Macdonald Realty Website Recognized for Excellence

2017WQC_blueVANCOUVER, B.C. – (April 3, 2017) – Macdonald Realty has been awarded the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global community of more than 550 high quality independent real estate firms in over 60 countries. The certification was presented in recognition of excellence in website design, content and functionality.

Macdonald Realty’s website, macrealty.com, received high marks in a variety of critical areas relating to website performance, including usability, design, content, interactivity, customer service and mobile responsiveness. The evaluation was conducted by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm selected by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World to review the websites of participating members.

The specific measurements for the WQC are updated each year to reflect the most current online marketing strategies, as well as evolving consumer preferences. Companies must be re-certified every two years to maintain the certification.

“The 140 companies that earned the WQC this year have created websites that engage consumers with thoughtful design, rich local content and up-to-date information on homes in the local market and around the world. We are pleased to recognize them for giving consumers a superior online experience and supporting that with exceptional customer support,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World President/CEO Pam O’Connor.

“We’re very excited to be one of the first Canadian real estate websites to earn the WQC designation. This lets our clients know they can search listings across BC, save and favourite properties, and connect with nearly 1000 real estate professionals using the latest technology in a secure environment,” said Rosey Hudson, Marketing Director of Macdonald Realty.  “For our internal website team this is recognition of the hard work that went into launching our new macrealty.com website last May, and a subsequent 300 agent websites in the latter half of 2016.  Macdonald Realty has made a significant investment in our online presence and are excited to roll out even more tools for our agents and clients in the next year.”

As a member of LeadingRE, Macdonald Realty provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in markets spanning 6 continents.

For more information about Macdonald Realty, please visit macrealty.com.

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About Macdonald Real Estate Group:
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $8 billion and over $2 billion in assets under management.  With 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

Macdonald Realty nominated for Top Luxury Brokerage Award

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (March 28, 2017) –   Macdonald Realty was nominated for the Luxury Portfolio International® Top Luxury Brokerage Award, presented for overall engagement in Luxury Portfolio; embracement of tools, meetings, events, advertising and brand usage; and outstanding marketing strategy in the discerning market of affluent buyers and sellers.  They were nominated with Slifer, Smith & Frampton Real Estate of Colorado and, the winner, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate of New York. The award was presented during the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™ Conference Week, a series of events that drew an impressive audience of 2,000 real estate professionals from 25 countries.  The conference took place at Fontainebleau Miami Beach earlier this month.

Macdonald Realty's Luxury Home Marketing Team of Alyssa Mori and Rosey Hudson at the Luxury Portfolio Summit in Miami Beach.

Macdonald Realty’s Luxury Home Marketing Team of Alyssa Mori and Rosey Hudson at the Luxury Portfolio Summit in Miami Beach.

Affiliates of Luxury Portfolio market high-end homes to affluent consumers worldwide through the network’s strategic marketing program, including the award-winning website Luxuryportfolio.com, which marketed over 50,000 luxury homes to over three million high-net-worth visitors last year and featured a total inventory of available properties exceeding $54 billion.

Macdonald Realty is the largest British Columbia representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.2 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Macdonald Realty provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

Since 1944, Macdonald Realty has been helping British Columbians make some of the biggest decisions of their lifetime during real estate transactions. Beyond their dedicated team of nearly 1,000 residential real estate professionals operating in 20 offices across BC, they are also Western Canada’s largest integrated real estate firm who’s services include residential sales; commercial sales and leasing; project marketing; property and strata management; mortgage services; and luxury home marketing.

For more information about Macdonald Realty, please visit macrealty.com

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About Macdonald Real Estate Group:
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $8 billion and over $2 billion in assets under management.  With 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

Macdonald Realty’s Rosey Hudson Presented at Global Luxury Real Estate Conference

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (March 23, 2017) – Rosey Hudson, Marketing Director with Macdonald Realty presented at the Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT on February 28th at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. This invitation-only event was hosted by Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Rosey Hudson, Marketing Director, Macdonald Realty

Rosey Hudson, Marketing Director, Macdonald Realty

The 2017 Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT kicked off by exploring the changing expectations of luxury consumers and what sales associates can do to better serve their clients and provide them with the “wow” that they are looking for. Participants engaged in a collaborative program focused on how the high-net-worth buy today, the five secret languages of communication, leveraging their Luxury Portfolio relationship, marketing strategies in a mobile and digital world, growing business with global buyers and attracting attention in a world of noise by learning public relations best practices.

Hudson spoke on best practices of Presenting Luxury Portfolio Successfully, sharing insights on how luxury real estate specialists can leverage the international exposure and marketing power of their Luxury Portfolio affiliation to increase local and global interest in luxury listings.

“Vancouver is a global gateway city and our luxury homes appeal to international buyers from Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. Everyone in our market is aware that prestigious residences need to be marketed both locally and globally. Macdonald Realty is fortunate to be one of only 5 Canadian brokerages with access to Luxury Portfolio’s extensive international reach,” said Hudson.

Macdonald Realty is the largest Canadian Luxury Portfolio affiliate, along with Profusion Realty in Montreal, Harvey Kalles Real Estate in Toronto, CIR Realty in Calgary and The Whistler Real Estate Company in Whistler, BC.

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Darin Germyn of Macdonald Realty becomes the Vice President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

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(left to right) Darin Germyn, Vice-President; Gopal Sahota, President; John Barbisan, President-Elect

SURREY, B.C., Canada (February 22, 2017) – At the annual Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) Annual General Meeting, Darin Germyn from Macdonald Realty South Surrey/White Rock office was elected to be the Vice President of the Board.

The FVREB is a professional association of more than 3,280 Realtors in the Fraser Valley providing its members with a variety of membership services including the Multiple Listing Service®, professional development and technological innovation. Fraser Valley’s new Board of Directors takes office on March 1, 2017.

For more details about FVREB Annual General Meeting in 2017, please click HERE.

Stewart Henderson of Macdonald Realty receives the 2017 John Armeneau Professional of the Year Award

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SURREY, B.C., Canada (February 22, 2017) – At the annual Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) Annual General Meeting, Stewart Henderson from Macdonald Realty Langley office received the John Armeneau Professional of the Year Award. This is the highest honour the board can bestow on an FVREB member, and is awarded to someone who demonstrates outstanding leadership and dedication to the real estate industry over their career. Stewart joins a list of 31 other prominent members who have won this award, we are very happy and proud of him.

In 1992, John Armeneau was the seventh board member to receive the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Professional of the Year Award, which was created in 1985. The award was subsequently renamed the John Armeneau Professional Award after John passed away. He epitomized what it meant to be a professional REALTOR®. He was a member of the Board from 1972 to 1996.

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For more details about FVREB Annual General Meeting in 2017, please click HERE.

About Macdonald Real Estate Group
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $8.9 billion and over $3 billion in assets under management. With more than 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the MREG Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China. Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

BC Market Report 2016-17: Our Annual Review and Forecast

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It would be an understatement to say 2016 was a memorable year for BC real estate. The recent spate of policy changes, along with a looming provincial election, have given buyers and sellers much information to absorb as we enter the 2017 spring market. The Feature Story of our 2016-17 Market Report, “The BC real estate market in 2016: a year with many chapters“, offers an industry insiders look at these important changes.

The BC Market Report contains a 2016 review and 2017 forecast for each of our geographic markets across B.C., contributed by our local managers, as well as summaries from our residential, commercial, property management, project marketing and global relocation divisions.

Click to view:

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Media: For further comment please contact Dan Scarrow, VP Macdonald Real Estate Group, dscarrow@macrealty.com

Quality | Connections | Independence

PrintMacdonald Realty is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World™, a global community of real estate companies awarded membership based on rigorous standards for service and performance.

This LeadingRE distinction ensures that you can count on a quality real estate experience when working with us and will benefit from our global connections to buyers and high quality real estate professionals around the world.

 

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30 Macdonald Realty agents complete Certified Negotiation Experts credential in the November 2016 class

Congratulations to these 30 Macdonald Realty agents who successfully completed the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) course on November 30, 2016 and became negotiation experts.

Click below to see their information and how they can assist you today!
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Gurp Bains (South Surrey)
Wanetta Beal (Parksville)
Swaran Brar (South Surrey)
Niki Chisani (Vancouver West)
Andrew Chun (Vancouver Downtown)
Courtney Diebel (South Surrey)
Brandon Foreman (Victoria)
David Freitas (South Surrey)
Natalie Frizzo (West Vancouver)
Amy Hadikin (Parksville)
Brandon Hennessy (Langley)
Jessie Heo (Vancouver West)
Glen Jessup (Vancouver West)
Kylene Konkin (West Vancouver)
Chris Lambert (Vancouver Downtown)
Peggy Louise (North Vancouver)
Reza Mahmoodi (Langley)
Leah Marie (South Surrey)
Alexandra Marshall (West Vancouver)
Shay Moudahi (Sunshine Coast)
Sean O’Brien (South Surrey)
Candy Oh (West Vancouver)
Samantha Place (Sunshine Coast)
William Rubulotta (Vancouver West)
Scott Sawyer (Coquitlam)
Shelley Tourangeau (Coquitlam)
Steve Walker (Langley)
Barbie Whitworth (Sunshine Coast)
Mitra Sar (Vancouver Downtown)
Ann Zizka (Coquitlam)

Macdonald Realty opens boutique offices in Sidney and Sechelt

Macdonald Realty has opened two new locations, the first in Sidney on Vancouver Island and the second in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.  These boutique offices join the province-wide network of 20 offices operated by Macdonald Realty, a B.C. owned and operated brokerage with a 70 year history of service and excellence.

