Domus Realty News

At Domus we believe that “home” is more than just the place where you sleep at night, it is also the community in which you live, and the support and sense of connection which it provides. Therefore, we try to give back to the Greater Halifax community in any way we can, so that everyone can feel at home here. On this page you will find information about some of the many ways in which we do this – from the initiatives and organizations that we support, to some of the amazing things that the members of our team do to make a difference. You might also find a photo or an article from our vaults, past or present. The idea is to give you a sense of who we are, what we do, and how much we value the community in which we work, live and play.  

Nov 13/20

We are excited to announce that our newly re-branded charitable fund, Bright Futures Fund (BFF), has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Atlantic. We are pleased to be making a contribution to their capital campaign – details to follow soon! Ronald McDonald House Atlantic provides support and lodging to families from all over Atlantic Canada whose children are being treated at the IWK Heath Centre. 

Oct 30/20

Record high demand and limited supply are driving up home prices, creating a seller’s market.  The term itself insinuates that it is indeed a great time to sell, but what does it really mean for those looking to sell right now?

Sep 28/20

When Sandy Rutledge and Gail Morris started Domus Realty over 30 years ago, they were looking to create more than a brokerage, they were striving to build a community.


At the time, larger brokerages were the norm and the turnover of agents made building an engaged team difficult and often frustrating.  Unable to find a corporate culture that fostered the growth and comradery they were striving for, they decided to create it instead.  

Sep 23/20

We have big news to share today!

We are very excited and pleased to welcome two new faces to the Domus Realty team - Jennifer Gills and Michelle Reddy. Jennifer and Michelle are new to Domus, but not new to the local real estate scene, so we look forward to welcoming their clients as well.  To learn more about Jennifer and Michelle and to see how they can help you find your next home, you can visit their bios at the following links:

Aug 25/20

We are currently in a seller’s market here in Halifax. You have likely heard this a lot lately if you’re following real estate trends or have any interest in buying or selling. But, what does it really mean? Furthermore, as a potential buyer in this market, what does it mean for you?

Mar 24/20

As we all try to adjust to the new normal, we want to let you know that our agents and staff are now working from home, with mobile capabilities as needed. We know that not everyone is able to work from home, just like some people, despite the crisis, still need to buy or sell a home for any number of reasons, We want to let you know that there are many ways of conducting business safely at the moment,  including, but not limited to:

Mar 13/20

With much uncertainty and concern in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, please be assured that we are committed to the health and well-being of our clients, employees, and the general public.  We are keeping up to date on the latest recommendations from health officials and monitoring the situation closely.  We are temporarily refraining from holding open houses, and we are being extra vigilant where our office cleaning is concerned, taking care to wipe down surfaces daily with disinfectant.

Jan 09/20

Domus Realty is very pleased to introduce our newest sales agent, Anne Pryde.

Born and raised in rural Nova Scotia, Anne has lived in multiple communities within the province but has called North End Halifax home for nearly 20 years. A graduate of NSCAD University, Anne honed her business and community leadership skills as a professional potter. Through craft she recognized the value of detail, skill and professionalism. Her creative approach to marketing and sales will ensure your home gets the results it deserves.

Jul 26/19

The relationship between Phoenix Youth Programs and Domus Realty goes all the way back to the beginning of both organizations. Since we both recently turned 30, we decided the best way to honor this relationship was to make a donation. We have great respect for the work that Phoenix Youth does in the community. If you aren't famililar with them, you should definitely click here for more information.  Yesterday we were very pleased to present them with a cheque. They didn't have far to travel - their office is right above ours!

Jun 11/19

Domus Realty celebrated a major milestone on May 30, 2019, marking 30 years of serving clients in the Halifax area.

Mar 12/19

We are very excited to have a new team member at Domus Realty! Anna brings a commitment to detail and a positive attitude that any client will appreciate. For more details about Anna, click here for her full bio:

Sep 14/18

This summer we were pleased to present 3 cheques for $5000, one to each of the following organziations: HomeBridge Youth Society, Adsum House, and Welcome Housing & Support Services. Each group received funding to assist with projects they operate to help the city's homeless. We are so thankful for all the work they do! Left to right: Renee Stevens (HomeBridge Youth Society), Kathy McNab (Adsum for Women & Children), Dawn Dauphinee, co-owner of Domus Realty, and Carol Charlebois (Welcome Housing & Support Services).

Mar 14/18

Domus Realty was a proud sponsor of Rugby Canada's Provincial Union of Year award which was given out this past week at the Rugby Canada Annual Awards & Hall of Fame Induction banquet in British Columbia. Congratulations to Rugby Nova Scotia for winning the award this year and to Geno Carew, pictured below with Dawn Dauphinee and Tim Powers (Rugby Canada Chairman), who was in person to receive it.

