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What can a homebuyer get for $500,000 across Canada right now?

What can a homebuyer get for $500,000 across Canada right now?

Released by Montreal Gazette.
BRIANA TOMKINSON, SPECIAL TO THE MONTREAL GAZETTE
Updated: December 1, 2019

Although property here may seem like a screaming deal when seen through Vancouver eyes, half a million doesn’t go as far as it used to in Montreal.

Montreal downtown at dusk

“It’s pretty easy,” laughed MacDonald Realty broker Dan Scarrow. “It’s a one-bedroom condo. That’s what you can get for $500,000.”

To find a detached home at that price point, he said, a buyer would likely be driving an hour or more outside the city.

Scarrow, who ran a MacDonald Realty office in Shanghai for a while, said that although prices seem expensive to locals — especially since salaries have not gone up in pace with real estate prices — the reality is that Vancouver is no longer a “local” market; it is international.

“Real estate in global, more international cities, until about 10 to 15 years ago, was locally driven. Since then it has become a more global market, with people around the world comparing cities to other cities,” Scarrow said. “Locals always look at it in terms of the previous year’s pricing and they can’t make heads or tails of where these prices are coming from.”

The influx of cash from outside Canada has buoyed prices in Vancouver and Toronto beyond what many locals can afford, he said, yet international buyers keep coming because they have been to places that are much more expensive, he said.

To Scarrow, it looks like it may be Montreal’s turn now.

Scarrow’s office is now repping Montreal condo projects like Victoria-sur-le-Parc, YUL and One Square Phillips to buyers in Vancouver and Toronto as well as Shanghai. Real estate agents who work closely with condo investors have been flocking to Vancouver launch parties for Montreal condo projects like these, he said. The buyers they’re working with include both foreigners with property in Vancouver as well as bargain-hunting locals.

“We have a pretty mature investor clientele in Vancouver that are used to investing in presale condos, and I guess that market is just sort of starting in Montreal right now,” he said.

Although property here may seem like a screaming deal when seen through Vancouver eyes, half a million doesn’t go as far as it used to in Montreal. A Centris search reveals the options: lots of two-bedroom condos near downtown, a handyman special in NDG, plexes in the Sud-Ouest, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve or Ahuntsic.

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A Different Conversation: New book by Mark Winter coaches real estate agents  to reframe how they interact with clients

A Different Conversation: New book by Mark Winter coaches real estate agents to reframe how they interact with clients

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (November 4, 2019) – The term ‘coaching’ in real estate is often associated with scripts, conferences and weekly accountability calls. Mark Winter, Director of Agent Development for Macdonald Realty, approaches coaching from a fresh perspective in his new book, A Different Conversation: Realizing Your Potential as a Real Estate Agent.  Winter’s vision is to elevate the professional performance of real estate agents and reframe how they interact with clients through the fundamentals of professional coaching, enhancing the role that real estate agents play.

“There is a lot of positive focus in our industry on coaching agents in their businesses, but what happens if agents are able to coach their clients?” says Winter.  “Think about how many journeys that start between real estate agents and their clients that actually fail to reach the finish line together. In many cases, it is not expertise that is missing, it is connection and partnership.”

“Professional coaching is based around asking probing questions that deliver powerful insights which both parties understand together.  People today are very tuned in to know what an authentic conversation is – and what it is not.  I believe that some real estate agents do themselves and our industry a disservice by walking in as the expert with all the answers and sometimes failing to ask the right questions. The opportunity to become a critical thinking partner with their clients is massive.”

A Different Conversation shifts the spotlight away from agents and that feeling of having to always be the provider of solutions. Readers will learn how to detach from a presentation-led mentality and build lasting value by shining an empowering light on their clients.

Macdonald Realty is proud to announce that our Director of Agent Development, Mark Winter has released his first book, A Different Conversation: Realizing Your Potential as a Real Estate Agent.

