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Golf Tournament Recap

Our Golf Tournament – Network, 9 & Dine took place on Thursday, May 23 at the beautiful Heron Point Golf Links. We were happy that the weather was on our side and over 100 golfers were able to enjoy nine holes of golf! All golfers were then treated to a delicious BBQ dinner put on by the wonderful staff at Heron Point.

Thank you to all of the golfers who attended the event and made it such a success! We also could not have put on this event without our generous sponsors!

Congratulations to all of our winners from the day!

Top Foursome: Gary Gouldsborough, Treavor Kearns, Shayle Rothman, Mark Loeffler
Men’s Longest Drive: Hole #9 – Bailey Roubos, Hole #17 – Paul Settimi
Women’s Longest Drive: Hole #6 – Sandy Moore, Hole #10 Signy Outlaw
Closest to Pin: Hole #8 – Sara Donnelly, Ryan McLean
Closest to Pin: Hole #16 – Deanna Gunter, Gary Stirling
Putting Contest:
1. Paul Kinsman
2. Paul Martelli
3. David Gerard
50/50 Draw: Leanne Johnny
Two Tickets to the Canadian Open: 
Mary Bariatico

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Parking and Road Restrictions in Ancaster During RBC Canadian Open

The RBC Canadian Open will be taking place from Monday, June 3, through Sunday, June 9, at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster.

During this time there will be several road closures and parking restrictions in the area around the golf course, which will affect property showings and open houses. Notably, Golf Links Road from Southcote Rd./McNiven Rd. to Halson St. and Halson St. from Wilson St. E. to Golf Links Rd. will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. each day to 8 p.m. (midnight on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8).

In the green area highlighted on the below map, there are a number of parking restrictions, which will limit parking to residents with permits.

Click the below button for a printable PDF of the above map.

RBC Canadian Open Map with Road Closures and Parking Restrictions

Of note, residents in the affected area will receive a couple of parking or road access passes in the mail. There are instructions in the letter that accompanies the passes. The home owner/resident may want to give an additional access/parking pass to you as their REALTOR®, which would allow you to bring potential buyers to the property during the event.

If you have any questions regarding these road closures and parking restrictions during the RBC Canadian Open, below is the contact information for the City of Hamilton:

Mark Bowden
Senior Project Manager – 2019 RBC Canadian Open

Tourism and Culture Division
Planning & Economic Development Department
City of Hamilton
28 James Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K1

mark.bowden@hamilton.ca

 

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Your Input is Needed – Hamilton Chamber of Commerce: Open for Business Survey

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is preparing an Open for Business report for the City of Hamilton, which will focus on development red tape in Hamilton.

For the report, the Chamber has asked RAHB to provide feedback on the current development processes at the City. Ultimately, the Chamber is looking to accomplish the following:

  1. Review existing rules and processes for development in Hamilton
  2. Compare these processes to other cities
  3. Offer recommendations for city staff to improve

Members of the RAHB Government Relations Committee will be participating in a focus group to answer questions with the Chamber; however, we also want to extend the opportunity for all members to provide valuable feedback.

Please find below a link to an online survey to provide answers to questions posed by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for their report.

Hamilton Chamber – Open for Business Survey

This survey will be open until 4:30 on Thursday, May 30.

There are several questions, and so we ask that you only complete as many questions as you like. Any feedback you provide is greatly appreciated.

Your answers are anonymous.

