Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the 2018 RAHB Board of Directors are now open!

Do you want to put your name forward or nominate another member? Check out the official information package, which includes:

  • Notice of Election Meeting
  • 2017 Election Schedule
  • Qualities of a Director
  • Nomination Form (Nominations open on October 16 and close November 3, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Candidate Profile

If you’re thinking of running for the 2018 Board and want to hear about the process for nominees as well as what it’s like to be a Director, be sure to drop by the October 25th Candidates Cafe at the RAHB Office (McCullough Room, lower level) at 10 a.m.!

If you have any questions about the meeting, the election process or the information included in the Notice of Meeting contact 905.529.8101 X236 or carolyni@rahb.ca.

Thanks and we look forward to receiving your nomination packages!

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RAHB Welcomes New Members

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington extends a warm welcome to its newest members from August 24-September 25!

Justina Courtney
Coldwell Banker-Burnhill Realty 

Brent Simpson
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals

Beverly Jonker
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Angelika Galkowski
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Marc Gillespie
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Ivica Jukica
Rose Bellosillo
Najeeb Rehman
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

John Mircea
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Ryan Zogala
Luigi Cino
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Justin Cothran
Candace Levie-Burgess
Royal LePage State Realty

Musings from RAHB CEO George O’Neill

At RAHB we strive to continuously improve everything we do, focused on the three core competency areas of our association:

  1. managing an efficient real estate marketplace;
  2. providing effective local advocacy; and,
  3. offering the best professional development opportunities for our members.

You may remember that in May of this year, in this column, I talked about how RAHB contributes to the efficient real estate marketplace in Hamilton, Burlington and our outlying areas. The three pieces that work together to provide an efficient marketplace are the MLS® System itself, the rules and regulations for ensuring the system is fair for all, and the discipline process that is invoked if a member works outside the rules.

A data sharing agreement has been achieved with the seven regional boards and associations around RAHB, and our new Matrix 7.0 MLS® System will be rolled out later this fall. The new MLS® System will enhance how you work in the marketplace and will improve what you can offer your clients. As for the other two pieces of our market – rules and discipline – there are indications that change is coming from outside our association.

There is a move by the provincial government to overhaul REBBA 2002. If that occurs, it may change the rules you currently work under and may possibly change the discipline process as well. RAHB may need to re-visit our rules and processes to accommodate whatever adjustments are made by the government, and manage how those changes affect the marketplace.

OREA is taking the lead in discussions with the government and in recommending measures to strengthen the real estate licensing legislation while taking into account how REALTORS® work in their respective marketplaces.

Local advocacy and government relations have been an important part of RAHB’s place in the community and our service to you. We will be placing greater emphasis on those two roles and looking to place RAHB more firmly as a voice for the real estate community and home ownership. We intend to forge stronger relationships with municipal elected officials and representatives, and continue working closely with OREA and CREA to develop those same kinds of relationships with provincial and federal representatives from our market area.

As you will read later in this newsletter, this is the last issue of Realinfo in both print and digital versions. We are putting aside the monthly format to bring you RAHB and industry news in a more timely, weekly manner.

Earlier this summer, we initiated weekly emails under the name of NewsReal. So far, NewsReal has covered updates on Matrix, some general news and reminders of upcoming events. Starting in mid-September, NewsReal will also include RAHB and industry news, plus the features such as Realty Shoppe specials, Ethics Corner, new members, Professional Development and more that you’ve come to expect in Realinfo. Going forward, NewsReal will be your weekly newsletter.

We have taken this step for several reasons. First of all, we want to be able to provide you with information about issues of importance to you when the information is still current, but without filling your inbox with additional emails from RAHB. Once-a-week communications will have us in touch with you regularly but not too often.

We are also concerned about conservation – conservation of paper and staff resources. Printed copies of Realinfo were historically circulated to all member offices, yet recently only a few members indicated an interest in continuing to receive a paper copy.

I’m excited we can be in touch more regularly, and you can be kept more up to date on RAHB news.

