CENTURY 21 Canada Hot Cocoa 4 Kids Day supports Easter Seals

Hot cocoa fundraising events to be held nationwide on December 13

C21 Hot Cocoa 4 Kids Day on December 13 will support Easter Seals Canada by harnessing the warmth of holiday hot chocolate. Participating CENTURY 21 offices across the country will invite their communities to a hot cocoa themed fundraiser. All proceeds will be donated to Easter Seals, in support of local families living with disabilities.

“Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? This holiday season, we hope to bring our family of offices together with their communities to help kids,” said Brian Rushton, executive vice president, CENTURY 21 Canada.

Since 1979, the CENTURY 21 Canada System has supported Easter Seals, raising over $500,000 in 2013 alone. The CENTURY 21 Kids to Camp program launched in 2009 and has sent over 800 children living with disabilities to fully-accessible summer camps.

To kick it off, the CENTURY 21 Canada head office will host a hot cocoa staff event, all funds from which will be matched by the company.

There’s no place like home, for sweatpants and family

Canadians define “home” using their hearts and humour, survey reveals

Familiar holiday anthems ring out about warmth, comfort, and love, themes that mirror Canadians’ definition of “home” according to a CENTURY 21 Canada survey. Although much real estate news fixates on finances, when asked to describe what home means to them residents sang a different tune.

The top 10 ways Canadians define home:

  1. Family
  2. Comfort
  3. Safe
  4. Place
  5. Love
  6. Live
  7. Warmth
  8. Relaxing
  9. Peace
  10. Happiness

“The personal value of a house is embedded in Canadian culture, which is clearly seen in our high ownership rate,” said Brian Rushton, executive vice president, CENTURY 21 Canada. “Home is truly the centrepiece of the holidays from coast to coast, as shown in residents’ heartfelt responses.”

In fact, the entire country was overwhelmingly united in their top home definitions. British Columbians added a social aspect to their list, as the only province to include “friend” in their top 10. Quebec was the only region to list the practical term “investment” in their top 10, actually ranking it third. The title of most creative region goes to Ontario, where residents used nearly 90 unique terms to define home.

It wouldn’t be a Canadian survey without room for humour. Some entertaining and brutally honest home definitions included:

  • An escape from people
  • Sweatpants
  • Kitty
  • No strata fees
  • Awesome

The festive season celebrates ideas of home: peace, happiness, and sometimes a bit of much needed solitude. As the classic song goes “there’s no place like home for the holidays,” and no time like the holidays to evoke the Canadian definition of home.

The CENTURY 21 Canada survey was conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights. The above responses were given to the question “In about five describing words or less, what does “home” mean to you?”

Sparkle and Shine – How to Decorate for the Holidays, While Selling Your Home

Holiday decorations are beautiful and they add warmth to your home. Don’t miss out on the holiday spirit just because you are trying to sell your house!

Here are a few suggestions on decorating your house while it is listed for sale:

  1. Be careful not to overdo it. Remember, when buyers are looking at your home. They are visualizing their furniture and decorations.

  2. Keep in mind that sometimes less is more. Make sure that there are clear paths for potential homebuyers walking through your home.

  3. You don’t want to make the mistake of making the rooms look too small. So if you have boxes and boxes of decorations, you may want to cut back a little this year.

Do decorate! There is nothing more visually pleasing. This time of year is great for showing your home with decorations up. Normally during the holidays people looking at your home are serious buyers. So don’t give them any reason not to make an offer.

Decorate your home and have a wonderful holiday season!

By Julie Stanley, REALTOR® at CENTURY 21 Westman.com Ltd.

C21 Canada combines ugly sweaters & hot cocoa to raise funds for Easter Seals

CENTURY 21 Canada head office hosted its first C21 Hot Cocoa 4 Kids staff event to support Easter Seals. In a fun and uplifting afternoon, C21 staff dressed up in ugly sweaters, made hot cocoa, and competed in holiday trivia. All proceeds were donated to help Easter Seals kids.

“Thank you to our head office team and to everyone who made C21 Hot Cocoa 4 Kids Day a success. This fundraiser was a great way to embrace the holiday spirit and help Easter Seals kids,” said Brian Rushton, executive vice president, CENTURY 21 Canada. 

With prizes given out for best-looking hot cocoa, C21 staff unleashed their inner-baristas at the hot cocoa DIY station. Their signature hot chocolate drinks included chocolate truffle, mocha, and chocolate peppermint mixes, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and eggnog, then topped off with whipped cream, marshmallows, and sprinkles.

A holiday event isn’t complete without a little friendly competition as C21 Canada staff battled it out in holiday trivia. They brought the season’s spirit, proudly showing off their ugly sweaters. Prizes were awarded to winners with the ugliest sweater, most creative sweater, and most “Christmas-y” sweater.

Check out some of the festive hot cocoa creations and ugly sweaters from the contests.