February 6, 2019

Phil Soper Recognized as Top Canadian in Swanepoel Power 200 for Sixth Consecutive Year

CEO of Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, which owns Royal LePage, Johnston & Daniel, Via Capitale and Proprio Direct, ranked 11th overall on Swanepoel’s list of the 200 most powerful people in real estate

TORONTO, January 28, 2018 – For the sixth year in a row, Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) has named Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage and Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, the most influential person in Canadian residential real estate. The SP200 is the definitive ranking of residential real estate leaders across North America. Soper was ranked 11th overall, rising three positions from last year.

“I would like to congratulate those honored in the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200. I am grateful to be recognized again this year among the highest echelon of the real estate brokerage industry,” said Phil Soper. “Every leader knows that exactly zero is achieved alone. I am exceptionally proud of my team who continue to elevate the company and the Canadian real estate industry overall through their passion for the business and relentless desire to do more and to do better.”

Soper and his team have advanced Bridgemarq companies to the forefront of North America’s highly competitive real estate industry since he joined Royal LePage as president in 2002. In 2016, he became the first Canadian to receive the Real Estate Leadership Award at the U.S. National Realtor Expo as “an industry visionary who embraces innovation and blazes new paths.” Real Estate Marketing magazine declared him one the 25 most important leaders of the past 25 years and in 2015, Soper was honored as “CEO of the Year” by the Canadian Public Relations Society, a first for a real estate industry executive.

Bridgemarq Real Estate Services has grown to include some 20,000 Realtors selling $100 billion worth of real estate. The company’s charitable arm, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, is the nation’s largest foundation focused on eradicating domestic violence and supporting the women and children who fall victim to it.

Prior to his real estate career, Phil Soper was an executive with technology giant IBM where he held national and global leadership roles. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta School of Business, and the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Executive Program.


About Bridgemarq Real Estate Services

Bridgemarq Real Estate Services is the registered trade name of Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. For more information, go to bridgemarq.com.

Bridgemarq Real Estate Services is an affiliate of Brookfield Business Partners, a business services and industrials company focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses that benefit from barriers to entry and/or low production costs. Brookfield Business Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Further information is available at bbu.brookfield.com.



Amazing charitable achievements by our REALTOR® community

February 1, 2019

The REALTOR® community’s national donation and fundraising total keeps on growing.

We are proud to announce REALTORS® have reported donating and raising a whopping $131.3 million for a wide variety of charities and causes from 2012 through 2017. Thanks to the REALTORS®, brokerages, franchisors, boards, associations and affiliated charitable organizations who shared their giving information from 2017 with us late last year in support of our efforts to quantify the generosity of our membership.

Of course, REALTORS® give back in many ways beyond financial support as well, including volunteering and raising awareness of important needs in their communities. For evidence of this fact, look no further than the 15 nominees for the Canadian REALTORS Care® Award 2019 Proudly Presented by REALTOR.ca, who were introduced on the CREA Café earlier this week.

This year’s nominees hail from communities from coast to coast and are examples of REALTORS®who are deeply committed to charities and causes close to their hearts. The names of these outstanding REALTORS® were put forward by friends and colleagues in recognition of their charitable achievements last year and beyond. Watch for the announcement of our 2019 winner in April at which point CREA will share their inspiring story and donate $5,000 to their charity of choice.

The generosity of the REALTOR® community is undeniable and truly inspiring. Here’s to another year of making a difference.



Seniors housing touted as 2019's safest investment and Brockville is no exception

January 18, 2019

      With seniors slated to comprise nearly a quarter of Canada’s population by 2030, real estate that caters to their needs is being touted as one of the most investment-friendly sectors this year.

That’s in spite of a somewhat volatile interest rate environment that’s expected to carry through 2019, says Montreal-based Fred Blondeau, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners.

“The sector should be able to generate significant growth no matter how interest rates evolve, so we’re putting more emphasis on senior living at this point,” he said, referring to a report Echelon released last month.

The report, The Ultimate All-Weather Investment: Canadian Senior Living Real Estate, differentiates between long-term care, which is the purview of governmental agencies, and senior housing, which requires private funds.

“The appetite from investors for senior living spaces remain strong,” said Blondeau. “The sector will be subject to strong inflows from investors wanting to put their money in the space.”

Echelon Wealth Partners reckons that times are turbulent and, in particular, it is worried about the global macroeconomic outlook. However, according to Blondeau, irrespective of whether the economic environment improves, remains stable or becomes more unstable, senior living spaces will be unaffected.

“Especially in Canada’s strongest markets, like Toronto and B.C.,” he said. “We also feel like the market will continue to see strong activity and development of products. The sector will be subject to major capital investments, too, so it will remain a very vibrant sector no matter what happens with both the global and Canadian economies.”

David Stroller, vice president of marketing at Mysense.ai, an analytics platform that monitors health and behavioural patterns in individuals, expects substantial investment in the senior living sector over the coming decade. For proof, he points to hospitals.

“As population ages, we run into capacity issues within hospitals, so there will be a huge priority in keeping older adults living at home longer,” said Stroller. “There is greater need for residences designed to support and help older adults remain independent longer.”

That need is already manifesting in through-the-roof demand for monitoring devices for fall detection and wandering.

“Scarcity will be a major issue in the senior living sector,” said Stroller. “When you can find an industry that’s growing, you want to attach yourself to it, and this is one of those industries because we see an increase in consumer demand, an increase on the business side with suppliers and technology, and that should be met with an increase in supply.”



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Canada’s half-century streak of home

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December 13, 2018

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation honoured with a prestigious philanthropy award



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December 13, 2018

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December 21, 2019

The biggest real estate stories of 2018


Canadian real estate has been red-hot in recent years, and it’s for that reason that nobody can argue 2018 has been an uneventful year.


The biggest story of the year has been the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ Guideline B-20 that stress tests new mortgage originations 200 basis points. However, should borrowers want to shop around their existing mortgage for a better rate, they too will be subjected to the stress test, effectively handcuffing them to their current lender. 

Read More:   https://www.repmag.ca/news/the-biggest-real-estate-stories-of-2018-252315.aspx?utm_source=Pinpointe&utm_medium=20181221&utm_campaign=REP-Newsletter&utm_content=F625F0DD-6838-40D2-865F-C493F421F9B8&tu=F625F0DD-6838-40D2-865F-C493F421F9B8 


January 11, 2019

Q4 2018 Royal LePage House Price Survey

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January 15, 2019

Should you have a real estate partner?


Mary Ann Keary, a broker at Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty Brokerage in Brockville, Ont., partnered in real estate with her husband, Rodney Keary, in 1996. “Working together as a partnership is like learning how to dance. Once you know how each other thinks, you dance together beautifully and don’t step on each other’s toes,” she says. “We make it look easy, when really it’s a lot of work. Partnering up with my spouse has been a great experience for me and I wouldn’t want to work alone anymore. Clients are receptive to either of us assisting them. The downside is trying to get time off together. Technology has made that easier and even when we are on vacation, we are still taking care of our clients.”

But Keary adds, “When people partner up, I think one always feels like they work harder than the other and I think compensation can be the demise of many partnerships.”