Once the report is completed and submitted to the City of Hamilton, we will be sure to share it with RAHB members.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

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New MLS® Policy and Change to the Cooperating Brokerage Commission Field

The current Cooperating Brokerage Commission field allows up to 22 characters.  Beginning on May 23, 2019, the field will be expanded to allow up to 200 characters. This change is being made to ensure the cooperating brokerage commission data is available for Virtual Office Websites (VOWs), as set out by the Competition Tribunal Order.
Along with the change to the number of characters allowed in this field, the Board of Directors have approved the following new MLS® policy that will also take effect on May 23, 2019 as follows:
Miscellaneous
23. The Cooperating Commission field must contain either a dollar amount and or a percentage. “See Remarks” is not acceptable. Any additional comments or details pertaining to the cooperating brokerage commission must be entered in the Cooperating Commission Comments field, not the REALTOR® remarks.
This means on May 23, 2019, any current active listings on the MLS® system and any new listings entered should ensure the cooperating brokerage commission is appearing ONLY in the “Commission to Cooperating Brokerage” field, not in the REALTOR® remarks.  Not following the new MLS® policy will mean your listing may not be in compliance with the Competition Tribunal Order. 
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Updated/Amended RAHB Rules and Regulations

On May 9, 2019 the Board of Directors approved the following amendment to the RAHB Rules and Regulations Section 3 – 3.01 and 3.02 as follows:

3.01         An MLS® Listing may be suspended from the Association’s MLS® System before its expiration date provided that a copy of the OREA Association’s standard form entitled “Suspension of Listing Agreement” has been submitted to the Association or processed through Broker Load through the Association’s MLS® System within two (2) Association business days immediately following the date the Suspension of Listing Agreement is signed by the Seller who signed the original Listing Agreement or by his/her/their lawfully authorized representative and by the Broker of Record or Manager of the Listing Brokerage. Such Suspension of Listing Agreement shall not constitute a cancellation of the terms and conditions of the original Listing Agreement. The Listing Brokerage shall be responsible for all Suspension of Listing Agreements submitted or processed through Broker Load regardless of who submits or Broker Loads such forms on its behalf, including, but not limited to, by the Broker of Record, the Manager, or other Registrants or persons employed by the Listing Brokerage.

3.02          An MLS® Listing may be cancelled by completing OREA’s filing the Association’s standard form entitled “Cancellation of Listing Agreement” signed by the Seller who signed the original Listing Agreement or the Seller’s lawfully authorized representative and by the Broker of Record or manager of the Listing Brokerage and a copy of such Cancellation of Listing Agreement shall be submitted to the Association or processed through Broker Load through the Association’s MLS® System within two (2) Association business days immediately following the date the Cancellation of Listing Agreement is signed by all such parties. The Listing Brokerage shall be responsible for all Cancellation of Listing Agreements submitted or processed through Broker Load regardless of who submits or broker loads such forms on its behalf, including, but not limited to, by the Broker of Record, the Manager, or other Registrants or persons employed by the Listing Brokerage.

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Matrix Upgrade 8.3.10

On Monday, May 20 at 2 a.m. Matrix is being upgrade to version 8.3.10. There is expected to be about 15 minutes of downtime. Featured changes include:

Print to PDF Map update – issues causing timeouts when interactive maps where printed to PDF have been resolved
Portal links – portal links in emails were incorrectly taking the user to the map or list rather than individual listing, that has been resolved.
Email button – When sending an email from Matrix, the Send button could be clicked multiple times resulting in duplicate copies of the email being sent.
The Send button now becomes disabled immediately when clicked to prevent this.

To read the complete release notes, please click the button below.

Complete Release Notes

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RAHB CEO Selection Committee – Update

RAHB is pleased to announce that the CEO Selection Committee has been established. We received several responses from qualified candidates and appreciate the interest. Based on the qualifications outlined in the request for volunteers, and in accordance with the CEO Succession Policy, the Board of Directors has appointed the following RAHB members to the 2019 CEO Selection Committee:

Bob Van de Vrande, President, Apex Results Realty Inc. (Chair)
Kathy Della-Nebbia, President-Elect, Royal LePage State Realty
Lou Piriano, Director-at-Large, L. Piriano Real Estate Brokerage 

Ann Forbes Arndt, Member-at-Large, Royal LePage Macro Realty
Don Robertson, Member-at-Large, Com/Choice Realty
Conrad Zurini, Member-at-Large, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Also on the Selection Committee may be three external non-voting advisors.

