RAHB’s Latest Updates
RAHB President Jack Loft was at the Royal LePage Marco Realty, Brokerage on Wednesday, April 18 to provide an update from the RAHB Board of Directors, discuss the CREA AGM that took place in Ottawa this past month, as well as answer questions and facilitate a discussion regarding professionalism, communication and several other important topics relating to real estate today.
We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined the association between April 4 and April 24, 2018!
Bay Street Group Inc.
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.
Keller Williams Edge Realty
Right At Home Realty Inc.
Royal LePage NRC Realty Inc.
Royal LePage State Realty
StreetCity Realty Inc.
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.
Do you know a landlord who is experiencing tenancy issues?
The Hamilton Housing Help Centre, generally known for offering assistance to people looking for affordable or assisted rental accommodation, also provides assistance to landlords and housing providers. The help centre offers education and guidance on legislated standards and landlord rights and responsibilities, and can help landlords access support services.
Click here to learn more about Hamilton Housing Help Centre!
Do you want to stay informed, and be in compliance with REBBA 2002 Code of Ethics?
Join us on Monday, April 30 for a two hour presentation with Hugh Foy, who will cover the following topics:
- “Coming Soon” signs
- Interference of contracts
- Handling pre-emptive offers
- Multiple offers, and offers received by a Listing Brokerage
- REBBA 2002 Code of Ethics
Cost: $30 +HST
Register today by emailing Angela McArthur at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know where you can find zoning information for all municipalities within the RAHB market area as well as for the surrounding areas covered by the regional group?
The answer: in Matrix!
Just click on the Links tab, and when you see the list of System Links, scroll down to Zoning. It’s that simple! Click on a link and you will go straight to the zoning information or, in the case of Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville and Niagara Falls, you can choose to use the interactive zoning maps or read the zoning bylaw.
While you are scrolling down the list of links, why not check out what other information you can link to in Matrix: RAHB sites, tax information for various municipalities, CREA sites, OREA sites and other resources.
Check out what you can find under the Links tab today!
P.S. You will also find links to the Hamilton and Burlington interactive zoning maps through buttons on your dashboard at my.rahb.ca!
2018 RAHB Charity Golf Tournament!
Tee it high and let it fly! Register now for RAHB’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament!
Friday, June 8, 2018
10:30 a.m. Registration
11 a.m. Lunch
12 noon Shotgun start
Copetown Woods Golf Club
1430 Concession 2 Rd. W.
Copetown, ON LOR 1JO
$175 +HST per player
Includes golf cart, lunch, dinner, contests and more!
Register: Click here!
Info: Contact Sheila Sferrazza at 905.529.8101 X234 or email@example.com
RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill provide an update on the Board meeting today (April 19, 2018). They cover the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Three-Way Agreement that was voted on at the AGM, and the Affinity Program for RAHB Members — stay tuned for more updates on benefits you could receive!
As of May 1, 2018, RAHB’s photographer, REAL Services, is changing its delivery platform. This will result in the following changes for members requesting photos through Matrix:
- As of May 1, 2018, members will no longer be billed through their RAHB account for photos and virtual tours produced by REAL Services. Invoices will be issued by REAL Services directly to members.
- Between May 1 and May 31, REAL Services will continue to take front and back photos requested through Matrix. REAL Services will send invoices directly to members during this time.
- After May 31, the option to request photographs through Matrix will be discontinued – the Photographer’s Instructions field will no longer be available.
- After May 31, all photography and virtual tours will need to be arranged with and paid for by members directly with service providers.
Please note that REAL Services will still be available as a photography/virtual tour service – please contact them at 905.319.9399 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other real estate photo and virtual tour services are available in our area; a Google search for “real estate photo services (city/town) Ontario” yields a sizable number of service providers.
If you have any questions about this change in photography service, please contact our MLS® Department at 905.667.4650 or email@example.com.
Thank you to all RAHB volunteers!
It’s National Volunteer Week, and RAHB would like to say a big “thank you!” to all members who volunteer with the Association. We appreciate our volunteer committee and task force members who offer their time, talents and expertise for the benefit of all members.
