Press Releases

Sutton Group – West Coast Realty Ranked as #1 Broker in Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, B.C. (May 15th, 2012)

The 2012 Real Trends Report on Canada’s Top 250 Brokers has been released and, for a second consecutive year, Sutton Group – West Coast Realty tops the list. Real Trends, the data tracking firm regarded as a leading source of real estate news, trends and analysis, once again named Sutton Group – West Coast Realty as #1 Largest Brokerage in Canada with 1,837 agents closing 15,039 deals. It also ranked the Canadian based brokerage #1 in Closed Sales Volume at over $9.6 billion for 2011.

“We were honoured to have been given this recognition the first time last year for our 2010 standing in the marketplace,” said Sutton Group’s General Manager, Merrily Hackett. “But frankly, to achieve this recognition once again for 2011 is truly a unique distinction. To have surpassed our own record for 2010… just phenomenal!”

It was the third year that Real Trends has recognized the top brokerages in Canada along with its recognition of the top 500 brokerages in the United States. To put this achievement in a different perspective, Ms. Hackett is quick to point out that if Sutton Group – West Coast Realty were located across the border, it would stand in fifth spot among some American real estate heavyweights, based on its sales volume of over $9.6 billion.

It is no small achievement for an all Canadian brokerage that began with one office some 30 years ago in North Vancouver. It has only been in the last three years that the brokerage expanded rapidly to encompass five branch offices throughout Metro Vancouver with less than 1,000 agents in 2009. In the last 2 years alone, Sutton Group – West Coast Realty has grown to encompass 19 branch offices spanning from Harrison Hot Springs in the eastern Fraser Valley, to Vancouver Island, from Whistler and Gibsons along the Sea to Sky corridor, to North and West Vancouver, with additional offices throughout Metro Vancouver and south into Surrey, Langley and White Rock.

“At the core of our growth has been our focus on educating our agents by incorporating a weekday professional development and coaching centre at our Head Office in Burnaby, anchored by our Director of Education, John Houlihan. We recently opened our second school in the Fraser Valley, a rare investment in this business, but something we recognize is a vital ingredient to enhance the success of our team.” Ms. Hackett summed it up, “Simply stated, it’s the investment in our agents that has made the difference. REALTORS® recognize the value of the brand and the numbers tell the story.”

Although at over $2 billion more than its closest competitor, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd of Toronto, The Sutton Group – West Coast Realty GM is not about to rest on her laurels. “In the true Canadian spirit, we are humble about our achievements but very proud of each and every individual in our brokerage who contributed to this honour, some of whom have stood with us for over 25 years.”

In the ever changing and competitive world of real estate, there is no guarantee of the standing for the #1 Brokerage in Canada for 2012. But given the meteoric rise of a Canadian bred brokerage that began small on the shores of North Vancouver, there is no goal too high or challenge too daunting.

Media Contacts:

Curtis Cottrell
VP of Marketing
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
T 604-800-0623
E curtis@suttonwestcoast.com
W www.suttonwestcoast.com

 


 

Where there’s smoke there’s… firefighters.

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Langley, B.C. (September 15th, 2011)
Langley Real Estate Brokerage BBQ Raises $8000 for Burn Fund.

Sutton Group – West Coast Realty hosted their annual Langley REALTOR® BBQ this past Thursday to raise awareness and funds for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

“In our work we see the positive side of our clients and families buying and enjoying their homes. On the flip side, the firefighters are there to support us all during times of distress”, said Donna Rogers, Managing Broker for the Sutton Group – West Coast Realty Langley office. I’m thankful to all the REALTORS and supporters who understand the dangerous job firefighters do and are equally proud of all the work done by the doctors, nurses, support staff and burn researchers to assist burn survivors across BC.”

The weather threatened to dampen the party but with the rain graciously holding off, in a single evening the Sutton West Coast office managed to raise $8000 through personal donations, sponsorships and silent auction.

Captain Jordan Sparrow and fellow fire fighters were on hand to accept the cheque and were thankful for the generous level of support. “It was an amazing evening, the amount raised was a surprise and it shows the big hearts and community spirit of the office and everyone involved,” said Sparrow.

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(Left) Rick Taron, Director of Real Estate Operations,
(Middle) Captain Jordan Sparrow, Langley
(Right) Donna Rogers, Managing Broker, Sutton Group – West Coast Langley

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Media Contacts:

Curtis Cottrell
VP of Marketing
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
T 604-800-0623
E curtis@suttonwestcoast.com
W www.suttonwestcoast.com

Terry Hughes
Director
British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
T 604 436-5617
W www.burnfund.org

 


 

Sutton Group – West Coast Realty to re-light the Olympic Cauldron in support of the BC Professional Fire Fighters and the Burn Fund

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Vancouver, B.C. (June 23, 2011) – On June 25th at 7:00pm, Sutton Group West Coast Realty will re-light the Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza to honour our cities’ Hometown Heroes, the BC Professional Fire Fighters.

