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)
Special Speaker: Jaymie Nelson, Senior Economic Development Officer for Haldimand County
Topic: Economic development and tourism initiatives in Haldimand County

Register now for the Caledonia Community Open Forum!

Grimsby – Friday, June 15, 2018
Trinity United Church (100 Main Street West)
Special Speaker:  A representative from the Niagara Escarpment Commission will speak about

  • The development permit process: what you need to know to make the process move more smoothly
  • How the updated Niagara Escarpment Plan policies will affect development

Register now for the Grimsby Community Open Forum!

Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Grace United Church (301 Broad St. East)
Special speaker: Zach Gable, Senior Economic Development Officer for Haldimand County
Topic: Economic development and tourism initiatives in Haldimand County

Register now for the Dunnville Community Open Forum!

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

Note:   If you have any  topics you would like to be discussed at an Open Forum, please send your suggestions to Nancy Duce at


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 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

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.

2018 RAHB Annual General Meeting Summary

Over 500 members attended RAHB’s 97th Annual General Meeting (AGM), featuring guest speaker David Chilton, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated.

President-Elect Bob Van De Vrande presented the Financial Report.

Members adopted the 2017 year-end audited financial statements and appointed Norton McMullen as the Auditor for the fiscal year 2018. There were 445 votes in favour versus 47 opposed.

President Jack Loft presented four Bylaw Amendments.

  1. The motion to amend the RAHB Bylaw to remove the MLS® Committee from the list of Board Committees and change the status to an Operational Committee was defeated – 327 votes to 174 votes.
  2. The motion to amend the Bylaw to increase remuneration for the President and President-Elect, and to provide remuneration to the Immediate Past President (the same amount as for the President-Elect) and the Board of Directors (for Board meetings attended) was approved – 415 votes to 97 votes.
  3. The motion to amend the Bylaw to allow RAHB to participate in the Revised Cooperative Discipline Agreement for real estate boards and associations in Ontario was approved – 477 votes to 13 votes.
  4. The motion to allow RAHB staff to make “housekeeping” changes to the Bylaw to adjust punctuation, numbering, etc. was approved to ensure the intent of the Bylaw changes is carried throughout the document as necessary – 474 votes to 7 votes.

    As per the voting and approvals, the RAHB ByLaw has been amended.

MLS® Committee Chair Kathy Della-Nebbia presented the MLS® Report:
The report touched on MLS®-related initiatives in 2017 (data share in place; new Matrix system go-live in October; review and update of some MLS® Rules and Regulations and Policies; update of Smithville boundary), the new ShowingTime scheduling program and what the MLS® Committee will focus on in 2018.

RAHB CEO George O’Neill provided an update on RAHB’s Strategic Plan.

The update covered the five main components of RAHB’s three-year strategic plan:  Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Core Competencies.

Draw Winners!

  • Dena Zlatar (Royal LePage State Realty) won the draw for 2019 RAHB dues.
  • Angela Nolan (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.) won the draw for the drone.
  • Biliana Dib (Royal LePage Macro Realty) won the draw for the iPad.

    Congratulations to all the winners!

Following the AGM, members and selected guests enjoyed a delicious hot buffet lunch before enjoying the insightful, often hilarious, presentation by guest speaker David Chilton of CBC Dragons’ Den fame, and author of The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns. Be sure to “like” our Facebook page and keep an eye out for our professional photographs of the event!

Thank you to all who attended RAHB’s spring AGM! We look forward to seeing you at the next one!

Are You Ready for the New Ontario Standard Lease?

Ontario Standard Lease Agreement

All residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018 must be on the new Ontario standard lease form.

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act makes it mandatory to use the standard lease template that is currently available only through the Government Forms Repository. According to information provided by the Ontario Real Estate Association (and sent by OREA to all members on March 21, 2018), OREA Form #400 – Agreement to Lease Residential can be used only to set up the terms of the lease and the standard lease template must be used to formalize the actual lease.

OREA is in the process of reviewing their Form #400 – Agreement to Lease Residential – and its associated clause for any revisions they may need.

Be sure you know the terms of the standard lease form for Monday, April 30, 2018!

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Holiday Weekend Approaches!

The RAHB Directors and staff wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend! (Please note the RAHB office will be closed on Friday, March 30. We will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 2.)

RAHB Easter Hours Poster

Lunch with the President

RAHB President Jack Loft enjoyed his ninth member lunch with RAHB members Alison Walsh and Lou Volk who recently started their own brokerage (Guaranteed Real Estate Services Inc.). Jack reports that Alison and Lou are passionate REALTORS® who love ShowingTime and Matrix. They are also serious about training and professionalism in the real estate industry.

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to!

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Open Forums Coming Your Way!

RAHB Open Forums

Mark your calendars for upcoming Open Forums in your community:

Caledonia – Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (Grace United Church)

Grimsby – Friday, June 15, 2018 (Trinity United Church)

Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (Grace United Church)

All Open Forums will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 10 a.m.

Watch for more details coming soon!