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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


Thank You To Our Sponsor:

ross & mcbride

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.

Save the Date: ProDev+

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 angelam@rahb.ca. You don’t want to miss out!

For more information, visit the official event page at http://www.rahb.ca/project/prodevplus

ProDev+ Save the date

Register for RAHB’s Open Forums!

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 kathyr@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x237
to reserve your spot today. Seating is limited!

Community Open Forums

Musings by George O’Neill

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 mls@rahb.ca.

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.

Sincerely,

George O’Neill
RAHB CEO

Lou Piriano
RAHB President


 

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.

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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.

 

REALTORS® rev up for charity

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017 REALTORS® from across Ontario gathered at the RAHB office to kick off a 200+km journey to Sarnia to raise funds for shelter-related charities across the province.

The riders were joined by two special guests: Tim Hudak (OREA CEO) and Ted McMeekin (MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) who gave opening remarks and pumped up the riders before they set off on their journey.

This year’s ride broke a record as having the highest number of participants in event history: 47!

“You definitely get a lot of looks when 40+ REALTORS® ride together on their motorcycles,” joked RAHB Member, Jamie Edwards. “But it’s so fulfilling to have such a wonderful group of like-minded professionals unite with the common goal of giving back to the community.”

Other stops along the way included the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association, the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®, the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, and the Huron Perth Association of REALTORS®.

RAHB presented a $36,000 donation cheque to the REALTORS Care® Foundation and an additional $500 donation in support of the nine RAHB members who participated in the ride.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2017 REALTORS® Care Motorcycle Ride for Charity!

Motorcycle Ride for Charity

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 2

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 3

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 4

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 5

 

Milestones – T. Glen Chambers Retirement

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 camrynh@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 X251.


Thank You To Our Sponsor:

ACISS

Professional Development

Register now for these great courses!

**New**  FINTRAC Legal Update – Mark Weisleder
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30+HST

**New**  Agency: Practical Facts for Dealing with Buyers – Hugh Foy
Thursday, August 17, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30+HST

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.
Cost:  $625+HST

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.
Cost: $45+HST

Multiple Offers – Bill Johnston
Thursday, November 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $45+HST

** New** The Best Practices of Forms – Hugh Foy
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $30+HST

All courses will be held at the RAHB office (McCullough Room, lower level).

New Professional Development event!

ProDev+
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 angelam@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x233.


Thank You To Our Sponsor:

Hamilton Economic Development Ad

Keep up to date with Matrix!

Have you been keeping up on the Matrix updates sent to you? Would you like to see some tutorials about RAHB’s new Matrix MLS® System, and some how-to videos?

It’s easy to keep up on how to prepare for and use RAHB’s new Matrix 7.0 MLS® System! Just go to rahb.ca/matrix– you will go to our page where you will find the information you need.

Be sure to watch your email inbox for weekly updates and information about using Matrix. If you have any questions, please contact our MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650 or mls@rahb.ca – our staff are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Multiple representation consultation paper

Recently the Ministry of Government & Consumer Services (MGCS) issued a consultation paper proposing three major changes to the Real Estate & Business Brokers Act:

  1. Establishing a new mandatory designated representation requirement with limited exceptions;
  2. Requiring that mandatory standardized disclosure clauses be used; and
  3. Increasing the maximum fine for Code of Ethics violations from $25,000 to $50,000 for individual salespersons and brokers and $100,000 for brokerages.

The potential measures being considered in this first phase of the review of REBBA 2002 are intended to:

  • Increase consumer confidence by minimizing the conflict of interest involved in multiple representation situations;
  • Make it easier for consumers to better understand the nature of the agreements they are entering; and
  • Strengthen consumer protection by modernizing the penalties for unethical behavior for contraventions of the Code of Ethics.

The consultation is the first phase of the government commitment to review REBBA 2002. The second phase will review all other aspects of the Act and extend into 2018. The focus on multiple representation is in response to negative media coverage (CBC Marketplace) which occurred late in 2016.

RAHB has submitted comments to OREA which is in the process of formulating a response on behalf of Ontario REALTORS®.  This response will be made available to members.


Thank You To Our Sponsor:

RAHB Charity Golf Tournament update – the final tally is in!

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:

Hamilton Spectator Ad

Matrix Shorthand Symbols, Speed Bar & How to Fill Your Cart

Matrix Shorthand Symbols

How’s your shorthand? Here are some shorthand symbols to use in Matrix:

The plus symbol + or minus symbol will indicate “greater than” or “less than” values.
Example:10+ for more than 10 and 10- for less than 10. (Enter 10 for exactly 10.)
If you are looking for a range, enter it as 10-50 (as an example)
The asterisk * is a wildcard.
Example: enter p* in the Street Name search field to get all the streets beginning with the letter P that meet all the criteria you have entered (region, city, etc)
The question mark ? can be used with a letter or number as a length delimiter.
Exampe: p?? will return pow, pwr, pan, pic, pro, pub.
The exclamation mark ! means “not”.
Example: !3 in a field will give you all responses except those that equal 3.
To select more than one item, hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard while clicking on the desired items with your mouse.
To remove a selected item, hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard while clicking with your mouse and the item will deselect.

