Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s 2015 Fundraising Results

It is my pleasure to announce that in 2015 the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation raised $2.3 million – the most we’ve ever raised in a single year – in support of 200 women’s shelters and violence prevention programs across the country. Together, we have raised more than $22 million since 1998 to become the largest public foundation in Canada dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and putting an end to domestic violence.

Let’s make 2016 even better! Royal LePage all the way!

Royal LePage Infographic – December 2015 By The Numbers

When you are working together with a forward moving company like Royal LePage, you have the luxury to leverage on the facts below that make us the premiere choice for Canadians and their real estate endeavors for the past 100 years. We are still strongly committed to a consistent track record that we are very proud of, being 2nd to none. Helping you is what we do…best. We look forward to providing our services to you (again) soon. Got Questions? Talk To Tan Now!

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Eroding Home Affordability To Slow Growth In Hot Markets: Royal LePage

Phil Soper, President and CEO at Royal LePage discusses why he thinks home price growth will slow in heated housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver. He discusses Royal LePage’s quarterly house price survey.Source: BNN

Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. Announces Acquisition of Franchise Agreements

TORONTO , Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW/ – Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. (the “Company”) (BRE.TO) announced today that it has approved the acquisition of certain franchise agreements from Brookfield Real Estate Services Manager Limited (“the Manager”).

Acquisition of Franchise Agreements
Under the Royal LePage and Via Capitale brands, the Company will purchase franchise agreements representing 33 real estate operations and 459 REALTORS®1 across Canada for approximately $6.6 million . These agreements are estimated to generate an annual royalty stream of $1.0 million and will be effective January 1, 2016 .

As outlined in the Company’s Management Services Agreement (“MSA”) with the Manager, 80 per cent of the acquisition price will be paid in January 2016 and the balance paid in January 2017 when the purchase price is finalized, based on the actual performance of the acquired agreements.

The payment due January 1, 2016 of approximately $5.3 million , plus applicable HST, will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and a draw down on the Company’s debt facilities.

“The Company experienced strong growth in 2015, as high performing real estate brokers and agents from coast-to-coast continued to choose our industry-leading brands,” said Phil Soper , president and chief executive officer, Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. “Our ongoing commitment to equipping our REALTORS® with the most innovative and complete suite of business services and tools is paying dividends, as we continue to enjoy market-leading momentum and sustained industry leadership.”

ABOUT BROOKFIELD REAL ESTATE SERVICES
Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. is a leading provider of services to residential real estate brokers and a network of more than 16,000 REALTORS®. The Company operates in Canada under the Royal LePage, Via Capitale and Johnston & Daniel brands. Further information is available at www.brookfieldresinc.com

Brookfield Real Estate Services is an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $200 billion of assets under management. For more information, go to www.Brookfield.com

1 REALTORS® is a trademark identifying real estate licensees in Canada who are members of the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Source: Yahoo Finance

No Housing Bubble In Toronto, Vancouver: Royal LePage CEO

Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage discusses the state of Canadian housing in different regions of the country.

Source: Business News Network

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation Teams Up with Charity Challenge for Trek to Machu Picchu

The Machu Picchu Challenge for Shelter will support shelters providing safety and hope for women and children fleeing domestic violence

TORONTO, August 5, 2015 – For eight days this August, 60 Royal LePage agents, broker/owners, staff and family members from across Canada will hike at high altitude to raise much-needed funds and awareness to break the cycle of domestic violence. For the cause, they will endure zero temperature nights camping in tents and go without running water, electricity or cell phone service.

Heralding from seven provinces, all participants in the Machu Picchu Challenge for Shelter must raise at least $5,000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and cover their airfare to Peru and the majority of their trek costs. The participants range in age from 16-70 and consist of solo trekkers plus husband-wife, mother-son and mother-daughter teams. One Royal LePage agent is bringing her daughter as a 16th birthday gift and there is a couple that will be celebrating their 30th anniversary on the trek. Several participants in the Machu Picchu Challenge for Shelter experienced abuse in their past relationships or lived with family violence when they were growing up. All are motivated to make a difference in the lives of those currently experiencing abuse.

“We have watched our supporters do incredible things on behalf of the women’s shelters in their communities. They’ve ran marathons, climbed mountains, paddled long distances and created other personal challenges to demonstrate their commitment to our foundation,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. “In that same spirit, we partnered with Charity Challenge, a company that offers international travel adventures to raise funds for charity, and chose the trek to Machu Picchu because it offers a physically demanding hike in a beautiful and remote location that is considered by many to be a ‘bucket list’ experience.”

