Grimsby Open Forum – Niagara Escarpment Plan Featured

The Grimsby Community Open Forum (Friday, June 15) was an excellent time of conversation and exchange of information and ideas! Members who attended were treated to a presentation by Nancy Mott and John Stuart of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, who spoke at length about the Niagara Escarpment plan and the development permit process.

In response to members’ interest in learning more about the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Commission, the process for obtaining development permits, and the escarpment itself, we are providing links to additional information for the benefit of all members.

Check out this information:

Interactive Map NEC Website Development Permits

Photos of the action at the Grimsby Community Open Forum

Great Open Forum in Caledonia – Two More to Go!

Thank you to all members who attended the Caledonia Community Open Forum on June 5, 2018!

There was great dialogue and participation by all members, with discussion covering upcoming events, RAHB initiatives, professionalism, and updates from representatives on the Nomination Committee and Charity Auction Task Force.

Joining the Open Forum was Jaymie Nelson, Senior Economic Development Officer for Haldimand County.  Several members asked Jaymie where to find the Community Profile; it can be downloaded in full online here.

Also, any members interested in receiving FREE print copies of Haldimand County Maps and Guides can simply fill out this form.

** Remember: There are still two more Community Open Forums being held this month.  You don’t want to miss out so please pre-register today!

Grimsby – Friday, June 15: Register here

Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20: Register here

Some scenes from the Caledonia Community Open Forum!

 

 

 

Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined the association between April 25 and May 29, 2018!

Fazl Molana
James Tilbury
Ambitious Realty Advisors Inc.

Peter Milovanovic
Apex Results Realty Inc.

Leah Li
Bay Street Group Inc.

Crystal Curran
Vijay Balakrishnan
Dave Pitblado
Century 21 Dreams Inc.

Jennifer Dodds
EXP Realty of Canada Inc.

Geza Major
Farah Behnam
Gary Tiwana
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Savvy Tinna
David Abboud
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Bashar A. Al Saigh
PC275 Elite

Amanda Billeci
Terri Chow
Fernando Caiella
Jennifer Syer
Voyo Zlojutro
Kiran Verma
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Jasmine Ancona
RE/MAX Escarpment Woolcott Realty Inc.

Yogendrasinh Chaudhari
Jason Humphries
Lisette Silva Stolp
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Jodie Bowen
Rockhaven Realty Inc.

Michael Di Berardo
Tamara Morales
Royal LePage Macro Realty

Alexandra Fritch
Marian Pona
Royal LePage State Realty

Khan Waqar
Royal LePage Terrequity

Alison Sutton
Zoocasa Realty Inc.

 

 

 

Coming Soon: New Member Portal!

You will soon see a new, easy-to-use and more personal member portal when you sign in to my.rahb.ca! The new portal will give you the ability to:

  • immediately see details about your RAHB account – and you can pay right away!
  • view a list of upcoming courses and see what courses for which you are already registered
  • see a calendar with all meetings and courses
  • edit some of your personal profile information
  • perform a member search
  • see RAHB notifications
  • link to all the RAHB services/information as you do now

And all of this will be in one place!

The new member portal will be rolled out in two stages:

On Tuesday, June 12, you will be introduced to the new member portal when you log in to my.rahb.ca and use the link to education/account services. The link will take you to the new portal where you will easily see details about upcoming RAHB courses and information about your RAHB account.  New: Brokers of Record and Managers will see additional information about their office accounts.

After the new member portal is introduced in education/account services, the member portal will become the new Single Sign On (SSO) landing page at my.rahb.ca.  It will look similar to what you will have seen for education/account services, but will also include the icons with links to the REALTOR® Tools, RAHB News & Membership Services and REALTOR® Resources you see now at my.rahb.ca. This will be your gateway to Matrix, WEBForms® and other resources.

The new member portal will give you easier access to your RAHB account, your personal profile, and registration for professional development courses while still providing links to other RAHB resources. Watch for more details about the new member portal coming soon!

