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SIR Canada & New Story: Transforming Slums into Liveable Communities

Blog by Nancy Rondeau | October 17th, 2017

At Sotheby's International Realty we are fond of saying that international is our middle name. This is not a light-hearted play on words - it is how we think and what we believe of ourselves. Fundamentally, we believe that we are a company of globally connected, globally conscious professionals. We have always taken great pride in our international brand, network and platform. Now, we have one more reason to do so.

At this year's Global Networking Event (GNE), held in Las Vegas in September, Sotheby's International Realty Canada joined our colleagues in demonstrating that our shared, international platform not only amplifies our collective business opportunity, but our collective capacity for impact and social good.

Sotheby's International Realty Canada joined affiliates, offices, teams and individual agents in pleding our support to New Story, a non-profit organization that transforms dangerous living environments in developing countries, into communities of safe, sustainable homes. In just a few days, GNE attendees pledged the funds to build over 150 homes in Mexico at $6,500 USD a home, with 100% of donations going towards construction. This surpassed our collective GNE goal of 100 homes.

Our global network of real estate professionals pledged support with our unique understanding that "everything begins with a home". Only when an individual or family has the bare basics of clean water, proper sanitation, a floor, and a roof, can they move from a state of constant crisis, to being able to focus on income, education and planning for a better future.

We live in a world of plenty, yet 828 milliom men, women and children live in slums or inadequate housing. We believe that we can empower individuals and families one home at a time.

In the coming months, Sotheby's International Realty Canada will be providing more details about our commitment to New Story and opportunities for us to collectively support. We hope that you will join us in making a difference.

To learn more about New Story, or to make a donation, please visit: http://newstorycharity.org/

Yours in making a difference,

Nancy Rondeau, REALTOR®,
 Sotheby's International Realty Canada