REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction 2017

RAHB Charity Auction by the Style Group

RAHB’s annual major fundraising event, REALTORS® 4 Kids, was another huge success!

Four hundred fifty members and supporters came out on Thursday, November 16 to generously support the CHML/Y108/Fresh Radio 95.3 Children’s Fund. It was an evening of bidding on fantastic live auction packages and great items in the silent auction, playing games and taking part in raffles, and socializing.

How generous were our members? The auction raised over $73,000 for The Children’s Fund! And we’re still counting – watch for the final number in a future News & Alerts on RAHB Matrix.

Thanks to all members who supported this year’s REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction!

In photo above: Jeff Storey (Children’s Fund President), Aileen Araujo (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Brian Shaw (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Justin Glover (CHML Promotions Manager)

2017 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to these sons and daughters of RAHB members and RAHB staff who were awarded $2,000 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarships at the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on December 5, 2017!


Mark Bertone

Mark Bertone is the son of RAHB staff member Cathy Sorbara.  Mark is a graduate of St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School and he is now attending McMaster University in the Honours Bachelor program in Biology, with a view to doing post graduate work in Medicine to become a doctor.

Mark was very active in his high school with fundraising events such as the Terry Fox Run and pilgrimage walks to raise funds for Third World countries. He was a school library volunteer after school hours.  In the community, Mark is an active member of his church, and was an altar server for six years. In 2013, he volunteered as a team leader in the church’s summer camp. He also served as assistant coach in the Mount Hamilton Youth Club and volunteered as a companion/sitter for an elderly woman.


Seth CarterSeth Carter is the son of Derek Carter of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc. Seth graduated from Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster to pursue a career in nursing and he is hoping to specialize in the surgical field.

In high school, Seth assisted Grade 1 and 2 students in reading, writing and mathematics at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School. He was elected to the first-ever Bishop Tonnos Secondary School Prefect Council. He also tutored all grades, ran school-wide events such as Grade 9 Day, introduced parents and new students to the school, and mentored students who had difficulty in becoming part of the Bishop Tonnos community. He also volunteered at the Bishop Tonnos annual We Scare Hunger event. Outside of school, Seth volunteered at Rygel Homes for Community Living and canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Association.


Lianna GenoveseLianna Genovese is the daughter of Joe Genovese of Coldwell Banker Community Professionals. Lianna graduated from St. Thomas Moore Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster University in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Science faculty. Her long-term goal is to design prosthetics and create medical technology advancements, which she hopes would be used in third world countries.

At school, Lianna served as Prefect and Senior School Leader, organized fundraisers, participated in the Best Buddies activities and helped integrate grade nine students into the school. She also volunteered in the breakfast program and was the leader and representative of Knight Runners, for which she organized community charity runs, collected charitable donations and raised school awareness of various causes.  Outside of school, Lianna canvassed for the Heart & Stroke Association.


Vito ManchisiVito Manchisi is the son of Leo Manchisi of Century 21 Miller Real Estate. Vito is a graduate of Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School and is now attending Western University, where he is taking Kinesiology with a view to working in sports therapy.

Vito is a sports enthusiast – he played high school soccer and football as well as Grade 9 basketball; helped run local hockey tournaments and elementary track meets, played in Burlington’s Rep soccer program and volunteered at Allstar Sports Camp for two years. In addition to his sports activities, Vito was also a mentor who helped grade nine students transition into high school.



Alyssia SilenziAlyssia Silenzi is the daughter of Mark Silenzi of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.  Alyssia graduated from Saint Thomas More Catholic Secondary School and is now attending the Nursing program at Brock University.

In high school, Alyssia was part of multiple clubs, activities and volunteer efforts. She is particularly proud of her involvement with the Read More Book Club, for which she was in charge of the “Read More Succeed More Book Drive” for Ronald McDonald House Hamilton. Alyssia was also involved in the Halloween 4 Hunger campaign and the school’s “Christmas Miracle” campaign.

Alyssia was the lead flute player in the Saint Thomas More concert band, and a cast member in the school’s production of “Footloose”. Outside of school, Alyssia volunteered at the Juravinski Hospital and was a volunteer swim instructor at a City of Hamilton pool.


The Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship is named for Karan Barker, a former executive officer of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington. Karan was an outstanding EO, winning awards from both OREA and CREA in recognition of her contributions to our association and the real estate profession.

Karan Barker Scholarships are presented each year to students who are children or grandchildren of RAHB members or RAHB staff. All recipients are attending or will be attending university or college.These young people have demonstrated academic excellence and a high level of involvement in their school or the community.

To date, $96,500 has been awarded to 70 students since the inception of the Scholarships in 2001.

RAHB dues deadline December 31, 2017

The quarterly RAHB dues have been billed and e-mailed to you as part of your November monthly invoice.  Please note that dues are payable no later than December 31, 2017.

Full Member    

$125.00 – RAHB dues (Jan-Mar)

$28.75 – OREA dues (Jan-Mar)

$77.50 – CREA dues (Jan-Mar)

­­­­­­­­­­­$30.06 – HST

$261.31 – Total


Acceptable methods of Payment are:

In Person: Visa, MasterCard, Interac, cash or cheque

By Phone: Visa or MasterCard

Online through Matrix: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Visa Debit (New)

Online: CIBC/PC Financial, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, TD Canada Trust – for assistance in set-up, please contact Karin at 905.529.8101 x 258.

Pre-Authorized payment subscribers will be processed on Thursday December 21, 2017.


