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!

Realty Shoppe

Realty Shoppe 25 Years


Realty Shoppe LogoMonday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. T.: 905.529.5979 F.: 905.529.7109
E.: realtyshoppe@rahb.ca * All applicable taxes are extra. Prices subject to change.

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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Karan Barker Scholarship Deadline

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.

Karan Barker Scholarship

 

RAHB welcomes our newest members!

Welcome to these members who joined RAHB between June 22-July 21, 2017

 

Sean McCaul
Mickey Turajlic
Jeremy Pauhl
Apex Results Realty Inc.

Elham Atta
Keller Williams Complete Realty.

Nicole Ransome
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Mowfaq Albostamy
PC275 Realty Inc. 

Cheryl Munce
Joseph Stewart
Judy Kucharski
Richard Klement
Jason McCoubrey
Jie Xiong
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Fadi Mohaisen
Vivian Luu
Gino R. Montani
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Lisa Oliverio
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Loretta Phinney

Nathan Adorjan
Zolo Realty Inc.

Save the Date: ProDev+

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 angelam@rahb.ca. You don’t want to miss out!

For more information, visit the official event page at http://www.rahb.ca/project/prodevplus

ProDev+ Save the date

Register for RAHB’s Open Forums!

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 kathyr@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x237
to reserve your spot today. Seating is limited!

Community Open Forums

Musings by George O’Neill

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 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.

Sincerely,

George O’Neill
RAHB CEO

Lou Piriano
RAHB President


 

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.

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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.

 

Professional Development

Register now for these great courses!

**New**  FINTRAC Legal Update – Mark Weisleder
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30+HST

**New**  Agency: Practical Facts for Dealing with Buyers – Hugh Foy
Thursday, August 17, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30+HST

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.
Cost:  $625+HST

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.
Cost: $45+HST

Multiple Offers – Bill Johnston
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $45+HST

** New** The Best Practices of Forms – Hugh Foy
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30+HST

All courses will be held at the RAHB office (McCullough Room, lower level).

New Professional Development event!

ProDev+
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 angelam@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x233.


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Keep up to date with Matrix!

Have you been keeping up on the Matrix updates sent to you? Would you like to see some tutorials about RAHB’s new Matrix MLS® System, and some how-to videos?

It’s easy to keep up on how to prepare for and use RAHB’s new Matrix 7.0 MLS® System! Just go to rahb.ca/matrix– you will go to our page where you will find the information you need.

Be sure to watch your email inbox for weekly updates and information about using Matrix. If you have any questions, please contact our MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650 or mls@rahb.ca – our staff are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Multiple representation consultation paper

Recently the Ministry of Government & Consumer Services (MGCS) issued a consultation paper proposing three major changes to the Real Estate & Business Brokers Act:

  1. Establishing a new mandatory designated representation requirement with limited exceptions;
  2. Requiring that mandatory standardized disclosure clauses be used; and
  3. Increasing the maximum fine for Code of Ethics violations from $25,000 to $50,000 for individual salespersons and brokers and $100,000 for brokerages.

The potential measures being considered in this first phase of the review of REBBA 2002 are intended to:

  • Increase consumer confidence by minimizing the conflict of interest involved in multiple representation situations;
  • Make it easier for consumers to better understand the nature of the agreements they are entering; and
  • Strengthen consumer protection by modernizing the penalties for unethical behavior for contraventions of the Code of Ethics.

The consultation is the first phase of the government commitment to review REBBA 2002. The second phase will review all other aspects of the Act and extend into 2018. The focus on multiple representation is in response to negative media coverage (CBC Marketplace) which occurred late in 2016.

RAHB has submitted comments to OREA which is in the process of formulating a response on behalf of Ontario REALTORS®.  This response will be made available to members.


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Q&A: Common RAHB Matrix 7.0 Questions from Members

We are a week into the preview period for RAHB’s new Matrix MLS® System, and our MLS® department has been busy answering your questions over the phone. Here are the most commonly asked questions and their answers.

Q: How do I login to RAHB Matrix 7.0?