Trekkers will begin in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco where they will acclimate to the high altitude (11,400 feet) by visiting local Inca ruins and Spanish Colonial churches. Then, they will hike through the remote Lares Valley where they will glimpse a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries. The Challenge trekkers will make their way to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu, the “lost City of the Incas,” via the Inca Trail where they will explore breathtaking pre-Columbian ruins nestled high in the Andes Mountains. In addition to collectively raising close to $400,000 for the charity, the participants have trained for months with regimens such as CrossFit and stair climbing to ensure they can meet the physical demands of hiking for long days at high altitude.

Now in its 17th year, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation supports 200 women’s shelters and other domestic violence programs across the country, helping more than 30,000 women and children every year. It’s also committed to funding violence prevention initiatives and education programs aimed at helping youth develop healthy relationships. Since its inception, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has raised more than $20 million. This is achieved with the help and support of generous Royal LePage agents, broker/owners, staff and business partners, along with members of the communities where Royal LePage operates.

“Royal LePage Realtors® understand that a house is only truly a home when the people who live there are safe,” said Ms. Spencer-Brown. “Unfortunately, for the thousands of women and children in Canada who experience domestic violence, this is not the case. On average, every six days a Canadian woman is killed by her current or former partner. Participants in the Machu Picchu Challenge for Shelter are going the extra distance to bring safety to abused women and children in their communities and to prevent such tragedies from taking place.

Source: Royal LePage

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation Named a National Partner In Sheltersafe.ca

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has been named a national partner in Sheltersafe.ca – a new online resource – along with RBC Foundation. Funds will be provided to underwrite the costs of the new website. Sheltersafe.ca uses a clickable map to help women connect quickly with the shelter in their community. In addition to being a safe place to stay, shelters have 24-hour phone lines to support women in crisis.

“Royal LePage has long been known as a leader in real estate industry technological innovation. We felt it was important to apply the same focus to our Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, as another way to show our commitment to helping women and children who have experienced domestic violence,” says Phil Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage. “The Sheltersafe.ca website is the only one of its kind in Canada and is accessible on all platforms including the web, on smartphones and tablets. In this way, the needs of women living in remote, rural and urban areas will be served.”

Shanan Spencer-Brown, executive director of the foundation, says: “The key to bringing safety to women who have experienced abuse is for them to know that support is available at a local women’s shelter. Sheltersafe.ca will make it easier for them to find this help.”

Source: Remonline.com

Royal LePage Launches #IMHOME Marketing Campaign

Royal LePage has launched an online contest to connect with clients and prospects over the summer and fall months.

Canadians are being asked to take photos of what home means to them and share them on the #IMHOME contest site.

Contestants are entered for a chance to win $25 weekly gift card prizes, $250 monthly gift card prizes or a $2,500 home shopping spree at Hudson’s Bay, Home Depot or Best Buy Canada.

Royal LePage’s brokers and sales reps have been equipped with a variety of digital marketing tools and pre-printed and customizable signs to be used in their client photos.

Clients and prospects can enter their photos in the contest by clicking on a personalized URL they receive from their agent. Or, they can enter at at the #IMHOME contest website and include the agent’s name on the entry form.

The sales rep or broker with the most submissions is eligible to win a grand prize $2,500 Air Canada or Sunwing Vacations travel voucher.

Source: Royal LePage

Royal LePage Announces Major Expansion in British Columbia

Move makes it the largest real estate company on Vancouver Island.

Royal LePage Real Estate Services (Royal LePage) has announced the acquisition of the Coast Realty Group brokerage and property management business which will operate under the Royal LePage banner, effective immediately.

“I am thrilled to welcome the more than 150 highly regarded professionals at Coast Realty to the Royal LePage family,” said Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage. “This important acquisition is consistent with our goal to give Canadians everywhere access to the superior service that only comes from working with one of our uniquely trained and equipped Realtors®.”

“We have made growth in the all-important British Columbia market a strategic priority and the focus has paid huge dividends. In the last year alone, Royal LePage has experienced incredible momentum across the province, adding 600 Realtors® through acquisition. We are both the oldest and the fastest growing national real estate business in British Columbia and in Canada,” Soper continued.

Established in 1984, Coast Realty Group is a large, independent real estate company operating out of nine offices on Vancouver Island and one office on the mainland in Powell River, British Columbia.

