Jeannie Shaver Appointed Managing Broker for Macdonald Realty Parksville

Jeannie Shaver Appointed Managing Broker for Macdonald Realty Parksville

We are proud to announce that effective July 1st, 2022 Jeannie Shaver has been appointed Managing Broker for Macdonald Realty’s boutique office in Parksville.  Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Jeannie joined Macdonald Realty as an agent in 2018 and received the company’s Sales Achievement Award in each of the next 3 years.  Active in the Oceanside community, Jeannie has served on the board and managed the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market, as well as serving on the Official Community Plan Review Steering Committee in Qualicum Beach.  She will continue to assist clients with buying and selling properties in the community, while also helping to expand Macdonald Realty’s presence in Central Vancouver Island.

“We’re excited to work with Jeannie to grow our Parksville office,” says Rosey Hudson, VP of Operations for Macdonald Real Estate Group.  “For agents, Macdonald Realty offers many leading technology tools such as Skyslope for efficient transaction management, kvCORE their agent website, lead generation and CRM, and the Macdonald Online Marketing Centre for quick listing brochures and social media posts.  For the public, our marketing channels cover digital, local print and global syndication through the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International networks.   Best of all, as a locally owned company, Macdonald Realty is able to focus 100% of our efforts on building programs and services for people who live and work in BC.”

Those who are interested in joining a brokerage in the Parksville-Oceanside area can connect with Jeannie by visiting careersinBCrealestate.com to schedule a meeting.

Mark Winter 30th Anniversary

Mark Winter 30th Anniversary

We are celebrating our Director, Agent Development’s, Mark Winter, 30th anniversary with Macdonald Realty!

Mark joined the Macdonald Realty family back in 1992, and brought 30+ years of real estate experience to his current role. Through his efforts, Macdonald Realty has gained recognition as the only real estate brokerage in Canada to have earned the International Coach Federation Vancouver Chapter’s CoachingWise Award.

Currently, he is mainly focused on the company’s learning hub, Connected Learning, to help develop our agents’ business. This learning hub offers Start-Up Lab for agents new to the business or those who have not yet developed the framework and habits to find success in real estate, Client Coaching Lab for agents who would like to learn strategies to develop the most effective working partnerships, and Subject Matter Experts where agents can learn how top Macdonald Realty agents have leveraged their expertise in specific areas of the business.

Below are what a few of our colleagues said about Mark.

“Mark has always been a thoughtful and caring friend and co-worker. He has always been a person whose opinion I have valued, and counsel who I have sought, specifically around issues relating to communication and messaging to the company.

Mark personifies many of the best aspects of Macdonald. Specifically our caring and family culture. And his ability to anticipate, understand, and communicate challenges before they arise has helped us keep a positive culture throughout his 30+ years with us.

I’ve always enjoyed my time with Mark, and I look forward to seeing the look on his face when Canada knocks England out of the World Cup this year. 😊

Congrats on 30 years with the company!”

Dan Scarrow.

“I first met Mark when I started with Macdonald Realty approximately 7 years ago at one of the Macdonald Realty conferences & would see him around at company events, company golf tournaments, etc.  Mark was always personable and inviting to talk to.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I had the opportunity to attend one of Mark’s courses in Squamish, it was amazing and opened my eyes to a totally different way of selling real estate by partnering with my clients.  Mark made us do uncomfortable exercises like role playing but by making me do these in front of the group, really made a difference – both in business and personal relationships.  His course was very interactive and you really had to be ‘present’ to attend. I feel like I’ve learned a secret super power!  I’ve taken courses in the past from Richard Robbins and Tom Ferry but I feel that in all of my (almost 20) years of selling real estate, Mark’s course was one of the best learning experiences, had the most impact.

Mark is an extremely talented and knowledgeable individual and a total asset to the company, one of the great reasons Macdonald Realty stands out from other companies.  Mark is very humble and non self promoting (i.e., his published book), which makes him even more personable. He treats everyone like they are a top producer (even if they’ve just started in real estate) and I feel very fortunate to have met Mark.

I wish Mark all the best for the future and on his 30 year accomplishments with Macdonald Realty!”

Carolyn Hill

“I have had the good fortune and pleasure of knowing and learning from Mark for several years.  His considered insights and conversational approach to agent/client relationships shared during his coaching sessions are truly transformational.  Undoubtedly, these workshops, through which he so genuinely and generously shares his wisdom, and his efforts to bring quality content through the subject matter experts series, as well as his book – “A Different Conversation,” has had incalculable benefits for myself and other agents alike.  I strongly encourage all who have the opportunity to share time with Mark to do so.  He is exceptional!