Winter earned a Certificate in Organizational Coaching from the University of British Columbia in 2015 and his Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2016.  A 27-year veteran of the real estate brokerage business in Vancouver, Winter teaches a 6-week real estate course called Performance Elevation based on coaching competencies and philosophies.  A Different Conversation shares the insights and actions he has honed by teaching that course to over 300 agents over the last three years.

A Different Conversation: Realizing Your Potential as a Real Estate Agent is available for purchase online in ebook and paperback from Amazon, Chapters and Barnes & Noble.

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About Macdonald Real Estate Group:  Founded in Vancouver in 1944, Macdonald Realty (macrealty.com) has grown to become BC’s largest full-service corporately owned real estate company, with over 20 offices, 1,000 agents and staff in the province, and nearly $10 billion in annual sales.

In addition to residential sales, Macdonald Commercial has over 40 dedicated commercial agents with a head office in Vancouver and a new Fraser Valley office in South Surrey; Macdonald Property Management currently manages over $5 billion in BC properties; and Macdonald Platinum Marketing has sold over $2 billion in luxury new construction.

ARThritis Soirée returns to The Roof on May 21, 2020!

ARThritis Soirée returns to The Roof on May 21, 2020!

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Arthritis Research Canada 

Oct 30, 2019, 16:26 ET

Bill Henderson of Chilliwack set to perform in support of arthritis research

VANCOUVEROct. 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Arthritis Research Canada’s signature event, the ARThritis Soirée, will celebrate its eighth year of raising awareness and funds for arthritis research on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at The Roof, Hotel Vancouver.

The ARThritis Soirée each year highlights different forms of art as a way to emphasize the therapeutic role that art plays in helping people cope with chronic disease. Arthritis Research Canada is thrilled to announce that Juno award winner, Bill Hendersonlead singer and guitarist of the legendary Vancouver rock band, Chilliwack – along with an all-star band will take the stage for this year’s music performance.

The Soirée brings together business and community leaders, philanthropists, healthcare professionals, donors, and more. The elegant cocktail reception boasts something for everyone—mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, champagne and popular BC wines, as well as an amazing raffle, live and silent auctions, and of course an up close and personal show by Bill Henderson, that is sure to include some of Chilliwack’s greatest hits.

Arthritis Research Canada is excited to welcome back Macdonald Realty as the 2020 ARThritis Soirée, Presenting Sponsor. “We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the ARThritis Soiree for the second consecutive year, and to continue to highlight the importance of arthritis research for the millions of Canadians who struggle with this disease,” said Dan Scarrow, Macdonald Real Estate Group’s president. “Arthritis affects 1 in 6 Canadians and is the most prevalent chronic disease, yet few people understand the impact it can have on day-to-day activities.”

Macdonald Realty is a British Columbia owned and operated brokerage and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. More than 1,000 real estate professionals and staff work out of the company’s 20 offices across the province. “Simple activities that people take for granted in their home, workplace, and daily life can become a challenge. In our business, we understand the importance of home and the comfort it provides,” Scarrow said. “We are proud to support Arthritis Research Canada in their continued research to improve the lives of those who suffer with the disease.”

Arthritis now affects 6 million Canadians of ALL ages and 350 million people worldwide. The need to support arthritis research has never been greater!

“Arthritis is more serious than most people think. Arthritis causes much more than aches and pains,” said Dr. John Esdaile, Arthritis Research Canada’s scientific director. “An arthritis diagnosis changes a person’s life. It is the number one cause of work disability, daily tasks may become difficult or impossible, and the disease can have life-threatening complications. Over the past 20 years, Arthritis Research Canada has made huge advances through research. Only through arthritis research can we find answers and save lives.”

For more information about the ARThritis Soirée and to learn how you can become a sponsor, please visit www.arthritisresearch.ca/savethedate. Please join us in supporting arthritis research.

About ARTHRITIS RESEARCH CANADA:

Arthritis Research Canada is the largest clinical arthritis research centre in North America. Our mission is to transform the lives of people living with arthritis through research and engagement. Led by world-renowned rheumatologist, Dr. John Esdaile, Arthritis Research Canada’s scientific team of over 100 are creating a future where people living with arthritis are empowered to triumph over pain and disability. Within British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, Arthritis Research Canada is leading research aimed at arthritis prevention, early diagnosis, better treatment, and improved quality of life.