Thank you to all who applied.

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Update – City of Burlington Downtown Development Freeze

On March 5, the City of Burlington approved an Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL) for development within areas of downtown and around the Burlington GO station. To read the Bylaw passed on March 5, please click the below button:

Burlington Interim Control Bylaw

UPDATE – On April 25, the City of Burlington passed an amendment to the Control Bylaw that includes several exemptions.

Exemptions from the ICBL can be allowed in the study area (areas in the downtown and around the Burlington GO station) if your planned construction, alteration or expansion includes:

  • a zoning clearance certificate and/or building permit for a deck, pool, patio, fence, porch, accessory building or structure, temporary building or structure, or interior renovation to an existing building;
  • a site plan application that is currently in process or approved on the date of the passage of the ICBL (March 5) – those include:
    • 374-380 Martha St.;
    • 490-492 Brock Ave/1298 Ontario St;
    • 421 Brant St;
    • 442 Pearl St;
    • 471 Pearl St.;
    • 2030 Caroline St/510 Elizabeth St/2025 Maria St; and
    • 2092 Old Lakeshore Rd.
    • The Director of City of Building indicated during the April 2 P&D Committee Meeting that there were no other site plans in process or approved prior to March 5 that qualify for an exemption;
  • A Committee of Adjustment application under Sec. 45(1) of the Planning Act that includes any of the criteria identified in the first point.

The City of Burlington has confirmed with RAHB that the Interim Control Bylaw still applies to the construction of new homes and additions to existing homes.

To read the complete exemption report, please click the below button:

Interim Control Bylaw – Exemptions

We will continue to notify members of any changes to this bylaw, and will be advocating for the City of Burlington to lift the Interim Control Bylaw.

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New Hamilton Sign By-Law Fines

On April 30, the City of Hamilton proposed adding the Sign By-Law (10-197) to the Administrative Penalty System By-Law (17-225). This effectively means that real estate signs (open house, for sale lawn signs) that do not adhere to the current City of Hamilton Sign By-Law will receive fines of approximately $50-$100 per infraction.

This change will be going before Hamilton City Council on Wednesday, May 8 where we anticipate it will be approved.

Below are some of the proposed fines that will have a direct impact on REALTORS® conducting business in Hamilton:

 

Open House Directional Sign – Each has a related fine of $100

  • Permit/display open house directional sign before 10 a.m. of the day of the open house
  • Permit/display open house directional sign after 6 p.m. of the day of the open house
  • Permit/display open house directional sign with more than 0.5m² sign area
  • Permit/display open house directional sign on a traffic island
  • Permit/display open house directional sign on median
  • Permit/display open house directional sign attached to light standard
  • Permit/display open house directional sign attached to a utility pole
  • Permit/display open house directional sign less than 0.3m from the sidewalk

 

Real Property Sale/Lease/Rent Sign – Each has a related fine of $100

  • Permit/display real property sale/lease/rent sign for more than 14 days after a firm sale is reported to the local realtors
  • Permit/display real property sale/lease/rent sign for one dwelling more than 0.6m² sign area
  • Permit/display real property sale/lease/rent sign for other than one dwelling more than 4.0m² sign area
  • Permit/display real property sale/lease/rent sign with illumination
  • Permit/display real property sale/lease/rent sign on property not being sold/leased/rented

 

Penalties and Enforcement – Each has a related fine of $500

  • Person contravened a provision of the Sign By-Law
  • Person failed to comply with an order made under Sign By-Law

 

Please see below for links to previous blog posts regarding Sign By-Laws:

 

Please click the below button for the complete proposed Sign By-Law infraction fines:

 

Read Full Proposed Sign By-Law Fines

 

See pages 46 and 47 to see the direct impact on REALTORS® conducting business in Hamilton.

An e-mail will be sent out to RAHB members about the finalized information regarding the Sign By-Law once it is approved at Council.

 

 

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Province of Ontario Releases Housing Supply Action Plan

On May 2, the Ontario Government released their Housing Supply Action Plan (HSAP).