 

What’s the Speed Bar for?

The Speed Bar is a multi-purpose searching tool will allow you to run a search from any screen. To learn more about this very handy function, go to Help in RAHB Matrix, and click on Speed Bar.

Speed Bar

 

Fill Your Cart!

Matrix allows you to put aside listings for review at a later time. When you see a listing you would like to review later for a client, or put aside for use as a comparable, click on Carts from the Actions menu located at the bottom of your screen. You will then be given a list of carts you can add the listing to. You have one cart for each property type, and one for each client.

Fill Your Cart

For the client carts, you can put aside listings that you feel your client may be interested in, but may fall outside of their search criteria. At any time, you can open the client’s cart from your home page (or from the contacts list), and email some (or all) of the listings in the cart. The system will automatically keep track of when you emailed the listing to your client, and will display the date the listing was emailed beside the listing, or it will read Never if the listing has never been emailed.

For more information about using your Cart, go to Help in RAHB Matrix, click on Matrix Video Tutorials and choose Carts Video Tutorials.

Meet your new MLS® listing data input forms!

With a change to a new MLS® System comes new Data Input forms for your listings. What’s new about the forms? Plenty! Check out the information below, and then follow the links to the new forms and their explanatory notes.

What you need to know about the new forms

  1. There will be just two Data Input forms instead of five:
  • RESIDENTIAL – to be used for residential (freehold/condominium), multi-residential, farm and vacant land (lots)
  • COMMERCIAL – to be used for commercial retail property, industrial, investment, office, sale of business, store with apartment/office and vacant land (commercial)
  1. You will be required to use these forms for listings you will be entering into RAHB’s Matrix MLS® System starting on the cutover date. Because many fields will have changed from the old forms, you would be unable to properly complete the new fields in Broker Load in Matrix if you use the old forms. For the same reason, you can’t use the new forms for listings you are entering into Fusion before the cutover to Matrix.
  1. The new forms will soon be available for sale in the Realty Shoppe – watch for a notice with the date.  They will also be available in WEBForms® on cutover day.

 

What’s most notable about the new Data Input forms?

Something you will notice immediately is that the fields are organized under common areas:

Residential Form
Data Common to All Property Types
  • LOCATION
  • AMOUNT/ DATES
  • LEASE/ RENTAL information (if applicable)
  • EXTERIOR
  • INTERIOR
  • ROOMS/ (and their) DETAILS
  • COMMENTS
  • OTHER – Listing Brokerage information, etc.
Data Relevant to Specific Property Types
  • CONDOMINIUM
  • FARM
  • MULTI-RESIDENTIAL
  • VACANT LAND (LOTS)
Reference Sheet Features and codes; reference table, multi-story illustrations; definitions

 

Commercial Form
Data Common to All Property Types
  • PROPERTY INFORMATION
  • AMOUNT/ DATES (including LEASE/ RENTAL information if applicable)
  • COMMENTS
  • FINANCIAL INFORMATION
  • BROKERAGE INFORMATION
Data and Details
  • Relevant to Commercial Property Types:
  • COMMERCIAL RETAIL PROPERTY
  • INDUSTRIAL
  • INVESTMENT
  • OFFICE
  • SALE OF BUSINESS
  • STORE WITH APARTMENT/ OFFICE
  • VACANT LAND (COMMERCIAL)
Reference Sheet Reference codes explained

 

Want to see an Example?

Take a look at the new Residential Data Input Form and Commercial Data Input Form!

How to Create Stats Charts in Matrix 7.0

When we cut over to the RAHB Matrix system on October 17, 2017, RAHB’s Statistical Information Management (SIM) program will be retired. As such, you will need to generate all of your real estate stats within the RAHB Matrix system.

Getting Started with RAHB Matrix Stats

Do you want to be able to show your clients and customers how the market has looked over the last year? What about the last five years? Or even ten years? RAHB Matrix 7.0 lets you create statistics charts that can be customized according to your client’s individual needs.

Below is an example of a customized chart created in RAHB Matrix 7.0 showing the number of residential sales over the last 10 years, overlaid by the median days on market:

Matrix Stats Chart

The criteria for this chart are shown in the bottom left-hand corner.

How this chart was created

When you click on the Stats tab on the Matrix 7.0 homepage, you’ll arrive on a search screen containing a Presets and Customize menu on the left hand side. Use the search screen to input in your basic criteria – the municipality or neighbourhood you want to focus on, the type of listing, etc. Then go to the menu on the left to choose the information you want chart for listings that match your criteria.

You can choose the information and type of chart you want from one of the system presets under the Presets tab or choose from a wider range of options under the Customize tab. Click on Advanced Options to have even more choice. For this particular chart, the customized criteria (using advanced options) looked like this:

Matrix Stats Chart 2

Once you have put in the type of statistic you want and how you want it to appear, click on Generate to create your stats chart.

