Keeping RAHB Members Informed

RAHB’s Latest Updates

FYI – Matrix Listings Flow Interruption October 1, 2017

In order to facilitate data sharing between RAHB and ORTIS, there will be a brief period where no data will flow from the RAHB Matrix System to the regional Matrix system. Any new listings (or changes to existing listings) entered after 6:00 p.m. on October 1, 2017 will not be reflected in the regional Matrix system until 12:00 p.m. on October 3, 2017.  

During this time, it is recommended that you use both the RAHB Matrix system and Regional Matrix system for all of your searches. This will ensure that you are seeing the most up-to-date RAHB listings, while continuing to see listings from the regional boards/associations.

RAHB apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. This procedure is necessary to allow Corelogic to implement data sharing in time for our Matrix cutover on October 17, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact the RAHB MLS® Department at  (905)-667-4650 or mls@rahb.ca.

What you Need to Know before the RAHB Matrix Cutover

Dear RAHB Members,

I am pleased to announce a firm date for the final cutover to RAHB’s Matrix MLS® System – Tuesday, October 17, 2017!

This means that at noon on October 17, 2017, you will have access to all RAHB and regional MLS® listings (both actives and solds) in one system – RAHB’s Matrix system. Since you will no longer need to login to the regional system after that date, regional accounts will then be disabled and Fusion will be retired.

Here are a few things you need to know leading up to the cutover:

  • In order to facilitate data sharing between RAHB and ORTIS, there will be a brief period where no data will flow from the RAHB Matrix System to the regional Matrix system. Any new listings (or changes to existing listings) entered after 6:00 p.m. on October 1, 2017 will not be reflected in the regional Matrix system until 12:00 p.m. on October 3, 2017. During this time, it is recommended that you use both the RAHB Matrix system and Regional Matrix system for all of your searches. This will ensure that you are seeing the most up-to-date RAHB listings, while continuing to see listings from the regional boards/associations.
  • As of Tuesday, October 32017 you will see regional data in the RAHB Matrix MLS® System. The data will be live and updated every 15 minutes. Make sure your auto emails are up-to-date and turned on in the RAHB Matrix system and turned off in Fusion and the regional Matrix system after October 3, 2017. You can access the RAHB Matrix system on your single sign-on dashboard at my.rahb.ca.
  • There will be one final pull of saved searches and auto-emails from both Fusion and the regional Matrix system into the RAHB Matrix system the week before the October 17 cutover. After the final pull, you must maintain your searches in the RAHB Matrix system. If you modify your searches in Fusion or the regional Matrix system after the final pull, those modifications will not carry over to the RAHB Matrix system.  We will announce that specific pull date as we get closer to cutover.
  • There will be a period from 4 p.m.on Monday, October 16 to Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at noon when you will not be able to enter or modify listings in either Fusion or the RAHB Matrix system. Both systems will be available in read-only mode, which means you will only be able to conduct searches. Any listings that are not broker loaded prior to 4 p.m.on Monday October 16 must be completed using the new RAHB listing forms (click for tutorial) which will be available in an online PDF and at the Realty Shoppe on September 27, 2017.
  • Once we have officially cutover on Tuesday October 17, 2017 you will load and edit your listings and perform new searches within the RAHB Matrix system.

What can you do now to prepare?

• Update your custom marketing materials (saved views, shortcuts, headers, footers, personal logos, etc.) in the RAHB Matrix system. You can learn how to do this on our Basic Matrix video tutorials posted on rahb.ca/matrix.

• Practice broker loading on the RAHB Matrix Broker Load test site. This will allow you to become acquainted with the Matrix Input function in a practice environment before you have to use it to enter live data this fall. Learn how.

• Start creating stats chart in RAHB Matrix. Once we cutover, RAHB’s Statistical Information Management (SIM) program will be retired. As such, you will need to generate all of your real estate stats within the RAHB Matrix system. Follow this tutorial for all of the details. 

• Free Matrix training courses are available at the RAHB office. Check out dates and times on our events calendar, and register soon – courses fill up quickly!

• Watch your inbox for our weekly newsletter, NewsReal, for the latest Matrix updates.


If you have any questions about the RAHB Matrix system or the final cutover, please visit rahb.ca/matrix or call the MLS® department at 905.667.4650 – our staff are ready to help you Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for being a RAHB member.


Eric Meek
RAHB Project Manager
905.529.8101 ex. 241

Musings from RAHB CEO George O’Neill

At RAHB we strive to continuously improve everything we do, focused on the three core competency areas of our association:

  1. managing an efficient real estate marketplace;
  2. providing effective local advocacy; and,
  3. offering the best professional development opportunities for our members.