SOURCE Arthritis Research Canada

For further information: Susan Le, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Arthritis Research Canada, 604-207-4010 or mc@arthritisresearch.ca, www.arthritisresearch.ca

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Macdonald Realty Reopens in North Vancouver

Macdonald Realty Reopens in North Vancouver

VANCOUVER, B.C., Oct. 2019 / Macdonald Realty, Western Canada’s largest independent full-service real estate company, today announced the re-opening of its office in North Vancouver, B.C.Canada. This office is one of Macdonald’s 20 offices throughout British Columbia.

The freshly renovated office in North Vancouver will bring to the team and clients more space and comfort. The space provides everything Macdonald’s real estate agents need to keep improving and growing their business.

Find us at 206 Lonsdale Ave or give us a call at 604.960.1100.

 

North Vancouver Office Reopens - Macdonald Realty

Other offices

To find more about Macdonald Realty’s offices in British Columbia – please visit macrealty.com/offices.

About Macdonald Realty

Macdonald Realty was founded in Vancouver back in 1944 and has continued to grow through the years and the changes in the real estate market. We’re solid, established and respected, with 20 offices throughout British Columbia. Today, we’re Western Canada’s largest independent full-service real estate company, with Residential, Commercial, Property Management, and Project Marketing divisions. And we’re still proudly BC owned and operated.

Visit the company’s website today www.macrealty.com

New development says ‘yes’ to pets and family

New development says ‘yes’ to pets and family

New North Vancouver rental apartment building The Saint George offers both modern amenities and a traditional approach

 

Macdonald Property Management – OCTOBER 4, 2019 05:00 AM
Posted at North Shore News website.

Perhaps you’ve noticed a new arrival to the neighbourhood. Emerging on the skyline as you look to the sunrise, there’s an elegant new apartment development creating a buzz.

Nestled on a welcoming corner lot, two short blocks off Lonsdale Ave on East 18th Street, The Saint George has now risen to its full 6-storey stature — built to provide lovely 360-degree views of all the grandeur the North Shore has to offer. But what truly sets this rental building apart?

In a word: freedom. In another word: family.

As our world seems to change so quickly and pressures can overwhelm, for many it feels like we’re drifting away from valued traditions and the fulfillment of some genuine human needs. Where and how we choose to live can make all the difference in the world, bringing many of the joys of life back home.

The Saint George is designed to be this kind of home. Marrying modern spaces and amenities with traditional values, the 96-suite luxury apartment complex distinguishes itself with one key invitation: you, your children and your pets are truly welcome.

As you know if you’ve ever scoured apartment ads — whether in traditional or digital media — adding “children” or “pets allowed” to your search criteria can potentially reduce your options to nil.

Enter The Saint George.

The Opportunity

Developed by Jameson Development Corp. (in association with Macdonald Commercial R.E.S. Ltd), the focus from the start has been to roll out the red carpet for people of all ages and, in particular, to include children and pets. This family- and pet-friendly culture radiates throughout, right down to the on-site kids’ outdoor play area. However your family is configured, there’s the perfect space for you: choose between one-, two- or three-bedroom suites and even a townhouse if you desire additional room to move. ADA suites are also available.

A woman with his Golden Labradoodle dog at home

Macdonald Commercial’s Managing Director Tony Letvinchuk shares, “We are very pleased to collaborate with Jameson to bring this much-needed residential rental building to the North Shore market. It’s a very complex approval process – Jameson has pulled all the pieces together to create a “win-win” for tenants and the community. Our Macdonald Property Management colleagues report very active tenant interest with 1/3 of the building already rented.”

Beautifully appointed with luxurious condo finishes, all smoke-free suites and inclusive of heat, hot water and an on-site caretaker, you’ll find several hospitals and schools are only a short walk or drive away. Access to local amenities — including shopping, restaurants, public transit or your morning latte — could not be easier.

