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.
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!
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Want graphics that you can easily share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Download the RAHB Members social media stats kit for March 2018! This is a .zip folder format. To learn how to open a .zip folder on your computer, click here.
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