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Know Your City’s Snow Removal Services This Winter

Winter is finally upon us! Although early winter has been much milder than previous years thanks to El Niño, it has been predicted that the second half of winter will be more of what we are used to – snow, freezing rain, and below zero temperatures.  Therefore, before we get hit with our first major winter storm of 2016, it would be a good idea to get familiarized with your town’s snow removal service.  Snow and freezing rain can make commuting and getting around town a nightmare!  Know when to expect your roads and sidewalks to be cleared – and be prepared for long commutes and dangerous winter road conditions.

There are also a few things that residents can do to assist the city with efficient snow clearing.

  • Remove snow from fire hydrants and drainage catch basins near your property.
  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to your property and from roofs that overhang onto the sidewalk.
  • Pile snow on the right side of your driveway (when facing the road) when shoveling. This helps minimize the ridge of snow created by the snowplow at the end of your driveway.
  • Remove plowed snow at the end of your driveway.
  • Park vehicles on your driveway and off the street when possible. This will allow plows to completely clear the roads.
  • Keep a safe distance from plows on the roads and do not attempt to pass.
  • Do not pile snow on roads or sidewalks. This is a violation of the Highway Traffic Act and city bylaws.
  • Keep decorative items near sidewalks and curbs flat on the ground and at least 30 cm away from the edge in order to reduce the chance of damage to property or snow removal equipment and injury to operators.

For more information on snow removal services, please visit the following links or contact us at the Rocca Sisters office directly at 905-335-4102 or by email at info@roccasisters.ca.

City of Burlington – http://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/Snow-Removal-Frequently-Asked-Questions.asp
Town of Oakville – http://www.oakville.ca/residents/snow-clearing.html
City of Hamilton – https://www.hamilton.ca/streets-transportation/streets-sidewalks/snow-clearing

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Will it be a Buyers or Sellers Market in Hamilton/Burlington for the beginning of 2015?

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) has just reported that 796 property sales weroccasistersfallmarketbuysellnowre processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system in December for the Hamilton/Burlington and surrounding area. This represents a 7.6 per cent increase in sales compared to December of the previous year.

RAHB President Donna Bacher remarked that this is the strongest December we’ve seen in five years. “We saw a very strong real estate market in December. Listings and sales were both above average for the month; we haven’t seen a December market like this since 2009.”

The numbers:

Sales of residential properties were 4.4 per cent higher than the same month of the previous year, with the average sale price up 4.5 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 11.3 per cent higher than the same month the year prior.

Actual overall residential sales were 8.2 per cent higher than the previous year at the same time. Residential freehold sales were 9.8 per cent higher while sales in the condominium market saw an increase of 2.1 per cent.

The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 5.4 per cent compared to the same month the previous year; the average sale price in the condominium market decreased by 2.2 per cent when compared to the same period.

“With more properties selling than were listed in December, we may be in for an interesting January,” added Bacher. “Statistically speaking, we’ve now sold some of the listing inventory, leaving us with considerably fewer listings going into the new year. The low inventory and December’s strong sales mean we remain in a seller’s market.”

Analyzing average sale price information can be useful in establishing long term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value.

Whether we find ourselves beginning 2015 in a Buyers or Sellers market, at the Rocca Sisters & Associates, we believe in providing each and every one of our clients with an experience that is not just the best, but remarkable. When you entrust The Rocca Sisters Team with buying or selling your home, you can expect a personalized, hands-on approach that will make your real estate experience as comfortable and profitable as possible. Our specialized team of Buying and Listings agents are the best and the brightest in the business with decades of experience between them working in many facets of the real estate business. We know the local market, have access to the freshest sales data, and can price your house in line with the market to maximize your earnings.

As the #1 Sales Team in Burlington* for 5 consecutive years and the #3 Team in Canada** out of 16,000 agents nationwide for Royal LePage in for sales production and volume, you can look to our full service, highly responsive, executive team of professionals for all of your real estate needs.

To be set up on a personalized home search or for a free no obligation home market evaluation, please call us at our office directly at 905-335-4102. It would be our pleasure to assist you.

*2010-2014 **Royal Lepage Canada 2014

PINK: The new ‘it’ colour & how to use it to awaken your home office

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Photo credit: Houzz.com (http://www.houzz.com/photos/12448090/Whimsical-Work-Space-contemporary-home-office-houston)

Have you thought about the office space you work in? Is it small, cramped, closet-like or big enough, yet dull?

Researchers say that the kind of office space you work within can greatly influence your health and productivity.

So for today, we thought we’d look at how to create an office space that inspires you to work at your ultimate best! Houzz.com, one of our go-to sources for the hottest home designs, sure got it right with their featured article today: “Room of the Day: Proudly Pink in San Antonio.”

In it home designer Jamie Hernandez’s office space is a complete mess. After finally saving enough money to decorate, she decides to use bold patterns that inspire her.

A deep pink is used on the walls, (Benjamin Moore’s Peony) which safely takes away any notions of Barbie. This type of pink is a perfect shade, so sophisticated even men like it.

Read the entire article here: Houzz.com article

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