I speak from experience when I say that when one dedicates precious time to something, especially in the world of education, it is often a selfless pursuit, and one difficult to gauge in terms of impact.  It comes with little fan fare and even littler reward (of the monetary variety), but in lieu, it can come with tremendous purpose.  There is no doubt, in my mind, that Mark’s efforts in his commitment to bring out the best in agents is a purpose filled career that has had tremendous impact on others, and the positive outcomes of that impact are far reaching.  It is a career of which he should be enormously proud.  Congratulations to Mark on the recognition of his 30 years with Macdonald Realty.  What a brilliant hire!  Best wishes to Mark in his life, career, and all that lies in the adventure ahead.”

Casey Duncan

“The culture at Macrealty is one that encourages self improvement and building stronger relationships with our clients. Mark carries the torch of
inspiring people to do just that. From hosting the Monday meeting to Connected Learning events, you can trust Mark to show up with a positive
and upbeat spirit. He instills confidence and encourages agents to be at their best while build meaningful careers in this challenging industry.

On a personal note, Mark has been an ear for me during the ups and downs of my time as an agent. I’m appreciative of his genuine interest,
dedication to the craft of coaching and dry wit. I think we all strive to make an impact on others and he has done just that. Congratulation on 30 years Mark!”

Glen Jessup

“Wonder, question, journey beyond—the truth is ever-blooming, and curiosity is a magical thing.” These words written by Laura Jaworski could easily have been penned by Mark Winter. Mark’s enthusiastic quest to understand ‘why’ drives him to excel and inspires those with whom he engages along his journey. When we understand the underlying ‘why’ we can enter another person’s world, appreciate, respect and alleviate their concerns. Mark takes communication to an artform in his coaching, equipping participants with a host of brushes and many colours with which to create a beautiful tableau of open, respectful communication. He is a great asset to the Macdonald Realty Team, supporting each of us in giving clients and colleagues the very best of ourselves.”

Paddy Hall

“Do you know what I like about Mark Winter? Throughout his 30-year career working with Macdonald Realty he shows up on daily basis with a positive attitude and looking for the best in people. He can take a negative situation and flip it around into a positive way that you yourself may not see.

As our chief recruiter of our Vancouver offices, Mark emanates a kind, respectful and knowledgeable energy to everyone he meets. His British accent is also so endearing.

With his superb communication and coaching skills, Mark brings his coaching tools to the table to help agents conduct their business in a way that benefits both agent and client.The training he provides builds confidence in our agents and growth with an improved way to conduct their business. It’s a fun and rewarding experience and can benefit anyone in their daily lives.

When I think of Mark, I think Communication, Teamwork, Listening and Growth, all the skills important to build a companies success! It has been a pleasure working with him and wish him continued success. Happy 30th Anniversary Mark.”

Cathy Read

We are very grateful to have Mark as part of Macdonald Realty family!

 

Macdonald Realty Kelowna Joins the Corporate Macdonald Realty Family

Macdonald Realty Kelowna Joins the Corporate Macdonald Realty Family

KELOWNA, B.C. – (February 1, 2022) – Macdonald Realty Kelowna, an award-winning brokerage in the Okanagan, is excited to announce that it has converted to a Macdonald Realty corporate office, joining one of Canada’s largest independent brokerages and a market leader in British Columbia. The merger further strengthens Macdonald Realty’s position as BC’s premiere independent brokerage, and fills a key need for Macdonald in the growing Okanagan market.

“We are excited to have a company with the quality and history of Macdonald Realty Kelowna join us as a corporate office,” says Dan Scarrow, President of Macdonald Realty. “We continue to be open to working with great BC companies and agents who want to take their business to the next level.”

Founded in 1995, Macdonald Realty Kelowna has been the premier real estate brokerage in the Okanagan for nearly 30 years. With over 40 licensed real estate agents and nearly $1 billion in sales in 2021, Macdonald Realty Kelowna has a sterling reputation and significant market share throughout the Okanagan. Wayne Judiesch, part owner of Macdonald Realty Kelowna and a stalwart in the community, was instrumental in the merger negotiations.

“We are thrilled to be converting to a corporate office,” says Judiesch, “we have known and respected the leaders at Macdonald for over 30 years, this merger gives us a direct pipeline of business to-and-from the Lower Mainland and rest of BC, and provides a long-term future for our agents, staff, and clients.”

