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!

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.

 

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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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