Read Full Supply Action Plan Here

In HSAP, the Ontario Government is working on cutting red tape and reducing regulations so the people of Ontario can build homes that will both meet their needs and budget. Additionally, the Ontario Government’s plan will, as a result, spur innovation while protecting tenants, health and safety, cultural heritage, and the environment.

Overall, the Ontario Government is working to address Ontario’s housing crisis by providing a plan that will make housing both affordable and effortless to build. The Ontario Government is planning to do so in five ways:

  1. Make the development approval process faster
  2. Make costs more predictable when building a new home
  3. Make a mix of different types of housing
  4. Make it easier to build rental housing
  5. Make the Ontario housing sector more innovative by encouraging creative housing designs and materials

In addition to previously-announced initiatives for housing, the HSAP specifically speaks to legislation and policy changes to increase housing supply, protection of historical and environmental resources, increasing rental resources, and consumer protection. These are outlined below.

 

Making it Easier to Build More Housing

The Ontario Government is attempting to make it easier to build new housing by proposing amendments to various legislation and regulatory processes:

Planning Act:

  • New planning decision timeline of 120 days for official plans, 90 days for zoning by-laws, and 120 days for plans of subdivisions
  • Make it easier to create residential units above garages for detached, semi-detached, and row houses in both the primary dwelling and ancillary building or structure
  • Build both housing and affordable housing near transit
  • Streamline the planning approval process to 45 days to help municipalities implement community planning permit systems
  • Create the new community benefits authority to make upfront development costs more predictable by replacing the existing density bonus provision
  • Create more clarity on what communities and developers can build and where to build

 

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal:

  • Hire more adjudicators to help address the backlog of legacy cases
  • Ensure the tribunal has the power and resources needed
  • Allow the tribunal to make planning decisions in place of Council

 

Provincial Policy Statement

  • Encourage the development of more and different types of housing
  • Reduce costs for developers and provide greater predictability
  • Update planning and development policies to reflect Ontario’s changing needs

 

Development Charges Act

  • Reduce the costs to build priority housing types, such as second units
  • Fully cover municipality waste diversion costs
  • Make the costs of development clear from the outset

 

Ontario Building Code

  • Remove the requirement that all new homes include the infrastructure for an electric vehicle charge station
  • Harmonize Ontario Code with National Codes to open new markets for manufacturing and bring building costs down

 

Protecting Natural and Historic Resources

The Ontario Government will aim to maintain national and historic resources protected by proposing amendments to various legislation:

Ontario Heritage Act

  • Maintain local control over heritage conservation decisions while providing clear direction and timelines for local decision makers
  • Ensuring municipal decisions on designation and alternations to heritage properties can be appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), whose decisions are binding

 

Environmental Assessment Act & Environment Protection Act

  • Streamline processes for projects that pose little risk to the environment
  • Reduce the amount of soil sent to landfills from constructions sites by making it easier and safer to reuse soil
  • Clarify the rules and remove an unnecessary barrier to building on vacant land
  • Improve service standards to reduce the delays

 

Rental Resources

  • Create more rental units and work toward cutting red tape around development approvals so new homes will become available to renter sooner
  • Work with municipalities and businesses to find housing solutions to attract investment and jobs
  • Aid homeowners to create secondary legal suits by providing a user-friendly checklist
  • Clarify rules and help people understand how to take advantage of creative solutions, such as tiny homes, laneway housing, co-home ownership, etc.

 

Consumer Protection

  • Making it easier for new home buyers to check out a developer’s track record in the Ontario Builder Directory
  • Adding more proactive, risk-based inspections by Tarion during construction to make sure homes are built properly
  • When new home buyers have problems, creating an easy-to-use process to help them resolve disputes quickly and fairly
  • Transforming the Tarion Warranty Corporation, which protects new home buyers against shoddy construction and delays – so home builders aren’t regulating themselves
  • Strengthening protections for new home buyers and helping people who have bought condominiums, only to have the project cancelled

 

In summary, Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan aims to foster growth in the housing market across Ontario.

