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President Jack Loft on the Road!

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.



Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined the association between April 4 and April 24, 2018!

Stephanie Lu
Bay Street Group Inc.

Victor Rosettani
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Maria Galerakis
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Oz Ferreira
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Kristen Termorshuizen
Royal LePage NRC Realty Inc.

Darren Noble
Royal LePage State Realty

Sarah Chambers
StreetCity Realty Inc.

Cait Rutty
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.

Assistance for Landlords

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!

 

Professional Development: REBBA 2002 Code of Ethics

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 angelam@rahb.ca

 

Where Do You Find Zoning Information?

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!

2018 RAHB Charity Golf Tournament!

Tee it high and let it fly! Register now for RAHB’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

When:
Friday, June 8, 2018
10:30 a.m. Registration
11 a.m. Lunch
12 noon Shotgun start

Where:
Copetown Woods Golf Club
1430 Concession 2 Rd. W.
Copetown, ON LOR 1JO

Cost:
$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 sheilas@rahb.ca

RAHB Board of Directors Update – April 19, 2018

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!

Changes to RAHB Photographer Billings and Services

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 photos@realservices.ca. 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 support@rahb.ca.

National Volunteer Week – a Special Thank You!

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!

On the Road Again!

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!

 

Changes to MLS® Policies

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
Sales
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)”.
 AMENDED
Sales
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.
DELETED
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.
AMENDED
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.the original
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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. 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.
Miscellaneous #22
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.
DELETED
Miscellaneous #22
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.


 


OREA’s Action Plan for Cannabis Legalization

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.

Pier 8 Waterfront Development – Check Out the Proposals!

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:

                Date/Time                            Location
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.

 

Lunch with the President

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 president@rahb.ca.

Realty Shoppe

Check out these great Realty Shoppe features!

Put your stamp on it!
Bring attention to important messages you would like your customers to see!
Self-inking stamps: Stamp size 2.75” x 1”; imprint size 5/8”; Red ink (re-inkable); 100,000 imprints

Door hangers:
4” w X 8” h, printed on sturdy plastic to weather the elements

Reversible door hangers:

Pets inside: 

Buying/selling closing pouches:
Available in white vinyl with blue lettering or blue vinyl with gold lettering; holds legal size papers
Clear business card holder

 

Monday to Friday8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
T: 905.529.5979  F: 905.529.7109
* All applicable taxes are extra. Prices subject to change.

Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined the association between February 28 and April 3, 2018!

Patricia Masters
Jonathan Reid
Bridgecan Realty Corp.

Evan Okopny
Coldwell Banker-Burnhill Realty

Aparna Kumta
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals

Kathryn Stenhouse
Com/Choice Realty

Marilee Fehr
ComFree Commonsense Network

Adam Landucci
Thong Nguyen
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Anna Sophia Jodhi
Sukhi Kohli
Michael McQuinn
Sarah Murray
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Frank Battista
Nick Fernandez
Joshua Fleming
Kristy Kelly
Morgan LeBlanc
Emilio Librobuono
Suzanne MacGillivray
Mike Muzzin
Michael Ricci
Dawn Louise Simpson
Tracy Tran
Donna Young
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Irena Tunjic
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Donna Ross
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Benjamin Dobrocky
PC275 Realty Inc.

Bharty Bhalla
Chris Cipriani
Sandra Giavedoni
David Hildebrand
Josh Reagan
Brendan Spencer
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Evan Boyle
Frank Ilia
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Allan Fry
Melissa Grego
Siddharth Jaishankar
Thomas Keaney
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Mike Andre
Robert Baker
Diana Cassar
Sinead Robinson
Chris Spiridoulias
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Slavica Mutnjakovic
Search Realty Corp.

Dianne Usher
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Mariah Parker
Sutton Group Innovative Realty Inc.

Lost and Found – RAHB AGM

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.

How valuable is REALTOR.ca?

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!

Read the entire 2017 REALTOR.ca Insights Report here!  (Note: This information was sent to all members in the March issue of CREA’s NEWS2Me newsletter.)

 

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