Working in the Real Estate Industry is all about working for the best interests of property owners. The role of a REALTOR is to serve the client ahead of one's own personal interests...advising and recommending purchases and sales as they serve the goals and needs of the clients. Basically that means that a good REALTOR is deeply involved in the community and neighbourhood dynamics of the area they serve. Part of that involvement is helping where a need has arisen outside of the purely economic pursuits of the work.
Laura June and I have involved ourselves in a number of initiatives to aid the community in which we live. Of course it's just not possible to help out every worthy cause, so we have selected two that speak to our hearts. The first one is the Children's Miracle Network. We give back a portion of our commissions to the local children's hospitals via the "Miracle Home" program. This program has been responsible for purchasing equipment and services to aid sick kids.
I am personally involved in a charity musical group called, "RE/MAX Rockin All Stars". This musical project is comprised of RE/MAX REALTORS who perform dances and concerts with the proceeds being donaled to the Children's Miracle Network. For example, this November 14th the band will be putting on a fundraiser for the CMN in New Westminster, with the proceeds being donated directly to CMN.
The other cause that we are involved with is Breast Cancer research. Our assistant, Carrie, is a breast cancer survivor, so the initiative is close to our hearts. This September 25th we are sponsoring a fundraising event in sync with the Run for the Cure event.
Laura June and I feel that giving back in this way is an important part of being part of the community, both as business people and as citizens of this amazing area of Canada.