“We’re focused on serving British Columbians in communities of all sizes” says Jonathan Cooper, Vice President, Operations. “Smaller offices like Sidney and Saanich, led by strong local REALTORS®, have become an important part of Macdonald Realty’s growth strategy over recent years.”

In Sidney, the new office opened with six agents and was spearheaded by Chace Whitson, a multiple MLS® Gold Award winner who has been with Macdonald Realty since 2013.  “Having our large office in Downtown Victoria, and now one in Sidney, allows us to serve our clients better across the whole region,” says Whitson. “Our affiliation with Luxury Portfolio International® gives our high-end clients a unique opportunity to market their home to the luxury elite across the globe, something that no other Victoria brokerage can offer.”

The Sechelt office is the result of a meeting between Managing Broker Patricia Place and Medallion Club REALTORS® Barbie Whitworth and Shay Moudahi who decided to switch their office to Macdonald Realty after being attracted by the company’s strong leadership, systems and brand positioning. “The new office is opening at just the right time with the Sunshine Coast market really heating up,” says Place, a part-time Sunshine Coast resident herself who also manages the company’s Squamish, West Vancouver and North Vancouver locations.  

Macdonald Realty Ltd. – Sidney | 2411 Bevan Avenue, Sidney, BC  V8L 4M9  |  Office: 778-426-2262

Macdonald Realty Ltd. – Sechelt | #3 – 5764 Wharf Road, Sechelt, BC  V0N 3A0  |  Office: 604-747-2222

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Macdonald Realty sponsors InspiredHealth cookbook

We are delighted to announce the beginCMYKorangeIHvectorning of a new charitable partnership between Macdonald Real Estate Group and InspireHealth, a local not-for-profit supportive cancer care organization with centres in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.  They provide important programs and services to enhance quality of life, health and well-being of people living with cancer and their families.

Macdonald Real Estate Group has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of InspireHealth’s new cookbook ‘Inspired Cooking‘ featuring 50 exclusive recipes from 20 of Canada’s top chefs including BC’s Vikram Vij (Vij’s Restaurant Group), Ned Bell (Yew at Four Seasons Hotel), Warren Barr (The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn), James Walt (Araxi) and many more.

Last year, InspireHealth welcomed more than 2,400 new members, provided 2,000+ classes and more than 25,000 patient visits – all completely free of charge.  This InspiredHealth cookbook is an important fundraising venture and we are so proud to be a leading sponsor of this project. Watch for the cookbook is stores this holiday season and if you wish to make a donation to the project you can ​visit their Kickstarter page here. 

 

Vancouver Olympian Richard Weinberger visits Macdonald Realty

This week Macdonald Realty’s Vancouver office welcomed a special visitor when Canadian Olympic swimmer Richard Weinberger stopped by for a visit.

Richard is a 10K Open Water swimmer and does most of his training at the Kits pool in Vancouver where he got to know one of our Realtors, Peter DeWitt. A two time Olympian (London 2012 & Rio 2016), Richard has been on the Canadian National Team since 2009 and won the bronze medal at the London Games in 2012. This summer he has his eyes set on gold at the Olympic Games in Rio where he is the only Canadian in his race.

Marketing Manager Rosey Hudson with Richard Weinberger

Marketing Manager Rosey Hudson with Richard Weinberger

Macdonald Realty is thrilled to be supporting Richard in his quest for gold and jumped at the opportunity to provide some sponsorship to the athlete. “We all know cost of living is high in Vancouver, and our amateur athletes need all the help they can get to reach their goals,” says Rosey Hudson, Marketing Manager for Macdonald Realty.  “It is a pleasure to support our community and our country in this way.  We’ll all be cheering him on come race day!”

Richard’s 10K Open Water Race is at 8am in Rio (4am Vancouver time) on Tuesday, August 16th. It will take place at the famous Copacabana beach under the Olympic category of Marathon Swimming. The race will take nearly 2 hours to complete in the rough open water of the bay.

Follow Richard’s Olympic journey on Twitter at @RAWeinberger  and watch this recent CBC interview with him.

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General Manager Mark Winter with Richard Weinberger

General Manager Mark Winter with Richard Weinberger

Macdonald Realty nominated for HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016

It is time for HGTV.com’s Ultimate House Hunt once again!

This year Macdonald Realty is nominated in the Best International Home category for a spectacular Three-Level Penthouse in Vancouver, Canada.  This is the category we won last year for The Sanctuary, a luxury home we listed and sold in Squamish B.C.

spectacular Three-Level Penthouse in Vancouver

SENSATIONAL TROPHY VANCOUVER PENTHOUSE – Atop a 32 storey skyscraper this three level sky mansion sprawls over 6,000 square feet of living space and 1,700 square feet of terraces. Outstanding first impressions from the direct elevator access leading to a grand living room featuring soaring 16 foot ceilings, panoramic English Bay views and a grand curved staircase. Master boasts gas fireplace, large steam shower and a two person jetted tub situated mid room. Main level offers second master suite with fireplace and numerous built-in cabinets. Bespoke chef’s kitchen with 48 inch Décor six burner range, numerous built-in ovens and appliances anchored by huge granite island and access to 700 square foot terrace with fireplace and built-in Viking BBQ. Family room with grand wet bar, air conditioning, concierge and six-car private garage. LP $7,838,000

Macdonald Realty nominated for HGTV luxury home contest

Tour amazing homes across the globe, vote for your favourites, and enter for your chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! And remember you can vote for your favourites once a day. Follow the instructions below to vote for Macdonald Realty’s Nominee for HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2016:

Step 1: Tour the homes in the category.
Step 2: When you’ve found your favorite, click “I’m Ready to Vote.”
Step 3: Choose your favorite by clicking “Vote.”
Step 4: Click “Continue to Next Category” to tour more homes.

Click here to vote.

Vote for HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt 2016

Macdonald Realty participating in upcoming NEXTGENre Vancouver conference

Tore Jacobsen, Sales ManagerTore Jacobsen, Sales Manager at Macdonald Realty’s Fraser Valley offices in South Surrey/White Rock and Langley, will be participating at the upcoming NEXTGENre – A Bar Camp Experience conference in Burnaby on May 31st.  Tore will be moderating the session on thriving international and local real estate markets, as well as participating on the office culture and leadership panel.

Tickets for the NEXTGENre Vancouver event at the Hilton Metrotown are still available and  cost only $79.

Click here to order your ticket.

 

National conference series NEXTGENre heads to Vancouver

During the last six years, NEXTGENre – A Bar Camp Experience has brought together more than 2,500 real estate professionals and more than 150 facilitators and speakers.

“This is the only national real estate conference of its kind that is ‘brand agnostic’, meaning that there is no single real estate brand that is sponsoring this event,” says co-founder Kelly Skar.
The first of this year’s events recently took place in Calgary. The next one will be in Burnaby, B.C. on May 31 and two more will follow later in the year in Ontario.

“We care for the success of the industry and its agents first and foremost and we believe we have something truly authentic and relevant to offer,” says Virginia Munden, co-founder. “Our goal is to make you resilient in any marketplace and thrive with success. Our networking encourages collaboration and co-operation in a forum through peer-sharing.”

The event offers 31 “think tank sessions” throughout the day with topics including technology, social media, business, mobile, digital, brand, leadership, content marketing, lead generation, communication and philanthropy.

“We are currently selecting corporate and independent boutique brands to be a part of this authentic un-conference,” says Munden.

For more information, visit their Facebook group page.

(Source:  REM Online)

 

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LeadingRE exceeds $351 billion USD in sales

Macdonald Realty is pleased to share that Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, our global real estate network of market-leading independent brokerages, has announced its most recent sales statistics for 2015, reflecting ongoing dominance in the residential real estate market. Network affiliates produced over one million transactions valued at $351 billion USD in home sales last year, outperforming its closest network competitor by $86 billion, which further widened the margin over the previous year.
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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® affiliates had 27% of the total sales among the top 500 firms in the U.S., outselling all other networks in home sales by 48%, according to REAL Trends 500, a ranking of the largest U.S. companies by transaction sides and sales volume. Members also represented 14 of the top 25 firms in the U.S. in sales volume among this prestigious group.

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Macdonald Realty Recognized for Excellence in Service and Marketing at Global Real Estate Conference

VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada – (March 2, 2016) – Macdonald Realty received the prestigious Global Alliance Award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of more than 500 high quality independent real estate firms. The award was presented at the network’s Annual Awards Gala February 25 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The event was part of LeadingRE’s Conference Week, which has attracted a distinguished audience of nearly 2,500 real estate professionals from 25 countries.