Do you volunteer in your community or for other causes? A big “thank you!” to you, too! REALTORS® are known for their volunteerism, and supporting your community speaks volumes about how much you care.
Do you have volunteers who help you in your business or other endeavours? Be sure to thank them for their efforts – let them know you appreciate the work they do for you.
Happy National Volunteer Week!
RAHB is coming your way with Community Open Forums in June, 2018!
Caledonia – Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Grace United Church (174 Caithness St. East)
Grimsby – Friday, June 15, 2018
Trinity United Church (100 Main Street West)
Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Grace United Church (301 Broad St. East)
For all open forums: registration and continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; opening remarks at 10:00 a.m.
Watch for more details coming soon!
The Board of Directors recently approved changes to various sections of the MLS® Policies, as noted below.
The second column notes changes made. Sections in bold indicate amended or added wording; sections struck through with a line (e.g.
struck through) indicate the section was deleted.
The full, updated set of MLS® Policies can be found under External Links in Matrix and on REALTOR Link®, under the MLS® tab.
|Former Policy Wording||Amended/Deleted Policy|
1. When broker loading any sales where the selling salesperson is a non-board broker, members will be required under Selling Salesperson field to enter “NONMEM” on on the comment line (“SOLD BY NAME OF SELLING SALESPERSON) – (NAME OF SELLING BROKERAGE)”.
1. When broker loading any sales where the selling salesperson is a non‐board broker, members will be required under Coop Representative 1 MLS® ID field to enter “NONMEM” and under the NONMEM Info tab enter the name of the Coop Representative and Brokerage name in the spaces provided.
|MLS® MARKETING OPTIONS
2. The Listing Salesperson will be required to determine which property type is to be considered the “primary” type. The primary listing will be the property type calculated in the Listing & Sales stats program.
|3. If the listing salesperson presently has a listing on the system: it is their PRIMARY
LISTING and any additional property types can be added as SECONDARY LISTINGS by submitting the Property Information Forms only for those listings affected.
3. If the listing salesperson presently has a listing on the system,
listing MLS® number and the MLS® numbers of any additional listings must be entered in the “AlternateMLSNumber” field of each listing.
|4. If the listing salesperson is processing a new listing on the system: he/she simply decides at the time of signing, which property type their wish to be your PRIMARY LISTING by completing the Property Information Form for that property type along with an Agreement Form. At the same time, up to 3 other property types can be submitted as SECONDARY LISTINGS by completing ONLY the Property Information Form for the property types they feel appropriate to market the property.||DELETED
|5. The Listing Salesperson will also complete the Property Information Form for each of the additional property types they would like to have appear on the system, which will be the secondary listings. It is imperative that the relevant information be identical; for example, listing date, list price, address, lot size, legal description, city/town, Seller name(s), expiry date, Listing Brokerage(s), Listing salesperson(s), selling commission and Agreement Change.||AMENDED
5. The Listing Salesperson will also complete the Property Information Form for each of the additional property types they would like to have appear on the system
|6. If the relevant information is not identical, the primary listing will be processed and the secondary listings that are not identical will be returned unprocessed. If there are discrepancies in any other fields (not mentioned in #5 above), they will be input as received.||DELETED
|12. When you send the group of listings to be processed, you will already have determined which will be primary and which will be secondary by the forms you use. These primary and secondary designations may not be changed, either with Amendment to Listing Agreement or at time of reporting the sale.||DELETED
|13. When the property sells, the sale will be reported to the Association, using the “primary” listing MLS® number and that property type will be the listing used for the statistics. Each of the other MLS® numbers will appear in the sold database under their specific property type, but will not be recorded in the statistics.||AMENDED
13. When the property sells, only one of the listings shall be reported Sold and all additionally marketed listings shall be reported Cancelled.
This policy was originally created by the Joint MLS® Committee. The committee was formed to deal with issues that may arise within the shared MLS® system between RAHB, the Niagara Association of REALTORS®, the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association and the Simcoe Real Estate Board or more commonly known as “STARRS” for (Shared Technology and Regional REALTOR® Services). The Fusion MLS® system has now been retired and the STARRS group disbanded nearly two years ago when the other associations cut over to the Regional Matrix system making it unnecessary for this committee or rule to exist.