Last but certainly not least… I would like to encourage you to attend one or more of the four community open forums coming up in September. Your Member Engagement Committee has planned informative meetings in Burlington, Caledonia, Dunnville and Grimsby – come out and hear officials from the respective Planning Departments. Also on the agenda will be opportunities for open discussion – bring your questions and be ready to talk about the hot topics on your mind. I look forward to seeing you there. If you can’t attend, the Burlington meeting will be live streamed via Facebook Live. You must belong to RAHB’s Members-only Facebook group to see the feed, so join today!

Best regards,

George O’Neill
RAHB CEO

RAHB welcomes new members!

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington extends a warm welcome to its newest members from July22 to August 23, 2017!

 

Joshua Fennell
Patti Lowes
Apex Results Realty Inc.

Rebecca Keddy
Century 21 Dreams Inc.

Laila Andersen
Riaz Baig
Michael Johnson
Brian Medeiros
Muily Quanh
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Mina Hanna
Christine Mangubat
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Filip Hajduk
Kingsway Real Estate

Donato Cascioli
Robert Kronas Real Estate

Graham Durrant
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Tahmid Ahmed
Korey Meadows
Joanna Strano
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Sabrina Farrauto
Right At Home Realty Inc.

 


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Have you moved recently?

When you move it is important that your new address is updated with RAHB.

Why? Members have experienced issues when they use their credit card to pay their RAHB account. The address on their account (which comes from their membership records) does not match the address the credit card company has on file, and so their payment is declined.

To avoid this happening to you, please ensure that your address is up to date with RAHB. You can contact one of our corporate services staff, or log in to your Single Sign On (SSO) dashboard at my.rahb.ca, click on “Education/Account Services”, then click on View/Update Personal Information and update your own information.


Thank You to Our Sponsor:

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Say goodbye Realinfo and hello NewsReal!

We are pleased to let you know that all RAHB news will be coming to you in our new weekly email, NewsReal!

You will receive NewsReal by email each Wednesday, and it will include features, updates and the information you would usually find in Realinfo.

Realinfo has served well as our main vehicle for providing information and RAHB news through the years. Over time, however, our communications to you have become more frequent with information that is more time-sensitive, so instead of bombarding you with ever-more emails in addition to Realinfo, we will send a weekly update of what’s new and noteworthy.

NewsReal has already begun, and we hope you find the format easy to read and the contents informative.
Realinfo features such as Realty Shoppe specials, new members, professional development offerings, ethics issues, and so on will continue in NewsReal, so be sure to watch for them.

This is our last issue of Realinfo. Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter so faithfully.

The last word

Don’t want to wait for the weekly issue of NewsReal? Keep up to date on RAHB news by visiting our blog at blog.rahb.ca! All articles from NewsReal (and all past articles from Realinfo) are posted here, so it is the place to go for all the news, past and present.

You can also see the news as it’s posted by subscribing to an RSS feed from the blog. Here’s how:

1. Choose your RSS feed service. If you don’t  know any, you can either search “RSS feed  services”, or try https://www.lifewire.com/top -free-online-rss-readers-3486649 and use one the seven recommended free services.

2. Once you’ve chosen a service, follow the  instructions to set up your account.

3. When you are prompted for the URL of the site you wish to follow, insert blog.rahb.ca/feed.

4. Then sit back and watch for notifications as new articles are published.


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Services Spotlight: RAHB Member Meetings and Events

Have you ever thought about RAHB meetings and events as a service to you?

RAHB membership meetings are held at least twice a year: the Annual General Meeting is held every March and the Annual Election Meeting is held in late November or early December. These are important meetings, where you can learn more about, and have a say in, the business of the Association.

Your Association goes far beyond those two business meetings to offer you opportunities to learn more about current issues, to participate in discussions with the RAHB leadership and other members, and to meet with your fellow REALTORS® to network and/or support great causes. These meetings and events support RAHB’s focus on member development, member service, member engagement and member enablement.

RAHB meetings and events reach far and wide to ensure that members in all of RAHB’s market area have opportunities to participate. And the areas of focus are many, including education, specializations, and community and charitable works. Members can enjoy many of these events for free or for a nominal fee, and they always provide a great return!

Have a look at the RAHB member meetings and events that will take place before the end of 2017. Why not make it a goal to attend one, two or more? You will meet your colleagues in a great environment, will have supported your community, and you will be more informed to better serve your clients.