Winner Global Alliance Award

For the fourth consecutive year, Macdonald Realty was presented the Global Alliance Award. This award is presented to the international firm that closes the most cross-border referrals, utilizing the strength of the LeadingRE network to assist their local clients with global real estate investment and relocation services.

“The companies recognized with one of these prestigious awards have shown a real commitment to maximizing specific services available to them through their affiliation as a way to extend the scope of their offerings,” LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor said. “We are pleased to pay tribute to these outstanding companies for their focus on excellence and their exemplary participation in our global community.”

Macdonald Realty accepts 2016 Global Alliance Award in Miami

Jonathan Cooper, Alyssa Mori and Rosey Hudson of Macdonald Realty accept the 2016 Global Alliance Award.

 

Top 3 International Luxury Brokerages

Macdonald Realty was named one of the Top 3 International Luxury Brokerage by Luxury Portfolio International®. The award is presented to the firm based outside of the U.S. that epitomizes the quality, strength and luxury market expertise synonymous with the Luxury Portfolio brand.   Macdonald Realty was the only Canadian nominee, along with firms from South Africa and Italy.

Top 3 Consumer Materials and Video Marketing

Macdonald Realty was also recognized with top three finishes in two categories of the LeadingRE annual Marketing Competition.  The award-winning entries in the Consumer Materials and Video categories were chosen based on creativity, quality and overall presentation and effectiveness.

“It’s an honour for our marketing team to be recognized by LeadingRE, and in the company of outstanding firms from New York, Chicago and South Africa,” says Macdonald Realty’s Marketing Manager Rosey Hudson.  “It shows that the materials our in-house team produces are truly world class. Our new listing presentation is informative and beautiful, and is a tool that our agents should be very proud to share with prospective clients.”

2016 LeadingRE Awards for Macdonald Realty

 

Macdonald Realty, the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group, is the largest British Columbia representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com), an extensive network of premier locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries producing over one million annual home sale transactions. As a member of LeadingRE, Macdonald Realty provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in any market.

For more information on Macdonald Realty, visit www.macrealty.com  or call 1-877-278-3888.

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For comment please contact
Jonathan Cooper, Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc.
Direct: 604-264-6789
Email:  jcooper@macrealty.com

About Macdonald Real Estate Group
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $7 billion and over $2 billion in assets under management.  With more than 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the MREG Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

 

Macdonald Real Estate Group – Year in Review 2015

It is the season to look back with a Year in Review 2015 video of Macdonald Real Estate Group’s performance across our residential, commercial sales and leasing, property management and project marketing divisions, as well as the launch of our new office in Shanghai, China.  This success continues to position us as Western Canada’s largest integrated real estate firm.  Watch the 3 minute video for an overview of the key highlights of our last year.

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About Macdonald Real Estate Group
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $7 billion and over $2 billion in assets under management.  With more than 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the MREG Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

 

Macdonald Realty CEO Lynn Hsu recognized in the 2016 Swanepoel Power 200 List

Macdonald Realty’s President and CEO Lynn Hsu has been included in the Swanepoel™ annual list of The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate for 2016.

Ms. Hsu’s acquisition of Macdonald Realty in 1990 coincided with Vancouver’s emergence as an Asian hub on the international stage. She has subsequently grown the firm to 20 offices throughout British Columbia (Canada) with nearly 1,000 agents responsible for an estimated $5 billion in annual sales.

Lynn Hsu, recognized for growing Macdonald Realty from one office in 1990 to 20 offices and nearly 1000 agents 25 years later, is listed as #105 for the Power 200. This is the overall SP200 list which identifies the 200 leaders that have the most power and influence to impact the residential real estate brokerage industry.

In addition Lynn Hsu ranks in the Top 20 on their Women Leaders list, along with Pam O’Connor of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, our global network of market-leading independent brokerages. We’re also happy to see Stephanie Pfeffer Anton of Luxury Portfolio International® and LeadingRE named #1 in the Top 20 Social Influencers of Residential Real Estate.  Our friend and colleague Paul Boomsma, President of Luxury Portfolio International® also made the Power 200 list.

View the complete 2016 Swanepoel Power 200 lists.

 

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Ian Lawrie’s Retirement | Mortgage Services

Join Macdonald Real Estate Group in extending best wishes to Ian Lawrie, our Vice President of Mortgage Services, who has retired at the end of 2015. Ian was with us for nearly 27 years, since he joined the Vancouver-West (Kerrisdale) office in 1989 and opened our first mortgage division.

Under Ian’s care, our mortgage services have undergone many changes. In recent years, he has brought our strategic partnership with Origin Home Financial Partners Inc to our offices with a team of dedicated, mobile mortgage professionals to serve our clients. Rest assured Macdonald Real Estate Group will continue to offer mortgage solutions for our clients.

View our Mortgage information page and contact an Origin mortgage advisor in your area.

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2015 charitable donation to local refugee centre | Macdonald Real Estate Group

Dear Friends, Clients, and Colleagues,

In lieu of cards or gifts this Christmas, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has made a charitable donation to the new Welcome Centre in East Vancouver, which is due for completion in the spring of 2016 to support the refugees arriving in British Columbia.

Refugees escaping war, famine and persecution will soon have help from a regional services hub in Vancouver—a one-stop housing and support centre. Immigrant Services Society of BC is building the new, first of its kind in the world, 58,000 square foot facility that will address the immediate needs of Government Assisted Refugees and immigrants in Vancouver. The New Welcome House will be a regional service hub bringing together a unique combination of transitional housing and targeted services under one roof to streamline access to care. For more information and to follow along with the construction please visit newwelcomehouseblog.org

Season’s Greetings,

Jonathan Cooper
Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc.

 

About Macdonald Real Estate Group
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $7 billion and over $2 billion in assets under management.  With more than 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the MREG Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

 

22 more Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts in September and October courses

After another successful Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) 22 more of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on September 22, 2015 and October 30, 2015!

Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

 

Mark Attfield (Surrey)
Randy Ayers (Surrey)
Deborah Boyd (Surrey)
Jane Donnelly (Vancouver West)
Alice Rei Ho (Vancouver West)
Liz Holmes (Surrey)
Jeremy Kalenuik (Surrey)
Jessie Kandola (Vancouver East)
Eric Katajamaki (Surrey)
Maryanne Kayal (Vancouver West)
Shelley Kellerman (Maple Ridge)
Sukhpreet Narula (Surrey)
Robert Neall (Surrey)
Shawn Nesbitt (Vancouver East)
Anh Nguyen (Coquitlam)
Azmina Sayani (Surrey)
Cheryl Steer (Vancouver West)
Evelyn Tkaczyk (Maple Ridge)
Jade Torner (Coquitlam)
Scott Trinder (Vancouver West)
Torin Wells (North Vancouver)
Linda Xu (Surrey)

Tom Garvey joins Macdonald Realty


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VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada (October 29, 2015) – Macdonald Realty has hired Tom Garvey as the new full-time Managing Broker for their Coquitlam and Maple Ridge offices. He will be the go-to resource for transaction-related questions, and responsible for retention, recruitment and training in those offices.

“Macdonald Realty is fortunate to add Tom to our Management Team.” says Jonathan Cooper, Vice President, Operations for Macdonald Real Estate Group. “He brings several decades of industry experience to this role, both in sales and in management, and is well respected in the Greater Vancouver real estate community.  Tom will be a tremendous resource to his offices and our company as a whole.”

Tom has served the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver Real Estate boards on a number of committees including Education, Technology, MLS®, and Professional Conduct. Moreover, he has also been a part of the BCREA education committee and acts as a Student Advisor for The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia.

 

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Cooper, Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group, Inc.
Phone – 604 264 6789
Email – jcooper@macrealty.com
Tom Garvey FRI, RI(BC)
Managing Broker,  Macdonald Realty Ltd.
Phone – 604 931 5551
Email – tgarvey@macrealty.com

About Macdonald Real Estate Group:
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $6.3 billion and just under $2 billion in assets under management.  With more than 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the MREG Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

Macdonald Realty #1 in 2015 list of “Biggest BC businesses owned by women” | BIV

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In the August 4, 2015 edition of Business in Vancouver, Macdonald Realty was ranked #1 on their annual list of the biggest BC businesses owned by women.  With 930 employees in B.C., Macdonald Realty’s Owner, President and CEO Lynn Hsu tops a list that includes SimpeQ Care, TPD, Purdys Chocolatier and CEFA Early Learning Schools in the Top 5.

Macdonald Realty also ranks 11th on BIV’s list of Biggest B.C. organizations managed by women.

Business in Vancouver newspaper is the flagship publication of Business in Vancouver Media Group. Since its creation in 1989, the weekly newspaper has been an essential source of news, features, analysis and data for Vancouver business leaders and influencers. It remains a must-read source of unique, unduplicated business insight.

See the full list at Business in Vancouver.

