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RISMEDIA, Jan. 29, 2007-RE/MAX of California & Hawaii's Regional Director, Dick Purvis, recently passed away as a result of heart failure.

Dick was in real estate all his life. He liked to say that he helped to sell his first house at the age of six. He received an MBA in Marketing from George Washington University in Washington D.C. He served as President of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, at that time the largest Board of Realtors in the country with over 15,000 members and was involved in the merger of 5 large MLS's, the first such consolidation.

His long experience included selling real estate, managing and owning his own office, managing a region for another franchise, and heading one of the largest residential real estate companies in Northern California.

Mr. Purvis joined RE/MAX of California & Hawaii, Inc. in 1995 and excelled in his role of Regional Director. He oversaw all regional operations for RE/MAX of California & Hawaii.

"Dick was an integral part of our growth during the last decade," said Regional Owners Sidney Syvertson and Steve Haselton. "He will be sorely missed by not only our network, but by many in the real estate industry. And while he can never be replaced, we are confident that RE/MAX of California & Hawaii will continue its 25 year record of strong leadership in the Region."

Mr. Purvis leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Sandi Purvis.

RE/MAX of California & Hawaii, Inc., is the largest North American region in the RE/MAX network with over 10,000 Sales Associates in more than 400 offices. In its 34th year of consecutive growth, RE/MAX is a global real estate system operating in over 60 countries with more than 120,000 Sales Associates who lead the industry in professional designations, experience and production while providing real estate services in residential, commercial, referral, relocation and asset management.

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