You may remember that in May of this year, in this column, I talked about how RAHB contributes to the efficient real estate marketplace in Hamilton, Burlington and our outlying areas. The three pieces that work together to provide an efficient marketplace are the MLS® System itself, the rules and regulations for ensuring the system is fair for all, and the discipline process that is invoked if a member works outside the rules.

A data sharing agreement has been achieved with the seven regional boards and associations around RAHB, and our new Matrix 7.0 MLS® System will be rolled out later this fall. The new MLS® System will enhance how you work in the marketplace and will improve what you can offer your clients. As for the other two pieces of our market – rules and discipline – there are indications that change is coming from outside our association.

There is a move by the provincial government to overhaul REBBA 2002. If that occurs, it may change the rules you currently work under and may possibly change the discipline process as well. RAHB may need to re-visit our rules and processes to accommodate whatever adjustments are made by the government, and manage how those changes affect the marketplace.

OREA is taking the lead in discussions with the government and in recommending measures to strengthen the real estate licensing legislation while taking into account how REALTORS® work in their respective marketplaces.

Local advocacy and government relations have been an important part of RAHB’s place in the community and our service to you. We will be placing greater emphasis on those two roles and looking to place RAHB more firmly as a voice for the real estate community and home ownership. We intend to forge stronger relationships with municipal elected officials and representatives, and continue working closely with OREA and CREA to develop those same kinds of relationships with provincial and federal representatives from our market area.

As you will read later in this newsletter, this is the last issue of Realinfo in both print and digital versions. We are putting aside the monthly format to bring you RAHB and industry news in a more timely, weekly manner.

Earlier this summer, we initiated weekly emails under the name of NewsReal. So far, NewsReal has covered updates on Matrix, some general news and reminders of upcoming events. Starting in mid-September, NewsReal will also include RAHB and industry news, plus the features such as Realty Shoppe specials, Ethics Corner, new members, Professional Development and more that you’ve come to expect in Realinfo. Going forward, NewsReal will be your weekly newsletter.

We have taken this step for several reasons. First of all, we want to be able to provide you with information about issues of importance to you when the information is still current, but without filling your inbox with additional emails from RAHB. Once-a-week communications will have us in touch with you regularly but not too often.

We are also concerned about conservation – conservation of paper and staff resources. Printed copies of Realinfo were historically circulated to all member offices, yet recently only a few members indicated an interest in continuing to receive a paper copy.

I’m excited we can be in touch more regularly, and you can be kept more up to date on RAHB news.

Last but certainly not least… I would like to encourage you to attend one or more of the four community open forums coming up in September. Your Member Engagement Committee has planned informative meetings in Burlington, Caledonia, Dunnville and Grimsby – come out and hear officials from the respective Planning Departments. Also on the agenda will be opportunities for open discussion – bring your questions and be ready to talk about the hot topics on your mind. I look forward to seeing you there. If you can’t attend, the Burlington meeting will be live streamed via Facebook Live. You must belong to RAHB’s Members-only Facebook group to see the feed, so join today!

Best regards,

George O’Neill

RAHB welcomes new members!

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington extends a warm welcome to its newest members from July22 to August 23, 2017!


Joshua Fennell
Patti Lowes
Apex Results Realty Inc.

Rebecca Keddy
Century 21 Dreams Inc.

Laila Andersen
Riaz Baig
Michael Johnson
Brian Medeiros
Muily Quanh
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Mina Hanna
Christine Mangubat
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Filip Hajduk
Kingsway Real Estate

Donato Cascioli
Robert Kronas Real Estate

Graham Durrant
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Tahmid Ahmed
Korey Meadows
Joanna Strano
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Sabrina Farrauto
Right At Home Realty Inc.


Thank You to Our Sponsor:

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Have you moved recently?

When you move it is important that your new address is updated with RAHB.

Why? Members have experienced issues when they use their credit card to pay their RAHB account. The address on their account (which comes from their membership records) does not match the address the credit card company has on file, and so their payment is declined.

To avoid this happening to you, please ensure that your address is up to date with RAHB. You can contact one of our corporate services staff, or log in to your Single Sign On (SSO) dashboard at my.rahb.ca, click on “Education/Account Services”, then click on View/Update Personal Information and update your own information.