 

Over 300 Macdonald Realty Agents Achieve the Certified Negotiation Expert Designation

VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada (August 11, 2015) – Macdonald Realty is pleased to announce that as of August 11th, 2015, over 300 of its real estate agents have received the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation – this represents over 50% of the agents from Macdonald Realty’s residential sales offices.

“In decades past, agents were the conduits of listing information.” Explains Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) CEO Lynn Hsu. “Now, there is an enormous amount of listing data readily available to the public online, and the value proposition for the real estate agent has changed.  Agents must provide cogent analysis of the data available, and expert negotiation skills to resolve conflict, build bridges, and bring deals together for the benefit of all parties involved.”

Jonathan Cooper, MREG Vice President, adds: “The bottom line is negotiation skills are fundamental to the real estate business.  Successfully managing the ebb and flow of interpersonal communications—often under considerable time constraints—is vital to real estate transactions, and it’s not something that can be replaced by a computer.”

Offered by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI), the CNE® course applies up-to-date research in negotiation dynamics to the real estate sales process.  It provides agents with tangible tools and insights to achieve better outcomes for their clients.  Since 2006, tens of thousands of real estate agents across North American have earned the CNE® designation.

Suze Cumming, the Canadian Director of the RENI, has collaborated with MREG over the last twelve months – “I  would like to congratulate Macdonald Realty on being the only brokerage in Canada to have successfully certified over 300 of their real estate professionals in this critical area of expertise.  Their commitment to a higher level of service excellence proves that they are leaders in the real estate industry.”

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For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Cooper, Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group, Inc.
Phone – 604 264 6789
Email – jcooper@macrealty.com
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About Macdonald Real Estate Group:
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) has an annual sales volume of over $6.3 billion and over $1.75 billion in assets under management.  With more than 20 offices and nearly 1,000 staff and REALTORS®, MREG offers a full range of real estate services, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, project marketing, and the MREG Canadian Real Estate Investment Centre in Shanghai, China.  Macdonald Realty is the residential division of Macdonald Real Estate Group. For more information, visit www.macrealty.com.

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HGTV’s House Hunt Winner in Best International Home 2015: Timber Frame Home in Squamish

The HGTV House Hunt has finished and the votes are in. Congratulations to all the winners! Thank you to all who helped Macdonald Realty’s International Home nomination become the 2015 winner. Find out more about this amazing listing below on the HGTV House Hunt website:

Timber-Frame Home in Squamish

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This backyard view of the home shows off the pairing of stone and neutral siding that were used for the exterior. The landscape and hardscape includes a small pond and evergreen trees.

Special thanks to our luxury home marketing network partners at Luxury Portfolio International for coordinating our nomination.  What an honour!  Our Squamish listing won over fellow nominees from Queenstown New Zealand, Paris France, Marrakesh Morocco, Australia, South Africa, Mexico and other exotic global locations.

Lynn Hsu, CEO of Macdonald Realty, named one of The 50 Most Influential Women in BC | BCBusiness

From politicians to bankers, charity mavens to retail entrepreneurs, these are the leaders who are having a big impact behind the scenes and at centre stage in British Columbia.

If you’re a reader of the business press—or any story featuring the power brokers in our midst—you’ll be struck by one thing above all else: the paucity of women. While some may argue that “them’s the numbers”—and yes, women are poorly represented in the boardrooms and backrooms of B.C.—the fact is that we in the media bear some responsibility. The evidence of powerful and dynamic women leaders abounds. It’s just not being reported as frequently.

That, in part, is why BCBusiness decided to do this survey of B.C.’s Most Influential Women: to put a distinctly female face on power and influence in B.C….

Lynn Hsu
President and CEO, Macdonald Realty

Influence: Taiwanese immigrant Hsu has helped turn Macdonald into one of the largest full-service real estate firms in B.C–and the gateway for Mainland Chinese investors.

The panel says: “Macdonald is far bigger than even the real estate industry realizes, in terms of the amount of transactions. They’re one of the largest residential brokers in B.C., and on the commercial side, the amount of real estate that they’re transacting–they’re doing deals that are as big as what Colliers or CBRE is doing.”

Read about the other 50 Most Influential Women in BC at BCBusiness

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Macdonald Realty Nominees for HGTV’s House Hunt 2015

The HGTV House Hunt is on once again! This year we are nominated under 3 categories, with 4 of our listings in beautiful BC. Tour amazing homes across the globe, vote for your favorites, and enter for your chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! And remember you can vote for your favorites once a day. Follow the instructions below to vote for Macdonald Realty Nominees for HGTV’s House Hunt 2015:

Step 1: Tour the homes in the category.
Step 2: When you’ve found your favorite, click “I’m Ready to Vote.”
Step 3: Choose your favorite by clicking “Vote.”
Step 4: Click “Continue to Next Category” to tour more homes.

Amazing Kitchens: Country Estate in Vancouver
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A mix of contemporary style and country charm brings this spacious, eat-in kitchen to life. Charcoal gray cabinets and gray stone countertops blend seamlessly together, while a gray and white chevron tile backsplash breaks up the monochromatic space. The large island pairs with country-style barstools to provide additional seating for dining. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite Amazing Kitchen!

 

Privacy, Please: Luxe Chateau in Victoria
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Sprawling mountain views and a luxurious infinity-edge pool and spa, what’s not to love? Relax, unwind and take in the incredible views of the natural Fiord of Finlayson Arm and the Saanich Inlet. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite Privacy, Please candidate!

 

Rustic Lodge in Chilko
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Located on 25 acres of deeded land with a private 10-acre lake, the Huston Family Estate offers an unparalleled atmosphere with breathtaking views of the majestic Chilko Valley. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite Privacy, Please candidate!

 

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This backyard view of the home shows off the pairing of stone and neutral siding that were used for the exterior. The landscape and hardscape includes a small pond and evergreen trees. Click here to vote for this listing as your favorite International Homes candidate!

 

Thank you to our global partners Luxury Portfolio International for bringing attention to our amazing collection of luxury homes listed across British Columbia by our Macdonald Realty agents.

22 more Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts

After another successful Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) 22 more of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on May 19th, 2015!

Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

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Brian Ashford (Coquitlam)
Daniel Card (Coquitlam)
June Conway (North Vancouver)
Cynthia Weberg (Vancouver Downtown)
Kee Wai Shum (Vancouver West)
Andrea Sinow (Vancouver West)
Jeff LaForge (Vancouver West)
Jean Seung (Vancouver West)
Janet Kidder (Vancouver West)
Jeanette Kraynick (Vancouver West)
Joanne Chen (Vancouver West)
Lisa Chandler (Vancouver West)
Lisa Jiang (Vancouver West)
Leila Neale (West Vancouver)
Mark Wiens (Vancouver West)
Sunny Sun (Vancouver West)
Brenda Harrison (Vancouver West)
Tina Kwok (Vancouver West)
Brian Besco (West Vancouver)
Hamed Mahmoudi (West Vancouver)
Karen Monsarrat (West Vancouver)
Shahin Shahmirzadi (West Vancouver)

Macdonald Realty Recognized for Outstanding Referral Services

Macdonald Realty was Recognized for Outstanding Referral Services

Macdonald Realty received the prestigious Global Alliance Award for the Most Outgoing Cross Border referrals from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of more than 500 top independent real estate firms. The award was presented at the network’s Annual Awards Gala this spring during LeadingRE Conference Week in Las Vegas.  This was Macdonald Realty’s third consecutive year winning this award, showcasing our position as a local BC company with strong international connections.

Also, in the Marketing category Macdonald Realty received honorable mentions for their 2014 Corporate Brochure of Integrated Real Estate Services and their 2014 Recruitment Video in the Interactive Media / Video category.

“An innovative and creative approach to marketing is critical for success in today’s real estate market. Our award-winning firms have distinguished themselves by conveying their firms’ unique character, while providing essential information to home buyers and sellers.”

Macdonald Realty is the sole Vancouver representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com), the largest network of premier locally-branded firms in more than 50 countries. LeadingRE provides its affiliates with an extensive range of brokerage services, which include lead generation, cross-market referrals, branding support, luxury marketing, online exposure, technology systems, and industry-leading professional development.

For more information on placing a referral with our award winning referral team, please email relocation@macrealty.com or call 1-877-278-3888.

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$94K micro condo in Surrey attracts hordes of home buyers | Platinum Project Marketing

Macdonald Realty Estate Group’s project marketing team, Platinum Project Marketing had a busy Saturday, launching sales on Evolve, a new condo development in Surrey, which Developer WestStone Properties said sold 300 condos worth about $70 million in a frenzied 90 minute rush.

Read on for the full story as reported by The Huffington Post.

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Surrey Condo Sales: Hundreds Line Up For Chance To Buy $94,000 Micro-Units

The opportunity to buy a brand-new condo for under $100,000 in Metro Vancouver’s sizzling real estate market brought hundreds of people to a Surrey sales centre on Saturday.

Prospective buyers stood in line for hours to buy into the 35-storey Evolve concrete tower. A big draw were the micro suites, starting at 316 sq. ft. and $93,900.

