Our Story

 

In Macdonald Realty, you are choosing a company that has been serving the real estate needs of British Columbians for more than 70 years. Since 1944, we’ve been helping our clients make some of the biggest decisions of their lifetime. Over the years we’ve learned that what makes us different from others in our business is the exceptional level of service we offer. The analysis, guidance and negotiating skills we bring to the table are the very foundations of any real estate venture.

Beyond our dedicated team of nearly 1,000 real estate professionals operating in our offices across British Columbia and our office in Shanghai, what you also obtain when you work with us is a firm capable of meeting all your real estate needs. Our services include residential sales; commercial sales and leasing; project marketing; property and strata management; mortgage services; and luxury home marketing. By choosing Macdonald Realty, you’re working with a company that is BC owned and operated, and one that enjoys ties to the rest of Canada and over 60 other countries.

We take great pride in knowing that once you’ve worked with a Macdonald Realty agent, the next time you go through one of those big life transitions, you won’t want to do it without us. Our clients keep calling us back. They send their friends, and then, twenty years later, they send their grown up kids to us. There is no bigger compliment they can pay us.

We invite you to connect with us today. We will be happy to introduce you to our people and the extensive suite of services we offer. Welcome to the Macdonald Realty family.

OUR VISION STATEMENT

Serving British Columbia for over 70 years, Macdonald Realty provides property-related services with a commitment to innovation and professionalism.

 

OUR HISTORY

 

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Macdonald Realty was established in 1944 by John Macdonald and Al Steel as a boutique residential brokerage firm specializing in properties on Vancouver’s West Side. The company’s modern era began in 1990, under the leadership of Lynn Hsu and a new management team, who were dedicated to creating an integrated real estate organization.

The timing coincided with Vancouver’s emergence onto the international stage. In a few short years the city went from “undiscovered jewel” to “international hotspot”, perched strategically on the Pacific Rim and attracting visitors, celebrities, and investors from around the world.

During the nineties, Macdonald Realty expanded throughout British Columbia through a series of mergers, acquisitions, and strategic affiliations.

Building on our established strength and experience in residential sales, the company has expanded its business interests to include commercial sales and leasing, property management, strata management, development and project management, project marketing and mortgage brokering and lending. Through our network of offices, Macdonald Realty is committed to providing the best real estate services in British Columbia.

In 2015, Macdonald Realty opened an office in Shanghai at the junction of the Jing’an and Xu’hui district and launched a Chinese website macrealty.cn, which was the first and only Canada-focused real estate website behind the Great Firewall.


OUR MANAGEMENT

 

Lynn Hsu, CEOLynn Hsu
President, CEO


Lynn Hsu, President & CEO of the Macdonald Real Estate Group, started her real estate career in 1985. From 1987 through 1989, Lynn was the #1 salesperson for Western Canada at a large, national real estate firm, ranking in the top 3 for all of Canada for combined residential/commercial real estate sales during those years. In 1990, Lynn bought Macdonald Realty, then only a single office in Vancouver’s Westside.

Since that time she has expanded the company, growing it to 20 offices throughout British Columbia, with nearly 1,000 staff and sales associates, turning the operation into a true full-service real estate company.

Over her career, Lynn has been honoured many times for her achievements. These include:

  • The Most Powerful in Residential Real Estate – 2017 (Swanepoel Power 200) – Rank # 104
  • The Most Powerful in Residential Real Estate – 2016 (Swanepoel Power 200) – Rank # 105
  • The Top 20 Women Leaders in Residential Real Estate – 2016 (Swanepoel Power 200)
  • BC Business 50 Most Influential Women in BC – 2015 (BC Business)
  • The Largest Company Owned by a Woman in BC — 2008 to 2015 (Business in Vancouver)
  • Global Alliance Award for Most Outgoing Cross Border Referral – 2012 to 2015 (LeadingRE)
  • Person of the Year in Chinese-Canadian Business Award – 2007
  • Canadian Business Top 100 Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award – 2006 – Rank # 8
  • Canadian Business Top 100 Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award – 2004 – Rank # 11
  • The largest brokerage company in Western Canada – 2009 (Real Trends)
  • Taiwanese Canadian Entrepreneur Award
  • Overseas Chinese Achievement Award
  • 40 Under 40 Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs in BC

The rest of our management team includes Mark Winter, Vice President- Business Development, Sharon Federal, Vice President- Finance and Dan Scarrow, Vice President who work closely with the experienced Managing Brokers of our offices.

 


mark_winter_web150sqMark Winter, PCC

Vice President, Business Development
mwinter@macrealty.com
PH 604-263-1911


Sharon Federal, VP FinanceSharon Federal
Vice President, Finance
sfederal@macrealty.com
PH 604-264-6715



Dan ScarrowDan Scarrow
Vice President, Macdonald Real Estate Group
dscarrow@macrealty.com