Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd.
T – Thompson P – Purnell
Member Engagement Committee
Wednesday, August 16 – T, 10 a.m.
Charity Auction Task Force
Wednesday, August 16 – T, 1:30 p.m.
Government Relations Committee
Wednesday, August 23 – T, 9:15 a.m.
Open Forums – Fall, 2017
9:30 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Meeting
Wednesday, September 6
Grace United Church, 174 Caithness St. E.
Friday, September 8
Trinity United Church, 100 Main St. W.
Friday, September 15
Grace United Church, 301 Broad St. E.
Friday, September 29
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave.
The following letter was sent to all members of July 19, 2017.
Yesterday [July 18, 2017] afternoon, RAHB’s Board of Directors met to review in detail the latest draft of the data share contract provided by ORTIS.
Although there are ten areas we still have concerns with, in the spirit of cooperation to get the contract in place, we are ready to accept eight as-is, leaving only two outstanding items we cannot accept. These last two items were already previously agreed to by both RAHB and ORTIS but were deleted by ORTIS in their latest draft.
The two items deal with control of the distribution of data and reciprocity of data access. Data is a critical asset for brokerages and members, and proper distribution and control are vital to ensuring the continued success of our REALTORS®. It is unfortunate these last two items were removed, as RAHB was prepared to sign the contract yesterday.
Therefore, this week RAHB’s lawyer will write the two deleted items back into the contract, and will seek agreement from ORTIS, which would result in a signed contract. RAHB will also ask ORTIS to not shut off the current data feed, as we understand they plan to do on August 15, 2017, so that CoreLogic would have the 6-8 weeks they need to complete the new data transfer program between RAHB’s Matrix system and the regional system. In this event, RAHB will re-schedule our Matrix go-live date so you will continue to have uninterrupted access to all RAHB and regional listings.
Should ORTIS not agree to reinstate the two outstanding items, and in order to provide you as much notice as possible, RAHB will schedule a Members Meeting to be held in August. At that time you can address any questions directly to us and to your Board of Directors since we fully appreciate there has been much uncertainty about the data share. However, until the completion of negotiations, or preferably until the contract is signed, your Board of Directors is not in a position to speak in as much detail as you perhaps would prefer. We do not think it is appropriate to negotiate business contracts in public or to share drafts on social media sites.
An update will be provided again next week as to the status of the data share contract at that time.
Thank you for your patience as we work through the final details; and thank you for being a RAHB member.
George O’Neill, CEO and Lou Piriano, 2017 President
Deadline for 2017 Karan Barker Scholarships is Friday, August 11!
If your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter is intending to apply for a Karan Barker Scholarship, remind them the deadline for applications is coming up very soon, on August 11, 2017
Qualifications for a scholarship:
- attending, or has an acceptance to attend, university or community college
- outstanding academic record and/or is very involved in school activities or the community
- can demonstrate maturity, initiative and/or strength of character
Complete details are on the 2017 scholarship application – find it on REALTOR Link® (look under the Forms & Member Changes tab) or at http://bit.ly/RAHBscholar2017.
RAHB in the news – see what the media’s been saying!
Realtors golf tournament raises money for local shelters (Hamilton Spectator)
Realtors Care Foundation Motorcycle Ride for Charity (93.3 CFMU Radio)
Realtors rev up for annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)
Realtors rev up (Hamilton Spectator)
Realtors rev up for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)
City Matters – Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Cable 14)
Hamilton home sales fizzle, but don’t panic, says an expert
Hamilton, Burlington home sales drop 20%; prices continue rise
Hamilton home sales decrease in June as listings surge continues
Halton Women’s Place one of shelters to receive proceeds from RAHB golf tourney
Thank You To Our Sponsor:
Welcome to these members who joined RAHB between June 22-July 21, 2017
Apex Results Realty Inc.
Keller Williams Complete Realty.
Keller Williams Edge Realty
PC275 Realty Inc.
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.
Gino R. Montani
Right At Home Realty Inc.
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Loretta Phinney
Zolo Realty Inc.
RAHB is pleased to invite you to a brand new professional development event: ProDev+!
ProDev+ is a full-day where you and your fellow REALTORS® can learn about hot industry topics, enjoy a boutique vendor trade show and network at our Signature+ cocktail mixer.
ProDev+ education sessions will cover home inspections, negotiations, compliance, social media, GeoWarehouse and RAHB’s new Matrix 7.0 MLS® System. And don’t miss out on our special feature: a Q&A panel with veteran REALTORS®!
But that’s not all. Your ProDev+ ticket includes a delicious boxed lunch for you to enjoy as you participate in our education sessions. Plus, if you register by October 2, 2017, you will also receive a complimentary drink ticket for the Signature+ cocktail mixer.
