When you search in the RAHB Matrix Free Form Boxes, you can expand your search by using the Wildcard * (shift + 8). You can use the RAHB Matrix Wildcard to search in the following ways:
- *king: this will find items that end with “king” (ex. Mackenzie King, Viking)
- king*: this will find items that start with “king” (ex. King William, Kingsway)
- *king*: this will find any items that contain the word “king” (ex. Rockingham)
A phrase can also be surrounded by a Wildcard. For example, *backyard pond* would find any items that contained the words “backyard pond” together.
When searching streets it is a good idea to add a Wildcard to the end of the street name. For example, Lakeshore* would find “Lakeshore”, “Lakeshore Ave.”, “Lakeshore West”, etc.
You don’t have to the use Wildcard Search if you don’t want to, but using it allows you to be as specific or broad in your search as you want.
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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The following letter was sent to all members of July 19, 2017.
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
Deadline for 2017 Karan Barker Scholarships is Friday, August 11!
If your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter is intending to apply for a Karan Barker Scholarship, remind them the deadline for applications is coming up very soon, on August 11, 2017
Qualifications for a scholarship:
- attending, or has an acceptance to attend, university or community college
- outstanding academic record and/or is very involved in school activities or the community
- can demonstrate maturity, initiative and/or strength of character
Complete details are on the 2017 scholarship application – find it on REALTOR Link® (look under the Forms & Member Changes tab) or at http://bit.ly/RAHBscholar2017.
RAHB in the news – see what the media’s been saying!
Realtors golf tournament raises money for local shelters (Hamilton Spectator)
Realtors Care Foundation Motorcycle Ride for Charity (93.3 CFMU Radio)
Realtors rev up for annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)
Realtors rev up (Hamilton Spectator)
Realtors rev up for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)
City Matters – Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Cable 14)
Hamilton home sales fizzle, but don’t panic, says an expert
Hamilton, Burlington home sales drop 20%; prices continue rise
Hamilton home sales decrease in June as listings surge continues
Halton Women’s Place one of shelters to receive proceeds from RAHB golf tourney
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Welcome to these members who joined RAHB between June 22-July 21, 2017
Apex Results Realty Inc.
Keller Williams Complete Realty.
Keller Williams Edge Realty
PC275 Realty Inc.
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.
Gino R. Montani
Right At Home Realty Inc.
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Loretta Phinney
Zolo Realty Inc.
RAHB is pleased to invite you to a brand new professional development event: ProDev+!
ProDev+ is a full-day where you and your fellow REALTORS® can learn about hot industry topics, enjoy a boutique vendor trade show and network at our Signature+ cocktail mixer.
ProDev+ education sessions will cover home inspections, negotiations, compliance, social media, GeoWarehouse and RAHB’s new Matrix 7.0 MLS® System. And don’t miss out on our special feature: a Q&A panel with veteran REALTORS®!
But that’s not all. Your ProDev+ ticket includes a delicious boxed lunch for you to enjoy as you participate in our education sessions. Plus, if you register by October 2, 2017, you will also receive a complimentary drink ticket for the Signature+ cocktail mixer.
Seating is limited, so register today through RAHB Education/Account Services (on your dashboard at my.rahb.ca) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You don’t want to miss out!
For more information, visit the official event page at http://www.rahb.ca/project/prodevplus
Have an open discussion with RAHB on what matters to you!
RAHB is back on the road this fall with our Open Forum community meetings! Join us for light refreshments and, of course, great conversation. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and Forums start at 10:00 a.m. All RAHB members are welcome! There is no cost to attend but contact Kathy email@example.com or 905.529.8101 x237
to reserve your spot today. Seating is limited!
Update!! The following message was mailed to all members on Friday, August 4, 2017. The original Musings column continues after this message.
Joint Data Share Announcement From RAHB and ORTIS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
It was one year ago, in my August 2016 Musings column, that I spoke about the decision RAHB’s Board of Directors made to proceed with the upgrade of Fusion to our own Matrix system, instead of cutting over to the regional Matrix system operated by ORTIS.
At that time, after a great deal of deliberation, our Board decided it was not reasonable to give up management of our MLS® System to another entity. Even though we did not wish to be part of the regional system business model as it evolved to, our founding goal remained to secure a data sharing agreement with our neighbouring real estate boards and associations, so that all our members could continue to benefit from access to a wider pool of MLS® information. So we embarked on negotiating a data share contract with ORTIS.
Here we are, one year later. We now have our own Matrix 7.0 MLS® System in place and in preview mode and ready to launch within a number of weeks. But as I write this, appropriate control of MLS® data is still being resolved as we work to finalize a data sharing agreement with ORTIS.
