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.
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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.
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.
It has been a busy fall for us here at Domus Realty!
Jarrett Murphy, who worked as a licensed assistant to Sandy Rutledge for many years, has now transitioned to the role of independent salesperson with the company. Jarrett has been with Domus since 2007 and we are happy he is staying with us for this new stage of his career.
We wish to congratulate Brenda MacKenzie on reaching the 20 year milestone of her FRI designation from The Real Estate Instutite of Canada (REIC)! The FRI (Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Canada) designation is earned after much study and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the highest standards of education, experience, and eithical conduct in the real estate industry. Since acheiving her designation, Brenda has also spent time serving the local chapter of REIC. Congratulations Brenda!!!
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!
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.
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.
We want to congratulate Brenda MacKenzie on achieving her EPC designation!! All the studying and hard work paid off! See the announcement here.
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.
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.
On October 5, 2013 community leaders and CEOs will sleep out on the streets with the goal of raising $100,000 for Shelter Nova Scotia, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the region. Domus Agent Meghan Laing is a director at Shelter Nova Scotia and will be joining other participants such as Mayor Mike Savage and Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais, sleeping outside with nothing more than a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag to raise awareness and funds.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.