Visit rahb.ca/events for more details.

 

Event

Location

Date

Caledonia Open Forum Grace United Church,
174 Caithness St. E., Caledonia
September 6, 2017
Grimsby Open Forum Trinity United Church,
100 Main St. W., Grimsby
September 8, 2017
Dunnville Open Forum Grace United Church,
301 Broad St. E., Dunnville
September 15, 2017
Burlington Open Forum Appleby United Church,
4407 Spruce Ave., Burlington

(* also being live streamed)
September 29, 2017
ProDev+
(Professional Development Plus)
Burlington Holiday Inn
3063 South Service Rd., Burlington
October 12, 2017
RCN Fall Networking Event Tech Place, Burlington
5500 North Service Rd., 8th Floor
October 26, 2017
RAHB/CMHC Real Estate Outlook 2018 Liuna Station
360 James St. N., Hamilton
November 8, 2017
REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton
November 16, 2017
RAHB Annual Election Meeting Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington
December 5, 2017

Mark your Calendar

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

Caledonia
Wednesday, September 6
Grace United Church, 174 Caithness St. E.

Grimsby
Friday, September 8
Trinity United Church, 100 Main St. W.

Dunnville
Friday, September 15
Grace United Church, 301 Broad St. E.

Burlington
Friday, September 29
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave.

RAHB Office Closures

 

 

 

 

 

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Update on data Sharing contract with ORTIS

The following letter was sent to all members of July 19, 2017.

Dear Member:

 

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

Karan Barker Scholarship Deadline

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.

Karan Barker Scholarship

 

RAHB Media Roundup

RAHB in the news – see what the media’s been saying!

Realtors golf tournament raises money for local shelters (Hamilton Spectator)
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7404354-realtors-golf-tournament-raises-money-for-local-shelters

Realtors Care Foundation Motorcycle Ride for Charity (93.3 CFMU Radio)
http://cfmu.ca/posts/109-realtors-care-foundation-motorcycle-ride-for-charity

Realtors rev up for annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7391003-realtors-rev-up-for-annual-motorcycle-ride-for-charity

Realtors rev up (Hamilton Spectator)
http://thespecnie.pressreader.com/@referralurl@thespec_com/csb_q5Wy1Sl76Wcz5sJw-SucK8oHxL0GQXGttoeuZDEjXlrTv3UUC5v23d-1kZxoQeArgeXlccXa8PociCTRaW_VWg

Realtors rev up for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)
http://thespec.pressreader.com/@REAL_ESTATE_DISTRICT/csb_sza3pvVgfbuQ2b1CN3TDwt9lNwF9OXz55CUhOFkt3S8WjAzdGqJlmPLY4IqY9TyAgPUd0IeJoDKRLiiDs-kSKA

City Matters – Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Cable 14)
https://youtu.be/oUoVgJo2NdQ

Hamilton home sales fizzle, but don’t panic, says an expert
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7410944-hamilton-home-sales-fizzle-but-don-t-panic-says-an-expert

Hamilton, Burlington home sales drop 20%; prices continue rise
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/hamilton-burlington-home-sales-drop-20-prices-continue-rise-1.4193600

Hamilton home sales decrease in June as listings surge continues
https://www.flamboroughreview.com/news-story/7411643-hamilton-home-sales-decrease-in-june-as-listings-surge-continues

Halton Women’s Place one of shelters to receive proceeds from RAHB golf tourney
https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/7416328-halton-women-s-place-one-of-shelters-to-receive-proceeds-from-rahb-golf-tourney


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RAHB welcomes our newest members!

Welcome to these members who joined RAHB between June 22-July 21, 2017

 

Sean McCaul
Mickey Turajlic
Jeremy Pauhl
Apex Results Realty Inc.

Elham Atta
Keller Williams Complete Realty.

Nicole Ransome
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Mowfaq Albostamy
PC275 Realty Inc. 

Cheryl Munce
Joseph Stewart
Judy Kucharski
Richard Klement
Jason McCoubrey
Jie Xiong
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Fadi Mohaisen
Vivian Luu
Gino R. Montani
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Lisa Oliverio
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Loretta Phinney

Nathan Adorjan
Zolo Realty Inc.