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ShowingTime is Coming to RAHB Matrix!

We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 ShowingTime will be available in the RAHB Matrix system!

What is ShowingTime?

ShowingTime is an industry-leading showing request system that will allow REALTORS® to directly schedule a property showing when they are logged in to the RAHB Matrix system. ShowingTime will simplify the showing request and confirmation process, so both listing and Co-operating REALTORS® can work more efficiently.

What are the Benefits of ShowingTime?

For listing salespeople/brokers:

  • Generate property showing requests 24/7
  • Eliminate repetitive calls regarding property availability
  • Automatically notify your sellers about upcoming showings and feedback from those showings

For members showing listings:

  • Point and click/tap to request a showing 24/7
  • Control your showing schedule
  • Review showing instructions beforehand
  • Communicate more efficiently with listings brokers
  • Work on the go with the ShowingTime mobile app (download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store)

Where Can I Learn How to Use ShowingTime?

Registration is now open for ShowingTime Training Webinars! We have three FREE half-hour webinars scheduled for the following dates:

Tuesday, March 6 (10 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 7 (11 a.m.)

Thursday, March 8 (2 p.m.)

[Click here to register]

If you can’t make the scheduled training sessions, a webinar recording will be circulated at a later date for your convenience. Watch for more information about Showing Time in the coming weeks – check NewsReal and Matrix News & Alerts for updates!

Ontario Introduces New Standard Lease

Ontario Standard LeasesOntario is introducing a new, simple standard lease that will be mandatory for private residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018, including tenancies in single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums and secondary units (such as basement apartments).

Click here to read the full release.

 

Lunch with the President

RAHB President Jack Loft had his fourth member lunch with Doug Tunis (Royal LePage State Realty). Jack reports that Doug came prepared and had many good ideas regarding professionalism in the real estate industry. For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, email your name to president@rahb.ca.

RAHB Update – February 8, 2018

Did you know you will be voting on changes to the RAHB Bylaw at the Annual General Meeting Wednesday, March 28, 2018? To learn more about the changes and why they are important, watch this video update from RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill. Stay tuned for more updates from Jack and George – they will keep you informed!

New Matrix Report – Client View (Private Setting)

Client Full Private Setting

You asked and we answered!

RAHB members enquired about creating a Client Full Report that did not include the Listing Brokerage for the use of private one-on-one market evaluations. After consultations with RECO, we are happy to announce that you can now find this report in Matrix under [NEW] Client Full (Private Setting). However, before you start using this report, we caution you to fully understand its limitations:

You cannot use this report for advertising purposes

In order to comply with REBBA 2002 Advertising Guidelines, the [NEW] Client Full (Private Setting) Report cannot be used for advertising purposes. This includes open houses or any market evaluations and related information that are openly offered to the public by whatever means.

You may use this report for private evaluations

If you are meeting with a prospective client one-on-one in a private setting, you may use the [NEW] Client Full (Private Setting) Report as a consultation tool. RECO does not consider market evaluations offered to prospective clients in a private one-on-one setting to be advertising. Therefore, market advice offered in this limited context is acceptable. However, you must exercise caution when creating informational market evaluation reports to ensure all the information is true, clear, accurate and reliable. Further, you must be cautious about sharing any form of personal information that may be contained in MLS® data.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the [NEW] Client Full (Private Setting) Report please contact our MLS® Department at (905)-667-4650 or mls@rahb.ca.

Provincial Budget Update from the RAHB Government Relations Committee

RAHB was invited to the Province’s pre-budget consultations on Monday, January 29, 2018.

Government Relations Committee Vice-Chair Margaret Reid represented RAHB, and made seven recommendations to benefit home buyers, the real estate market and REALTORS®:

1. Increase the first-time home buyer’s Land Transfer Tax Rebate to $6,000 to increase affordability for first-time buyers.