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Professional Development for REALTORS®

Register for any Professional Development course or ProDev+ through RAHB Education/Account Services (button on your SSO at my.rahb.ca) or by contacting Angela at angelam@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x233.


Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd.
Lower level room: C – Chambers M – McCullough


Negotiation Strategies for Commercial Leasing – Don Patterson (NEW!)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RAHB Members: $45+HST
Non-Members: $56.25+HST


Master Open House – Amyn Chagan
Monday, October 23, 2017
9 a.m. – Noon
RAHB Members: $79+HST
(if registered by October 16, 2017; Regular $99+HST)
Non-Members: $98.75+HST
(if registered by October 16, 2017; Regular $123.75+HST)


Multiple Offers: The Seller, The Buyer and You! – Bill Johnson
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RAHB Members: $45+HST
Non-Members: $56.25+HST


Shift Your ​Paradigm – Jacquelyn MacKenzie (NEW!)
​​Monday, November 13, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon.
RAHB Members: Free​
Non-Members: $15+HST​


​Best Practices – Everyday Use of Forms – Hugh Foy (NEW!)
​Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
RAHB Members: $30+HST
Non-Members: $37.50+HST


Reminder: RAHB Office Closure
Monday, October 9, 2017 (Thanksgiving Day)

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Special features include:

  • Calendar begins November/17
  • Each page has either a Home Tip/Recipe/Quote and/or memo lines (depending on the calendar)
  • Canadian holidays indicated
  •  A reorder page (for next years’ calendar) for clients to use to contact you
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Say goodbye Realinfo and hello NewsReal!

We are pleased to let you know that all RAHB news will be coming to you in our new weekly email, NewsReal!

You will receive NewsReal by email each Wednesday, and it will include features, updates and the information you would usually find in Realinfo.

Realinfo has served well as our main vehicle for providing information and RAHB news through the years. Over time, however, our communications to you have become more frequent with information that is more time-sensitive, so instead of bombarding you with ever-more emails in addition to Realinfo, we will send a weekly update of what’s new and noteworthy.

NewsReal has already begun, and we hope you find the format easy to read and the contents informative.
Realinfo features such as Realty Shoppe specials, new members, professional development offerings, ethics issues, and so on will continue in NewsReal, so be sure to watch for them.

This is our last issue of Realinfo. Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter so faithfully.

The last word

Don’t want to wait for the weekly issue of NewsReal? Keep up to date on RAHB news by visiting our blog at blog.rahb.ca! All articles from NewsReal (and all past articles from Realinfo) are posted here, so it is the place to go for all the news, past and present.

You can also see the news as it’s posted by subscribing to an RSS feed from the blog. Here’s how:

1. Choose your RSS feed service. If you don’t  know any, you can either search “RSS feed  services”, or try https://www.lifewire.com/top -free-online-rss-readers-3486649 and use one the seven recommended free services.

2. Once you’ve chosen a service, follow the  instructions to set up your account.

3. When you are prompted for the URL of the site you wish to follow, insert blog.rahb.ca/feed.

4. Then sit back and watch for notifications as new articles are published.

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Ethics Corner: Yes, you must cancel that appointment – here’s why

Have you had buyers who, when sitting in front of a listed property, decided they no longer wished to see the home? Or have you been running late with your buyers, so you need to cancel a showing? When that happens, do you contact the listing brokerage to cancel?

Your answer to that should be an emphatic “Yes!”. If your answer was “No”, or you aren’t sure, take a look at what happened in a Professional Standards complaint heard at RAHB. This is an actual case.

A salesperson, “Bob” (not the actual salesperson’s real name), contacted a Listing Brokerage to make an appointment to view their listed property. When Bob and his buyers arrived at the property, the buyers decided they didn’t like the location and didn’t want to even look inside the house, so they moved on to the next house. Bob did not contact the Listing Brokerage or the seller to say they wouldn’t be keeping the appointment.

The sellers were extremely upset, as they had tidied up and taken three young children and two dogs out of the house for the appointed time, and then Bob and his buyers didn’t view the house and didn’t have the courtesy to cancel the appointment. The Sellers told their Listing Salesperson they were disappointed and frustrated, and they thought Bob lacked professionalism because he failed to cancel the appointment.

The Listing Salesperson filed a complaint about Bob with RAHB’s Professional Standards Committee. The complaint was based on RAHB’s MLS® Rules and Regulations, Section 8 – Selling Procedures, Sub-section 8.04 that says:

If a Member is unable to keep an appointment, the Member shall:
i. Where the appointment was made directly with the Listing Brokerage, advise the Listing Brokerage, or if direct contact with the  Listing Brokerage is not possible, advise  the Seller directly, or
ii. Where the appointment was made directly  with the Seller as permitted under these Rules, advise the Seller directly.