A:  You can access RAHB Matrix 7.0 through http://my.rahb.ca. This is the URL for the new single sign on (SSO) dashboard that contains links to RAHB Matrix 7.0, Fusion, the regional Matrix system (requires a separate login), RAHB’s membership resources and REALTOR® tools. Login to http://my.rahb.ca as you normally would for Fusion, and then use the RAHB Matrix button to access Matrix 7.0 – no further login is required!

 

Q: What information has been transferred to RAHB Matrix 7.0 from Fusion and regional Matrix? Will my CMAs and reports be transferred over?

A: Only your saved searches, contacts and personal head shots have been transferred to RAHB Matrix 7.0 from Fusion and regional Matrix.

Items such as your saved views, shortcuts, headers, footers, personal logos and anything you customized on your email templates will not be moved over. This means you now have the opportunity to use the wider range of marketing material options that Matrix 7.0 offers!

As for your CMAs – if you wish save any of your current CMAs in RAHB Matrix 7.0, download them from Fusion or the regional Matrix system, print them to a .pdf, then re-enter the information into RAHB Matrix 7.0. If you have a lot of CMAs you wish to save, this could take a bit of time, so please ensure that you schedule accordingly to ensure a smooth transition before cutover.

 

Q: How do I display only the listings I have selected?

A: Once you have selected the listings you want to display, click the Refine button at the bottom of the page, then click Narrow. Now only your selected listings will display. To get back to the original results, click the “Original Results” link at the top left corner of the page.

If you are selecting particular searches in a saved search, however, you have to keep in mind that when you select listings and then re-save the search, it actually alters the criteria for the search. You will have to make sure you don’t save the narrowed list as a saved search, or you will have narrowed the criteria for the search for your client to just those listings.

 

Q: Can I disable the “Client Search” functionality within the RAHB Matrix 7.0 client portal?

No, this feature is enabled for all client portals. The advantage for you is that your clients, who may also be looking at other websites to search listings, will see only your contact information displayed where other sites might provide your client with full contact details for every listing salesperson.

Watch your inbox for more Q&As as we countdown to the RAHB Matrix 7.0 cutover!

Professional Development for REALTORS®

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

To register, or for more information, contact Angela at 905.529.8101 x233 or angelam@rahb.ca.

 

New Member Computer Training Level 1
Thursday, July 27 – C, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, August 10 – C, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Matrix Basic Training (hands-on, 2-hour courses) – C
Thursday, July 13 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)  SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, July 19 (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.)  SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, July 26 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, August 2 (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, August 9 (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) SOLD OUT!
Register with Camryn at camrynh@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 ex 251.
*Please note there will be a $30+HST No-Show Fee applied to those who book a spot but do not show up.

Matrix Broker Load (hands-on, 1-hour courses) – C
Wednesday, August 16 (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.) SOLD OUT!
Thursday, August 24 (2 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
Register with Camryn at camrynh@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 ex 251.
*Please note there will be a $15+HST No-Show Fee applied to those who book a spot but do not show up.

Broker Loading for Office Administrators and Member Assistants (hands-on, 1-hour courses) – C- $15+HST
Wednesday, August 16 (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
Thursday, August 24 (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
Register with Camryn at camrynh@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 ex 251.
*Please note there will be a $15+HST No-Show Fee applied to those who book a spot but do not show up.

HST on New Construction – Mark Purdy (NEW!)
Wednesday, July 26,  2017 – M
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FREE

FINTRAC Legal Update – Mark Weisleder (NEW!)
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – M
10 a.m. – Noon
$30+HST

Agency: Practical Facts for Dealing with Buyers – Hugh Foy (NEW!)
Thursday, August 17, 2017 – M
10 a.m. – Noon
$30+HST

REIC 2600: Ethics in Business Practice – Gareth Jones
Monday, August 28 – Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (3-day course) – M
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$625+HST

​Master Open House – Amyn Chagan​​
Tuesday, September 12, 2017​
9 a.m. – Noon
$79+HST Early bird (by September 5, 2017)
$99+HST Regular


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