And there’s more exciting news!

Also coming soon: a new online Realty Shoppe, easily accessed through the new member portal.  Details are still being finalized, so watch for more information!

 

Complete Our Electronic Lock Box Survey for a Chance to Win a $50 Tim Horton’s Gift Card

RAHB is considering introducing electronic lock boxes to our marketplace for our members. In order for their use to be effective, electronic lock boxes would need to be used by every RAHB member who lists properties and chooses to install a lock box.

Before we explore this we would like to obtain your level of interest in the idea of using electronic lock boxes.

Your personal security, the physical security of your seller’s property and contents, as well as ease of use and compatibility with modern digital business processes and RAHB’s MLS®  System, are all reasons to consider exploring electronic lock boxes at this point in time.

We ask that you please take two minutes to answer four questions via our survey – use the Take the Survey link below.

The survey will be available until Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Please note that survey responses and participation are completely anonymous.

As a thank you for your participation, and if we receive one-third member participation for this survey, all members will be added to a draw for a $50 Tim Horton’s gift card.

Responses to this survey will be collected and provided to all members in an upcoming issue of our NewsReal e-newsletter. The winner of the Tim Horton’s gift card will also be announced at that time.

Thank you in advance for your participation. We value your feedback and strive to add value to your RAHB membership.

Take the survey now:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElectronicLockBoxes

Lunch with the President!

Today RAHB President Jack Loft enjoyed lunch with Bill Beattie of Royal LePage State Realty. Bill has been in the business nine years after a successful career as a sales manager. He is passionate about serving his clients and is impressed with our current Board. Bill would support electronic lock boxes and also likes the Realty Shoppe. He is proud to call himself a ‘non asterisk’ agent!

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to president@rahb.ca.

Lunch with the President

 

Announcement: RAHB’s New Member Value Package – RAHB Advantage

I am very pleased to announce a new member-only value package – RAHB Advantage!

Through RAHB Advantage, we are partnering with a variety of local businesses that will be offering services at discounted prices not available to the general public.

The May 9 issue of NewsReal will include details about our first two partners – The Personal home and auto group insurance and GoodLife Fitness – as well as instructions on how to sign up for the services of your choice. With this member value package you are in control as these services are totally optional; you may register and use whichever services you need or want.

RAHB Advantage is just one more way your association adds value to your RAHB membership. Over the past year RAHB has rolled out a full data share with the regional real estate boards and associations, a new Matrix MLS® System, ShowingTime to automate the property showings process and now this member value package.

Stay tuned as we continue to add more partners to RAHB Advantage, and add even more value to your RAHB membership.

Sincerely,


George O’Neill
CEO

 

Scholarship Applications Available!

Does your daughter, son, granddaughter or grandson qualify for a RAHB Scholarship in Memory of Karan Barker?  Does she or he:

  • Attend, or have an acceptance to attend, university or community college?
  • Demonstrate academic excellence?
  • Get involved in school activities or the community?
  • Show maturity, initiative and/or strength of character?

If this sounds like your child or grandchild, have them complete an application for a 2018 scholarship!

Download the 2018 RAHB Scholarship in Memory of Karan Barker application from REALTOR Link® (look under the Forms & Member Changes tab) or find it here.

Application deadline is Friday, September 14, 2018.

 

Reminder: Changes to RAHB Photographer Billings and Services

As of May 1, 2018, RAHB’s photographer, REAL Services, has changed its delivery platform. This has resulted 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 photos@realservices.ca. 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 support@rahb.ca.

Lunch with the President!

RAHB President Jack Loft had lunch on April 26, 2018 with two engaging women, Corinne Nezic and her daughter Holly Estey, who work as a team for Sutton Group About Town. Corinne and Holly are pleased with the educational opportunities offered by RAHB, and want more professionalism and stricter discipline with regard to members. They would also welcome electronic lock boxes. Jack, Corinne and Holly had a very interesting talk!

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to president@rahb.ca.

Lunch with the President

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.