Barry Clark and Travis Carmichael, broker owners of Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty have acquired, and will merge their brokerage with, Coast Realty Group offices in Nanaimo and Ladysmith and on Gabriola Island. The merged brokerage will operate as Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty. Combined, the brokerage has the largest market share in Ladysmith and on Gabriola Island and has almost tripled its market share in Nanaimo, based on units sold.

Clinton Miller, broker owner of Royal LePage Port Alberni-Pacific Rim Realty has acquired the Coast Realty Group offices in Port Alberni and Ucluelet. The Port Alberni office will merge with Miller’s brokerage in Port Alberni, and the Ucluelet office will be a branch office of that location. Both offices will operate as Royal LePage Port Alberni-Pacific Rim Realty. Combined, the brokerage has the largest market share in both Port Alberni and Ucluelet, based on units sold.

Clinton Miller, broker owner of Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty has acquired the Coast Realty Group offices in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The merged brokerage will operate as Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty. Combined, the brokerage has the largest market share in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach, based on units sold.

Gregg Hart, broker owner of Royal LePage in the Comox Valley, has acquired, and will merge his brokerage in Courtenay with the Coast Realty Group office in Courtenay. He has also acquired Coast Realty Group’s offices in Hornby, Denman Island, Cumberland and Union Bay, and will operate them as satellite offices of the Courtenay location. The merged brokerage will operate as Royal LePage in the Comox Valley. Combined, the brokerage has 38 per cent market share in Courtenay, and 80 per cent market share in the areas served by the satellite offices, based on units sold.

Stephen Grant, broker owner of Royal LePage Advance Realty, has acquired the Coast Realty office in Campbell River, and will merge it with his existing Royal LePage brokerage in Campbell River. The merged brokerage will operate as Royal LePage Advance Realty. Combined, the brokerage has the largest market share in Campbell River, based on units sold.

The Coast Realty Group office in Powell River will be converting to Royal LePage in the next 30 to 60 days.

“Attracting the best real estate professionals to better serve our consumer clients is vital to sustaining our leadership position as Canada’s Real Estate Company. With this acquisition, Royal LePage extends our lead as the largest brokerage firm on Vancouver Island,” concluded Soper.

Source: Royal LePage News

Royal LePage Named Canada’s 2015 Outstanding Corporate Citizen

Royal LePage Real Estate Services has been named the 2015 Outstanding Corporate Citizen by the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA). The company received the award for demonstrating sustained support for the local communities through its network of over 600 brokerage offices and for philanthropic innovation on a national scale.

The company’s 16,000 Realtor network has raised more than $20 million through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, the largest public foundation in Canada committed to ending violence in the home, and providing support to the women and children who fall victim to it.

Phil Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage, says, “I am extremely proud of the women and men of Royal LePage, for their ongoing financial commitment to our foundation and for the compassion they show through countless hours of volunteer work for the cause. The good works we do wouldn’t be possible without the immense support we receive from business partners and clients.”

The Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award is presented annually to a franchise system that has demonstrated genuine and ongoing concern and support for a community or social service organization. Royal LePage is the only real estate company to ever win the award.

All administrative costs of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation are underwritten by the company, ensuring 100 per cent of all donations go to the cause.

Source: Remonline.ca

Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter 2014

On Saturday, May 10th, 2014, Royal LePage offices across Canada are hosting the National Garage Sale for Shelter, with 100% of proceeds going to help women and children who have experienced family violence.

Visit us at our office on 6958 Financial Dr, Mississauga L5N 8J4 and enjoy our live DJ, get a photo taken with a fire truck, have your face painted and enjoy some baked goods for a good cause! Tons of fun for the whole family!

Find all Garage Sale for Shelter locations and event details in our link below. Get involved by donating gently used items to your local Royal LePage office and join in the fun on May 10th. Great deals for a great cause!

More information on our event page here

[one_whole boxed=”true” centered_text=”true” animation=”Grow In” delay=””]Update: April 29th, 2014 – Attention Kind Web Reader! We have had an overwhelming response and we will like to let you know that you are more than welcome to bring goods to help contribute for as you may know, 100% of the proceeds are going directly to the RLP Shelter Foundation! We are accepting donations either monetary and or goods to be up for sale during the garage sale. Please contact The TanTeam @ [email protected] if you would like to make a contribution! Thanks again and we’ll see you on MAY 10th, 2014![/one_whole]

Royal LePage expects Sellers’ Market In 2014 After Year Of Sluggish Sales

After home sales ramped up late in 2013, Canada’s housing market should continue to favour sellers for the first part of 2014 before balancing out for the rest of the year, Royal LePage says.

