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Giving back: how Black Tie supports not for profit housing in Vancouver

Vancouver has its fair share of non-profit housing and associations managing their real-estate portfolios. Over the last 4 years, Black Tie Property Services has been asked to quote on several projects for non-profit organizations.  We are grateful to have had the chance to work with quite a few in the past years.

One that stood out for us last year, was the Vancouver Native Housing Society. Managing over 20 multi-unit residential properties, located on Vancouver’s East side, VNHS offers affordable housing and social programs for the underprivileged, chronically ill or handicapped in the Native community. Upon our first meeting, we immediately noticed their high level of professionalism and it quickly became clear that their internal systems and organization would put to shame some of their corporate counterparts. Their buildings were well managed and properly maintained.

Over the following 2 months, we worked in conjunction with VNHS and cleaned most of their properties, following a strict schedule. Working closely with Patrick Snowwolf, Building and Asset Systems Manager, we managed to deliver all aspects of the projects on time, and on budget. Seeing how much dedication was going into their work, and what a great impact it had in their community, we started brainstorming ways to also give back and support their efforts.

After discussing this at length, we decided to test out a credit program that would give back 10% of all money spent on our services within a calendar year.

Here’s how it works: say VNHS spends $20,000 on services for spring-cleaning. We would then issue a credit for $2,000, eligible to be spent between January 1, and March 31 of the following year. This is a significant boost for organizations operating on limited budgets and allows them to schedule services that they would otherwise need to hold off on. It’s a Win-Win situation because it also keeps our crews busy during times that are typically slow for us.

This credit program is currently being tested out with VNHS and we are getting ready to offer it to all non-profit housing organizations in 2015.

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Black Tie partners with Change Heroes to raise $ for a village in Ecuador


This holiday season, Black Tie is teaming up with social enterprise Change Heroes to transform a village called Mondaña in Ecuador.  Instead of giving gifts like chocolates to our clients, this year we decided to allocate our Christmas budget towards positive social change.

Please join us in our initiative to raise money that provides the following to children and families in Mondaña, Ecuador :

  • Education
  • Clean water
  • Sanitation
  • Healthcare initiatives
  • Alternative income programs
  • Food security

Here is a link to a personalized video created by Black Tie’s Founder Sebastien Nault.

If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s a quick video that shows you more.

Let’s start a #MINGA! The gift that keeps on giving.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!



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Day at IREM’s 19th Annual Golf Tournament

The conditions were perfect.   The sky was blue, the sun was shining and everyone was in a wonderful mood. This was the perfect day for golf, or if like me you are not an avid golfer then the perfect day be outside working at a fun event like this one.

I’m talking about the 19th annual golf tournament held by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM BC).  This was our second year in a row sponsoring Chip for Charity.  And this year with the help of our lovely participants, we raised three hundred and forty dollars in donations for the B.C. Childeren’s Hospital. We donated a sweet Bose music lover’s travelling prize package from Best Buy valued at approximately $700.  The lucky winner this year won noise cancelling headphones and a wireless speaker so music can be enjoyed wherever they go!

Lucky Winner!

This year we also organized something extra – business card draws for 2 Cineplex Odeon Prize Packages for date night at the movies.  This included 2 movie admissions, 2 Large Pops and 2 Large popcorn .  The lucky winners of our random draw were Frank Wood from Baywest Management Corp. and Branko Cvoric from Gateway Property Management.  Congrats you two! Hope you enjoy your movie dates!


After a full day on the course, we had a delicious buffet dinner.  The dinner included barbecue steak and salmon, and even though I am a vegetarian, there were plenty of great food options to choose from.  Also, it was nice to unwind, hang out and mingle with the industry folk.  There were some incredible prizes to win this year including an Ipad, Spa certificates, 1 year golf membership, wine and Fleetwood Mac tickets!  IREM sure knows how to do it right.  Sadly neither of us won anything, but better luck next year right?

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces again next year!

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