Macdonald Realty donates to Victoria Rapid Relief Fund  for coronavirus emergency relief

Macdonald Realty donates to Victoria Rapid Relief Fund for coronavirus emergency relief

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (April 24, 2020) – Macdonald Realty Victoria has committed to donating a portion of their agent’s monthly office fees to the Victoria Rapid Relief Fund which is raising money for coronavirus emergency relief in the capital region.  The first monthly contribution of $1200 was delivered to The Victoria Foundation who chairs the fund, with a commitment to continue the monthly donations while Macdonald Realty agents work from home during physical distancing.

“We saw an opportunity to shift the focus and support our community during this critical time, ” says Ara Balabanian, Managing Broker of Macdonald Realty’s Victoria and Sidney offices. “Real Estate has been deemed an essential service by the BC Government so while the doors to our office are closed, we are fortunate to be able to continue offering essential services to clients from our homes. Our agents are happy to see a portion of their office fees redirected to support this worthwhile cause.”

The Victoria Rapid Relief Fund was established to provide funds to local Registered Charities and Qualified Donees providing front-line services to vulnerable populations whose staff, volunteers, programs, and operations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Since March 21st they have raised over $5 million dollars.

Picture from The Victoria Foundation Facebook Page

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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 $6 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.

Share your love of BC with us for a chance to win a $1,000

Share your love of BC with us for a chance to win a $1,000

This March we are launching our new campaign around our deep roots in this province: #homeisBC.

Home is where you grow, play, create and work.
A home is what you make it, it’s where you rest your head,
connect with your family, and what comforts you.
It’s where you sail the ocean, hike the mountains, and cruise the cities.
At Macdonald Realty we are #realproud to say, home is BC.

 

 

What does home is BC mean to you?
Capture your favourite #homeisBC moment on Instagram, use the hashtag #homeisBC and tag us for a chance to win a $1,000 Gift Card.

macdonald realty contest home is bc #homeisbc

Check out homeisbc.ca for more details on the contest.

About Macdonald Realty:
With over 20 offices and 75 years of experience we know each community’s unique identity because we not only work here, we live here. We do things with pride. We do things with optimism. We do dreams. We do real life. We do things with a long-term view. We do it because we’ve been there and we know how to make things happen for our clients. At Macondald Realty we are #realproud that home is BC.

What a Year! 75 Years Young and Going Strong

What a Year! 75 Years Young and Going Strong

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
      • Refresh – modernization of logos and branding
      • New Website – www.macrealty.com 
      • 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.

Watch the 2019 Holiday Party
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We’re ready to start the next decade to make even more connections and to bring more people and places together; Because that’s what we do.

Happy New Year!

Sharon Federal Has Announced Her Retirement  As Macdonald Realty’s CFO

Sharon Federal Has Announced Her Retirement As Macdonald Realty’s CFO

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 Federal

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!

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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