Giving back is good for business

This article is sponsored by Royal LePage Estate Realty Brokerage


We move into neighbourhoods for all kinds of reasons, including green parks, welcoming community centres, great coffee shops, specialty grocery stores, and funky restaurants. We come to love the neighbourhoods we live in for one reason that’s more important than all the others combined: the people.  

One of the core beliefs of the folks at Royal LePage Estate Realty (RLPER) is that helping you find the perfect house or condo is only the start of the journey. The brokerage has proudly made it a mission to support and give back to the communities where its clients, and its agents, are proud to work, play, and live.  

How deep is that commitment? Consider, for example, that Royal LePage is proud to have Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding more than 200 women’s shelters and domestic violence prevention programs nationally.  In 2021  RLPER donated over $75,000 to three local shelters with a combination of fundraisers and agents who donate – a portion of their  commission on every purchase or sale of a property. 

In recognition of how invaluable its charitable contributions have been Estate Realty was recently honoured as Office of the Year out of the 600 Royal LePage offices in Canada.  Since inception Nationally $38 Million has been raised,  RLPER has contributed over $800,000 towards that total. 

Whether your favourite neighbourhoood in Toronto is the Beaches or the Bluffs, or the Danforth or Leslieville, Royal LePage Estate Realty has an extensive, community-minded team of over 120 agents to guide you through every step of the process. That team—working out of offices in Scarborough, the Beaches, and Downtown Toronto, and therefore for both commercial and residential properties—is always growing, giving you service that’s as highly personal as it is attentive and detail-oriented. And, just as importantly, the size of that team means that RLPER has deep, deep roots in communities across Greater Toronto.  

One of the defining mantras at Royal LePage Estate Realty is “Helping Our Neighbours Is What We Do”. Brokerage owner Chris Dunlop started as a Royal LePage realtor in 2005, quickly becoming a top one-percent producer thanks to his reputation for providing superior service. When he took over ownership of Estate Realty Brokerage in 2013, he had goals that made the company not just attractive to clients, but those who work there.  

Agents were encouraged to strike a healthy work-life balance in an industry that’s infamous for its long hours. Recognizing the importance of  on-going training and professional development in a world that’s changed daily by technological advancements, coaching and business programs were created for agents to be the best professionals possible in a complex marketplace..  

But just as important for Dunlop was making sure that, right from the start, Royal LePage Estate Realty gave back to the community.  

Earning him a Toronto Regional Real Estate Board Civic Service Award in 2011, he worked closely with the Board of Directors of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club to raise $7,000,000 to renovate and expand the organization’s Regent Park facility. 

Chris Dunlop at Kingston Road office

Since then he’s been an active member of the Toronto Kiwanis Club, as well as a board member of the Toronto Kiwanis Foundation for the past five years, including two as president. According to Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club executive director Greg Gary, Dunlop’s work and guidance have been invaluable to the organization.  

“From his early involvement in YMCA, and the High Five program for Children, and with his strong commitment to serve the community, Chris has been a dedicated agent of change,” Gary says.  

He notes that, this year alone, Dunlop has spearheaded the raising of capital renovations needed to reopen the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and Boxing Club, and to help upgrade the Boys and Girls Club Kiwanis clubhouse and offices on Spruce Street.  

“Since its inception, BGC Toronto Kiwanis has helped more than 100,000 children and youths develop the skills they need to succeed through life-changing programs, community-based services and relationships with peers and caring adults,” Gary says. “Chris’s efforts have had a direct impact on this.” 

Anyone can tell the world “Helping Our Neighbours Is What We Do”; Dunlop is actually committed to the job of pitching in, even devoting his time to coach rep baseball.  

The goal with his team Royal LePage Estate Realty? That’s easy: building the kind of communities where folks want to settle down, not just for the funky coffee shops, specialty grocery stores, and green parks, but most of all for one thing: the beauty of the people that live there.  

For more information on Royal LePage Estate Realty, or to enquire about joining the team, go to estaterealty.ca

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