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Rocca Sisters & Associates Taking Action to Help Fight Cancer

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On Thursday, February 4th, the world will unite to spread the message that ‘We can. I can’ help prevent and fight cancer.  World Cancer Day 2016 aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about this devastating disease that has affected so many of us in one way or another.

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30-69)*.  That is such a staggering statistic!  A vital part of striving to conquer cancer is awareness. Learning and paying attention to the tell-tale symptoms is incredibly important along with regular checkups and physicals.  An integral part of winning the battle is early detection and prevention.

The 2016 World Cancer Day theme, ‘We Can. I can’, explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. This is a day of reflection and action – whether that is running your own campaign, attending an event, donating or simply sharing your story, raise your voice and join the others around the world to push for greater awareness.

Like many in our community, we ourselves have been touched and greatly impacted by Cancer. In 2004, our Mom was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer by chance during a routine checkup.  Mom’s cancer was already in an advanced stage.  With hope, determination, support from family & friends, and a strong faith she fought hard for five years until she lost her battle. We still cherish the years we had with our mom and like everyone who loses a loved one, our time was cut far too short. We yearn to embrace her each and every day, but we continue to fight the war against cancer in her honour.

Life gets busy, but it is so important to make time for regular checkups and physicals – and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Through prevention and early detection we can help save lives. Get involved, learn and share.  To learn more about our story and our Cancer Initiatives, please visit our website, www.roccasisters.ca.

We invite you to join the World Cancer Day ‘Talking Hands’ Social Media campaign on Feb. 4th.  Write a supportive message on your hand using the ‘We can. I can’ theme.  Then take a picture of the message and share it on social media.  We would love to see your messages, so please tag The Rocca Sisters & Associates in your posts.  For more information on this campaign, please visit www.worldcancerday.org.

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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

3 things home buyers want in 2014

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Photo: Forbes.com (http://onforb.es/1b7Mu3K)

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 Forbes.com 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 Forbes.com:

“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.

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