What a year! 2019 was full of significant achievements and big dreams.
Macdonald Realty’s Real Estate Agents
As we celebrate Macdonald Realty’s 75th Anniversary, let’s take a moment to raise our glasses and reflect on the moments of this year.
Over the past 12 months, our leadership team, agents and staff, have worked incredibly hard! They have helped our company thrive and succeed in our objectives for 2019. We have continued to invest in our future, even after this many years to seek new horizons and move forward confidently into the next decade.
Here are our main events:
Leadership Team – Dan Scarrow appointed Macdonald Real Estate Group President
Leadership Team – Rosey Hudson appointed Macdonald Real Estate Group VP Operations
New Marketing Program – kvCORE, which includes: fully-optimized Agent Websites, state-of-the-art CRM to manage client databases and a digital media marketing centre
New Office – Macdonald Commercial Surrey to service the Fraser Valley
New Office – Macdonald Property Management Surrey to service the Fraser Valley
New Office – Macdonald Realty Sunshine Coast in Sechelt
Office Renovation – Macdonald Realty North Vancouver
Office Renovation – Macdonald Realty Squamish
Relaunch – Macdonald Platinum Marketing to provide Project Marketing services to developers
Merger/Acquisition – Bay Realty, a 40-year old, high-end brokerage, joined our office in South Surrey/White Rock
Macdonald Realty Office In North Vancouver
Watch out for more updates as we plan on continuing this investment initiative into 2020!
Before you go, we can’t forget to mention that this year Business in Vancouver ranked the 2019 biggest BC businesses owned by women and Macdonald Real Estate Group is #2! We’re privileged to have Lynn Hsu as our CEO and all the women in our leadership team.
Lastly, at one of our holiday parties this year, a brave group of agents and staff from our Macdonald Realty and Macdonald Commercial’s Vancouver Offices made a polar bear plunge at Kitsilano Beach after raising over $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. We are #realproud of the swimmers and thank you to for the donations to this important charity.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – (November 27, 2019) – After 39 years at Macdonald Realty, our CFO Sharon Federal has announced her retirement. Sharon’s dedication has helped Macdonald Realty thrive and grow to become a leader in BC real estate.
Sharon’s leadership and guidance have been instrumental to Macdonald Realty growing from a single office with only 25 agents and property managers in 1981 to where we are today. This was recognized in 2013 when Sharon was named Business In Vancouver’s CFO of the Year. Her strong sense of loyalty, dedication to work, and commitment to excellence have been an inspiration and a role model to our younger employees, and her thoughtfulness and compassion have made her friend to many around the office.
Sharon Federal’s 39th Anniversary Celebration And Her Lovely Family
We wish you a long and wonderful retirement, Sharon!
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.
I should have known better than to ask a Vancouver realtor how much half a million could get you in Lotusland these days.
“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.
Article released by Montreal Gazette. You can read the entire content by clicking HERE.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Henderson of Chilliwack setto perform in support of arthritis research
VANCOUVER, Oct. 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 Henderson, lead 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arthritisresearch.ca
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.
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.