On July 19, RAHB President Lou Piriano and I sent an update to each full RAHB member, explaining our current situation; a copy of the letter is reprinted later in this issue.
In a nutshell, we made concessions on eight of the last ten areas we were concerned about with respect to ORTIS’s most recent version of the data sharing contract. Compromise is often required to move things forward, and your Board was willing to make concessions to give you, our members, access to the regional MLS® data you want.
However, our Board was unable to compromise on two fundamental issues: the control of the distribution of your listing information and reciprocity of data access. We thought these issues had been worked out with ORTIS earlier in the year, but they were subsequently deleted from the contract proposed by ORTIS.
RAHB’s business lawyer has amended the contract to include the two items previously agreed upon, and ORTIS has a copy of the amended agreement. It is our hope the ORTIS board will bring negotiations to an end by signing the agreement and giving members of all the boards and associations what they want – that is, region-wide listing information.
This has been a long and rocky journey to bring you a wide range of MLS® information so you can better serve your clients and customers. Through it all, your Board of Directors has acted with integrity and always with the best interests of you in mind.
To each of you I’d like to say, thank you for your patience, thank you for your understanding, and thank you for being a member of RAHB.
On August 1, we are launching a weekly e-newsletter, NewsReal, especially for breaking news about our discussions with ORTIS, and our progress towards Matrix. It will be emailed to you every Tuesday throughout the remainder of this summer and fall. Please be sure to check your email, and don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have questions or comments. We have also tentatively planned a general meeting for August 22 at 9 a.m. We’ll hold it if ORTIS and data sharing issues are still outstanding at that time. For now, please put it in your calendar. We’ll confirm it closer to the date.
There are two new events coming up this fall that I’d like to bring to your attention.
The first is RAHB’s ProDev+ professional development event on Thursday, October 12 at the Holiday Inn Burlington. This is an upgrade on Professional Development Days and will give you the opportunity to spend a day becoming more informed about current topics in real estate. It’s also a great chance to socialize with your colleagues in the courses, at the trade show and at the wind-up Signature+ cocktail mixer. Check out the information about ProDev+ later in this issue.
The other event is the Real Estate Outlook on Wednesday, November 8 at Liuna Station. This is a joint venture by CMHC and RAHB, and will include a presentation by a CMHC market analyst and feature a panel of experts who will help you navigate the current local marketplace. Real Estate Outlook will also offer great networking opportunities. There is more information about the event in this issue of Realinfo.
On Wednesday, July 5, 2017 REALTORS® from across Ontario gathered at the RAHB office to kick off a 200+km journey to Sarnia to raise funds for shelter-related charities across the province.
The riders were joined by two special guests: Tim Hudak (OREA CEO) and Ted McMeekin (MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) who gave opening remarks and pumped up the riders before they set off on their journey.
This year’s ride broke a record as having the highest number of participants in event history: 47!
“You definitely get a lot of looks when 40+ REALTORS® ride together on their motorcycles,” joked RAHB Member, Jamie Edwards. “But it’s so fulfilling to have such a wonderful group of like-minded professionals unite with the common goal of giving back to the community.”
Other stops along the way included the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association, the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®, the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, and the Huron Perth Association of REALTORS®.
RAHB presented a $36,000 donation cheque to the REALTORS Care® Foundation and an additional $500 donation in support of the nine RAHB members who participated in the ride.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2017 REALTORS® Care Motorcycle Ride for Charity!
Congratulations to T. Glen Chambers (Chambers Commercial Real Estate Group Inc.) on his recent retirement after 67 years of RAHB membership!
The Association would like to recognize members who have recently retired after achieving 40+ consecutive years of RAHB membership. If you know of a member who should be recognized, please contact Camryn in Membership at email@example.com or 905.529.8101 X251.
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Register now for these great courses!
**New** FINTRAC Legal Update – Mark Weisleder
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
**New** Agency: Practical Facts for Dealing with Buyers – Hugh Foy
Thursday, August 17, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
REIC 2600: Ethics in Business Practice – Gareth Jones
Monday, August 28 – Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (3 day course)
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Master Open House – Amyn Chagan
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
9 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $79+HST (Early Bird price if registered prior to September 5, 2017; otherwise $99+HST)
** New** Negotiation Strategies for Commercial Leasing – Don Patterson
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Multiple Offers – Bill Johnston
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
** New** The Best Practices of Forms – Hugh Foy
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
All courses will be held at the RAHB office (McCullough Room, lower level).
New Professional Development event!
Burlington Holiday Inn
Thursday, October 12, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Courses and Tradeshow
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Networking
Cost: $10+HST (Register by October 2, 2017 to receive a complimentary drink ticket for the Signature+ cocktail mixer)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 905.529.8101 x233.
Thank You To Our Sponsor: