Milestones – Retirement

Lee PagliaroCongratulations to Lee Pagliaro (Coldwell Banker Burnhill Realty) on his recent retirement after 42 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 camrynh@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 X251.

Realty Shoppe Closure – Inventory

Please note that the Realty Shoppe will be closed all day Friday, December 15, 2017 for inventory – sorry, no sales or orders.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  We will be open again for full service on Monday, December 18, 2017.

REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction 2017

RAHB Charity Auction by the Style Group

RAHB’s annual major fundraising event, REALTORS® 4 Kids, was another huge success!

Four hundred fifty members and supporters came out on Thursday, November 16 to generously support the CHML/Y108/Fresh Radio 95.3 Children’s Fund. It was an evening of bidding on fantastic live auction packages and great items in the silent auction, playing games and taking part in raffles, and socializing.

How generous were our members? The auction raised over $73,000 for The Children’s Fund! And we’re still counting – watch for the final number in a future News & Alerts on RAHB Matrix.

Thanks to all members who supported this year’s REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction!

In photo above: Jeff Storey (Children’s Fund President), Aileen Araujo (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Brian Shaw (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Justin Glover (CHML Promotions Manager)

REALTORS® Care! REALTORS® Support Local Charities

Photo for REALTORS Care RAHB 2017

Representatives from eight local charitable organizations were at RAHB to receive grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

RAHB President Lou Piriano and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $39,970 on behalf of the Foundation, which is supported by RAHB members. Each year, funds donated by RAHB members come back to the community, to be distributed among local shelter-related organizations.

Cheques were presented to Carpenter Hospice, Halton Women’s Place, Mark Preece Family House, Mission Services, Neighbour to Neighbour, Salvation Army Hamilton, The Bridge, Wesley Urban Ministries and the YWCA Hamilton.

For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to https://realtorscareontario.ca.

In photograph above: RAHB CEO George O’Neill (back row, third from left) and President Lou Piriano (back row, fourth from left) with REALTORS Care® Foundation grant recipients. (The representative from Carpenter Hospice is missing from the photo.)

2017 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to these sons and daughters of RAHB members and RAHB staff who were awarded $2,000 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarships at the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on December 5, 2017!

 

Mark Bertone

Mark Bertone is the son of RAHB staff member Cathy Sorbara.  Mark is a graduate of St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School and he is now attending McMaster University in the Honours Bachelor program in Biology, with a view to doing post graduate work in Medicine to become a doctor.

Mark was very active in his high school with fundraising events such as the Terry Fox Run and pilgrimage walks to raise funds for Third World countries. He was a school library volunteer after school hours.  In the community, Mark is an active member of his church, and was an altar server for six years. In 2013, he volunteered as a team leader in the church’s summer camp. He also served as assistant coach in the Mount Hamilton Youth Club and volunteered as a companion/sitter for an elderly woman.

 

Seth CarterSeth Carter is the son of Derek Carter of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc. Seth graduated from Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster to pursue a career in nursing and he is hoping to specialize in the surgical field.

In high school, Seth assisted Grade 1 and 2 students in reading, writing and mathematics at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School. He was elected to the first-ever Bishop Tonnos Secondary School Prefect Council. He also tutored all grades, ran school-wide events such as Grade 9 Day, introduced parents and new students to the school, and mentored students who had difficulty in becoming part of the Bishop Tonnos community. He also volunteered at the Bishop Tonnos annual We Scare Hunger event. Outside of school, Seth volunteered at Rygel Homes for Community Living and canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Association.

 

Lianna GenoveseLianna Genovese is the daughter of Joe Genovese of Coldwell Banker Community Professionals. Lianna graduated from St. Thomas Moore Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster University in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Science faculty. Her long-term goal is to design prosthetics and create medical technology advancements, which she hopes would be used in third world countries.

At school, Lianna served as Prefect and Senior School Leader, organized fundraisers, participated in the Best Buddies activities and helped integrate grade nine students into the school. She also volunteered in the breakfast program and was the leader and representative of Knight Runners, for which she organized community charity runs, collected charitable donations and raised school awareness of various causes.  Outside of school, Lianna canvassed for the Heart & Stroke Association.

 

Vito ManchisiVito Manchisi is the son of Leo Manchisi of Century 21 Miller Real Estate. Vito is a graduate of Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School and is now attending Western University, where he is taking Kinesiology with a view to working in sports therapy.