A reminder about notifying RAHB of terminations in your office

Brokerages are responsible for notifying RAHB when members in their office resign or otherwise leave.  Notice must be received by RAHB within seven business days of the member leaving.  If notice is delayed beyond the seven business days, the Brokerage will be assessed a penalty of $50 per incident. (RAHB Bylaw, Article 4, Section 1.02.)


Chili Cook-off Flash Sale at the Realty Shoppe!


On Thursday, November 23, 2017 only, the Realty Shoppe will be offering a 20% discount on the following Shoppe products, while quantities last.

Flash Sale Item

Regular Price


Chili Cook-off Sale Price


Peel and Stick 2018 Calendar Magnets – Home Sweet Home $0.50 ea $0.40 ea
Reversible Welcome Sign – Blue $15.85 ea $12.68 ea
(companion) Reversible Leave Card/Register Sign – Blue $4.85 ea $3.88 ea
Reversible Welcome Sign – Multi $15.85 ea $12.68 ea
(companion) Reversible Leave Card/Register Sign – Multi $4.85 ea $3.88 ea
Reversible Welcome Sign – Black & White $15.85 ea $12.68 ea
(companion) Reversible Leave Card/Register Sign – Black & White $4.85 ea $3.88 ea


Discount will be applied to in-store purchases only – you must purchase in person, and personal shopping only please. Some restrictions will apply: please contact the Realty Shoppe (905-529-5979) for details.

REALTORS® on The Hill: RAHB Government Relations

What do you get with you mix REALTORS® from across Canada and Members of Parliament? CREA PAC Days, of course!

The annual political action conference was held in Ottawa from October 15-17, 2017. RAHB representatives – President Lou Piriano, President-elect Jack Loft and Government Relations Committee members Stephanie Pinet and Margaret Reid – met with MPs Philomena Tassi, David Sweet, Bob Bratina and Karina Gould to discuss recommendations to:

  • extend the Home Buyers Plan to help Canadians through significant life changes such as death of a spouse, marital breakdown or accommodation of an elderly family member
  • allow parents to loan RRSP funds to their adult children for the purchase of a home

Next stop for RAHB PAC representatives? OREA will be holding it’s annual PAC conference November 19-21, and REALTORS® will be speaking with local MPPs at Queen’s Park.

Philomena Tassi

Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the 2018 RAHB Board of Directors are now open!

Do you want to put your name forward or nominate another member? Check out the official information package, which includes:

  • Notice of Election Meeting
  • 2017 Election Schedule
  • Qualities of a Director
  • Nomination Form (Nominations open on October 16 and close November 3, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Candidate Profile

If you’re thinking of running for the 2018 Board and want to hear about the process for nominees as well as what it’s like to be a Director, be sure to drop by the October 25th Candidates Cafe at the RAHB Office (McCullough Room, lower level) at 10 a.m.!

If you have any questions about the meeting, the election process or the information included in the Notice of Meeting contact 905.529.8101 X236 or

Thanks and we look forward to receiving your nomination packages!

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RAHB welcomes new members!

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington extends a warm welcome to its newest members from July22 to August 23, 2017!


Joshua Fennell
Patti Lowes
Apex Results Realty Inc.

Rebecca Keddy
Century 21 Dreams Inc.

Laila Andersen
Riaz Baig
Michael Johnson
Brian Medeiros
Muily Quanh
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Mina Hanna
Christine Mangubat
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Filip Hajduk
Kingsway Real Estate

Donato Cascioli
Robert Kronas Real Estate

Graham Durrant
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Tahmid Ahmed
Korey Meadows
Joanna Strano
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Sabrina Farrauto
Right At Home Realty Inc.


Thank You to Our Sponsor:

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Have you moved recently?

When you move it is important that your new address is updated with RAHB.

Why? Members have experienced issues when they use their credit card to pay their RAHB account. The address on their account (which comes from their membership records) does not match the address the credit card company has on file, and so their payment is declined.

To avoid this happening to you, please ensure that your address is up to date with RAHB. You can contact one of our corporate services staff, or log in to your Single Sign On (SSO) dashboard at, click on “Education/Account Services”, then click on View/Update Personal Information and update your own information.

Thank You to Our Sponsor:


Professional Development for REALTORS®

Register for any Professional Development course or ProDev+ through RAHB Education/Account Services (button on your SSO at or by contacting Angela at or 905.529.8101 x233.


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


Negotiation Strategies for Commercial Leasing – Don Patterson (NEW!)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RAHB Members: $45+HST
Non-Members: $56.25+HST


Master Open House – Amyn Chagan
Monday, October 23, 2017
9 a.m. – Noon
RAHB Members: $79+HST
(if registered by October 16, 2017; Regular $99+HST)
Non-Members: $98.75+HST
(if registered by October 16, 2017; Regular $123.75+HST)


Multiple Offers: The Seller, The Buyer and You! – Bill Johnson
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
RAHB Members: $45+HST
Non-Members: $56.25+HST


Shift Your ​Paradigm – Jacquelyn MacKenzie (NEW!)
​​Monday, November 13, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon.
RAHB Members: Free​
Non-Members: $15+HST​


​Best Practices – Everyday Use of Forms – Hugh Foy (NEW!)
​Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
RAHB Members: $30+HST
Non-Members: $37.50+HST


Reminder: RAHB Office Closure
Monday, October 9, 2017 (Thanksgiving Day)

Thank You to Our Sponsor:

ross & mcbride