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PODCAST: Using Coaching to Build Trust (October 2021)|British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA)

PODCAST: Using Coaching to Build Trust (October 2021)|British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA)

Across the province, REALTORS® and brokerages are engaged in innovative work to support the real estate profession and the public. And we want to share those stories. On this episode of Open House by BCREA, explore an innovative way to build trusting, successful relationships with your clients through our conversation with Mark Winter. Mark is a seasoned real estate professional with 30 years of experience and is also a certified coach. He is Director of Agent Development at a BC real estate brokerage and has written a book entitled A Different Conversation: Realizing Your Potential as a Real Estate Agent.

This episode was recorded on October 22, 2021.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Background

If you had to pick the most important thing you could provide your clients with, what would it be?

In a survey recently published by the Canadian Real Estate Association and Nanos Research, the most important attributes a Realtor should display in their interactions with clients are honesty and integrity. In other words, your clients want to be able to trust you.

But building that trust can be easier said than done and the survey results also highlight that there is some room to grow in that area.

Joining us to talk about an innovative way to build trust in your relationships with your clients is Mark Winter. Mark has been a part of the same BC brokerage since 1992 and now has over 30 years of experience in the real estate business. He started off as a Realtor and now works in a senior leadership role as Director of Agent Development.

He’s also a certified coach and putting his two passions together has written a book entitled A Different Conversation: Realizing Your Potential as a Real Estate Agent. Mark joins us to talk about the coaching approach and how this approach can lead to more success and fulfillment as a Realtor, which in turn means more satisfied clients.

 


The article was originally posted on British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), November 1, 2021. Written by Shaheed Devji.

Home is BC – Winner Annoucement

Home is BC – Winner Annoucement

What does home is BC mean to you?
During March 2020, people from around the province have shared their love of BC by capturing their favourite #homeisBC moment on Instagram. Thanks to the more than 200 pictures posted only on Instagram, we could explore BC and keep dreaming about going outside.

From those amazing pictures, we’ve chosen the photo below released by @mywhiskeygirl!
A beautiful moment from a photo taken in Squamish, BC.

Whiskey The Vizsla

Photo by @mywhiskeygirl

“We might not have time to change out of our painting clothes, but hey, we still have time for local walkies and new lakes. Ever since we moved into our new home we’ve been overwhelmed with a never-ending list but hey, we are so lucky to be here. Waking up to the mountains, so many new trails and lakes and mountains to add to my list this summer – to call this province home is just a dream. We’ll be back here with a canoe next time, I promise.
#homeisbc @macdonaldrealtybc” – @mywhiskeygirl

Thanks to all participants, thanks for all the tags and amazing photos and texts.

Follow us on Instagram and keep posting photos with the hashtag #homeisBC. For more information about the contest, please visit the website: www.homeisbc.ca

Macdonald Realty to Remain Fully Operational during Office Closure

Macdonald Realty to Remain Fully Operational during Office Closure

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Update June 26, 2020

Our offices remain closed to the public in order to ensure our operations continue without interruption and the safety of our agents and staff. The doors are locked and if you are arriving to the office please call ahead to the office number.

A note to our valued clients, agents, and staff,

In our efforts to combat COVID-19, Macdonald Realty has closed its offices to the public in order to practice good ‘social distancing’.

We want to assure everyone that while our offices may be ‘Closed’ to the public, we remain ‘Open for Business’, and our agents and staff are ready to assist in all of your property needs. In addition, for our clients with firm deals still to complete, I want to assure you that your transactions are secure and that we have multiple contingencies to continue to properly convey transactions during this uncertain time.

We thank you for your support, patience, and understanding.

Sincerely,

Dan Scarrow

President

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your offices still open?

All Macdonald offices are closed to the public for the safety of our staff. While our offices are physically closed to the public, we remain open for business and our agents and staff have been provided a safe environment to continue working to support our agents and clients.

What sellers need to consider

If you have a current listing with Macdonald Realty, please speak with your agent to discuss the specific steps that are right for you to market your home. If a deal is in place, our conveyance teams are still working behind the scenes to process transactions securely and on time.

What does COVID-19 mean for buyers?

Our agents are still working in a variety of ways to keep connected with you. They are available for one-on-one’s if both parties are healthy, phone calls, emails, texts, video calls. Reach out to your agent to see what will work best for you. Private showings are still available for active listings if the seller approves.

What is your open house policy?

Macdonald advises during this pandemic, to not have or host public open houses for the health and safety of our agents, the seller(s) and public.

What if I currently have a deal with Macdonald?

If a deal is in place (firm deal) our conveyance teams are still working to process transactions securely and on time.

How will I get my deposit to the office?

Our agents have been informed of how to drop off deposit funds to each individual office.

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