Vito is a sports enthusiast – he played high school soccer and football as well as Grade 9 basketball; helped run local hockey tournaments and elementary track meets, played in Burlington’s Rep soccer program and volunteered at Allstar Sports Camp for two years. In addition to his sports activities, Vito was also a mentor who helped grade nine students transition into high school.

 

 

Alyssia SilenziAlyssia Silenzi is the daughter of Mark Silenzi of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.  Alyssia graduated from Saint Thomas More Catholic Secondary School and is now attending the Nursing program at Brock University.

In high school, Alyssia was part of multiple clubs, activities and volunteer efforts. She is particularly proud of her involvement with the Read More Book Club, for which she was in charge of the “Read More Succeed More Book Drive” for Ronald McDonald House Hamilton. Alyssia was also involved in the Halloween 4 Hunger campaign and the school’s “Christmas Miracle” campaign.

Alyssia was the lead flute player in the Saint Thomas More concert band, and a cast member in the school’s production of “Footloose”. Outside of school, Alyssia volunteered at the Juravinski Hospital and was a volunteer swim instructor at a City of Hamilton pool.

 


The Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship is named for Karan Barker, a former executive officer of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington. Karan was an outstanding EO, winning awards from both OREA and CREA in recognition of her contributions to our association and the real estate profession.

Karan Barker Scholarships are presented each year to students who are children or grandchildren of RAHB members or RAHB staff. All recipients are attending or will be attending university or college.These young people have demonstrated academic excellence and a high level of involvement in their school or the community.

To date, $96,500 has been awarded to 70 students since the inception of the Scholarships in 2001.

RAHB Annual Election Meeting Results

If you weren’t at the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on Tuesday, December 5 at the Royal Botanical Gardens, you were missed!

A lack of quorum at the meeting meant that the election portion of the meeting could proceed, but any voting items such as the proposed Bylaw amendments will be postponed until a future meeting.

OREA – New Direction and Update

Ontario Real Estate Association President Ettore Cardarelli and VP Public Affairs and Communications Matthew Thornton presented a brief look at OREA’s new, more member-focused agenda and provided an update on OREA initiatives. They discussed the goals in OREA’s five-year strategic plan which were described as “doing fewer things, better”. Their plan will focus government relations, standard forms, leadership programs and governance reform.

The Votes are In!

Congratulations to Nikola Bucalo, Kathy Della-Nebbia, Stephanie Pinet and Bob Van de Vrande on their election to the RAHB Board of Directors for 2018!

Your 2018 Directors will be:

  • Jack Loft, President
  • Lou Piriano, Immediate Past President
  • Ann Forbes Arndt
  • Nikola Bucalo
  • Kathy Della-Nebbia
  • Ralph Frisina
  • Paul Hammond
  • Stephanie Pinet
  • Diane Price
  • Bob Van de Vrande
  • Richard Weima

The election of the President-Elect will take place before the end of the year.

The new Board has been sworn in and will take office January 1, 2018.

REALTORS® at Queen’s Park!

RAHB delegates to the Ontario Real Estate Association’s  Ontario REALTOR® Party Conference met with local MPPs to discuss two important issues that affect home ownership and real estate registrants: the pending Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HER&D) legislation and the importance of modernizing the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act 2002 (REBBA 2002).

The meetings took place during OREA’s annual Ontario REALTOR® Party Conference (formerly known as the Political Action Conference) from November 19-21, 2017 in Toronto. RAHB delegates were President Lou Piriano, RAHB CEO George O’Neill, Government Relations Committee Chair Kathy Della-Nebbia and Vice-chair Nicholas von Bredow and GR staff Valerie Webster.

 

What’s the Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HER&D)?

The province has proposed a mandatory Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HER&D) program that would require a seller to do an energy audit before they listed their home, then post the results of the audit on the listing. The audits would be paid for by the program. The goal is to reduce green house gases (GHG).

There are a number of reasons OREA and REALTORS® oppose HER&D:

1. Requiring the audit will not ensure that homeowners will follow through with retrofits; therefore, it does nothing to actually reduce green house gases.

2. The government is allotting $250 million for free energy audits. The same amount could be put toward voluntary audits by all home owners (not just those listing their properties) as well as paying for a portion of the retrofits.

3. The HER&D program targets every home that would be for sale, while a study by the Conference Board of Canada determined that retrofits are most needed for the 76 per cent of homes built in 1995 or earlier.

4. Energy auditors are not licensed by a provincial regulator, not subject to an enforced code of ethics or conduct and are not required to carry errors and omissions insurance.

5. Requiring an energy audit could delay the sale of a home – there may not be enough auditors or auditors may not be able to perform audits in a timely manner.

