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.


Thank You To Our Sponsor:

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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.


Thank You To Our Sponsor:

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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Does your daughter or son – or granddaughter or grandson – qualify for a Karan Barker Scholarship?

Does she or he…

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Application deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017.

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Services Spotlight: From RAHB Government Relations…

RAHB Government Relations

Did you know that RAHB has its fingers on the pulse of what’s going on municipally, provincially and federally through its Government Relations Committee? And that RAHB has built relationships with business organizations to become an influential member of the community?

Your association is very much part of the local and wider communities so that your interests – and those of home buyers and sellers – are considered and protected when decisions are being made.Your association is very much part of the local and wider communities so that your interests – and those of home buyers and sellers – are considered and protected when decisions are being made.

 

Here are just a few of the ways RAHB has been involved in local, provincial and national issues:
  • RAHB’s leadership and Government Relations Committee representatives participate in annual CREA and OREA Political Action Conferences,  where the big event is meeting with local MPs and MPPs to discuss real estate-related issues. These relationships are built further at local visits with  the same representatives.
  • RAHB worked to dissuade Hamilton City Council from adopting landlord licensing and to encourage the city to develop and present a program to encourage landlords to safely create secondary suites through simple, legal means. As this conversation continues at City Hall, RAHB has  a voice at the table to ensure affordable housing is maintained in a safe way.
  • In 2015, RAHB’s Government Relations Committee successfully lobbied City Councillors to discourage them from considering asking for powers to impose  a municipal land transfer tax.
  • RAHB partnered with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton-Halton Home Builders Association in the 2014 civic election. Together, as the Hamilton Business Leaders, the group hosted a Q&A with the mayoralty candidates.
  • Representatives from RAHB are consistently invited to participate on committees, as part  of focus groups and in other forms of stakeholder engagement in Hamilton, Burlington and beyond, allowing members voices to be heard as well and information to flow both ways.
  • RAHB holds membership in all Chambers of Commerce of communities within its boundaries,  and actively participates in Chamber activities in Hamilton and Burlington through sponsorship of events, including most recently, the Bay Area Economic Summit.

Thank you to our sponsor:

Ross and McBride

Mark your Calendar

Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

Events Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd.
T – Thompson P – Purnell

Charity Auction Task Force
Wednesday, July 12 – T, 10 a.m.

Governance and Bylaw Committee
Tuesday, July 18 – T, 9:30 a.m.

Finance Comittee
Wednesday, July 19 – T, 9:30 a.m.

Strategic Options
Thursday, July 20 – T, 9:30 a.m.

MLS® Committee
Tuesday, July 25 – T, 9:30 a.m.

 

Open Forums – Fall, 2017
9:30 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Meeting

Caledonia
Wednesday, September 6
Grace United Church, 174 Caithness St. E.

Grimsby
Friday, September 8
Trinity United Church, 100 Main St. W.

Dunnville
Friday, September 15
Grace United Church, 301 Broad St. E.

Burlington
Friday, September 29
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave.

 

Save the Dates!

Commercial Emerge

ProDev+ Save the date

CMHC Save the Date

Professional Development for REALTORS®

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

Computer Courses:

New Member Computer Training Level 1
Thursday, June 15 – C 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Professional Development Courses:

Tax and Estate Planning (Lunch & Learn) – Peter Bowen
Monday, June 5, 2017 – M FREE
10 a.m. – Noon (followed by lunch)

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

Successful Email Marketing – Mark Brodsky 
Monday, June 12, 2017 – M
10 a.m. – Noon
FREE

New Interactive Zoning Lookup Tool – Sue Rimac
​Monday, June 26, 2017 – M
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
FREE

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

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

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

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