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When bigger is not better: Benefits of downsizing

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Have you noticed the shift towards smaller living spaces? More and more home buyers are looking to downsize in an effort to simplify their lives – for them, it’s not always that bigger is better. Whether you and your partner are empty nesters or if there’s been a change in your career, here are the benefits of making the leap and buying a smaller home.

You’ll save money on additional furniture. Bigger spaces require more furniture to make them look full. Once you move to a small home you’ll only need to bring the furniture that is necessary.

In a smaller home, residents often find that they have more time to spend with their families. There is less upkeep required including cleaning, maintenance and gardening.

Your energy costs will dip. Heating, cooling as well as water can make running a large home costly. Your decision to downsize will not only be eco-friendly, but you’ll be enjoying lower electricity bills, most significantly during summer and winter months.

What’s more, is that we’re here to help you make this transition to a smaller home run smoothly. Over the years we enjoyed helping thousands of clients including seniors look for homes that are more suitable to their needs.

We are nationally recognized Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) and are specially trained to lead senior clients who are 55 years plus in meeting their growing demands and special needs in selling or buying a home. We share our extensive knowledge with our clients and let them know how to best invest in real estate. This is just one of the many life events and topics we assist clients through.

For more information about downsizing to a smaller home, visit http://www.roccasisters.ca or call us directly at 905-335-4102 to talk to one of our Senior Real Estate Specialists. We look forward to providing you with an experience that is not just the best, but remarkable!

We’ll get you moving: How a buyer agent helps your dream home become a reality

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Starting a home search can be stressful. There’s much to consider, including best neighbourhoods and determining what you can afford. Buyers who choose to use only realtor.ca and newspaper ads can feel disappointed. You need a dedicated and committed realtor to ensure you find your ideal home at the best possible price.

Because we believe that Buyers and Sellers should have the very best representation possible. We have, enlisted some of the best and brightest Sales Representatives in the industry to work with buyers only – ensuring that you receive personalized and uncompromising service and that ensure your best interests are served.

What can a buyer agent do for you? Our buyer agents are committed to working with you so that you are aware, every minute of the day, of new properties on the market. They ensure that you will be notified within hours of a property being listed. By using the Rocca Sisters & Associates, you will be among the first to view a property of interest.

What’s more, is that our buyer agents represent only you. Their interests are not with the seller. You can rest assure that they will guide you to determine the fair market value and they’ll work diligently through the negotiation process to ensure you get the very best price possible.

And here’s the best part – working with a buyer agent is free. The realtor gets paid through the commission that comes from the seller’s listing agent. You receive all the expertise from a buyer agent at no charge.

How do you become a client? Visit our website, http://www.RoccaSisters.ca or call us directly at 905-335-4102 and asked to speak with one of our highly responsive buyer agents, today.

Before we know it, the hectic fall market will be upon us. Don’t wait until September when the fall market is already underway to begin your home buying process. Now is the perfect time to get to know one of our Buyer Associates. In a hectic, fast-paced fall market, it is crucial to have an agent that is immersed in the market and there is none better than our top selling buyer associates.

It is important to have someone who has advanced notice of what is coming available in the local market, and with our team’s network, you’ll have no better advance notification. Call today to experience our expertise and proven systems that will find you your ideal home.

Our top Q&A’s from sellers & buyers just like you

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The sale of your home can bring about many emotions and often times our clients have many questions for us when they are ready to sell and buy. We provide detailed answers to ensure they make the best decision on what is often the biggest investment they’ve made in their lives to-date: their home.

Today, we’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Perhaps, you’ll find a few of your questions in it! We’re happy to provide you with the answers.

Q: How is it that some people seem to know about a property before I even see it on mls.ca?

A: First a property is listed with the Real Estate Board. Then, the sales representative will likely erect a sign. It can be as long as a week before that property shows up on realtor.ca. By then, it could be sold. To make matters worse, the sale of the property may not be reported to realtor.ca, for as much as another week or month. If you are depending on realtor.ca, lawn signs or newspaper ads to find a new home, you are most definitely going to be disappointed.

Q: How can I find out what properties are selling for in a particular area?

A: When you engage a member of the Rocca Sisters & Associates to represent you as a buyer, you ensure that you are receiving all of the comparable information you need to establish the right price for any property that interests you.

Q: What are the specific infrastructure issues about a property for which I should be watching?

A: The Rocca Sisters & Associates members have spent years developing an understanding of what to look for in terms of the integrity of a home and its systems. How old is the furnace? Are there moisture issues? How much life is left on the roof? These are only a few questions that should be asked before considering a property. While we would never want to take the place of a home inspector, we will save you a lot of time by pointing out the more obvious issues of a home.

Q: What about all the paperwork and legal-eze. Do I really need a realtor to help me with this?

A: The only alternative to using a realtor for preparing and reviewing offers is to employ legal counsel. Realtors have been highly trained in this aspect of the process and will ensure that your offers are prepared in a way that protects you.

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