Oakwyn is an agency that is known for its success. Our agents perform at high-levels across the Lower Mainland and we’re always happy to see them shine. As we prepare for another year of record-breaking sales, it’s important that we take time to appreciate the hard work that went into 2019.
Every year, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver awards the area’s top-performing agents with Medallion Member and President’s Club titles. As always, Oakwyn agents stood out in our industry.
Medallion agents represent the top 10% of agents, based on MLS deals. 1 out of 5 Oakwyn agents is a Medallion Member. This year, we have 76 agents that made Medallion, and 7 agents who made President’s Club (top 1%).
On top of that, Oakwyn Realty was voted the #1 office in gross dollar volume of sales and our Yaletown office was voted #1 in the downtown area. What a year we’ve had!
We Celebrate Success By Giving Back
We always like to congratulate our Medallion Members with a group photoshoot. This year, we decided to use this media moment to highlight a cause that we care deeply about: Literacy in BC.
We teamed up with our agents and Decoda Literacy Solutions to raise awareness about literacy in our area. We asked each agent to bring a book to the photoshoot that had impacted their life or career in a positive way. Those books were then donated to our Oakwyn community libraries both at our HQ office and the downtown location. Each library is fit with a donation box where all of the proceeds will go to Decoda.
Oakwyn believes in accessible knowlege for all and we aim to inspire our communities to be passionate about learning. Promoting literacy in BC is one way that we can uphold these values and continue to nurture our deep roots.
Why Is Literacy Important?
Literacy is important for health. Studies show that those who have stronger literacy skills are healthier because they can find, understand, and implement health strategies. Being literate can also help you manage your finances, undestand your legal rights, and find and hold employment. These are all necessary skills that all people have the right to and that’s why Oakwyn is dedicated to helping improve literacy in our province and beyond.
According to Decoda:
- More than 700,000 British Columbians have significant challenges with literacy. (16% of British Columbians were at Level 1 literacy or below in 2012.)
- 45% of British Columbians aged 16 to 65 may have difficulty understanding newspapers, following instruction manuals, reading health information and other daily living tasks.
- 52% of British Columbians aged 16 to 65 may have difficulty calculating interest on a car loan, using information on a graph, calculating medicine dosage and other daily living tasks.
Options for supporting Decoda’s work can be found here.
The Medallion Shoot
To stay on our literary theme, we held this year’s Medallion photoshoot on the steps of the Vancouver Public Library.
Our agents came prepared with their favourite books and with the help of the AntiSocial Solutions team, we were able to capture some really great moments.
We are proud to be held up by the strength of our diverse agents. Year after year, you all impress us with your dedication, knowledge, and perserverance. Seeing this successful crew give back to the community reminds us to keep pushing for progress in every way we can.
Staying Focused With Kit Matkaluk
“The Medallion Club to me is a sense of direction and reassurance that we are heading in the right direction. It’s the start of a journey to becoming a President’s Club member.
[The book I brought] I use a lot, especially when I coach. Mindset is a way of looking at failure as an opportunity and a way to retrain your brain to not think you are a failure if you don’t succeed. It’s about framing these experiences as an opportunity to ask questions and thrive. Setbacks are temporary and far too many mindsets are focused on the yes, or winning without learning from losing.”
Check out Kit’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” here.
Tips from Jessica Chen
“Don’t give up and keep trying new things. Look for a flow that connects you to your goals. It may not be in a book or coaching system and that’s okay, but set your sights on what feels right and allow your true self to shine as often as you can.”
Check out Jessica’s book, “Getting to Yes: How To Negotiate Agreement Without Giving In” here.