf’s second-oldest major championship.

What makes Sean’s journey particularly special?

It’s the relationship that Sean has with his Dad, Daniel Bozuk – which he attributes to his successful entrance into the exciting world of professional golf.

For the Rocca Sisters, it’s always been our passion to support the community of Burlington and help it to continue to grow and prosper, whether it be fundraising for local charities, for health-related causes, and supporting our local talent and community ambassadors such as Sean. Daniel is a valued Licensed Sales Representative with the Rocca Sisters & Associates and we’re proud to watch him support his son’s big dream of qualifying for the U.S. Open.

Sean’s first golf game was at age 7 and Daniel has been there for him every step of the way since, often times attending national tournaments and being his caddy. “I’ve always told my son, that if you put effort into anything you do, you will succeed,” comments Daniel.

But it hasn’t always been an easy road to success. Sean faced challenges as many other young athletes do. In his younger years, he was overlooked by golf scouts seeking older talent. Sean did not let that stop him. He worked hard, often from sunrise to sunset to improve his golf game.

Now as the U.S. Open approaches, Sean is thrilled to be representing Burlington on the world stage. “I’ve grown up in Burlington. It’s been a warm and welcoming place for me and I’m proud to say that it’s my home,” says Sean.

Getting through the local qualifying rounds, which took place from May 2 to May 19 was an exciting and dramatic process, which saw 10,127 golfers from around the world pursuing their chance to play in the U.S. Open.

In his grouping of 85, Sean came in first place, shooting at 66, and now moves onto the sectional qualifying round – the last before the U.S. Open. Less than 1000 golfers make it into this final process, played on 12 sites.

Players who survive the sectional qualifying round will have a chance to play alongside some of the biggest names in golf today. And with the added element of back-to-back championships, competitors who make it to the U.S. Open, to be held on June 12-15, in the Village of Pinehurst, NC will be a part of history.

At the Rocca Sisters & Associates, we congratulate Sean on his remarkable success during the qualifying rounds and for being an incredible role model and ambassador for our community. We’re cheering him on, all the way to the U.S. Open Championships and beyond.

Mortgage wars: What you need to know about the current mortgage climate

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What’s the story with lenders recently pushing the envelope on mortgage rates?

Today, the Globe and Mail’s real estate reporter, Tara Perkins provided an analysis of current lower mortgage rates in her article titled, “Mortgage battle escalates as Scotiabank offers 2.97% five-year rate.”

According to Perkins, the news of the day is that Bank of Nova Scotia is the latest lender to push the envelope on mortgage rates offering a five-year fixed rate of 2.97 per cent. This is the lowest five-year fixed rate among the big banks, and comes in slightly below the 2.99 per cent rate that Bank of Montreal has sparked controversy with in recent years.

David Stafford, Scotiabank’s managing director of real estate secured lending made a crucial point that Canadians need to keep at the forefront of their mind when shopping for mortgages. “Consumers view rate as a proxy for a cost. But the actual cost of the mortgage is the dollars that you spend in interest. There are three things that drive that: how much you borrow, at what rate, for how long. And the most expensive part of the mortgage right now is time, not the rate,” he notes.

For more, read the full Globe and Mail article here: Globe and Mail article

What is your home worth?

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Your home is your most valuable asset. To correctly understand your financial position, it is absolutely important to accurately determine the true value of your home!

Even if you are not planning on selling your home soon, it can be beneficial to have a home evaluation done in advance. And we’re here to help you do that. We provide people in the community with free home evaluations that can help them plan for the future sale of their home. There is no obligation and no pressure to sell. We make it that way because we recognize the process of deciding to sell can take as little as one week for some and as much as five years or more for others.

So how do you ensure you’ll be receiving the true value of home? You will have the expertise of two nationally ranked top-producing agents, Cathy and Tanya, who will prepare a custom comparative market analysis for your home. They will analyze the most up-to-date trends in your area along with the current market activity for homes similar to yours to determine the correct listing price for your home.

Remember, it’s not just all about what is selling in your neighborhood. It’s important to remember that not all evaluations are that straight forward. It is our experience and expertise that allows us to think outside the box and understand the true value in upgrades and the uniqueness of some homes that account for true added value when selling.

Beyond the home evaluation, we take you through the entire process of selling your home and our hands-on award-winning client care system, so that when you are ready to sell you are comfortable with the process and your decision. For us, it is about listening to your needs and acting proactively so that you are prepared…for your next big move, of course!

To schedule a free, no obligation home evaluation call us directly at 905-335-4102, email us at info@roccasisters.ca or visit our website, http://www.RoccaSisters.ca. Our personal approach and proven results will surpass your expectations!

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