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

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.

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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 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

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.

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Watch a Dragon in Action at RAHB’s AGM!

David Chilton Photo RAHB AGM

Mark Your Calendars! RAHB’s Annual General Meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 10 a.m.!

This won’t be just any Annual General Meeting!  This event will include the AGM, lunch on us, and guest speaker David Chilton, best-selling author of The Wealthy Barber and best known as one of the Dragons on CBC’s Dragon’s Den!

Watch for more details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, mark your calendar and get ready to see a Dragon in action!

RAHB’s Annual Gala Celebrates Members

RAHB’s Awards and Appreciation Gala was an evening to celebrate members for their long-standing membership in RAHB, for serving on RAHB committees and task forces in 2017 and for going above and beyond to serve their association and their community.

The Gala took place on Saturday, January 20 at Michelangelo Event Venue and Conference Centre.


RAHB volunteers

RAHB President Jack Loft recognized Donna Bacher and Andrew Robertson, the two Directors who completed their terms on the RAHB Board of Directors at the end of 2017.

He also recognized the 94 members who served on RAHB committees, task forces and the Board of Directors in 2017.


RAHB Service Awards

President Jack Loft and Awards Task Force Chair Stacey Adamson presented two RAHB service awards to very deserving members.

Donna Bacher (PureRealty Brokerage) received the RAHB Award of Merit for exceptional dedication and service to RAHB and the real estate profession.

Donna has been a member of RAHB for 34 years, and has a long history of serving as Chair and member of RAHB committees and task forces, as well as joint task forces with other organizations. She was elected to the RAHB Board of Directors in 2012 and served as President of the Association in 2015.

Donna is well known as a highly engaged member of the Association, and she actively encourages other members to become involved as well. Her videos promoting RAHB events and meetings are legendary among members. Often acting as a mentor to new directors and to other members, Donna unselfishly gives of her time for the betterment of the RAHB membership and the Association.

Jim Duschl (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.) received the RAHB Outstanding Community Service Award, which recognizes a member who has shown outstanding dedication to the real estate profession and exceptional volunteer service to his community.

Jim is a 30-year member of RAHB who has served on the RAHB Board of Directors and on the Regional Commercial Network. He is known for always making time to assist and share his knowledge with other REALTORS® and with clients.

Jim has been a volunteer driver for the Red Cross for 30 years and continues to help transport the elderly and others to their medical appointments.  As well, Jim has been an active member of the Lion’s Club for 28 years; having served as President, he now holds the office of Treasurer. The Lion’s Club actively raises funds for organizations such as Heart & Stroke, Red Cross, Good Shepherd and the Children’s Wish Foundation for the benefit of the community. Jim has also served on the Union Street Cemetery Board.

RAHB Service Awards Donna and Jim

Jim Duschl awarded Outstanding Community Service Award | Donna Bacher awarded Award of Merit

Long Service awards

Long service pins were presented to the newest members of the Long Service Club. Twenty-five members reached the 25-year milestone, 14 reached the 40-year milestone, five members  logged 50 years of RAHB membership and one member – Tony DeSantis – has been a member for 60 years.

Check out the photos of the Long Service award recipients who attended the Gala:

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25-Year Recipients (left – right): Craig Bush, Ann Brownlee, Sandra Collura, Christine Crooks, John Chun

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25-Year Recipients (left – right): Todd Martin, Rick Nishizaki, Diana Gallacher, Paul Smith, Gary Nusca

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25-Year Recipients (left – right): Frank Taylor, Cathy Toriello, Debbie Mitchell, Tibor Olah

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40-Year Recipients (left – right): Edwin Alexander, Joseph Castellano, Ed Cooper, Dennis Petis

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40-Year Recipients (left – right): Dave Vansickle, Frank Angelone, Ralph Tessaro, Brent Rinehart

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40-Year Recipients (left – right): Frank Loncaric, Ralph Frisina, Jerry Rojenko

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50-Year Recipients (left – right): Robert Kronas, Larry Chettle, Bill Lawrence


First Lunch with the President!

Kim Perosa of Keller Williams Edge Realty had the first lunch with RAHB President Jack Loft! Jack reports that Kim had many good ideas. She has concerns about how some area listings appear in our MLS® System, and was particularly interested in a more user-friendly Matrix phone app and being able to use her client list in Matrix more effectively.

Have you sent in your name for your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President? Just email your name to, and you may be next!