2. Replace the proposed mandatory home energy audits with a plan for voluntary, targeted retrofits.

3. Institute a first-time buyer down payment assistance program to help young people buying their first homes.

4. Provide a land transfer tax rebate as an incentive to seniors to “right-size” into a smaller housing unit to open up larger, family-sized homes for young families and first-time buyers.

5. Remove red tape and government policies that delay construction of new housing stock to encourage more home-building.

6. Permit REALTORS® to incorporate their businesses through a personal real estate corporation (Note: a bill is now awaiting public hearings).

7. Continue the review of REBBA 2002 so the Act can be updated to reflect the modern real estate market and to bring a higher standard of professionalism to the real estate industry.

 

GR RAHB Provincial Budget

Third Lunch with the President

RAHB President Jack Loft had lunch with Afsaneh Mahboubi (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.) at the Bread Bar on Locke Street. Jack reports that Afsaneh stressed how important it is that the Board keep members informed about the work it does, and encouraged members to get involved so they understand the efforts being made on their behalf. She also encouraged other members to attend RAHB general meetings.

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, email your name to president@rahb.ca.

Kijiji is Joining the REALTOR.ca DDF® Network

Kijiji

This February, CREA will welcome Kijiji, the popular online classifieds site, to REALTOR.ca’s Data Distribution Facility (DDF®) network of real estate advertising websites.

If your brokerage has opted in to take advantage of the REALTOR.ca DDF® real estate advertising websites, you can soon have the ability to send your MLS® listing content to Kijiji at the same time as REALTOR.ca and all of the other 11 approved real estate advertising websites.

Additionally, you will be able to measure traffic to your listing content on your selected real estate advertising websites, including Kijiji, via your existing workspace on member.REALTOR.ca.

Want to learn more? Visit the DDF® How-to Guide on REALTOR Link®.

Save the Date: RAHB AGM Featuring David Chilton!

Join us for our Annual General Meeting featuring former Dragon of CBC TV’s  “Dragons Den” and bestselling author of “The Wealthy Barber” David Chilton! Watch for more details as we get closer to the date!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WHERE: Michelangelo Events Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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What’s New at the Realty Shoppe

Metal Sign Frames

Have you seen the new metal sign frames at the Realty Shoppe? They are Colonial “L” style (2 pieces), black in colour, and measure 25” w x 72” h (11” shank w/stabilizer bar). These metal frames are perfect for hanging 24-inch wide signs! Only $36.75 each at the Realty Shoppe. Contact Wanda at realtyshoppe@rahb.ca to order yours today!

Realty Shoppe Metal Sign Frame

 

Member Appreciation Day:  Congratulations to Our Two Winners!

  • Joan Ulrich (Heritage Realty Inc.) won a gift basket valued at $50 (photo below)
  • Barbara Brandow (Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc.) won a Master Lock dial lock box valued at $40

Light refreshments and giveaways were enjoyed by all who dropped by the Realty Shoppe on January 15, 2018 to join in the celebration.

Realty Shoppe Gift Basket Winner

RECO Call for Nominations

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has issued a call for nominations for the RECO Board of Directors. RECO is looking for candidates who are passionate about the profession and how it is regulated, with a commitment to consumer protection.

This year, three Industry Directors will be elected to serve on RECO’s Board of Directors until May 2021, one for each region.

Who should run for RECO’s Board of Directors?

RECO is seeking candidates who possess the skills, experience and expertise necessary to perform the Board’s strategic leadership and oversight responsibilities. In order to accomplish this work, Directors are expected to use their best efforts to help RECO achieve its goals and fulfill its mandate. That means being informed about key issues, participating in key discussions, and showing commitment to the Director role.

What should you expect as a Director?

The Board of Directors meets approximately six times a year. In addition to Board meetings, Directors normally chair or serve as a member of at least two committees, and may be asked to attend conferences and other events as a representative of RECO. A potential Director should take these time commitments into consideration.

How do you submit your nomination?

Visit http://www.reco.on.ca/about/2018-election/ for all the forms and information you need to submit your nomination.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2 p.m.

