Monthly Archives: October 2014

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween!

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Now that the leaves are falling and the weather is getting colder, we get closer to one of our favourite holidays – Halloween! This holiday brings out the excitement and imagination for all ages and a memorable experience when decorating your home. Fall and Halloween decorating is about personal enjoyment for both the homeowner and passersby in our great community.

When decorating your home for Halloween, remember to keep in mind important safety precautions. Make sure your driveways and walkways are clear and visible for trick-or-treaters. Masks can make it even more difficult for children to see obstacles in the dark night. If you must drive during the evening, be sure to take extra care. With the excitement of Halloween, kids can forget simple pedestrian safety rules and can dart out from unexpected places – most commonly from between parked cars. Simple precautions can help ensure a wonderful experience for both adults and children.

Just as there are many factors above that need to be considered for a successful Halloween experience,  the same concepts above are equally important  to consider when buying or selling a home. Our highly responsive and knowledgeable team of professional sales representatives are experienced in helping both buyers and sellers choose the right neighbourhood to suit their needs. If, like many, you still have pint sized trick-or-treaters at home, you may be in the market for a more trick-or-treat friendly neighbourhood full of families just like your own. Perhaps you are empty nesters who love all the little costumes coming to your door but are thinking that a more quiet, mature neighbourhood may be more what you’re ready for. Whatever your buying or selling needs are, we can help.

One of favourite parts of Halloween, aside from the cute costumes and delicious candy treats, is decorating our homes for the holiday. For some great Halloween decorating ideas, visit our Halloween Ideas board on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/RoccaSisters . You can also watch our Rocca Sisters Talk series on our webTV channel, RoccaSistersTV.ca for some great Fall decorating tips & trends.

This Friday, keep kids safe, have fun decorating, and don’t indulge in too many sweets.

From all of us at the Rocca Sisters & Associates, we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!

STAYING CONNECTED: Engaging with our clients and community through social media

RoccaSistersSocialmediaMarketing is crucial to the real estate industry. This is why we have developed an extensive, all-encompassing marketing approach that has made us the #1 Team in Burlington and #3 in all of Canada for Royal LePage in 2013. A very key part of our innovative marketing is our presence through social media. We have a very loyal, steadily growing following on our various social media channels that include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube.

We have gained such a following because we are not just all about real estate. We not only provide market updates and tips for listing or buying a home, we also focus on everything to do with living in your home, from home decorating tips to gardening and everything in between. Social media is a  valuable  resource because it allows us to share with our followers information on local community events, contests, neighbourhood news, ideas for seasonal decorating, tips on furniture placement, decorating large and small spaces, landscaping ideas, home maintenance advice, and more.

We also provide a venue for other local businesses and professionals in our community. We are strong believers in supporting our local businesses and we are very vocal and happy to endorse our favourite people and places.

Visit our Facebook page, Facebook.com/RoccaSisters, follow us on Twitter at @TheRoccaSisters and visit our website at RoccaSisters.ca for the latest information about our current listings, market news, and special announcements and be sure to mark your calendars with the dates and times of any one of our many Free Community Give Back Events.

Explore our many social media venues and discover for yourself what we have to offer. Share with us your favourite home related things, ask questions about buying and selling homes, or just say hi. See for yourself why so many followers have invited us to be part of their day-to-day life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Is Thanksgiving making you dream of buying a new home?

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With the fall market in full force, many home buyers get the itch to find their perfect home. Perhaps they are dreaming of the perfect gourmet kitchen and spacious dining room in which to cook Thanksgiving dinner and entertain their families and friends.

Buying a house is very exciting, especially if you are a first time home buyer. However, it can also be overwhelming if you are not aware of what to expect and find yourself unprepared. Here are a few things that all buyers should be well aware of before starting the hunt for their dream home:

How Much Can You Afford?

A big mistake that a home buyer can make is not getting a mortgage pre-approval before starting their search. This approval will let you know exactly what you can afford. That means being sure visions of five-course turkey dinners for 20 don’t have you choosing a home beyond your means. If you are just starting to think about home buying and want a rough estimate of what you can afford, the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation has a great tool to help you figure out the maximum home price you should consider at
cmhc.gc.ca.

Determine Your Needs vs Wants

Figuring out your “must haves” vs. “would likes” is crucial. Is there a specific neighbourhood or school boundary you prefer? Do you want to buy something new or are you willing to do some updating? How will you decide what kitchen and dining space will indeed make Thanksgiving and other holiday get togethers everything you’ve ever dreamed of? Our detailed videos in the “Communities” section of our website at RoccaSisters.ca will help you choose a community that’s right for you, while our buyer agents will help you distinguish between your needs and wants so that you make the right decision.

Find the Right Buyer Representative
As the #1 Team in Burlington for Royal LePage in 2013, you can look to our full service, highly responsive, executive team of professionals for all of your real estate needs. Cathy and Tanya’s proven, hands-on buyer systems and strategies include the collaboration of our entire team, and we have enlisted some of the best and brightest Sales Representatives in the industry who work with buyers only – ensuring that you receive personalized and uncompromising service and that your best interests are always served. They monitor the market minute-by-minute and will alert you about any new properties as soon as they hit the market, including those that are from our own network and privileged to our clients 48 hours before they appear on
realtor.ca. This is the key to successfully finding and securing your home in this fast-paced market as buyers that are relying solely on realtor.ca or mls.ca will be left behind.

For more tips on buying a home or to be set up on a personalized home search that will serve your every need, please call us at our office directly at 905-335-4102.

From all of us at Rocca Sisters & Associates, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you spend the long weekend as we will, enjoying quality time with our friends and family!

 

 

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