A poll by Nanos Research indicates that Ontario homeowners overwhelmingly support a government program that would give them a tax break to improve their property’s energy efficiency. Consumers who are staying in their homes are more interested in improving energy efficiency than those who are selling their homes.

The Ontario Real Estate Association is proposing a better solution to reduce green house gases: the Green Home Assistance Program.

This program would use the $250 million allotted to the HER&D program to provide incentives to existing home owners to do an energy audit and then green retrofits. This program would target the 76 per cent of Ontario homes built in 1995 or earlier.

What can you do?

You can write to your local MPP and the Minister of Energy to ask the government to cancel HER&D and support more retrofit incentives for Ontario home owners. The Minister of Energy’s office address is listed below.

The Minister of Energy, Hon. Glenn Thibeault
Ministry of Energy
4th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, ON, M7A 2E1

 

What about modernizing REBBA 2002?

OREA and REALTORS® are advocating to strengthen REBBA by:

1. Having stronger deterrents for unethical behaviour and a regulator that would use the legislation to impose appropriate penalties.

2. Improve continuing education by giving registrants the ability to take the program online or in class, and requiring registrants to take a test to demonstrate their understanding of the material.

3. Requiring a more rigorous licensing education program to better prepare new salespeople for the challenges of a modern real estate market.

4. Updating the code of ethics to reflect items such as social media, new business models and other best practices in the industry.

What can you do?

Write to your MPP and the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, the Hon. Tracy MacCharles to support the review of REBBA to strengthen the legislation. The address for the Minister of Government and Consumer Services is listed below.

The Hon. Tracy MacCharles
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
6th Floor, Mowat Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 1L2

Chili Cook-off Flash Sale at the Realty Shoppe!

Chili-shoppe-specials

On Thursday, November 23, 2017 only, the Realty Shoppe will be offering a 20% discount on the following Shoppe products, while quantities last.

Flash Sale Item

Regular Price

(+HST) 

Chili Cook-off Sale Price

(+HST)

Peel and Stick 2018 Calendar Magnets – Home Sweet Home $0.50 ea $0.40 ea
Reversible Welcome Sign – Blue $15.85 ea $12.68 ea
(companion) Reversible Leave Card/Register Sign – Blue $4.85 ea $3.88 ea
Reversible Welcome Sign – Multi $15.85 ea $12.68 ea
(companion) Reversible Leave Card/Register Sign – Multi $4.85 ea $3.88 ea
Reversible Welcome Sign – Black & White $15.85 ea $12.68 ea
(companion) Reversible Leave Card/Register Sign – Black & White $4.85 ea $3.88 ea

 

Discount will be applied to in-store purchases only – you must purchase in person, and personal shopping only please. Some restrictions will apply: please contact the Realty Shoppe (905-529-5979) for details.

Amended Open House Policies

The RAHB Board of Directors has approved amendments to the current RAHB member open house policies. These amendments are now in effect. The most significant changes are:

Open houses may now be cancelled up to 9:00 a.m. the day of the open house. (Previously, it had to be cancelled by Noon the day before).

Although RAHB has an open house date and time schedule for both Hamilton and Burlington areas to ensure consistency, members may now schedule an open house any day, Monday through Thursday, regardless of where the property is located.

RAHB MLS® staff are no longer required to check the open house list, as there may be properties scheduled outside of the traditional dates and times. Members are also required to verify open house dates and time for properties located outside of RAHB’s jurisdictional area.

Previous Open House Policy

New Open House Policy Changes

1. Only MLS® Listings shall be permitted to have an open house and only after such Listing has been received and processed by the Association. Remains the same.
2. As of January 1, 2010 all offices with Broker Load privileges are required to Broker Load and/or cancel their own open houses through the Association’s MLS®System. This section has been deleted.
3. For Members having their open house Board Loaded, the request to have or cancel an open house must be completed and submitted to the Association no later than noon, one (1) business day prior to the open house. This section has been amended:

3. Members who need to cancel their open house, must cancel in the MLS® system no later than 9:00 a.m. the day of the open house.

4. For open houses cancelled after noon one business day prior to the open house, the Member must either be present at the property during the open house time to inform Members of the cancellation, or visibly post a sold sign or a notice informing the Members of the cancellation  This section has been amended:

4. For open houses cancelled after noon 9:00 a.m. the day the open house is scheduled one business day prior to the open house, the Member must either be present at the property during the open house time to inform Members of the cancellation, or visibly post a sold sign or a notice informing the Members of the cancellation

5. When any Member misses their open house, a letter from the Association will be sent to the Broker of Record and the Member shall be fined.  This section has been amended:

5. When a scheduled open house is missed any Member misses their open house, a letter from the Association will be sent to the Broker of Record and the Member shall be fined.