For more information on Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan, please click on the link here.

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2019 Scholarship Applications Now Available!

Does your daughter, son, granddaughter or grandson qualify for a RAHB Scholarship in Memory of Karan Barker?  Does she or he:

  • Attend, or have an acceptance to attend, university or community college?
  • Demonstrate academic excellence?
  • Get involved in school activities or the community?
  • Show maturity, initiative and/or strength of character?

If this sounds like your child or grandchild, have them complete an application for a 2019 scholarship!

Download the Scholarship Application

The application can also be found on our website www.rahb.ca under “RAHB In The Community”.

Application deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019

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RAHB REALTORS® release April stats

Hamilton, ON (May 1, 2019) – The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,226 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in April, 2019. This is a 6.3 per cent increase from April last year, as well as an 18.8 per cent increase over March 2019 and a 66.8 per cent increase over February 2019. The average price for residential properties increased by 3.9 per cent from April 2018 to $589,324.

Please click here to read the full release.

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

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Welcome New Members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between April 1 and April 30, 2019!

Alexander Shafran
The Effort Trust Company

Mena O’Sullivan
EXP Realty of Canada Inc.

Dana E. Chambers
Lex Larmon
Jessica Middleton
Dung Thuy To
Matthew Demarchi
Diane Fidanza
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Anthony Mason
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Sonja Soares
Keller Williams Edge Hearth & Home Realty

Kris Kerenyi
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Jessica Blake
Chris Savelli
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Angela Hogben
Elizabeth Szczepan
RE/MAX Escarpment Frank Realty

Stefanie Blackborow
RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty

Peggy MacIsaac
RE/MAX Escarpment Woolcott Realty  Inc.

Dijana Dobric
RE/MAX Realty Enterprises Inc.

Blair Alexis
Right At Home Realty

Paisley Mackenzie
Rock Star Real Estate Inc.

Lynda Twynham
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Hilda Egharevba
Royal LePage State Realty

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RECO 2019 Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Thursday, May 16, 2019

To all members of the Real Estate Council of Ontario:

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Where: Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario M8X 1G5
Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Brulee Room A
Meeting begins at 10 a.m. in Brulee Room B

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Appoint Auditors of the corporation until the close of the next Annual General Meetiing of the corporation
  • Elect the Industry Director nominees selected by each of the three regions to the Board of Directors
  • Approve a bylaw amendment
  • Provide members with an opportunity to ask questions

You can find the agenda and resolutions for the AGM here.

The audited financial statements are contained in RECO’s Annual Report.

You may find information on the proposed bylaw amendment here.

Members of RECO who are not able to attend the meeting may submit questions in advance.

For additional details about the AGM, please click here.

Please remember to bring your RECO registration certificate (or the electronic certificate in the MyRECO app).

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The Real Estate Addition Podcast with OREA President Karen Cox

OREA President Karen Cox is hosting a monthly podcast where she will sit down with industry experts to discuss subjects important to REALTORS®, like Standard Forms, tax advice, recreational real estate, and lead generation. Each episode is complete with updates on Government Relations, Standard Forms and real estate news that could impact Ontario REALTORS® and their growing businesses.

New episodes are released the second Tuesday of every month on our SoundCloud and iTunes accounts, and are shared across our social media channels.

This month, Karen spoke to real estate accountant Cherry Chan! You can find our social links below.

SoundCloud: https://bit.ly/2UDEpOn

iTunes: https://apple.co/2GGB7pO

Twitter: https://bit.ly/2PvM4gp

LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/2UTDBtq

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2L2xuyD

 

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2019 Provincial Budget

The 2019 Ontario Provincial Budget was released on April 11, 2019. Please click below to access the entire budget.

2019 Ontario Budget

 

Below are links several areas that specifically relate to Hamilton, housing and real estate.

