Monthly Archives: June 2014

3 things home buyers want in 2014


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Real estate shopping is changing and it’s thanks to a new generation of savvy buyers seeking homes that are equipped to meet technological capabilities. According to the Gen X and Gen Y generations are those who grew up with smartphones, apps and Google searches.

About 30 years ago, the standard home buyers were married couples looking for a home. Today, we are seeing an increased amount of single people and also well-connected mobile professionals purchasing homes.

Here are the top 3 shifts in home buying according

“The man cave” referenced many times in blockbuster movies, is now what technologically savvy buyers have their eye on. These media rooms are high-tech offering surround sound, large screen TV’s and A/V equipment.

The home office is increasingly being sought-after in our on-the-go culture. A customized home office with a separate entrance offers busy professionals an opportunity to keep meetings with clients separate from the rest of the family.

Homes with amenities. Today’s buyers have active lifestyles and are seeking buildings with more amenities. These can include 24 hour concierge, gym, spa and more.

As our culture changes, our home design and features begin to change gradually. As a result, it’s best to invest in long-term home style shifts as opposed to the latest trend.

For the full article click: Forbes article.

Awaken Your Senses at the Garden Tour in Support of the Carpenter Hospice


At the Rocca & Associates we’re proud to once again support the Burlington Garden Tour in Support of the Carpenter Hospice. The hospice, provides individuals who are dying, and their families, with a high quality palliative care in a home-like setting.

Proceeds raised through this event, are vital, as the hospice is dependent on the generosity of the community to help cover the annual operating cost of 1.3 million dollars.

What can garden lovers and the like expect at the event? Eleven beautiful gardens in the Aldershot area will be showcased this year – each garden depicting the homeowners’ individual style.

For us, giving back to the community is our desire, and passion, and we’ve used personal experience to move that passion and drive to a deeper level of giving. The Carpenter Hospice gives us a chance to support the community while remembering our mother.

In 2004, our mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and after fighting hard for five years she succumbed to the disease. The work that the Carpenter Hospice provides is invaluable to terminally ill patients and their families, providing much needed physical, emotional and mental support.

We cannot speak highly enough of the members of the Carpenter Hospice and the help they provide. As part of our Ovarian Cancer Initiative, “Creating Sanctuaries in Our Community”, we have been had the honour of visiting patients at the Carpenter Hospice to help make their journey more comfortable. To watch the video on our Ovarian Cancer Initiative, please visit our webTV channel,

The Burlington Garden Tour will be taking place on Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The cost for a ticket is $20 – less than $2 per garden. Tickets may be purchased at Holland Park Garden Gallery, Euro Style Flower Market and Cudmore Garden Centre.

We’re excited to once again see our neighbours get together to support this very important community cause. Come out and be inspired by the stunning gardens while helping support a worthy cause!

How to create your own garden hideaway


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As most Canadians, we really appreciate warm summer days. And we find one of the best ways to take advantage of the wonderful summer weather is right in your own garden nook.

Today, in the article titled, “Dream Spaces: 10 Secluded Garden Nooks,” explains that a garden nook is a small, secluded spot in which to relax and enjoy the season. Creating one is not a difficult project, as these nooks tend to be small.

For instance, in one Ottawa property, as simple seating area is surrounded by a sea of yellow flowering sedum. To read the entire article click, article.

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