RECO 2018 Nominations

Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation 2018 Spirit Award

Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Logo

That’s the Spirit! The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation is inviting nominations for their 2018 Spirit Award!

The Spirit Award goes to individuals, organizations and/or real estate associations who have gone that extra mile in representing leadership, volunteerism and support of their community by promoting the REALTORS Care® Foundation. If you know someone who fits that description, nominate them for the award!

Find complete information about the Spirit Award and a link to the nomination form at https://realtorscareontario.ca/spirit-award.

Please note:  The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018.

 

RAHB Welcomes Our Newest Members!

RAHB News Members

Welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our Association between

January 1, 2018-January 29, 2018:

 

Valerie Peebles
Engel & Volkers Toronto Central

 

Perry Staikopolous
Tessa Bear
Jenny MacInnes
IPRO Realty Ltd.

 

Griffith Jones
Aida Boutine
Michelle Goddard
Keller Williams Edge Realty

 

Chris Chartier
Rachel Malik
Kingsway Real Estate Inc.

 

Peter Hunter
Stan Kruchka
Realty Network: 100 Inc.

 

Vincent Guagliano
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

 

Mourad Atta Alla
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

 

Qing Yao
Camila Silvestre
Svetlana Chepushtanova
Right At Home Realty Inc.

 

Jay Shaw
Rock Star Real Estate Inc.

 

Ruby Gill
Kim McGinley
Jessica Coles
Victoria Barnes
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

 

Lucy Hall
Maysoon Khoshaba
Royal LePage State Realty

 

Maureen O’Neill
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

 

Michelle Pitt
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.

Second Lunch with the President

RAHB President Jack Loft had lunch with Greg de Denus of City Brokerage. Greg told Jack he is concerned about professionalism in our industry, and area listings not on RAHB’s MLS® System. Greg is looking forward to more professional development opportunities related to compliance and social media.

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, email your name to president@rahb.ca.

Lunch with the RAHB President 2

Have You Tried the “Fill from GeoWarehouse” Option?

Have you tried the Fill from GeoWarehouse option when entering a new listing?

When you begin to input a listing, use the Fill from GeoWarehouse option to have the following information automatically placed into your listing:

  • Assessment roll number
  • PIN number
  • Address
  • Legal description
  • Seller name

It’s easy to use!

1. Start by clicking the Fill from GeoWarehouse button.

Fill from Geowarehouse 1

2. Then enter either the PIN number or the address (as shown below) and click the Search button.

Fill from Geowarehouse 2

3. From the results, click on Fill next to the correct record(s).

Fill from Geowarehouse 3

4. The information for Assessment roll number, PIN number, address, legal description and the seller(s) information have been auto-populated for you. Now you may continue to enter the rest of your listing information.

 

If you have any questions about the upgrade to Matrix 7.1, please feel free to contact the MLS® Department at 905.667.4650 or mls@rahb.ca.

 

Matrix Upgrades January 30, 2018

RAHB’s Matrix system was upgraded to version 7.1 on January 30, 2018. Listed below are the functionalities that have been added or corrected with this upgrade.

 

New Features

Listing Input: Continue Editing Button

The Matrix 7.1 upgrade has added the ability to immediately edit a listing after it has been saved as incomplete.  Previously, one would need to access incomplete listings from “My Listings” in order to edit them. This will save some time as it allows you to immediately go back into your listing to add additional information or make corrections.

Matrix Upgrades January 30 2018

 

Bug Fixes

Photo Reordering in Chrome or Safari

Users accessing Matrix via Google Chrome or Safari internet browsers were experiencing problems reordering photos if the listing had more than 20 pictures. The upgrade to Matrix 7.1 has corrected this problem.

Google Street View

When a user would click on “Google Street View” from the listing map, a black screen would appear. Google Street View would only appear when the user clicked on one of the navigation arrows. With the upgrade to Matrix 7.1, Google Street View now opens as expected.

If you have any questions about the upgrade to Matrix 7.1, please feel free to contact the MLS® Department at 905.667.4650 or mls@rahb.ca.

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