President Jack Loft on the Road!

RAHB President Jack Loft was at the Royal LePage Marco Realty, Brokerage on Wednesday, April 18 to provide an update from the RAHB Board of Directors, discuss the CREA AGM that took place in Ottawa this past month, as well as answer questions and facilitate a discussion regarding professionalism, communication and several other important topics relating to real estate today.

Professional Development: REBBA 2002 Code of Ethics

Do you want to stay informed, and be in compliance with REBBA 2002 Code of Ethics?

Join us on Monday, April 30 for a two hour presentation with Hugh Foy, who will cover the following topics:

  • “Coming Soon” signs
  • Interference of contracts
  • Handling pre-emptive offers
  • Multiple offers, and offers received by a Listing Brokerage
  • REBBA 2002 Code of Ethics

Cost: $30 +HST

Register today by emailing Angela McArthur at


RAHB Board of Directors Update – April 19, 2018

RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill provide an update on the Board meeting today (April 19, 2018). They cover the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Three-Way Agreement that was voted on at the AGM, and the Affinity Program for RAHB Members — stay tuned for more updates on benefits you could receive!

Changes to RAHB Photographer Billings and Services

As of May 1, 2018, RAHB’s photographer, REAL Services, is changing its delivery platform. This will result in the following changes for members requesting photos through Matrix:

  • As of May 1, 2018, members will no longer be billed through their RAHB account for photos and virtual tours produced by REAL Services. Invoices will be issued by REAL Services directly to members.
  • Between May 1 and May 31, REAL Services will continue to take front and back photos requested through Matrix. REAL Services will send invoices directly to members during this time.
  • After May 31, the option to request photographs through Matrix will be discontinued – the Photographer’s Instructions field will no longer be available.
  • After May 31, all photography and virtual tours will need to be arranged with and paid for by members directly with service providers.

Please note that REAL Services will still be available as a photography/virtual tour service – please contact them at 905.319.9399 or via e-mail at Other real estate photo and virtual tour services are available in our area; a Google search for “real estate photo services (city/town) Ontario” yields a sizable number of service providers.

If you have any questions about this change in photography service, please contact our MLS® Department at 905.667.4650 or

Lunch with the President

RAHB President Jack Loft enjoyed a member lunch with Roz Niewland (Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.). Roz is a fascinating woman who has an M.A. in Education, is an accomplished artist and has a passion for people and serving her clients. Roz and Jack also have something in common – they are both retired police officers. Roz introduced Jack to a great family restaurant in the north end – the Harbour Diner.

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to

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2018 RAHB Annual General Meeting Summary

Over 500 members attended RAHB’s 97th Annual General Meeting (AGM), featuring guest speaker David Chilton, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated.

President-Elect Bob Van De Vrande presented the Financial Report.

Members adopted the 2017 year-end audited financial statements and appointed Norton McMullen as the Auditor for the fiscal year 2018. There were 445 votes in favour versus 47 opposed.

President Jack Loft presented four Bylaw Amendments.

  1. The motion to amend the RAHB Bylaw to remove the MLS® Committee from the list of Board Committees and change the status to an Operational Committee was defeated – 327 votes to 174 votes.
  2. The motion to amend the Bylaw to increase remuneration for the President and President-Elect, and to provide remuneration to the Immediate Past President (the same amount as for the President-Elect) and the Board of Directors (for Board meetings attended) was approved – 415 votes to 97 votes.
  3. The motion to amend the Bylaw to allow RAHB to participate in the Revised Cooperative Discipline Agreement for real estate boards and associations in Ontario was approved – 477 votes to 13 votes.
  4. The motion to allow RAHB staff to make “housekeeping” changes to the Bylaw to adjust punctuation, numbering, etc. was approved to ensure the intent of the Bylaw changes is carried throughout the document as necessary – 474 votes to 7 votes.

    As per the voting and approvals, the RAHB ByLaw has been amended.

MLS® Committee Chair Kathy Della-Nebbia presented the MLS® Report:
The report touched on MLS®-related initiatives in 2017 (data share in place; new Matrix system go-live in October; review and update of some MLS® Rules and Regulations and Policies; update of Smithville boundary), the new ShowingTime scheduling program and what the MLS® Committee will focus on in 2018.

RAHB CEO George O’Neill provided an update on RAHB’s Strategic Plan.

The update covered the five main components of RAHB’s three-year strategic plan:  Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Core Competencies.

Draw Winners!

  • Dena Zlatar (Royal LePage State Realty) won the draw for 2019 RAHB dues.
  • Angela Nolan (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.) won the draw for the drone.
  • Biliana Dib (Royal LePage Macro Realty) won the draw for the iPad.

    Congratulations to all the winners!

Following the AGM, members and selected guests enjoyed a delicious hot buffet lunch before enjoying the insightful, often hilarious, presentation by guest speaker David Chilton of CBC Dragons’ Den fame, and author of The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns. Be sure to “like” our Facebook page and keep an eye out for our professional photographs of the event!

Thank you to all who attended RAHB’s spring AGM! We look forward to seeing you at the next one!

Hamilton West Harbour Community Conversation

Hamilton West Harbour

The City of Hamilton is holding a West Harbour Community Conversation on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Community Storefront (294 James St. N.).

The agenda includes information about the design plan and schedule for the new Pier 5-7 public open space and the status of the Pier 8 promenade park. There will also be background information and discussion about the former Discovery Centre building.

Click here to learn more.

Have You Signed Up for Ontario REALTOR® Party Updates?

Ontario Realtor Party Logo

Have you heard about the Ontario REALTOR® Party? No, it is not a political party, but rather, a group that strives to unify REALTORS® to speak with one voice to promote the dream of home ownership and protect the real estate profession.

There is always something to do to help promote the issues important to home owners and REALTORS®. No matter how big or small the task, your efforts will make a difference! Click here to get involved today.

Rich Reporting with GeoWarehouse

Did you know that GeoWarehouse rich reporting offers access to recent searches, deeper report insights and accurate visuals? You can also use the GeoWarehouse live measurement tool, see full sales history for any property, and gain real-time statistics on ownership, area demographics, and site/structure. To learn more, watch the video below!

GeoWarehouse Rich Reporting

Open Forums Coming Your Way!

RAHB Open Forums

Mark your calendars for upcoming Open Forums in your community:

Caledonia – Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (Grace United Church)

Grimsby – Friday, June 15, 2018 (Trinity United Church)

Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (Grace United Church)

All Open Forums will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 10 a.m.

Watch for more details coming soon!

Lunch with the President!

RAHB President Jack Loft enjoyed his eighth member lunch with RAHB member Jia Li. Jia is a five-year veteran at Apex Results Realty Inc., working both in the commercial and residential fields. Jia would like to see more education and enforcement of rules that would elevate the real estate profession. For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to