The President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, was in Hamilton on April 12 to provide a brief overview of the budget and answer questions. RAHB asked, “How will the Ontario Government, through the 2019 Budget, help Ontarians to afford a home (both rent and own) comfortably?” Mr. Bethlenfalvy’s answer is in the below video.

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Image Upload Certification

Corelogic has recently added a disclaimer to the photo upload screen on Matrix.  This forces the user to certify that they are the owner of the photos, or have permission from the owner to use the photos.  It is a violation of RAHB’s MLS® policies to use another member’s photos without their written permission, and this certification reinforces this.  From the RAHB MLS® Policies:

PHOTOS/IMAGES #4

“If a member is using another members’ previous listing photo on a listing without written permission, the photos will be removed, the status will be changed to information withheld until a new photo is provided, and a $50 fine will be levied to the member.”

From a functional standpoint, the photo upload does not function any differently than before the upgrade.  The button that previously read “Save” now reads “Certify and Save”.  Clicking on this button (located below the disclaimer) will save the photos to the listing.

If you are an administrative assistant uploading the images on behalf of a REALTOR®, this could create some confusion as you may not be familiar with the photos that you are uploading.  It is RAHB’s recommendation that should you be unsure as to whether or not the listing REALTOR® has the right to use the photos, that you verify this with them before uploading.

As always, please feel free to contact RAHB MLS® staff with any questions.  We can be reached at (905)667-4650, or support@rahb.ca.

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New CREA WEBForms® 2019

On April 23, 2019, Members in Ontario will have the option to use the new WEBForms® 2019, or WEBForms® Legacy (the current WEBForms). WEBForms® Legacy will remain available to Members until December 2019. CREA will be sending out a pre-launch email to all Ontario WEBForms® users a week prior to launch letting them know it’s coming. On launch day CREA will send out an e-mail to all Ontario users letting them know it is available to try and will include a link to a WEBForms® Training Hub.

What is being migrated from the current to the new WEBForms® you ask?

  • All (Personal and Office) templates
  • **Members will have to re-insert any clauses and/or entered information into their templates**
  • All clauses (Provincial, Board, Office and Personal)
  • All Forms (CREA, Provincial, Board and Office)

What is NOT being migrated?

  • Existing transaction kits will not be automatically migrated
  • If a Member wishes to keep one or more of their old transaction kits, they can individually migrate them to WEBForms® 2019, where they will be imported as non-editable PDFs (READ ONLY) into their new document management
  • 3rd Party links. All existing 3rd Party ADDons (Docusign, etc.) will be available in WEBForms® 2019, but users will need to re-link them

What is staying the same?

  • Form auto-population – All existing form auto-population functions will continue as they do with Legacy

New Look

WEBForms® now has a public facing landing page. Previously, if you went to webforms.ca you were presented with the NAF log in screen, which didn’t provide any information about the application and was confusing to those not familiar with NAF. Now a user has an opportunity to learn more about WEBForms® or to sign in and use the application. If a user is already logged into NAF, they won’t need to sign in again.

Legacy View

Once CREA has rolled out the new WEBForms 2019, members going to WEBForms® Legacy will be presented with a pop up advertising that WEBForms® 2019 is available, giving them an opportunity to go and try the new version, or to remain in Legacy.

Switching Views

Through until the end of 2019 Members will have the ability to switch from the Legacy to WEBForms® 2019 via a pop up or via a link in the top banner of the screen.

New WEBForms Training

Watch for CREA to send out a communication offering online help in addition to in-class training, training webinars you can register for, or view online training videos.  In the link below watch CREA’s Relationship Training Manager Lynn St. Germain show an overview of WEBForms® 2019 https://vimeo.com/322945829/99463d75d4

Should you have any questions regarding the new 2019 WEBforms®, please contact the Help Desk at 905-667-4650 or email support@rahb.ca

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RECO/TICO & Short-Term Rentals

On Friday, April 12, the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) and Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) affirmed the right of real estate brokerages to transact short-term rental properties.