Twin brothers and WHL players, Connor and Curtis Honey, drove up from Edmonton to be the first people in line at 4 a.m. for the opening day of sales. They snapped up one of the 80 micro condos.

“It is pretty small, but I think there’s ways to work around it and maximize the space,” Curtis Honey told CTV News.

Developer WestStone Properties said 300 condos worth about $70 million were sold in a frenzied 90 minutes Saturday.

The majority of Evolve’s 406 units are priced at less than $250,000.

The condo project’s marketers, Platinum Project Marketing, also credited the high-tech sales presentation, including holograms and augmented reality, for drumming up interest. (Watch video above.)

Evolve is scheduled to be finished in 2018. It’s one of several new towers in Surrey’s developing West Village.

With about 1,000 people moving to Surrey every month, the city is forecast to become B.C.’s biggest by 2041.

Macdonald Realty 2014 Sales Awards

Congratulations to all our 2014 Sales Awards winners! Click on the picture below to see the PDF.

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Connect with one of our award winning REALTORS® at Macrealty.com

COMMERCIAL
Brian Barber
Cynthia Dong
Mark Hagedorn
Bruce Long
Chris Midmore
Don O’Brien
Eric K. Poon
Dan Schulz
Bob Scragg
Brian Tattrie

COQUITLAM
Colin Colpitts
Wayne Tullis
Ashley Tullis

LANGLEY
Lindy Leclair
Andy Schildhorn
Leigh Turnbull

MAPLE RIDGE
Jennifer DiPietra
Al Jenkins
Brenda Jenkins

NORTH VANCOUVER
Cam Armstrong
Randy Eckert
Peter Ohrnberger
Michelle Rogers
David Thon & Andrea Thon

QUALICUM BEACH
Amy Hadikin

SALT SPRING ISLAND
Henri Procter
Kelly Regen
Sandra Smith

SQUAMISH
Gena Belanger
Shelley Dolby
Jack Fowler
Tom Malpass
Julie Quinlan
Shawn Wentworth

SURREY
Greg Holmes & Liz Holmes
Chris Whitehead, Steve Karrasch, & Chandani Pooni
Kevin Lunder & Trish Lunder
David Bradley
Vijay Virk
Shawn Sawatzky

VANCOUVER EAST
Carol Palfrey
Deborah Stellingwerff
Sean Stevens

VANCOUVER WEST
Monique Badun, Kim Craig, Penny Graham & Bev Weaver
Allyson Brooke, Brenda Harrison, Deborah Phillips & Marj Allen
Frankie Chu & Sherman Ma
Murphy Costello & Jodi Norrison
Manyee Lui, Josephine Kwok, Christine Yeung & Anny Diao
Heather Notman, Lynn Johnson, Vita Kalns & Bruce Warner
Clair Rockel, Dayna Wosk & Marnie Quarry
Keith Roy, Greg Dent & Taryn Lees
Will McKitka & Kevin Hardy
Susana Chan
Lisa Chandler
Amal Chebaya
Ken Chong
Simon Clayton
Stephen Cronk
Lorne Goldman
John Lam
Elke Lee
Alice Lo
Erin Mulhern
Helen Nie
Karley Rice
Gordon V Sing
Nancy Wang
Gary Wong
Kevin Yu

VICTORIA
Leslee Farrell & Sean Farrell
Jason Binab, Niels Madsen & Andy Rogers
Chace Whitson
Rebecca Miller
Connie Brown
Stephen Foster
Peter Nash

WEST VANCOUVER
Paul Browne
Simon Coutts
Monique Davidson
Franco Diligenti
Nancy Donen
Dee Elliott
Jennie Frizzo
Kathryn Lester
Barry Thomas
Rosalinda Voth
Greg Wong

WHISTLER
Shauna O’Callaghan

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Nick Goulet
Razi Mohamed
Matt Nugent
David Price
John Sullivan
Stuart Wright

COQUITLAM
Bobbi Crandall
Richard Getty
Virginia Kung
Steven Oh

LANGLEY
Brad Richert

MAPLE RIDGE
Brenda Exner
Travis Franklin
Scott Meadus
Dave Telep
Lisa Telep

NORTH VANCOUVER
Lisa Gordon
Michael Sawyer
Majid Talebi

OSOYOOS
Diane Biernaskie & Jennifer Brock
Janice Tucker

QUALICUM BEACH/PARKSVILLE
Donald Ballard

SALT SPRING ISLAND
Richard Alexander

SQUAMISH
Christine Barton
Mike Carney
Petra Hauke
Andrew Laurie

SURREY
Kewal Athwal
May Chen
Norm Flemig
Darin Germyn
Mike Gleitman
Iqbal Grewal
Lydia Hachey
Tara Morrow-Hansen & Wes Hansen
Chris Harris
Jeremy Kalenuik
Sharon Lenning
MaryLou Leslie & Ken Leslie
Francis Mai
Barry Porter
Rene Quiaoit, Gloria Quiaoit & Rene-Anthony Quiaoit
Kylene Shannon
Dennis Wiemken
Sharon Williams
Daniel Wu & Jennifer Wu
David Yipp
Darryl Young

VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN
Sara Fakhari
Bud Lockhart & Peter Javier
Juliana Jiao
Carmen Leal
Matthew Lee
Dale Mounzer
Shelly Smee

VANCOUVER EAST
Connie Buna
Melanie Chow
Lyn Hart

VANCOUVER WEST
Anne Andrew
Derrick Cheung
Philip Cheung
Joseph Chiang
Leslie Connolly
Kerby Cowan
Jane Donnelly
Jason Feinstadt
J. Neil Hamilton
Lyn Harlton
Lydia Hsu
Linda Jinks
Heather Jones
Bonny Klassen
Serina Kwok
Garth Lam
Annabel Lee
William Lew
Whitney Lewis
Jason Low
Judith Meisen
Danny Nikas
Allan Palmer
Kris Richardson
Jennifer Ricci & Lori Rowe
Ainslie Sadler
Evelyn Siy
Carissa Siy
Cheryl Steer
Karin Tham
Steven Tse
Gordon Urquhart

VICTORIA
Sheila Aujla
John Boyle & Linda Geddes
Dane Kingsbury
David Langlois
Greg Rowland
Eleanor V. Smith
Kevin Wensley

WEST VANCOUVER
Lucie Ingoldby
Nancy Lloyd
Alex Mozaffarian
Dan Muzzin
Therese Reinsch
Michelle Taylor
Julie Urquhart

WHISTLER
Carolyn Hill

30 more Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts

After another successful Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) 30 more of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on January 28, 2015!

Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

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Christine Barton (Squamish)
Allyson Brooke (Vancouver West)
Brandon Cherrington (Vancouver East)
Kathryn Croutch (Langley)
Taya Docksteader (Langley)
Frank Fang (Coquitlam)
Jay Fraser (North Vancouver)
Leigh Freeman (Vancouver West)
Richard Getty (Coquitlam)
Heather Jones (Vancouver West)
Nelson Jordaan (Coquitlam)
Ming Sze Lai (Vancouver West)
Annabel Lee (Vancouver West)
Alice Lo (Vancouver West)
Shaun McRae (Coquitlam)
Ania Partyka (West Vancouver)
Sean Patterson (Vancouver East)
Aimee Qiu (Vancouver West)
Douglas Shwery (West Vancouver)
Karlis Silins (Vancouver East)
Karin Tham (Vancouver West)
Jacqueline Tiong (Vancouver West)
Nancy Wang (Vancouver West)
Sharon Williams (White Rock)
Graham Williams (White Rock)
Kathy Young (Vancouver West)
Thikra Zak (Coquitlam)
Vicky Chai (Vancouver West)
Whitney Lewis (Vancouver West)
Frazer Elliot (West Vancouver)
Margaret Wang (Vancouver West)
Don Montgomery (Westmar)

2014 charitable donation to BC Heart and Stroke Foundation | Macdonald Real Estate Group

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Dear Friends, Clients, and Colleagues,

In lieu of cards or gifts this Christmas, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) will be making a financial contribution to the British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Many families across Canada are impacted by heart disease, and in the last few years MREG has been affected in several distinct ways. Firstly, two of our long-time managers had major heart surgery; thankfully, both are now recovered and living active lives.

Secondly, on two separate occasions, agents in the Macdonald Realty Victoria office were able to administer life-saving CPR to clients who suffered massive heart attacks. We are thrilled that as a company we were, in the words of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, able to help ‘create more survivors’.

Our contribution will specifically go to support research and education in British Columbia.

If you would like more information about the work of the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, you can visit their website heartandstroke.com.

Merry Christmas/Season’s Greetings,

Jonathan Cooper
Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc.

24 more Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts

After another successful Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) 24 more of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on November 18, 2014!

Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

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Aki Li Foster (West Vancouver)
Amandah Tanner (West Vancouver)
Andrea Thon (North Vancouver)
Barbara Ohl (North Vancouver)
Bri Ragona (Vancouver West)
Dane Human (West Vancouver)
David Thon (North Vancouver)
Doug Reid (North Vancouver)
Geoff Taylor (West Vancouver)
Gita Tehranchi (West Vancouver)
Glenn Tomlinson (North Vancouver)
Jack Fowler (Squamish)
Jennie Frizzo (West Vancouver)
Julie Urquhart (West Vancouver)
Kathryn Lester (West Vancouver)
Lucie Ingoldby (West Vancouver)
Marcela Giuffre (West Vancouver)
Maria Chaplinskaya (West Vancouver)
Nancy Donen (West Vancouver)
Pauline Rilcof (Vancouver East)
Ron Friesen (North Vancouver)
Rosalinda Voth (West Vancouver)
Steve Berry (West Vancouver)
Susan J. Weeks (West Vancouver)

48 more Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts

After another successful Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) 48 more of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on November 13, 2014!

Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

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Al Jenkins (Maple Ridge)
Andy Schildhorn (Langley)
Bob Rempel (Surrey)
Brad Richert (Langley)
Brenda Exner (Maple Ridge)
Brenda Jenkins (Maple Ridge)
Brett Hammill (Surrey)
Chandani Pooni (Surrey)
Chris Harris (Surrey)
Chris Whitehead (Surrey)
Danielle Howcroft (White Rock)
Daryl Cowden (Surrey)
Denis Sleightholme (Coquitlam)
Donna Harper (Langley)
Ei-Leen Ong (Langley)
Elliot Mandelcorn (Coquitlam)
Erik Hopkins (White Rock)
Greg Holmes (Surrey)
Irena Put (Langley)
Jasmine Niemi (Surrey)
Jeet Sidhu (Surrey)
Jeevan Kang (Surrey)
Julia Petrova (Langley)
Katu Sola (Langley)
Ken Leslie (Surrey)
Kevin Lunder (Surrey)
Kylene Shannon (Surrey)
Leigh Turnbull (Langley)
Linda Sue Peaker (Surrey)
Lydia Hachey (Surrey)
Marylou Leslie (Surrey)
Michael Gleitman (Surrey)
Nick Chabros (Coquitlam)
Norm Flemig (White Rock)
Paul Omonua (Surrey)
Peter Vanderlee (Maple Ridge)
Ron Mitchell (Maple Ridge)
Roy Pereira (Langley)
Scott Olson (Surrey)
Sharon Lenning (Surrey)
Shawn Sawatzky (Surrey)
Steven Karrasch (Surrey)
Tara Morrow (Surrey)
Tore Jacobsen (Surrey)
Trish Lunder (Surrey)
Val Berg (Surrey)
Virginia Kung (Coquitlam)
Wes Hansen (Surrey)

57 more Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts

The second Lower Mainland  Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) and 57 more of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on November 7, 2014!

 

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Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

Dimitri Schwartzman (Coquitlam)
Robb Breckwoldt (Coquitlam)
Veronica Ren (Coquitlam)
Albert Petrov (Langley)
Daniel Williams (Langley)
Marina Williams (Langley)
Wes Jamison (Langley)
Dan Wagner (Maple Ridge)
Jason Dryburgh (Maple Ridge)
Jewel Yourchek (Maple Ridge)
Andrea Doby (North Vancouver)
Elaine Noble (North Vancouver)
Gwen Parkstrom (North Vancouver)
Hyun Chong Oh (North Vancouver)
Lisa Gordon (North Vancouver)
Peter Ohrnberger (North Vancouver)
Brian Loverin (Squamish)
Petra Hauke (Squamish)
Spencer Hinde (Squamish)
Tom Malpass (Squamish)
Shelly Smee (Vancouver Downtown)
Connie Buna (Vancouver East)
Paul Vigano (Vancouver East)
Peter Vanderkooy (Vancouver East)
Shauna Gold (Vancouver East)
Ainslie Sadler (Vancouver West)
Aisling Delahunt (Vancouver West)
Alistair Heath (Vancouver West)
Allison Macdonald (Vancouver West)
Angela Lee (Vancouver West)
Anne Marie Chan (Vancouver West)
Bonny Klassen (Vancouver West)
Cathryn Lawrence (Vancouver West)
Cecile Yuen (Vancouver West)
Debbie Erhardt (Vancouver West)
Gary Wong (Vancouver West)
Jennifer Ricci (Vancouver West)
Jodi Norrison (Vancouver West)
Josephine Hui (Vancouver West)
Karen Boykiw (Vancouver West)
Kevin Yu (Vancouver West)
Lawrence Leong (Vancouver West)
Leslie Connolly (Vancouver West)
Lori Rowe (Vancouver West)
Nerissa Choy (Vancouver West)
Sherman Ma (Vancouver West)
Simon Clayton (Vancouver West)
Steven Toth (Vancouver West)
William Lew (Vancouver West)
Dee Elliott (West Vancouver)
Diana Yu (West Vancouver)
Greg Wong (West Vancouver)
Sam Garman (West Vancouver)
Therese Reinsch (West Vancouver)
Will Gibson (West Vancouver)
Carolyn Hill (Whistler)
Shauna O’Callaghan (Whistler)

38 more Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts in Vancouver

After another successful Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) 38 more of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on October 31, 2014!

Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

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Parva Aflatoon (North Vancouver)
Maureen Bellinger (Vancouver West)
David Brock (West Vancouver)
Paul Browne (West Vancouver)
Barbara Budzynski (North Vancouver)
David Caron (Vancouver West)
Celene Cheang (Vancouver West)
Eve Chuang (Vancouver West)
Pat Conway (West Vancouver)
Kerby Cowan (Vancouver West)
Steven Cronk (Vancouver West)
Bill Dick (Vancouver Offices)
Jason Feinstadt (Vancouver West)
Theirry Gudel (Vancouver West)
Emma Hamel (Vancouver West)
J. Neil Hamilton (Vancouver West)
Lyn Harlton (Vancouver West)
Lyn Hart (Vancouver East)
Dina Hingston (West Vancouver)
Ben Kay (Vancouver Downtown)
Ralph Kennedy (West Vancouver)
Serina Kwok (Vancouver West)
Marek Malinski (Vancouver West)
Kim McAlpine (Vancouver East)
Dan Muzzin (West Vancouver)
Chris Naples (North Vancouver)
Allan Palmer (Vancouver West)
Marnie Quarry (Vancouver West)
Lisa Richardson (North Vancouver)
Carly Sameshima (Vancouver West)
Devon Samson (North Vancouver)
Gordon V Sing (Vancouver West)
Deborah Stellingwerff (Vancouver East)
Donna Strother (Vancouver West)
Steve Taylor (West Vancouver)
Barry Thomas (West Vancouver)
Steven Tse (Vancouver West)
Jennifer West (Vancouver West)

35 Macdonald Realty agents become Certified Negotiation Experts on Vancouver Island

After a successful Certified Negotiation Expert course (CNE®) on Vancouver Island, 35 of our agents have graduated. Congratulations to all who completed the course on October 24, 2014!

Click below to see their information and see how they can assist you today!

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Sheila Aujla (Victoria)
Ara Balabanian (Victoria)
David Beswick (Victoria)
Jason Binab (Victoria)
David Brunning (Parksville)
Cindy Evans (Parksville)
Stephen Foster (Victoria)
Nancy Gray (Victoria)
Erwin Huber (Parksville)
Tracy Keenan-Whyte (Victoria)
Dane Kingsbury (Victoria)
David Langlois (Victoria)
Cathy Levell (Parksville)
Dave Levell (Parksville)
Jane Logan (Victoria)
Paulette Marsollier (Victoria)
Rebecca Miller (Victoria)
Bob Milloy (Victoria)
Lisa Moulatsiotis (Parksville)
Deborah Nicol (Parksville)
Shelley Peever (Victoria)
Deborah Phillips (Vancouver West)
Andy Rogers (Victoria)
Greg Rowland (Victoria)
Helene Roy (Victoria)
Nigel Seale (Victoria)
Sophak Sim (Victoria)
Eleanor Smith (Victoria)
Lynn Van de Kamp (Victoria)
Paul Vandermade (Victoria)
Scott Vannan (Victoria)
Darien Verbrugge (Victoria)
Kevin Wensley (Victoria)
Kevin White (Victoria)
Mark Winter (Vancouver West)

Macdonald Realty tops 2014 list of “Biggest BC businesses owned by women” | BIV

Once again, for 2014, Macdonald Realty is number one on Business in Vancouver’s list of Biggest BC businesses owned by women.  Lynn Hsu tops this list which in which businesses are ranked by total number of staff.  Thank you to all of our Realtors and staff who make up this impressive number!

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See all the rankings at Business In Vancouver.

Macdonald Realty-LeadingRE #1 Network in North America | REAL Trends 2014

Macdonald Realty is a proud member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World ® (LeadingRE), a global affiliate network of independent real estate firms. We are pleased to announce that two years in a row, Macdonald Realty-LeadingRE is the number one selling network (by unit sales) in North America – more than Remax, Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker, and other well known real estate brokerages.

In addition, Macdonald Realty has continued to be consistently strong in the rankings for the REAL Trends 250 Survey, placing in the Top 10 of the Largest Brokers in Canada and Top 5 of Independent Brokers in Canada.