Seating is limited, so register today through RAHB Education/Account Services (on your dashboard at my.rahb.ca) or email email@example.com. You don’t want to miss out!
For more information, visit the official event page at http://www.rahb.ca/project/prodevplus
Have an open discussion with RAHB on what matters to you!
RAHB is back on the road this fall with our Open Forum community meetings! Join us for light refreshments and, of course, great conversation. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and Forums start at 10:00 a.m. All RAHB members are welcome! There is no cost to attend but contact Kathy firstname.lastname@example.org or 905.529.8101 x237
to reserve your spot today. Seating is limited!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to T. Glen Chambers (Chambers Commercial Real Estate Group Inc.) on his recent retirement after 67 years of RAHB membership!
The Association would like to recognize members who have recently retired after achieving 40+ consecutive years of RAHB membership. If you know of a member who should be recognized, please contact Camryn in Membership at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905.529.8101 X251.
Thank You To Our Sponsor:
Register now for these great courses!
**New** FINTRAC Legal Update – Mark Weisleder
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
**New** Agency: Practical Facts for Dealing with Buyers – Hugh Foy
Thursday, August 17, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
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.
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.
Multiple Offers – Bill Johnston
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
** New** The Best Practices of Forms – Hugh Foy
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
All courses will be held at the RAHB office (McCullough Room, lower level).
New Professional Development event!
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 email@example.com or 905.529.8101 x233.
Thank You To Our Sponsor:
Two local women’s shelters – Halton Women’s Place of Burlington and Interval House of Hamilton – shared the proceeds from RAHB’s annual charity golf tournament held May 18, 2017. The final tally came in at $7,022, with $3,511 going to each organization.
“As real estate professionals, we understand the importance of having a safe place to call home,” says RAHB CEO, George O’Neill. “RAHB REALTORS® are proud to support these two community-based shelters.”
Thank You To Our Sponsor:
(This message was originally sent to all members on July 5, 2017, but bears repeating)
I am following up on the message I sent to you on June 26, 2017 about the status of the data sharing contract between RAHB and the regional boards and associations that are members of ORTIS.
Based on the last version of the contract ORTIS proposed to RAHB, [on July 4] RAHB forwarded to ORTIS updates we believe are fair and equitable for not only RAHB members but also for REALTORS® from the regional boards and associations. The terms and conditions are back in alignment with those already agreed to in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between RAHB and ORTIS in January 2017.
We understand ORTIS has a board of directors meeting on July 6, 2017, at which time they are expected to review this contract. We are optimistic they will agree with the updates so we can proceed to instruct CoreLogic to develop the data share program.
RAHB continues to plan the cutover from Fusion to our own Matrix platform on August 15, 2017. Following are more details about that transition, and what you can do to be ready.
Matrix is coming!
I’m excited to announce that you will have your first look at RAHB’s new Matrix system on Wednesday, July 12, 2017!
Starting on July 12, you will be able to access the RAHB Matrix system using the RAHB Matrix button which will be added to your single sign on (SSO) dashboard (use the URL http://my.rahb.ca and login as you would normally login to Fusion or your current SSO dashboard– no additional login is required)! Remember to mark the new SSO URL as a favourite – it will be your gateway to Matrix, RAHB news and membership services, and other REALTOR® tools.
Once you’re inside the RAHB Matrix system, you will be able to search the RAHB MLS® database for all RAHB MLS® listings and check the accuracy of your client searches and contacts records (which will be migrated from Fusion and/or the regional Matrix system).
What about the regional Matrix system?
At this time, we are still negotiating a final contract for sharing data with the regional MLS® boards and associations via ORTIS. Until our final cutover on August 15, RAHB will continue to upload listings from Fusion to the regional system, so you can continue to access the regional system for your regional searches. We will communicate the status of the data share as soon as it becomes finalized.
What about broker loading listings?
Until cutover, you will continue to load your listings into Fusion – there is a Fusion button on your SSO dashboard to take you directly to Fusion.
Over the next few weeks until cutover, we will be sending you information about the new Matrix system, helpful how-to videos and tutorials, the new data input forms, how to customize Matrix for yourself and your clients, and more. Be sure to watch your inbox!
One final word
On August 15, 2017, when we make the final cutover to our own Matrix system, Fusion will be retired and you will do everything – enter and maintain listings, searches and statistics – in the RAHB Matrix system. Please use the preview period to become familiar with what our Matrix system offers you. It is the most up-to-date version and has enhancements not found in the regional system.
As always, if you have any questions about how to use Matrix, please contact our MLS® help desk at 905.667.4650.