Feb 28/18

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of our newest Salesperson, Jeremy Snider! Jeremy is an excellent addition to the team at Domus Realty and will provide the same high quality service that current and potential clients of the company know and expect. Here is all you need to know:

Nov 03/17

We are pleased to announce that yesterday we presented cheques totalling $18,000 to this year's selected recipients of our A Home for Everyone fund. Cheques were presented to the following organziations/projects:

Shelter Nova Scotia - to assist with painting to finish a renovation at their Metro Turning Point Shelter. Linda Wilson was here to accept on their behalf.

Jul 28/17

Integrity, dedication, professionalism, experience and understanding – these are the 5 pillars of the Domus approach to business.  Since its inception in 1989, founders Sandy Rutledge and Gail Morris have instilled those values in every agent or staff member to become part of the Domus team.

Sep 26/16

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the women of Domus Realty participated in Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia's Women Build 2016.  As we are strong supporters of the fight to end homelessness, this event was very inspirational for us. In addition to fundraising, this day involved learning more about Habitat for Humanity's work in the community, and it enabled us to meet one of the families we were helping.  It was a great team-building exercise and we would encourage other groups to get out and help as well. Truly a great experience.


Jul 17/15

Well, Spring came late this year, but when it arrived it brought a flurry of activity with it! We have been so busy the past few months that we are bit late sharing some exciting news - after a lot of hard work, Dawn Dauphinee received her FRI designation from the Real Estate Institute of Canada! Take a look at this ad that we ran for details on what this acheivment means for a real estate professional. Congratulations Dawn, we are very proud of you! 

Mar 31/15

We applaud and recognize the immense dedication of those organizations and programs currently working to reduce the impact of homelessness in our community. The Domus Realty "A Home for Everyone" fund will be accepting applications until April 30, 2015 for the next grant. In particular, we are looking for programs or upstart charities with fresh ideas and/or innovation approaches. If this sounds like your organization, we look forward to receiving an application for consideration.

Jul 11/14

Each year we invite local organizations which are working to assist the homeless in our community to apply for funding from our A Home for Everyone initiative. The money in the fund comes directly from our sales agents who contribute a set amount from their commissions. After carefully reviewing all applications, a volunteer panel made up of community members decides who will receive the funds each year. This year we were pleased to give to the Salvation Army, Shelter Nova Scotia, and The Hospice Society of Greater Halifax. Below are some photos from the cheque presentation.

Nov 26/13

After much studying and hard work, we are pleased to congratulate Ernie Buote on his latest accomplishment – completing his Elder Planning Counselor program! Read all the details here.

Oct 30/13

We are very excited to announce that we have chosen not one, not two, but THREE very worthy projects to receive funding this year from our A Home for Everyone fund. Last week we presented cheques to Phoenix House, Alice Housing, and Morris House (Metro Non-Profit Housing) totaling $29,000. As mentioned in previous posts, the money in our fund comes entirely from our agents, who donate a portion of their commissions. A volunteer panel made up of clients and community members reviews all applications received and decides where the funds will be allocated.

May 01/13

Both Sandy Rutledge and Jarrett Murphy from our office are participating in the Bluenose Marathon Scotiabank Charity Challenge on May 19, 2013 to raise money for Symphony Nova Scotia. Sandy will run the half-marathon, and Jarrett will do the 10K.  If you would like to support Symphony Nova Scotia by sponsoring either of our runners, you can click here.

Apr 30/13

Beer and Beethoven are two of the many delightful things we associate with German culture. As it turns out, Symphony Nova Scotia combines the two for their annual Beer and Beethoven fundraising party, and it is always a fun night!! If you haven’t already purchased tickets for this great event, you should visit their website now and get them before they’re gone – you won’t want to miss it! Click here to go to their site for more info.

Mar 06/13

Spring is almost here, can you believe it? We would like to take this time to remind everyone that applications for funding from the A Home for Everyone initiative is quickly approaching. If you haven’t heard about this initiative, you can get full details by clicking here.  Essentially, all of our agents contribute a portion of their income to a fund, and organizations working towards ending homelessness in the HRM can apply for a donation from the fund. A volunteer panel from the community reviews the applications and chooses a recipient.

Feb 04/13

Love to dance? Enjoy live music? What if you could do both, while supporting local sport at the same time? If that sounds fun, then this is the event for you! You can dance the night away while helping the Nova Scotia Provincial Junior A Founders Lacrosse Team go the National Founders Tournament in Winnipeg this year. Click here for details!

Nov 23/12

Domus is proud to be a sponsor of the Junior League of Halifax’s Homes for the Holidays event, taking place November 23-25, 2012.  It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and get decorating ideas from the professionals, all while helping a great cause. For more information on the event and how to get tickets, please click on the image below to go the Junior League of Halifax’s website.