In 2009 Sutton Group – West Coast Realty established the “Sutton Cares” community program to support the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund and the development of a new Burn Fund Building in Vancouver. In light of recent events in Vancouver, Sutton Group – West Coast Realty thought it would be fitting to honour their relationship with BC’s Fire Fighters and re-light the cauldron to kick off their annual Awards Gala being held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“Our REALTORS® care deeply about the well being of their communities and the neighbuorhoods they work in. It’s a perfect fit to support fire fighters and the Burn Fund, as they go above and beyond to take care of both our homes and our families in times of distress,” said Merrily Hackett, general manager for Sutton West Coast.

The Cauldron will be lit from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Members of the community are encouraged to come down and show their support by having their photo taken in front of Cauldron with local members of the Vancouver Fire Department. Burn Fund representatives will be on-site accepting cash donations and selling tickets for the Hometown Heroes lottery, in which all proceeds go directly towards a new Burn Fund Building.

“We are proud of the men and women who keep our cities and homes safe,” added Josh Heppner, chief operating officer of Sutton Group – West Coast Realty. “It is important for us as a local business to rally support for these individuals; so to honour their commitment to our communities, we decided to re-light the Olympic Cauldron.”

The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association. More than 3,800 professional fire fighters from fifty-two communities around the province are building the Burn Fund’s vision. They dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public’s knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs. For more information about the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund Building, visit www.burnfund.org.

Sutton Group – West Coast Realty is Canada’s largest Real Estate Brokerage with over 1700 REALTORS in 17 offices across British Columbia. In 2010, Sutton West Coast completed over 14,500 residential transactions, representing over $8.4 Billion in sales volume. For more information, contact Josh Heppner (below) or visit www.suttonwestcoast.com

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Media Contacts:

Curtis Cottrell
VP of Marketing
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
T 604-800-0623
E curtis@suttonwestcoast.com
W www.suttonwestcoast.com

Terry Hughes
Director
British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
T 604 436-5617
W www.burnfund.org

 


 

Payfirma signs Sutton Group – West Coast Realty

VANCOUVER-BASED MERCHANT ACCOUNT PROVIDER SIGNS CANADA’S LARGEST REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE TO FULLY INTEGRATED PAYMENT PROCESSING CONTRACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, June 14, 2011 – Payfirma Corporation is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive contract with Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, Canada’s largest real estate brokerage firm with over $8.4 billion in transactions in 2010 and 1,700 REALTORS®.

Per the agreement, Payfirma will provide Sutton West Coast, its offices and agents, with the Company’s full suite of credit and debit, mobile payment and eCommerce solutions. Payfirma’s iPhone Mobile Payment app, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), and reloadable Payfirma VISA card are also part of the services offered.

“Payfirma’s growth since their launch has been nothing short of spectacular,” noted Josh Heppner, COO of Sutton West Coast, “their leadership and execution combined with their innovative and holistic approach to working with our numerous payment cycles and systems is truly one of a kind – we are thrilled to be partnered with them.”

“We’re absolutely elated to have won the confidence of Sutton West Coast,” remarked Michael Gokturk, CEO and Founder of Payfirma. “We delivered a completely customized solution that integrates to every aspect of Sutton’s financial ecosystem thereby improving the payment efficiencies within the organization and everyone with whom Sutton West Coast interacts – whether it means taking a deposit for a home and paying REALTOR commissions instantaneously.”

Founded in early 2011 in response to last year’s introduction of the Canadian Code of Conduct, Payfirma offers a complete suite of credit, debit, mobile payment and eCommerce payment processing solutions. The Company is partnered with the world’s leading banks and technology providers, developing and bringing the latest payment technologies to Canadian merchants and businesses of all sizes.

To learn more about Payfirma’s low-cost and highly-customizable payment processing solutions, visit their website or call (800) 747-6883 to speak to a dedicated Payment Advisor.

ABOUT PAYFIRMA

Payfirma is Canada’s true all-inclusive payment processor, providing merchants and businesses with the latest and best-in-class technology. Built around the needs of the market and customers, it fundamentally understand that only when you succeed does Payfirma succeed. And, that saving time and money is vital. Their full-range of Credit Card, Mobile Payment, eCommerce and Integrated Point-Of-Sale solutions are designed to do exactly that. Merchants and businesses will operate more efficiently and maximize their profit in no time!

ABOUT SUTTON WEST COAST

Sutton Group – West Coast Coast Realty is Canada’s largest Real Estate Brokerage with over 1700 REALTORS in 17 offices, forming a strong referral, training and support network across British Columbia. In 2010, Sutton West Coast completed over 14,500 residential transactions, representing over $8.4 Billion in sales volume. As a technology leader, suttonwestcoast.com has set the bar high with its popular real estate “search & find” engine, quickly reaching over 100,000 visitors per month by providing all available listings, neighbourhood information and real time market statistics. Dedicated to customer service excellence through their REALTORS, Sutton West Coast provides daily training to their members along with premium events throughout the year to educate, celebrate and inspire. Sutton West Coast is a proud sponsor of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

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For more information, please contact:

Michael Gokturk
Chief Executive Officer
Payfirma Corporation

T (604) 200-2245
E michael.gokturk@payfirma.com
W www.payfirma.com

Curtis Cottrell
VP of Marketing
Sutton Group – West Coast Realty
T 604-800-0623
E curtis@suttonwestcoast.com
W www.suttonwestcoast.com