Canadian REALTORS(R) care about their communities



    OTTAWA, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - REALTORS(R) are actively working to
improve the quality of life of Canadians who live and work in their
communities, and this was a key theme of the 2007 conference weekend of The
Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
    More than 500 REALTORS(R) and real estate Board and Association staff
from across Canada converged on Ottawa for CREA's annual conference weekend,
which was held from March 24th to 27th.
    The Canadian REALTORS Care(TM) Foundation was officially launched on
March 24th. It will coordinate the collection, administration and disbursement
of charitable donations on behalf of REALTORS(R) across Canada. The Foundation
will also promote the charitable initiatives undertaken by Boards,
Associations and individual REALTORS(R) in all provinces.
    In the 2007 membership survey conducted for The Canadian Real Estate
Association, 66 per cent of Canadian REALTORS(R) said they were active
volunteers in their communities. "REALTORS(R) are involved in the community
they serve," says Ann Bosley, who became the 60th President of The Canadian
Real Estate Association on the weekend. She was instrumental in the creation
of the Canadian REALTORS Care(TM) Foundation and served as its first
President.
    "REALTORS(R) not only care about where people live, but how they live as
well," said President Bosley. "Our REALTOR(R) members should be acknowledged
for their tremendous contributions to our communities."
    CREA also announced it is the platinum sponsor of a national conference
on aboriginal housing that is being organized by Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation and Habitat for Humanity Canada. The conference will be held in
Victoria in October 2007.
    This continued commitment to the improvement of aboriginal housing in
Canada by Canadian REALTORS(R) was acknowledged by the Honorable Monte
Solberg, the federal minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation. In a convention speech March 27th, Minister Solberg said Canadian
REALTORS(R) "have been central in promoting the housing needs of aboriginal
Canadians."
    Last year the Association developed a major case study on aboriginal
housing in Canada as part of its participation in the International Housing
Coalition. The study was presented at the World Urban Forum 3 in June 2006.
    At the Annual General Meeting of The Canadian Real Estate Association,
members also ratified Interpretations clarify how MLS(R) Rules are to be
applied across Canada. "The Interpretations do not change any rules, but they
will help protect the MLS(R) system and trade marks ensuring that Canadian
consumers can continue to rely on the integrity of the MLS(R) system" CREA
President Ann Bosley said.
    The MLS(R), or Multiple Listing Service(R) trade marks, are owned by The
Canadian Real Estate Association, and is licensed to local real estate Boards
and Associations operating a local data listing system. The MLS(R) trade mark
stands for a co-operative marketing service, comparable to a seal of approval
regarding quality of service and information for consumers.

    About The Canadian Real Estate Association

    The Canadian Real Estate Association is one of Canada's largest
single-industry trade Associations, and represents more than
88,000 REALTORS(R) across Canada. CREA's primary mission is to represent its
members at the federal level of government and to monitor national legislation
affecting or impacting the real estate industry. CREA also works to defend the
public's right to own and enjoy property.




For further information:

For further information: Bob Linney, Communications Director, The
Canadian Real Estate Association, Office: (613) 237-7111, Cell: (613)
795-4346

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