RAHB Board of Directors Update – May 31, 2018

RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill provide an update on the Board meeting that took place on May 31, 2018 in the newest Board of Directors Update video. They cover the Electronic Lock Box Survey, a new RAHB Advantage partner coming soon, the new RAHB video and OREA’s Champions Program.

Thank You For Your Participation in Our Electronic Lock Box Survey!

We are currently analyzing the results of the electronic lock box survey. Thank you for your participation! We will provide the results to the Board for review and then summarize for all members in an upcoming issue of NewsReal – so stay tuned!

In the meantime, congratulations to our winner of the $50 Tim Horton’s gift card – Jordan Zalter of Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.!

MLS® Rules and Policies – Fines

Do you know which MLS® Rules or Policies have automatic fines? Check them out!

Rule/Policy Number What You Should Do/What Has Happened to Trigger a Fine Fine
MLS® Policy Miscellaneous #22 You reported a combined listing sold with multiple individual units listed together under one MLS® number, and failed to cancel the additional associated listings the same day (as required per RAHB”s MLS® policies) 1st offense: warning letter
Second and subsequent offences: $100 fine
MLS® Policy Photos #2 At least one photo image must be uploaded to your listing within 2 business days of receiving an MLS® number $50
MLS® Policy Taxes #1 30 days after the tax rate has been set, taxes on all new MLS® listings must be for the current year $100
MLS® Policy MLS® Marketing Options #8 A sale was reported on an address but additional listings at the same address were not cancelled and remain active on the MLS® System $100
RAHB Rule Section 9.01 Report all firm and conditional sales within two Association business days following written acceptance of any Offer 1st offense: warning letter
2nd offense: $100 fine
3rd offense: $250 fine
4th or subsequent offenses: $400 fine
MLS® Policy Miscellaneous #11 Any listings entered in error will be deleted from the system, and the Member fined for each listing deleted $50
MLS® Policy Open House #4 & Miscellaneous #17 A scheduled open house was not open for viewing $50
MLS® Policy Miscellaneous #5 & #6 No personal contact information may appear in the REALTOR® remarks or the Client (Public) remarks.  The following is considered personal contact information:

  • Member’s first name, last name or both, team name
  • Brokerage office name, Member’s phone number (cell phone, direct line, etc) or fax number
  • Member’s office phone number or fax number
  • Any email addresses or website links
  • Note: Multi-media links (virtual tour, brochure, additional images) must appear in their respective fields and not in the remarks
MLS® Policy Photos #4 When a member uses another member’s listing photo(s) without written permission, the photo(s) will be removed,  the status will be changed to information withheld until a new photo is provided $50
MLS® Policy Photos #3 A fine of $100, in addition to the standard $50 no photo fee, if the member does not submit a photo for their listing after the initial fine has been levied $100


If you have any questions about MLS® Rules and Regulations or Policies, please contact the MLS® Department at 905.667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

Property History – Inconsistencies in Property Address

It has been brought to our attention that some listings in the system may not be showing complete property history. Property history relies on unique property identifiers to link to historical listing data. The unique identifiers used in this process are made up of a combination of key listing fields including Region, Municipality, Neighbourhood, Street Address, City and Postal Code. Recently, PIN and Roll number (if available) have been added to the logic to provide improved accuracy.

In many instances where a problem with property history has been reported, inconsistencies in the property address across the historical listings are the cause (usually a City or Street name). In these cases, staff have been able to make adjustments to the field(s) causing the inconsistency, allowing the unique identifiers to match and history to properly link.

The below example illustrates how Property History may become broken because of an inconsistent address across two listings:

Listing #1
1234 #65 Regional Road
West Lincoln, Ontario
L0R 1Y0

Listing #2
1234 #65 Regional Road
Smithville, Ontario
L0R 1Y0

In effort to avoid inconsistent entry of listing addresses we recommend using the Fill from Geowarehouse function in Matrix Input.

If you encounter a listing which is missing property history, please use the Report Data Error link in Matrix to notify RAHB MLS® Helpdesk Staff of the issue so it can be investigated and corrected.

Doing Business With Colombian Tech Companies

On Thursday, May 10, the City of Hamilton, in association with Gateway to Trade, is hosting a delegation of 14 companies from Colombia exploring strategic alliances for co-development  with companies in the Greater Hamilton area. The Colombian companies are in the digital creative and animation, software, VR/AR, mobile and audiovisual industries. Two of the visiting companies focus on next-gen visualization tech specifically for real estate/property development/industrial development.

This B2B opportunity is open to anyone who would like to meet one-on-one with one or more of the Colombian delegates. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

The process for registering and scheduling a meeting with a delegate is:

  1. View company profiles here
  2. Request your meetings:  Submit the form at the above link
    3. Attend the event and your scheduled meeting on May 10.

The details:

Thursday, May 10, 2018
McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road, Hamilton
Noon – 1 p.m. – Networking Lunch
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Scheduled meetings


Realty Shoppe

Check out these popular open house items!

NEW Road Side Signs**
9” h x 24” w, printed both sides, on corrugated plastic, to fit on silver wire stake.

**Sign Bylaws differ from municipality to municipality and these signs may not be allowed in all areas.  Please refer to the sign bylaws of the municipality in which this sign will be placed to ensure it conforms to the current sign bylaws.

Courtesy Signs
Corrugated plastic, upright teepee.  Perfect in wet/snowy weather to protect your homeowner’s flooring.

Please Leave Your Card
4”w x 5”h, plastic, desk top sign

Welcome tent card

Guest Register
Pad of 25 sheets


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.






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!


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.


Downtown Secondary Plan – Open House

Hamilton City staff will be hosting a Public Open House focused on the proposed new Downtown Secondary Plan on Monday April 9, 2018 from 6 p.m – 8:30 p.m. at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (100 Main Street West, Hamilton).  You are invited to learn about the proposed Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan, the proposed changes to the Zoning By-law and how these documents will be used.

Go to www.hamilton.ca/downtownhamiltonreview for additional details.