After going through the Professional Standards/Discipline process, Bob was ultimately required to pay a fine of $500 and hearing fee costs of $250.

SUMMING UP: you are responsible for notifying the Listing Brokerage or seller if you aren’t keeping an appointment. Not cancelling an appointment is considered unprofessional by consumers and other members alike, it shows a lack of respect of the seller’s time and efforts, and it is a breach of RAHB’s MLS® Rules and Regulations.

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Services Spotlight: RAHB Member Meetings and Events

Have you ever thought about RAHB meetings and events as a service to you?

RAHB membership meetings are held at least twice a year: the Annual General Meeting is held every March and the Annual Election Meeting is held in late November or early December. These are important meetings, where you can learn more about, and have a say in, the business of the Association.

Your Association goes far beyond those two business meetings to offer you opportunities to learn more about current issues, to participate in discussions with the RAHB leadership and other members, and to meet with your fellow REALTORS® to network and/or support great causes. These meetings and events support RAHB’s focus on member development, member service, member engagement and member enablement.

RAHB meetings and events reach far and wide to ensure that members in all of RAHB’s market area have opportunities to participate. And the areas of focus are many, including education, specializations, and community and charitable works. Members can enjoy many of these events for free or for a nominal fee, and they always provide a great return!

Have a look at the RAHB member meetings and events that will take place before the end of 2017. Why not make it a goal to attend one, two or more? You will meet your colleagues in a great environment, will have supported your community, and you will be more informed to better serve your clients.

Visit rahb.ca/events for more details.





Caledonia Open Forum Grace United Church,
174 Caithness St. E., Caledonia
September 6, 2017
Grimsby Open Forum Trinity United Church,
100 Main St. W., Grimsby
September 8, 2017
Dunnville Open Forum Grace United Church,
301 Broad St. E., Dunnville
September 15, 2017
Burlington Open Forum Appleby United Church,
4407 Spruce Ave., Burlington

(* also being live streamed)
September 29, 2017
(Professional Development Plus)
Burlington Holiday Inn
3063 South Service Rd., Burlington
October 12, 2017
RCN Fall Networking Event Tech Place, Burlington
5500 North Service Rd., 8th Floor
October 26, 2017
RAHB/CMHC Real Estate Outlook 2018 Liuna Station
360 James St. N., Hamilton
November 8, 2017
REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton
November 16, 2017
RAHB Annual Election Meeting Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington
December 5, 2017

Have Your Say: Modernizing REBBA 2002


Did you know that OREA is leading the charge to modernize REBBA 2002, and they want to hear from you?

The first phase of the review of REBBA 2002 addressed the Province’s interest in banning double-ending real estate transaction. The Ontario Real Estate Association sent the message to Queen’s Park that REALTORS® are interested in higher standards in the real estate profession and that a complete ban on double-ending would not be productive. OREA’s submission was prepared after consultation with real estate boards and associations across Ontario (RAHB was part of the consultation). Watch for updates on how this plays out legislatively this fall.

In Phase 2, the emphasis will be on re-writing REBBA, and OREA is asking you for your input. This is going to be a complete overhaul of REBBA 2001, and everything is on the table. This is the best chance for you, RAHB and OREA to play a significant role in writing the next, better version of REBBA.

How? Over the next few months, OREA will be posting on its website, REBBAReform.ca, a series of white papers with a number of proposals for what changes should be made to REBBA. You can download the complete white paper, or just read the proposals from it, then provide your feedback directly to OREA. It’s simple, it’s fast, and you’ll keep informed about what is happening.

OREA’s white papers will cover:

August – Enforcement (already posted and ready for your comments!)

September – Continuing Education

October – Entrance Education

November – Code of Ethics


Check out the website today, and have your say in the future of real estate!

Listing displays in Matrix

In Fusion, you have been used to looking at listing details on “Reports”. In Matrix, they are referred to as “Displays”.  There are nine displays available to you in Matrix – here’s what each one provides.