What harm can a plant or two – or four – do?
If the plant is marijuana and it is being grown indoors, as will likely be allowed by pending federal legislation, the answer may be “plenty”. Growing marijuana indoors can lead to the growth of mold and fungus, which can pose serious health risks for anyone living in the property. These effects are not limited to massive grow ops; with the suggested maximum of four plants, the light and heat from the lamps needed by the plants can cause dangerous levels of mold and fungus.
This is a serious issue for REALTORS® who will be called on to list or sell properties which may be damaged by marijuana grown either legally (once legislation is approved) or illegally.
The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) developed a five-point Action Plan for Cannabis Legalization for the Province to consider as it decides how to manage legalized marijuana. The recommendations in the plan focus on the effects of indoor marijuana plants on homes, home owners and home buyers, and includes proposals for dealing with illegal grow operations as well as legal plants. OREA unveiled their plan at a press conference at Queen’s Park on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Please visit www.ProtectOntarioHomes.ca to learn all about OREA’s Action Plan for Cannabis Legalization, the issues with growing marijuana indoors, and how you can support OREA’s plan by writing to your MPP.
Click here to watch OREA’s announcement at Queen’s Park on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Want to see what’s being proposed for Hamilton’s Pier 8? Concepts from each of the four finalists will be on display for the public the following dates and times:
|Saturday, April 7: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(City staff present for entire session)
|Williams Fresh Cafe at Pier 7 (Upper Level)|
|Sunday, April 8: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(City staff present for entire session)
|Lime Ridge Mall, Level 2 Centre Court|
|Monday, April 9: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
(City staff present 5 – 7 p.m. only)
|Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch|
|Wednesday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
(City staff present on Friday only, from 6 – 9 p.m.)
|Evergreen Community Storefront, 294 James St. N.|
|Saturday, April 14: 12 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 15: 12 – 5 p.m.
(Not staffed; static display only)
|Art Gallery of Hamilton, Second Floor, Fischer Gallery|
|Monday, April 16: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, April 17: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Not staffed; static display only)
|Hamilton City Hall, Main Lobby – First Floor|
For more information, background details and to view the visuals, videos and take the short survey, please go to: www.hamilton.ca/westharbour
You can view the presentation panels at the public viewings noted above. Videos will only be viewable online.
RAHB President Jack Loft enjoyed a member lunch with Roz Niewland (Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.). Roz is a fascinating woman who has an M.A. in Education, is an accomplished artist and has a passion for people and serving her clients. Roz and Jack also have something in common – they are both retired police officers. Roz introduced Jack to a great family restaurant in the north end – the Harbour Diner.
For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,099 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March, 38.6 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 18 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month. Please click here to read the complete report.
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We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined the association between February 28 and April 3, 2018!
Bridgecan Realty Corp.
Coldwell Banker-Burnhill Realty
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals
ComFree Commonsense Network
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.
Anna Sophia Jodhi
Keller Williams Edge Realty
Dawn Louise Simpson
Keller Williams Complete Realty
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.
One Percent Realty Ltd.
PC275 Realty Inc.
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.
Right At Home Realty Inc.
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services
Search Realty Corp.
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Sutton Group Innovative Realty Inc.
Did you attend the RAHB Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at Michelangelo Event and Conference Centre and leave a small bag of groceries under your chair?
You can claim your bag (and contents) at the RAHB office. Contact the receptionist at 905.529.8101 or drop in and visit the reception area.
CREA recently released its 2017 REALTOR.ca Insights Report, which provides valuable market trends, consumer statistics, and information you can share with your clients about the value of using a REALTOR® and REALTOR.ca.
Here are some highlights from the report about Canada’s Number One real estate website!
- 6 million leads were sent to REALTORS® (through Email REALTOR®, Email Office and Phone a REALTOR® buttons)
- There was an average of 300,000 listings on REALTOR.ca at any given time
- There were 264 million visits to REALTOR.ca – 15 per cent more visits than last year!
- REALTOR® profiles were viewed over 6.1 million times
- There were 965 million views of property listings – up 64 per cent from last year!