Want to grow veggies for yourself or teach the kids about farm-to-table sustainability? There are garden plots available. Would you like heated floors, energy-efficiency and a move-in incentive tech bundle from TELUS? They’ve got it. How about secured underground parking, electric car-charging stations and indoor-outdoor bike storage? It’s all there for you at The Saint George.

Now since the kids and pets are with you, there will be lots of dishes and laundry to do, right? Within the menu of bonus features, you’ll find your very own in-suite dishwasher and washer-dryer set. Perhaps you just love to cook or workout a lot — either way, they’ve made clean-up easy.

Finally, after a long day at work or play, you can sit back and relax with a glass of wine on your balcony or invite friends and family over to celebrate your new home in the residents’ amenity room.

With its proximity to North Van’s Lonsdale Avenue and a mere minutes’ drive to highways north for your weekend at Whistler or ferries to Vancouver Island, it’s also a snap to connect with points east or south into the city … and beyond.

Freedom, family, fun. Now that’s what we call home. It’s all happening at The Saint George.

What are you waiting for? Your new home is ready for you to come take a look.

THE SAINT GEORGE

North Vancouver’s Newest Community Jewel

Where: 154 East 18th Street, North Vancouver

Walk Score: “Walkers’ Paradise – Good Transit – Very Bikeable”

To learn more and attend an open house, visit macdonaldpm.com/the-saint-george or call 604-714-5740.
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Macdonald Realty acquires Bay Realty in White Rock, B.C.

Macdonald Realty acquires Bay Realty in White Rock, B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (September 24, 2019) – Macdonald Realty, one of Canada’s largest independent brokerages and a market leader in British Columbia, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Bay Realty, an award-winning brokerage specializing in the White Rock Peninsula.  The acquisition further strengthens Macdonald Realty’s position as a brokerage that holds significant luxury market share and demonstrates a commitment to serving the high-end mrket.

 

 

 

“We are excited to have a company with the quality and history of Bay Realty join the Macdonald family,” 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 1978, Bay Realty has been the premier real estate brokerage in the White Rock community for nearly 40 years.  With 40 licensed real estate agents, including several top teams, Bay Realty has significant luxury market share in the Fraser Valley and have been recent winners of the Highest Sales Achievement per person in the Fraser Valley 26 to 40 agent category. Louise McKnight, part-owner of Bay Realty and leader of one of the Fraser Valley’s top-selling teams, Team McKnight, believes that Macdonald was the best fit for her company and for her future business.

 

 

 

“We’re really excited about joining a great, local organization like Macdonald Realty,” says McKnight. “Through its affiliations with the global Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™ network, and corporate presence in Hong Kong and China, Macdonald will give our clients unparalleled market exposure moving forward.”

 

 

 

“Macdonald’s 75-year track record speaks for itself,” adds Geof Glazier, part owner of Bay Realty. “They’ve successfully navigated every business cycle over that time and have continued to grow, without compromising high, professional standards.”

Bay Realty agents will be joining nearly 100 of Macdonald’s own agents at their South Surrey office under Managing Broker Drew McLean. In addition, Macdonald Commercial and Macdonald Property Management have also recently expanded their Surrey offices to better service the Fraser Valley.

 

 

CLICK HERE to visit our Property Search tool today and find fantastic listings in South Surrey and White Rock, B. C. CLICK HERE to see our agents in South Surrey Office.

 

About Macdonald Real Estate Group:

Founded in Vancouver in 1944, Macdonald Realty (macrealty.com) has grown to become BC’s largest full-service corporately owned real estate company, with over 20 offices, 1,000+ agents and staff in the province, and nearly $10 billion in annual sales.

In addition to residential sales, Macdonald Commercial has over 40 dedicated commercial agents with a head office in Vancouver and a new Fraser Valley office in Surrey; Macdonald Property Management currently manages over $5 billion in BC properties; and Macdonald Platinum Marketing has sold over $2 billion in luxury new construction.

 

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