1. REALTOR® Single Line – print MLS® number, status, property type, address, municipality, neighbourhood, city, sq.ft., beds, baths, DOM and list date

2. REALTOR® Thumbnail – print MLS® number, address, city, property type, age, DOM, sq.ft., price, beds, baths, lot size, taxes, municipality, neighbourhood, heat, water, sellers, listing salesperson, listing brokerage, REALTOR® remarks

3. REALTOR® Full – print with or without header and footer, as well as listing information, rooms, open house dates, listing history and photos

4. REALTOR® Full with Signature – enter a listing directly into Matrix and print off report to have the Sellers sign. Using this option means you can avoid double entry of manually filling in the listing form AND inputting the listing into Matrix (This feature is available only after we cut over to Matrix)

5. REALTOR® Single Line Sold – displays sale information such as sale price, SP/LP ratio, selling date, and DOM, along with property information such as MLS® number, address, municipality, type/sub-type, style, beds, baths, square footage, and price

6.  Client Single Line – display and print client-friendly information such as last change type, MLS® number, status, address, property type and subtype, price, municipality, beds, baths, square footage.

7. Client Thumbnail – print address, city, MLS® number, property style/type, heat, water, beds, baths, garage, sq.ft., age, pool, neighbourhood, listing brokerage, status

8. Client Full – print listing details not in conflict with privacy laws

9. Hotsheet – print change date, changed info, MLS® number, address, price, city, property sub type, style, beds, baths, sq.ft., DOM, listing brokerage


Please note: personal reports you have created in Fusion will not be transferred to Matrix.

Matrix Listing Input: Practice and Prepare Before Cutover

How to Practice Broker Loading in Matrix 7.0

Once we make the final cutover from Fusion to RAHB Matrix in the fall, the Fusion MLS® system will be permanently retired. At that point, you will be doing everything, including listing input, in Matrix. But this doesn’t mean that you need to wait until cutover to learn how to enter listings in Matrix! You can practice broker loading or just preview the listings input module in Matrix.

To access the test site:

1. Sign in to RAHB Matrix via the my.rahb.ca single sign-on dashboard.

2. Click on the Input(Test) tab located at the top of your screen in Matrix.

Matrix Input 1

3. This will take you to the RAHB Matrix test environment. Click on the Input tab to to use the listings input function.

4. Once you are in the input area, you will have a choice: Add new or Edit existing Listings. Click on Add new.

Matrix Input 2

Once you’ve chosen Add new, you will see:

Matrix Input 3

5. Click on the type of listing you will entering. For this sample, we are choosing Residential Edit, so click on it.

6. From the next screen, click on Start with a blank listing:

Matrix Input 4

Even though this seems to refer to a cross property listing, when you click on Start with a blank Listing, you will still be seeing the input screen for residential listings.

7. From that point on, you will see the input screen that will work with the new Residential Data Input form.

Please note that any data that you enter in staging will be test only.  Working in the test environment will not produce an active listing!

8. Once you are finished in staging, click on Back to Production to go back to the live RAHB Matrix site.

Matrix Input 5

Want more help?

You will find a RAHB tutorial on broker loading in Matrix in our video library at http://rahb.ca/matrix – just scroll down to How to Broker Load in Matrix. The video is a little over 40 minutes and has great information and tips for using all the features in Matrix broker load.

We hope that you will use this opportunity to learn and understand RAHB Matrix listing input so you can be ready to broker load your listings in Matrix as soon as we cut over in the fall.

As always, please feel free to contact our MLS® Department with any questions. We are available Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Joint Data Share Announcement From RAHB and ORTIS

The email was sent to all members on Friday, August 4, 2017

ORTIS and RAHB are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement regarding data sharing. The data share that you all enjoy now, as either users of ORTIS or members of RAHB, will continue, uninterrupted when RAHB moves from its current Fusion platform to Matrix. We’ll be in touch with further details in the near future. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact RAHB’s MLS® department at 905.667-4650 or mls@rahb.ca.

To allow time for CoreLogic to put in place the data share program, RAHB will extend the cut over date to its new Matrix system from August 15th to the beginning of October. Until then RAHB and ORTIS users will experience no change in the existing data share and data access.

We wish you and your family all the best for the long weekend.  Thank you for being a RAHB member.


George O’Neill

Lou Piriano
RAHB President

Realty Shoppe: #1 marketing product is arriving soon!

5 designs will be available, but only while supplies last!

An economical marketing tool that your clients will appreciate receiving; just remove the cover from the adhesive magnet and attach your business card.

Realty Shoppe CalendarsSpecial features include:

  • Calendar begins November/17
  • Each page has either a Home Tip/Recipe/Quote and/or memo lines (depending on the calendar)
  • Canadian holidays indicated
  • A reorder page (for next years’ calendar) for clients to use to contact you
  • Year-at-a-glance calendar and kitchen conversions pages
  • Envelope included
  • Removable magnet punch-out reduces mailing cost and makes 2 products out of 1!
  • Use the punch-out as a second business card magnet

Thank you to everyone who visited the Shoppe on July 26, 2017 to celebrate the Realty Shoppe’s 25th anniversary! Members enjoyed refreshments, giveaways, discounts and a draw for an anniversary gift basket. Congratulations to Julie Valevicius of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc., the lucky winner of the gift basket valued at $160!

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Mark your Calendar

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd.
T – Thompson P – Purnell

Member Engagement Committee
Wednesday, August 16 – T, 10 a.m.

Charity Auction Task Force
Wednesday, August 16 – T, 1:30 p.m.

Government Relations Committee
Wednesday, August 23 – T, 9:15 a.m.

Open Forums – Fall, 2017
9:30 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Meeting

Wednesday, September 6
Grace United Church, 174 Caithness St. E.

Friday, September 8
Trinity United Church, 100 Main St. W.

Friday, September 15
Grace United Church, 301 Broad St. E.

Friday, September 29
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave.

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July 2017 Brings Home Buyers Relief from the Heat

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB)reported 2,013 new listings were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in July, which is 17.8 per cent higher than the same month last year, 9.2 per cent higher than the 10-year average and the most new listings in the month of July. All property sales were 20.4 per cent lower than the same month last year, and 12.9 per cent lower than the 10-year average. To read the full stats release, visit our market stats page.



Services Spotlight: RAHB’s Regional Commercial Network

A notable benefit to RAHB members, particularly for those who work in commercial real estate, is RAHB’s Regional Commercial Network (RCN).

The RCN Committee works throughout the year with a focus on promoting commercial REALTORS® for advocacy surrounding matters regarding commercial real estate, as well as developing and hosting specialized commercial education sessions and networking events which all RAHB members are welcome to attend.

RAHB members who are already active commercial practitioners or have a strong interest in honing their commercial skills are encouraged to consider joining the Regional Commercial Network, as either a full or candidate RCN member.

Membership in the RCN includes networking opportunities, peer-to-peer communication tools, promotion in the RCN membership roster and more.  Full members of the RCN may use the RCN logo in their marketing and promotional materials, and they are identified as a recognized commercial specialist.

Full RCN membership also provides automatic membership in the Canadian Real Estate Association’s Canadian Commercial Network (CCN). There is no cost to be a RCN member – qualifying criteria is outlined in the RCN member application at http://www.rahb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/RCN_Membership_Application.pdf

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Update on data Sharing contract with ORTIS

The following letter was sent to all members of July 19, 2017.

Dear Member:


Yesterday [July 18, 2017] afternoon, RAHB’s Board of Directors met to review in detail the latest draft of the data share contract provided by ORTIS.


Although there are ten areas we still have concerns with, in the spirit of cooperation to get the contract in place, we are ready to accept eight as-is, leaving only two outstanding items we cannot accept. These last two items were already previously agreed to by both RAHB and ORTIS but were deleted by ORTIS in their latest draft.


The two items deal with control of the distribution of data and reciprocity of data access. Data is a critical asset for brokerages and members, and proper distribution and control are vital to ensuring the continued success of our REALTORS®. It is unfortunate these last two items were removed, as RAHB was prepared to sign the contract yesterday.


Therefore, this week RAHB’s lawyer will write the two deleted items back into the contract, and will seek agreement from ORTIS, which would result in a signed contract. RAHB will also ask ORTIS to not shut off the current data feed, as we understand they plan to do on August 15, 2017, so that CoreLogic would have the 6-8 weeks they need to complete the new data transfer program between RAHB’s Matrix system and the regional system. In this event, RAHB will re-schedule our Matrix go-live date so you will continue to have uninterrupted access to all RAHB and regional listings.


Should ORTIS not agree to reinstate the two outstanding items, and in order to provide you as much notice as possible, RAHB will schedule a Members Meeting to be held in August. At that time you can address any questions directly to us and to your Board of Directors since we fully appreciate there has been much uncertainty about the data share. However, until the completion of negotiations, or preferably until the contract is signed, your Board of Directors is not in a position to speak in as much detail as you perhaps would prefer.  We do not think it is appropriate to negotiate business contracts in public or to share drafts on social media sites.


An update will be provided again next week as to the status of the data share contract at that time.


Thank you for your patience as we work through the final details; and thank you for being a RAHB member.


George O’Neill, CEO and Lou Piriano, 2017 President

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