In a report released Thursday, the agency pins its optimism on robust housing sales in late 2013 after a year-long “correctional cycle” that saw a considerable slowdown in home-buying.

The report says sales will continue their strong momentum for the first half of 2014, and dismisses concerns from some experts who predict a “soft landing,” or a mild correction in housing prices after years of increases.

The report noted that the average price of a home in Canada increased between 1.2 per cent and 3.8 per cent in the fourth quarter.

According to the report, the price of a standard two-storey home rose 3.6 per cent year-over-year in the fourth quarter to $418,282. The price of a detached bungalow rose 3.8 per cent to $380,710, while the price of a standard condominium rose 1.2 per cent to $246,530.

Phil Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage, told CTV News Channel that while 2013 was good year for Canadian home buyers, this market seems to favour sellers in 2014.

“It is a cyclical industry … last year, the first half of 2013 was very good for buyers, so what goes around comes around. The markets responding to the end of a correctionary cycle,” he said.

Soper noted that cities in western Canada saw the largest increase in home prices, with Calgary slated to see a 5.1-per-cent jump, with home prices averaging around $461,000.

“The western cities of Calgary and Vancouver lead our forecast this year,” he said.

“Calgary is the healthiest economy in Canada. If you look at the unemployment rates in Alberta and Saskatchewan next door, they are half the rate of what we see in Ontario. And there’s a shortage of inventory, a shortage of housing. And when there’s a shortage of a product, its price goes up,” Soper explained.

Royal LePage predicts that prices will continue to rise in 2014, and projects a 3.7-per-cent increase nationally.

While Soper said the agency does not expect further government intervention in the housing market after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty clamped down on borrowing rules in recent years, Flaherty himself told CTV’s Question Period over the weekend that the government is prepared to intervene if the market gets too hot.

Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reports that the New Housing Price Index remained unchanged in November after rising 0.1 per cent in October. The federal agency reported that although prices of new homes rose in eight cities across the country, the increase was offset by decreases in five other cities, leaving the index steady.

Prices were up in the Ontario region of St. Catharines-Niagara (+0.8 per cent), as well as in Hamilton (+0.5 per cent), as well as Calgary (+0.4 per cent). However, prices declined in Victoria, Edmonton, Vancouver and the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Overall, the index rose 1.4 per cent year-over-year in November.

Meanwhile, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday that the pace of housing construction slowed in December, but that demand for new homes remained healthy.

More than 189,000 units were started in December, down from more than 198,000 in November.

  • Starts in urban areas decreased overall by 5.1 per cent, to 168,214 units.
  • Starts of multiple-dwelling units (condos, apartments and townhomes) in urban areas declined by 4.1 per cent to 108,910 units.
  • Starts of detached units in urban areas fell 6.7 per cent to 59,304 units.

BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said the figures represent a levelling off of building activity after some “underbuilding” during the recession and “overbuilding” as the economy picked up.

“We saw a pretty solid run up in the early part of the year in home building activity, but we have seen activity level off,” Kavcic told The Canadian Press.

“As we look to 2014 we’re expecting activity to cool off a little bit further. Basically what we’re going to see is homebuilders putting up houses at a rate that is required by the population.”

Royal LePage invests in Western Canada

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ – Royal LePage today announced the acquisition of real estate companies located in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Surrey. These brokerages will operate as Royal LePage West Real Estate Services, effective November 18, 2013.

All offices of the former Royal LePage Coronation Park and Royal LePage Coronation West companies will become part of Royal LePage West Real Estate Services. Read more

Second Quarter Market Trends Defy Suggestions of Housing Bubbles

Royal LePage forecasts modest house price gains for remainder of 2013, as Canadian housing emerges from current market cycle Read more

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation sets new fundraising records in support of women’s shelters across Canada

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is thrilled to announce its fundraising results for 2012: a record-setting $2.08 million was raised in support of women’s shelters and to help stop family violence in Canada. Read more

Conference kicks off Royal LePage’s 100th anniversary

Close to 900 Royal LePage sales reps and brokers from across Canada attended the 2012 National Sales Conference in Vancouver recently. The event served as the official kick-off of the company’s 100th anniversary in 2013.
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