REAL Trends is a company based in Denver Colorado that has been ranking the Top 500 American residential brokerages since 1988 and has been ranking Canadian brokerages since 2009.


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Subterranean Garage in the 2014 Doory Awards with HGTV


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This year it is our pleasure to have a Macdonald Realty listing nominateed in the 2014 Doory Awards by HGTV’s FrontDoor.com! VOTE for our nomination in the category “Your House Has What?!” Click the Love it button to vote for this Victoria home with a James Bond style Subterranean Garage.

Subterranean Garage in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

 

 

 

Make sure to check out the other great nominees!


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Macdonald Realty Wins “Most Outgoing International Referral Closings” Award

We are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row Global Alliance Award for “Most Outgoing International Referral Closings” by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Being up against 500+ Leading Real Estate members with over 120,000 sales associate in 40+ countries around the world this is a significant achievement for our Referral Department.

Congratulations to Macdonald Real Estate Group Referral Department for a job well done!

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Thank you to Jonathan Cooper for accepting the award!

For more information on the Referral program or to place an outgoing referral please contact our award winning team at 1-877-278-3888.

2014 charitable donation to InspireHealth and the BC Cancer Foundation | Macdonald Real Estate Group

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In lieu of cards or gifts, Macdonald Real Estate Group will be financially supporting cancer research and patient care through the BC Cancer Foundation and InspireHealth.

InspireHealth is a BC not-for-profit which provides integrative care for individuals with cancer.  Their team of doctors, nutritionists, counselors, and exercise therapists focus on the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of patients as they go through traditional cancer treatments like Chemotherapy.

InspireHealth’s cancer care model serves to complement standard cancer treatments.  It helps prepare the individual for the anxiety and emotional complexity that can be major factors when facing a life-threatening illness.  While the cancer itself is treated, InspireHealth ensures that other aspects of the patient’s health – like diet and exercise – are supported.

If you would like more information about InspireHealth you can visit their website or Shelley Ross at sross@inspirehealth.ca.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Cooper
Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group

2013 BC’s Largest Privately Owned Company Managed By a Woman | BIV

Business in Vancouver released it’s annual list of Biggest BC organizations managed by women in 2013. Overall, Macdonald Realty placed 11th however, we continue to be BC’s Largest Privately Owned Company Managed By a Woman. We are proud to see our organization on the list. If you wish to see the rest of the list, please visit biv.com

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Macdonald Realty Golf Tournament 2013 – A Huge Success

On Thursday July 11th 2013, Macdonald Realty hosted its annual golf tournament. Macdonald Realty staff, agents, friends and sponsors came together for this networking event in Richmond at Green Acres Golf Course. All the proceeds will be donated to Canadian Cancer Society, specifically research into lung cancer.

Thank You! To everyone who sponsored the event, as well as all the attendees.

Photos from the event can be found on our facebook page www.facebook.com/MacdonaldRealty

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Macdonald Realty launches Luxury Homes Magazine

Macdonald Real Estate Group is proud to announce the release of our quarterly digital magazine, Macdonald Realty Luxury Homes. This exclusive digital magazine showcases Macdonald Realty’s high end listings from across the province and a unique international listing from Japan. The magazine is available for viewing at www.macrealty.com/luxury

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Past issues will also be available as new editions of the magazine are released. Expect a new release every four months! The listings included are from MREG’s Luxury Home Marketing program. If you are a REALTOR® with Macdonald Realty we recommend you view the requirements on the luxury program page or contact the administrator for more information on showcasing your listings in the next magazine.

Thank you to all of those who contributed to the magazine! We hope you enjoy the first issue of this magazine.

For more information or feedback please email us at luxury@macrealty.com

2013 CFO of the Year Sharon Federal Macdonald Realty | Business in Vancouver

Macdonald Realty is proud to announce that our CFO Sharon Federal will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Business in Vancouver.

We here at Macdonald Realty are so honoured to have Sharon as part of our team as her dedication over these past 30 years has helped Macdonald Realty flourish and grow to become a leader in BC real estate.

Congratulations!

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If anyone wants to attend the CFO of the Year awards dinner it will be held May 15th, 2013 6:15pm – 9pm at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel the ticket price is $135.

For more information on the winners visit the Business in Vancouver

Macdonald Realty Awarded at the 2013 LeadingRE Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that Macdonald Real Estate Group won the Global Alliance Award for Most Outgoing Referrals presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). It is a significant achievement for our Referral Department as this year we were up against 600+ LeadingRE members with over 140,000 sales associate in 30+ countries around the world.

Congratulations to Macdonald Real Estate Group’s Referral Department for a job well done!

For more information on the Referral program or to place an outgoing referral in over 30 countries, please contact us at 1-877-278-3888.

Why Macdonald Realty is exploring opening an office in Shanghai, China | Inman

After 70 years in business in British Columbia, and much consideration and analysis, Macdonald Real Estate Group has decided to explore opening an office in China. To that end, my colleague, Dan Scarrow, our vice president of corporate strategy, left for Shanghai early in February.

In order to understand our rationale, it is first important to appreciate how Chinese investors have shaped the real estate market in Vancouver, B.C., where our company is headquartered.

Over the past three decades, Macdonald Real Estate Group has assisted thousands of Asian families and investors in real estate transactions in the Vancouver area and across western Canada. In the 1980s and ’90s, there were overlapping waves of Hong Kong and Taiwanese investment, and more recently we have seen the mainland China wave.

Our experience has given us the chance to develop a sizable network of Asian clients, both commercial and residential.

While the official percentage of foreign buyers in the Vancouver area is around 3 percent, Chinese clients make up a much higher proportion of certain segments of the market. The exact percentage is hard to pin down, but our research would indicate that Chinese families account for at least 50 percent of Vancouver home sales over $3 million, and our commercial division has put together dozens of major transactions with Chinese investors on a range of commercial real estate asset classes.

Asian clients are not arbitrarily choosing Vancouver as a destination for real estate investment. Our Chinese clients generally have close family and business ties to the areas in which they invest.

For example, aside from business considerations, the primary factor in shaping immigration-related real estate decisions for Chinese families will be proximity and availability of educational opportunities for the next generation.

Aside from business considerations, the primary factor in shaping immigration-related real estate decisions for Chinese families is educational opportunities for the next generation.””
That said, these clients often maintain a foothold in their country of origin, where they often have ongoing commercial interests.

If we open an office in Shanghai, we will be better able to serve our clients who are based in China, or who those spend significant time there. They will have somewhere to go to review documents, and get insight on real estate issues.

In addition, having a presence in China will give us another channel for promoting real estate opportunities.

I will be providing periodic updates to Inman as we go through our due diligence in Shanghai. Hopefully you can find something in our experience that is useful to you in your business, or at the very least you can enjoy watching the process unfold.

Jonathan Cooper is vice president of operations at Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG). Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, MREG has 20 offices and 1,000 staff and Realtors, and offers a full range of real estate services across the province, including residential and commercial brokerage, property and strata management, and project marketing.

This article was originally posted on Inman News, Feb 21, 2014.
View the original post at Inman News

For more information contact Macdonald Realty at 1-877-278-3888

Macdonald Realty 2012 Sales Awards

Congratulations to all our agents who received an award this year!

Award of Excellence

COMMERCIAL
Cynthia Dong
Eric Poon
David Price
Dan Scarrow
Brian Tattrie

COQUITLAM
Ashley Tullis
Wayne Tullis

LANGLEY
Lindy Leclair
Andy Schildhorn

MAPLE RIDGE
Scott Meadus

NORTH VANCOUVER
Peter Ohrnberger
Michelle Rogers
David Thon & Andrea Thon

QUALICUM BEACH
Don Ballard
Amy Hadikin

SALT SPRING ISLAND
Henri Procter
Sandra Smith

SURREY
Norman Flemig
Fateh Iqbal Grewal
Chris Whitehead & Steve Karrasch
Dennis Wiemken
Sharon Williams
Daniel Wu & Jennifer Wu

VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN
Jay McInnes

VANCOUVER WEST
Monique Badun, Kim Craig, Penny Graham & Bev Weaver
Allyson Brooke, Brenda Harrison, Deborah Phillips & Marj Allen
Susana Chan
Ken Chong
Frankie Chu & Sherman Ma
Simon Clayton
Murphy Costello & Bonny Staniszkis
Lorne Goldman
Patricia Houlihan
Lynn Johnson, Heather Notman, Vita Kalns & Bruce Warner
Heather Jones
Dane Kingsbury
Elke Lee
Whitney Lewis
Alice Lo
Manyee Lui
Will McKitka
Helen Bin Nie
Jennifer Ricci & Lori Rowe
Clair Rockel, Dayna Wosk & Marnie Quarry
Keith Roy, Greg Dent & Taryn Lees

VICTORIA
Cheryl Barnes
Jason Binab, Niels Madsen & Andy Rogers
Leslee Farrell & Sean Farrell
Darien Verbrugge & Rebecca Ross
Tim Wiggins & Georgia Wiggins