The affirmation comes in the form of bulletins from both regulators that clarify the rights of Ontario real estate brokerages under REBBA to transact short-term rental properties.

Thanks to this ruling, members will not have to register as travel agents in order to transact vacation properties provided they do it through their brokerage – saving members thousands of dollars in costs and dozens of hours taking courses/passing exams.

This issue was brought to OREA’s attention by the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® and The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® whose local members were receiving compliance letters from TICO asking them to register as travel agents.

Through some quick action, OREA was able to get TICO to stop their double registration compliance campaign. TICO and RECO then set about creating a short-term solution to the problem which was announced today in the form of the below bulletins.

Going forward, OREA will be working with Minister Bill Walker and his team to address the issue for the long-term as part of the Province’s updates to REBBA.

This is another great example of what a united and strong REALTOR® voice can do to protect its members from unnecessary red tape and costs.

Read OREA’s Statement

Read the RECO bulletin

Read the TICO bulletin

 

 

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A Message From Your RAHB President

At a meeting of the Board of Directors on April 15, 2019, the resignation of Past-President Jack Loft was accepted. We thank Jack for his years of service to RAHB as a President, Director, and as a member and Chair of various committees.

In accordance with RAHB Bylaw 3.03, the Board of Directors has appointed Lou Piriano to fill the existing Director and Immediate Past-President vacancy on the Board until December 31, 2019.

In accordance with RAHB Bylaw 10.01, on March 25, 2019, the Board of Directors appointed Kathy Della-Nebbia to fill the vacant President-Elect position. Below is a complete list of your 2019 RAHB Board of Directors:

President – Bob Van de Vrande of Apex Results Realty Inc
President-Elect – Kathy Della-Nebbia of Royal LePage State Realty
Immediate Past-President – Lou Piriano of L. Piriano Real Estate Brokerage
Donna Bacher of PureRealty
Hank Balfoort of Right At Home Realty
Jacqueline Norton of Realty Network: 100 Inc.
Stephanie Pinet of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.
Andrew Robertson of Keller Williams Complete Realty
Julie Sergi of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services
Brian Shaw of Royal LePage State Realty
Nicolas von Bredow of Royal LePage Macro Realty

Your Board of Directors certainly understands there may be questions regarding recent changes with respect to the Board and CEO, and some have suggested we hold a meeting of the membership. We respectfully request your understanding of the fact that more detailed information cannot be provided at this time as it concerns a personnel matter, which involves both privacy laws and legal implications. The same constraints would exist at a membership meeting and, apart from the significant cost of holding such a meeting, we would still be unable to present more detailed information regarding the CEO.

Your Board of Directors very much appreciates the calls and messages of support we have received to-date, as well as the trust and confidence many of you have conveyed. We have received similar support from other Boards and Associations. RAHB staff and the Board of Directors are working tirelessly to ensure that day-to-day operations, pending projects, future projects and protection of the Association are being handled in a timely manner.

RAHB has a robust and detailed Succession Plan for hiring a CEO that was put into motion by the Board of Directors and RAHB staff. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the hiring consultant was approved today, and last week you received an e-mail invitation to participate on the Selection Committee. Please click the below button for this invitation. We will keep you up-to-date as progress continues on the selection process.

RAHB CEO Selection Committee Information

In terms of day-to-day operations, we have every confidence in our excellent staff who will continue to keep the Association running and meeting your needs on a daily basis. We are truly fortunate to have such amazing staff who understand and respect their roles and the requirements of our members.

Please be assured that, as reported at our recent AGM, your Board remains committed to maintaining and further enhancing data-sharing agreements for the benefit of our members. This work is also well underway and we look forward to reporting further news to you soon.

The Board of Directors and staff of RAHB continue to work on behalf of the Association in order to “Empower REALTORS® to Succeed”.

Bob Van de Vrande, B.Comm., M.B.A., B.Ed.
2019 RAHB President
REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington

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