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.



Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined the association between April 4 and April 24, 2018!

Stephanie Lu
Bay Street Group Inc.

Victor Rosettani
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Maria Galerakis
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Oz Ferreira
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Kristen Termorshuizen
Royal LePage NRC Realty Inc.

Darren Noble
Royal LePage State Realty

Sarah Chambers
StreetCity Realty Inc.

Cait Rutty
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.

2018 RAHB Charity Golf Tournament!

2018 RAHB Charity Golf Tournament!

Tee it high and let it fly! Register now for RAHB’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

When:
Friday, June 8, 2018
10:30 a.m. Registration
11 a.m. Lunch
12 noon Shotgun start

Where:
Copetown Woods Golf Club
1430 Concession 2 Rd. W.
Copetown, ON LOR 1JO

Cost:
$175 +HST per player
Includes golf cart, lunch, dinner, contests and more!

Register:  Click here!

Info:      Contact Sheila Sferrazza at 905.529.8101 X234 or sheilas@rahb.ca

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 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.

National Volunteer Week – a Special Thank You!

Thank you to all RAHB volunteers!

It’s National Volunteer Week, and RAHB would like to say a big “thank you!” to all members who volunteer with the Association. We appreciate our volunteer committee and task force members who offer their time, talents and expertise for the benefit of all members.

Do you volunteer in your community or for other causes? A big “thank you!” to you, too! REALTORS® are known for their volunteerism, and supporting your community speaks volumes about how much you care.

Do you have volunteers who help you in your business or other endeavours? Be sure to thank them for their efforts – let them know you appreciate the work they do for you.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

On the Road Again!

RAHB is coming your way with Community Open Forums in June, 2018!

Caledonia – Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Grace United Church (174 Caithness St. East)

Grimsby – Friday, June 15, 2018
Trinity United Church (100 Main Street West)

Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Grace United Church (301 Broad St. East)

For all open forums:  registration and continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; opening remarks at 10:00 a.m.

Watch for more details coming soon!

 

OREA’s Action Plan for Cannabis Legalization

What harm can a plant or two – or four – do?

If the plant is marijuana and it is being grown indoors, as will likely be allowed by pending federal legislation, the answer may be “plenty”. Growing marijuana indoors can lead to the growth of mold and fungus, which can pose serious health risks for anyone living in the property. These effects are not limited to massive grow ops; with the suggested maximum of four plants, the light and heat from the lamps needed by the plants can cause dangerous levels of mold and fungus.

This is a serious issue for REALTORS® who will be called on to list or sell properties which may be damaged by marijuana grown either legally (once legislation is approved) or illegally.

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) developed a five-point Action Plan for Cannabis Legalization for the Province to consider as it decides how to manage legalized marijuana. The recommendations in the plan focus on the effects of indoor marijuana plants on homes, home owners and home buyers, and includes proposals for dealing with illegal grow operations as well as legal plants. OREA unveiled their plan at a press conference at Queen’s Park on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Please visit www.ProtectOntarioHomes.ca to learn all about OREA’s Action Plan for Cannabis Legalization, the issues with growing marijuana indoors, and how you can support OREA’s plan by writing to your MPP.

Click here to watch OREA’s announcement at Queen’s Park on Monday, April 9, 2018.

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 president@rahb.ca.

Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined the association between February 28 and April 3, 2018!

Patricia Masters
Jonathan Reid
Bridgecan Realty Corp.

Evan Okopny
Coldwell Banker-Burnhill Realty

Aparna Kumta
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals

Kathryn Stenhouse
Com/Choice Realty

Marilee Fehr
ComFree Commonsense Network

Adam Landucci
Thong Nguyen
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Anna Sophia Jodhi
Sukhi Kohli
Michael McQuinn
Sarah Murray
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Frank Battista
Nick Fernandez
Joshua Fleming
Kristy Kelly
Morgan LeBlanc
Emilio Librobuono
Suzanne MacGillivray
Mike Muzzin
Michael Ricci
Dawn Louise Simpson
Tracy Tran
Donna Young
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Irena Tunjic
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Donna Ross
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Benjamin Dobrocky
PC275 Realty Inc.

Bharty Bhalla
Chris Cipriani
Sandra Giavedoni
David Hildebrand
Josh Reagan
Brendan Spencer
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Evan Boyle
Frank Ilia
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Allan Fry
Melissa Grego
Siddharth Jaishankar
Thomas Keaney
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Mike Andre
Robert Baker
Diana Cassar
Sinead Robinson
Chris Spiridoulias
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Slavica Mutnjakovic
Search Realty Corp.

Dianne Usher
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Mariah Parker
Sutton Group Innovative Realty Inc.

Lost and Found – RAHB AGM

Did you attend the RAHB Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at Michelangelo Event and Conference Centre and leave a small bag of groceries under your chair?

You can claim your bag (and contents) at the RAHB office. Contact the receptionist at 905.529.8101 or drop in and visit the reception area.