Waterloo Region – On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the Board of Directors of the newly amalgamated Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS® appointed Megan Bell as President, Christal Moura as President-Elect, and Val Brooks as Immediate Past President as officers of the new entity.
WRAR is an amalgamation of the Cambridge Association of REALTORS® (CAOR) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR). The new entity comes as consumers and REALTORS® alike increasingly view the tri-cities and surrounding townships as a single regional market with a diverse and thriving economy with a blend of urban and rural communities.
Bill Duce, who has served as KWAR’s Executive Officer since 2008, is the Chief Executive Officer of the new regional association.
“Bringing these two associations together just makes sense,” says Duce. “As one board, we can better serve the needs of our Realtor members and stakeholders and give a voice to the region’s real estate market.”
WRAR’s REALTOR® membership consists of nearly 2,500 licensed real estate brokers and salespersons who will continue to provide robust services and support to consumers throughout the region using a state-of-the-art Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) System.
WRAR’s inaugural President, Megan Bell, comes to the position having just served as KWAR’s President for the past 9 months. She has been a Realtor since 2010, joined the KWAR Board of Directors in 2017, and in 2022 received a Broker designation. WRAR’s other officers: Christal Moura and Val Brooks most recently served on CAOR’s Board as Vice President, and President respectively.
“Both organizations have a long and distinguished history within the region,” says Bell. “While most stakeholders see the impact of our REALTORS® in support of their clients, there is also a tremendous track record of philanthropy, engagement, and volunteerism which will continue under our new Waterloo Region banner.”
Community involvement will also be expanded as WRAR promotes having an affordable range of housing, embraces its diverse community, and champions a more equitable and inclusive community for Waterloo Region.
WRAR will also offer enhanced stakeholder engagement within the region by using one collective voice to present market information to consumers in a timely and unified format. An enrichment of WRAR’s advocacy voice will be made possible by representing the entire region to local politicians and officials at all levels of government and providing stakeholders with one association to collaborate with instead of two.
The Board of Directors of WRAR are comprised of the following 12 REALTORS®: Tracey Appleton of Royal LePage Wolle Realty, Megan Bell of Royal LePage Wolle Realty, Val Brooks of Royal LePage Crown Realty Services, Andrea Fedy of Royal LePage Wolle Realty, Heidi Horwat of Re/Max Twin City Realty, Christal Moura of Royal LePage Crown Realty Services, Tammy Nolan of Davenport Realty, Erin Parsons of Re/Max Solid Gold Realty, Nicole Pohl of Re/Max Twin City Realty, Nathan Steffler of Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty, Jason Van Amelsvoort of Trillium Real Estate, and Gordon Wallace of Re/Max Real Estate Centre.
The Waterloo Region Association of REALTORS®️ (WRAR) is a new association that has been formed through the recent amalgamation between the Cambridge Association of REALTORS®️ and Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®️. We have a new name, a fresh start, but the same awesome REALTOR®️ community—just better together! While WRAR officially began offering member services on August 1, 2022, the two previous associations have over 150 years of combined experience. We are proud to support the needs of REALTORS®️ and brokerages serving one of Canada’s fastest growing and thriving communities—Waterloo Region.
The term REALTOR®️ is a trademark identifying members in good standing of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) who provide real estate brokerage services in compliance with CREA’s By-Laws and Rules, the REALTOR®️ Code, and all applicable federal and provincial laws and regulations. WRAR’s MLS®️ System is operated in association with the MLS®️ marks owned by CREA. An MLS®️ System includes an inventory of listings of participating REALTORS®️, and ensures a certain level of accuracy of information, professionalism, and co-operation amongst REALTORS®️ to affect the purchase and sale of real estate.