Moncton REALTOR(R) to head provincial real estate association

    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - A 38-year-old licensed real estate manager
from Moncton has been elected the 2008-09 President of The New Brunswick Real
Estate Association. The Association's Annual General Meeting was held February
20th in Saint John.
    Dwayne Hayes has been a REALTOR(R) since 1999, and has served on several
local and provincial committees for the real estate industry in New Brunswick
over the past eight years. He also served as a Director of the Greater Moncton
Real Estate Board for three years, and chaired the Board's MLS(R) & Technology
Committee and By-law Task Force.
    "These are both exciting and challenging times for the more than
1,000 licensed salespersons in New Brunswick who provide real estate services
across the province," says Dwayne Hayes. "The real estate market in New
Brunswick remains active in virtually every region, which is a sign of the
confidence that people have in the province. Our province is also one of the
most affordable in Canada for people looking for their first home."
    According to a report prepared by The Canadian Real Estate Association,
international immigration and movement to the province from elsewhere in
Canada is on the rise. Inter-provincial migration produced a net gain to the
New Brunswick population in 2007 for the first time since 1990. The CREA
report says together, migration to the province from elsewhere in Canada and
abroad will support housing demand in New Brunswick in 2008.
    "It will be further increases in home prices that could prevent sales
activity from setting records again in 2008," Dwayne Hayes adds. "We also
expect an increase in the number of new listings, which will result in a more
balanced market and smaller price increases than were posted in 2007."
    At its AGM in Saint John, The New Brunswick Real Estate Association also
unveiled changes to the mandatory continuing education program for all
licensed real estate salespersons. In 2008, the emphasis will be on ethics
training and awareness.
    "Our challenges include working with the province to enhance the
professional training that licensed real estate practitioners will be required
to have. We must ensure that consumers know the value of REALTOR(R) service in
a transaction, and the training required. That includes adherence to the
REALTOR(R) Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice" the new NBREA
President explained.
    One of Dwayne's first acts as President of NBREA was the unveiling of a
new public web site that features the Code of Ethics, and other information
about REALTOR(R) services. "The site is designed to be a reference point for
consumers, and for anyone interested in working in the real estate industry,"
the new NBREA President explains. The web site URL is
    Dwayne Hayes became a Director of the New Brunswick Real Estate
Association in 2006, serving as Second Vice President. In 2007 he served as
the Association's First Vice-President, and was then nominated for the
position of President for 2008. During the past 6 years Dwayne has also been a
member of the Committee of Examiners, and has served as Chair of the Committee
in 2006 and 2007.
    As co-owner of HomeLife Hayes Realty in Moncton, Dwayne enjoys a
successful career in real estate. Dwayne is also actively involved in his
community, helping out with fundraising events such as golf tournaments and
auctions for Cystic Fibrosis and other causes. He also enjoys coaching with
the Moncton Minor Hockey Association and playing guitar. Dwayne, who has a
daughter and 3 sons, is married to Joan, also a licensed salesperson. They
enjoy their family time and enjoy working together.

For further information:

For further information: Dwayne Hayes, the 2007-08 President of NBREA,
will be available for media interviews at the Delta Hotel in Saint John from
08:00 to 17:00 on February 20th, 2008 and from 09:00 to 17:00 on February
21st. To arrange an interview, please contact NBREA Executive Officer Jamie
Ryan at (506) 440-2861

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