6. Member offices which are located outside of the Association’s jurisdiction shall only be permitted one open house within the Association’s jurisdiction per office per day.  This section has been deleted.
 8. Only one (1) open house is permitted within any thirty (30) day period unless the Seller lists with another office. If a REALTOR® disregards this rule, there will be a letter from the Association sent to the Broker of Record and the Listing Brokerage shall be fined.  This section has been deleted.
9. If bad weather is incurred, roads under construction, or unusual circumstances, individuals must state in writing within seven (7) days of their own open house that they require a new date or forfeit the opportunity to do another open house for sixty (60) days.  This section has been deleted.

Hamilton Open House Schedule:

Day Time District & Sub-areas

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 10-18

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 40-46, 50-53, 56, 60-65

70-74, 80, 84, 85, 87, 88,

662-664, 765-772, 873-879, 980, 981, 1101, 1102, 1103

2000, 2010, 2018, 2028, 2040, 2049, 2059, 2067, 2084,

2100, 2105, 2110, 2115

Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 20-29, 54, 55, 57

101-104, 436-455, 556-561

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Burlington Open House Schedule:

Day Time District & Sub-areas

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 34, 35

Tuesday 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 36, 38, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46

Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 31, 32, 33

Thursday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 30

43, 44, 45, and 46 have the option of being placed on the Hamilton open house program

This section has been amended.

 

Hamilton Open House Schedule:

Day Time District & Sub-areas

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 10-18

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 40-46, 50-53, 56, 60-65

70-74, 80, 84, 85, 87, 88,

662-664, 765-772, 873-879, 980, 981, 1101, 1102, 1103

2000, 2010, 2018, 2028, 2040, 2049, 2059, 2067, 2084,

2100, 2105, 2110, 2115

Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 20-29, 54, 55, 57

101-104, 436-455, 556-561

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Burlington Open House Schedule:

Day Time District & Sub-areas

Tuesday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 34, 35

Tuesday 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 36, 38, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46

Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 Noon 31, 32, 33

Thursday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 30

43, 44, 45, and 46 have the option of being placed on the Hamilton open house program

While these are traditional boundaries, you are free to hold your open house on any day from Monday through Thursday regardless of where the property is located. Members are required to verify open house dates and time for properties located outside of RAHB’s jurisdictional area.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

REALTORS® on The Hill: RAHB Government Relations

What do you get with you mix REALTORS® from across Canada and Members of Parliament? CREA PAC Days, of course!

The annual political action conference was held in Ottawa from October 15-17, 2017. RAHB representatives – President Lou Piriano, President-elect Jack Loft and Government Relations Committee members Stephanie Pinet and Margaret Reid – met with MPs Philomena Tassi, David Sweet, Bob Bratina and Karina Gould to discuss recommendations to:

  • extend the Home Buyers Plan to help Canadians through significant life changes such as death of a spouse, marital breakdown or accommodation of an elderly family member
  • allow parents to loan RRSP funds to their adult children for the purchase of a home

Next stop for RAHB PAC representatives? OREA will be holding it’s annual PAC conference November 19-21, and REALTORS® will be speaking with local MPPs at Queen’s Park.

Philomena Tassi

RAHB Welcomes New Members!

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington extends a warm welcome to its newest members from September 26-October 27!

Dong Zhao
Century 21 Dreams Inc.

 

Vennessa Forrester
ComFree Commonsense Network

 

Daniel Hall
Homefacts Real Estate Services Ltd.

 

Melanie Lebel
Emma Stara
Geraldine Guenot
Leigh-Anne Miller
Keller Williams Edge Realty

 

Justin Matijasic
Susan Lang
Kevin Marley
Patrick Orovan
Keller Williams Complete Realty

 

Michael Di Genova
PC275 Realty Inc.

 

Robert Kasowski
Joel Peneycad
Lilly Jordan
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

 

Lesley Paterson
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

 

Dustin Picov
Right At Home Realty Inc.

 

Han Wang
Craig Swirzon
Rock Star Real Estate Inc.

 

Julie Brown
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services Inc.

 

Ralph Care
Latoya Stewart
Royal LePage Macro Realty Inc.

 

Angela Agopian
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre Inc.

 

Ajay Bhalla
Royal LePage State Realty

 

Jamie Sinclair
StreetCity Realty Inc.

 

Tejveer Walia
Your Choice Realty Corp.