WEST VANCOUVER
Dee Elliott
Eric Latta
Tim Slater
Julie Urquhart
Greg Wong

WHISTLER
Shauna O’Callaghan
 

Sales Achievement Award

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Nick Goulet
Mark Hagedorn
Bruce Long
Chris Midmore
Vic Sandhar
Dan Schulz
Gary Webb
Stuart Wright

COQUITLAM
Lili Blackwell
Rob Breckwoldt
Bobbi Crandall
Richard Getty
Virginia Kung
Steven Oh
Veronica Ren

LANGLEY
Joe Borlinha
Brad Richert
Leigh Turnbull

MAPLE RIDGE
Jennifer DiPietra
Jason Dryburgh
Jason Exner
Al Jenkins & Brenda Jenkins
Lisa Telep

NORTH VANCOUVER
Cam Armstrong
Gwen Parkstrom

SALT SPRING ISLAND
Rick Alexander
Kelly Regen

SURREY
Valerie Berg
Christina Escher
Darin Germyn
Lisa Gill & Danielle Howcroft
Michael Gleitman & Tore Jacobsen
Lydia Hachey
Greg Holmes & Liz Holmes
Marylou Leslie & Ken Leslie
Kevin Lunder & Trish Lunder
Quang Huu Mai
Mark Manuel
Tara Morrow
Rene Quiaoit, Gloria Quiaoit & Rene-Anthony Quiaoit
Shawn Sawatzky
Kylene Shannon
Vijay Virk
David Yipp
Darryl Young

VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN
Sara Fakhari
Juliana Jiao
Bud Lockhart & Peter Javier

VANCOUVER EAST
Melanie Chow
Lyn Hart
Carol Palfrey
Sean Stevens

VANCOUVER WEST
Maureen Bellinger & Harold Groberman
Anne-Marie Chan
Celene Cheang
Amal Chebaya
Joseph Chiang
Leslie Connolly
Emma Hamel
Lyn Harlton
Linda Jinks
Garth Lam
John Lam
David Lees
Christine Lei
Judith Meisen
Wendy Mills & Jenny Hu
Erin Mulhern
Danny Nikas
Karley Rice
Kris Richardson
Donna Strother
Karin Tham
Steven Tse
Gordon Urquhart
Gary Wong
Sheryl Wosk
Ramona Wu
Kevin Yu

VICTORIA
John Boyle & Linda Geddes
Stephen Foster
Jane Logan
Robert Milloy
Peter Nash
Erik Rapatz
Greg Rowland
Chace Whitson

WEST VANCOUVER
Paul Browne
Simon Coutts
Monique Davidson
Jennie Frizzo
Lucie Ingoldby
Dan Muzzin
Therese Reinsch
Geoff Taylor

WHISTLER
Franco Dilligenti

To see photos of the award ceremonies, check out our Facebook page.

Macdonald Realty Christmas Party Raises $25,000 for Charity

Macdonald Realty Vancouver (including the Main Street, Downtown, and Vancouver West offices) and Macdonald Commercial held their annual Christmas party on Friday December 2nd.   The annual Auction had some unique and unexpected donations this year, not the least of which was a simple loaf of FRENCH BREAD THAT SOLD FOR OVER $3,000! Veteran Westside REALTOR® and company Auctioneer Will McKitka managed to successful obtain a whopping $3,000 from one of his colleagues, which will benefit this year’s charity recipients.  Vancouver publication 24hrs included the Macdonald Realty Christmas party in a story on creative charitable giving.

“We wanted to add something simple to make the point, it was time to give to our community with little or no expectations of gain or reward. One singular item that could catch the imagination of our Realtors and staff ” McKitka said. After getting the green light to quietly slip in the unusual auction item from Company CEO and President Lynn Hsu the fundraisers knew they were on to a good thing. “We knew it would be unusual enough to titillate and catch the attention of our audience…We knew it would be a winner!”

This year’s beneficiaries were the ARTHRITIS RESEARCH CENTRE OF CANADA and the VANCOUVER HOSPICE SOCIETY, who are midway through the drive to raise $4.5 million dollars for a soon-to-be built West Side hospice at 4615 Granville Street.

 

Lynn Hsu Macdonald Realty: From humble beginnings to extraordinary success | Vancouver Observer

Success: Why and How

In 1985, while raising a young family, Lynn Hsu began her real estate career despite being a new immigrant with limited English and no social network.

From 1987 through 1989, Hsu was the number one salesperson for Western Canada at a large, national real estate firm. In 1990, Hsu bought Macdonald Realty; at the time a single office in Vancouver’s Westside. Fast forward 25 years and Hsu is heading Western Canada’s largest real estate brokerage firm, with over 1,000 realtors working in 20 offices across British Columbia. Macdonald Realty’s reported figure for gross sales in 2010 was $4.7 billion.

Hsu has been honored many times for her achievements, including:

“Self-made” is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of Lynn Hsu. Most of my small business consulting clients certainly aspire to achieve a success story like hers. On a more personal level, Hsu’s accomplishments as a female business owner absolutely dazzle me. Seeking insight into her success, I reached out to Hsu in hopes that she would share some of her personal and business tips:

Don’t accept the glass ceiling

One of the rare female top business executives in Canada, Hsu has never believed that a glass ceiling exists for women. “To succeed in business, one must put in time. Women traditionally have had less time to devote to career development, and this pattern holds true today,” said Hsu, who was never willing to accept that she would hit a glass ceiling. “If you begin to believe that it is impossible to move forward, you will stop looking for solutions to the hardships you face.”

Adversity builds character

Hsu named her mother as her inspiration because of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, hardships, and poverty she faced while raising seven children. “Instead of caving in and accepting it as her reality, [my mother] took on three or four jobs at a time and worked until midnight to provide for our family,” Hsu recalled. “She taught me, not so much by words but by example, that any obstacle, no matter how big or difficult, can be overcome if one has the strong desire and works hard enough.”

Successful people are the product of their mistakes

When asked which of her attributes helped her succeed as an entrepreneur, Hsu pointed to her ability to quickly recover from mistakes. “I’m a risk taker and I’m not really afraid of failure, but I do make a conscious effort to learn from my mistakes.” Fear can be a paralyzing agent in business and in life. In order to grow, it’s important to be willing to risk making the occasional mistake and then be ready to use your ingenuity to rectify the situation.

Perseverance and hard work save the day  

Hsu’s colleagues would identify her boundless energy as her most valuable attribute. Her capacity to put in long hours and her tremendous appetite for problem solving have been indispensable both to the stakeholders of Macdonald Realty and to Hsu herself during the development of her entrepreneurial career.

“By a combination of hard work, a supportive family and a bit of luck, I was able to overcome my challenges. I believe one can always find a solution to a problem.”

 

Written by Sandy Huang, Posted: Oct 20th, 2011, Source – The Vancouver Observer

To view this article click here.

 

Macdonald Realty Voted Best Neighbourhood Real Estate Office | Georgia Straight

For the second consecutive year, the readers of  the Vancouver Magazine the Georgia Straight have voted Macdonald Realty number one in the Best Neighbourhood Real Estate Office category.  You can see the rankings here.  Covering Vancouver business and culture, the Georgia Straight is a weekly publication with over 690,000 readers; for the 2011 (16th annual) Best of Vancouver rankings, the magazine received over 10,000 ballots from Vancouverites.

 

Macdonald Realty Voted Best Real Estate Office in Vancouver

The readers of the Vancouver weekly newspaper The Georgia Straight have voted Macdonald Realty number one in the “Best Neighbourhood Real Estate Office” category.  You can see the rankings here.  Covering Vancouver business and culture, The Georgia Straight is a weekly publication with over 690,000 readers; for the 2010 (15th annual) Best of Vancouver rankings, the magazine received a record 10,000 ballots.

2010 Macdonald Realty #1 list of largest BC companies owned by women | BIV

Business in Vancouver has compiled its annual list of the largest BC Companies owned by women and, once again, Macdonald Real Estate Group has topped the list! That’s not all though; Macdonald Realty’s owner, Lynn Hsu, is also its President & Chief Executive Officer, growing the company from 1 office in 1990 to over 20 across British Columbia today.

Previously, Lynn has been named the #8 woman entrepreneur in Canada by Canadian Business magazine, as well as the Chinese Canadian Person of the Year. Macdonald Realty is proud to have a strong role model for women in business as our leader.

To see the full list, please visit www.biv.com

 

Macdonald Realty Named Largest Brokerage Firm in Canada | REAL Trends 2009

With a total sales volume of $4.7 billion in 2009, Macdonald Realty placed first in the REAL Trends 200 survey of Canada’s largest brokers.  The results were published in the May 2010 edition of REAL Trends magazine and reported by the National Post, Vancouver Sun, & The Province.   Based in Castle Rock, Colorado, REAL Trends has been ranking the top 500 brokerage firms in the United States since 1988. This is the first year their publication has included Canada.  We are very proud to have been named the largest brokerage firm in Canada during this inaugural list.

 

Click here to see a list of the top 23 firms in the survey