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The Importance of a Smoke-Free Home

Next week is National Non-Smoking Week and in honour of this campaign we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the importance of a smoke-free home and the impact smoking can have on a home’s resale value.

A 2013 survey of Ontario real estate agents and brokers, sponsored by Pfizer Canada, found that smoking in the home could lower the value of your property by up to 29 per cent.

When it comes to selling your home, buyers first impressions are critical for a quick sale. Many potential buyers are put off by a home that has been smoked in – the smell is difficult to get out and the discoloration on the walls & ceiling can be difficult to remove.

An overwhelming majority of Ontario real estate agents and brokers agreed that it is more challenging to sell a home where owners have smoked.

Were you aware that smoking can cause substantial, irreparable damage to the inside of your home? How, exactly, does cigarette smoke effect the home? First, smoke can stay in a room long after someone smokes there.  It settles on surfaces and builds up over time on electrical outlets, walls, ceilings, floors and furniture.  It can get into every nook and cranny of a home and can be quite costly to repair. The effect it has on your air conditioning system and furnaces could be severe if you don’t change your air filters regularly. The buildup of dust caused by smoke will be circulating the air, clogging up the air filters.  This will cause the unit to overwork and eventually breakdown.

So how do you maintain a smoke-free home? Never smoke inside your home. Create a comfortable place to smoke outdoors, and let guests know that your home is a smoke-free environment and show them an area that is suitable to smoke outside. In the event that you have smoked in your home, or are interested in a property that smokers occupy, with our extensive experience we have proven solutions to help bring a home that has been smoked in back to a better environment.

As Accredited Staging Professionals (ASP) and owners of the powerful trademarked STAGED & SOLD brand, we can provide you with inexpensive tips to help rid your home of odours so that your home can be sold faster and often at a higher price. For a free, no obligation home evaluation, please contact us directly at 905-332-4102 or email us at info@roccasisters.ca.

Our New Year’s Resolutions

With a new year brings new opportunities and new goals for everyone here at the Rocca Sisters & Associates office. We believe in continual growth and wish to offer nothing but the best to our clients and those in our community. Once again we want to thank our community, clients, family & friends for once again giving us the opportunity to be ranked the #1 Team in Burlington & area for a sixth consecutive year (2010-2015) the #3 Team in Canada for Royal LePage (2015) out of over 16,500 agents nationwide.  As we strive to make 2016 even better, we have set specific goals that will allow us to continually exceed your expectations and provide an experience that is not just the best, but remarkable.

We will be innovative. As leaders in the industry, we pride ourselves in always staying ahead of the curve. We promise that we will continue to create new, effective tools that will allow us to provide even better service to our clients.

We will be available. We are never too busy for our clients. You will have two nationally-ranked Top Producing agents that will personally oversee your listing and get you top results. We will make sure you feel part of the process and will receive constant communication throughout the entirety of your experience. Our buying & listing specialists provide a professional and service focused experience from beginning to end. Our relationship won’t end there, as our relationships recommend us, and we will always maintain relationships with our past clients that we pride ourselves on.

We will give back. Along with success comes the importance of giving back to our community. We strive to make a positive impact and will be increasing our ever-growing support within the community. This past year, we were the proud Sponsor of the free Spe’egg’tacular Easter Event and Applefest Fall Fair with Museums of Burlington held at Ireland House providing a fun, free family event for thousands of people. A new event for our team this year included the Presenting Sponsorship of the Burlington Kite Festival where thousands of families enjoyed a free day of kite building, flying & live entertainment at the park.  We also sponsored the Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k run in support of the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children and the Moon in June Run where funds were raised for the Radius Child & Youth Services. Our team got into the holiday spirit by participating in the Burlington Santa Claus Parade and were the presenting sponsor of Christmas in the Country at Westfield Heritage Village where families from near and far came to experience a 19th century Christmas. To view the videos from these and our many other community events, please visit our Youtube channel, www.Youtube.com/theroccasisters.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Go to our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RoccaSisters , and share them with us! The Rocca Sisters & Associates wish you all the best in 2016 – let’s make it a great year! From our family to yours, Happy New Year!

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Excitement at Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10K

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Photo: http://www.facebook.com/Oakville10k

Yesterday, thousands gathered as downtown streets shut down for the only 10k race in Canada where someone wins a Mercedes-Benz.

We were thrilled to team up with Mercedes-Benz Oakville as an official primary sponsor of the Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10K presented by New Balance Oakville.

Maintaining tradition, keys to a 2014 CLA were provided to one lucky race finisher by way of a random bib draw during the awards presentation following the race events.

It was a bit cold at the start of the morning but we weren’t about to let runners or onlookers feel the chill. Within the eventful athletes’ village, we offered hot apple cider, free compliments of the Rocca Sisters. This was our way of saying, ‘thank you,’ to the community for making us #3 in Canada for Royal LePage out of 14,500 agents nationwide in 2013.

On this race day, there was something for just about everyone. Runners experienced a beautiful route winding its way through picturesque downtown Oakville, which included stunning views of the lake and ended at the 102-year old sprawling park-like campus of Appleby College.

In addition to the 10k and 5k run/walk, teens participated in the Martin Group at National Bank Financial 5k High School Challenge.

The little ones also had a chance to experience some fun, while participating in the 1k Junior Jog and the 300m Toddler Trot.

For the Rocca Sisters, giving back to our local communities is our passion. We would like to thank everyone who participated and came out to lend their support. The Oakville 10K provided valuable awareness and vital funds to support the development of the new state-of-the-art Oakville Hospital. Raised funds will help put essential equipment in the hands of caregivers and help improve the health of the Oakville community.

For photos from the Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10K, ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RoccaSisters.

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