The chart shows, graphically, the ups and downs in the sales and median days on market. However, if you are interested in the actual numbers that went into the graph, click on the Data tab for the actual numbers.

Matrix Stats Chart 3

This is only one of many combinations of information and stats graphs you can create using RAHB Matrix 7.0. Be sure to explore all the options!

Want to Know More? Watch the Video Tutorial Below!

Q&A: Common RAHB Matrix 7.0 Questions from Members

We are a week into the preview period for RAHB’s new Matrix MLS® System, and our MLS® department has been busy answering your questions over the phone. Here are the most commonly asked questions and their answers.

Q: How do I login to RAHB Matrix 7.0?

A:  You can access RAHB Matrix 7.0 through http://my.rahb.ca. This is the URL for the new single sign on (SSO) dashboard that contains links to RAHB Matrix 7.0, Fusion, the regional Matrix system (requires a separate login), RAHB’s membership resources and REALTOR® tools. Login to http://my.rahb.ca as you normally would for Fusion, and then use the RAHB Matrix button to access Matrix 7.0 – no further login is required!

 

Q: What information has been transferred to RAHB Matrix 7.0 from Fusion and regional Matrix? Will my CMAs and reports be transferred over?

A: Only your saved searches, contacts and personal head shots have been transferred to RAHB Matrix 7.0 from Fusion and regional Matrix.

Items such as your saved views, shortcuts, headers, footers, personal logos and anything you customized on your email templates will not be moved over. This means you now have the opportunity to use the wider range of marketing material options that Matrix 7.0 offers!

As for your CMAs – if you wish save any of your current CMAs in RAHB Matrix 7.0, download them from Fusion or the regional Matrix system, print them to a .pdf, then re-enter the information into RAHB Matrix 7.0. If you have a lot of CMAs you wish to save, this could take a bit of time, so please ensure that you schedule accordingly to ensure a smooth transition before cutover.

 

Q: How do I display only the listings I have selected?

A: Once you have selected the listings you want to display, click the Refine button at the bottom of the page, then click Narrow. Now only your selected listings will display. To get back to the original results, click the “Original Results” link at the top left corner of the page.

If you are selecting particular searches in a saved search, however, you have to keep in mind that when you select listings and then re-save the search, it actually alters the criteria for the search. You will have to make sure you don’t save the narrowed list as a saved search, or you will have narrowed the criteria for the search for your client to just those listings.

 

Q: Can I disable the “Client Search” functionality within the RAHB Matrix 7.0 client portal?

No, this feature is enabled for all client portals. The advantage for you is that your clients, who may also be looking at other websites to search listings, will see only your contact information displayed where other sites might provide your client with full contact details for every listing salesperson.

Watch your inbox for more Q&As as we countdown to the RAHB Matrix 7.0 cutover!

New Features in RAHB Matrix 7.0

RAHB Matrix has been launched with the most current product version – Matrix 7.0!  CoreLogic has added several new and exciting features to this MLS® system such as…

 

Updated Client Portal

Your clients will find the new Matrix 7.0 portal to be easier to navigate with an improved look and feel. The redesigned portal displays well on various mobile devices, giving your clients the freedom to access the site on a computer, tablet or smart phone.

The Client Portal provides you with private websites that let you personally brand the information delivered to each individual client. The portal serves as a powerful communication tool by allowing clients to categorize listings according to their level of interest, as well as logging conversation notes between you and your clients. Your clients can further customize their portal experience by creating and saving searches of their own.

RAHB Client Portal

 

New REALTOR® Headers and Footers

A new library of professionally designed header graphics is now available in RAHB Matrix 7.0! Go to the My Matrix tab then select the Settings drop-down option. Under My Information, select Header & Footer. Here you can view the new headers and footers and choose the one that best suits your brand and personality. You can also upload your own.

Notifications of Portal Activity

You can now be notified via email when a contact is active on their portal! Whether it be adding listing notes, or saving favourites, you can stay up-to-date on your client activity.

Updated REALTOR® Web Pages

The RAHB Matrix 7.0 REALTOR® Web Pages also have been updated to match the new client portal design.

Google Maps

The RAHB Matrix 7.0 now has up-to-date street maps and aerial views with the Google Maps mapping service.

 

Watch your inbox for more updates as we countdown to the RAHB Matrix 7.0 cutover! For an archive of past resources, visit rahb.ca/matrix.

Check Out RAHB’s New Matrix 7.0 System!

Have you checked out RAHB’s new Matrix 7.0 MLS® System yet?

Logging in to Matrix

Login to RAHB’s Matrix system through http://my.rahb.ca – your new single sign on (SSO) dashboard with links to RAHB’s Matrix, the regional Matrix system, Fusion (for now), RAHB’s membership resources and REALTOR® tools.  Login as you normally would for your current SSO or Fusion, then use the RAHB Matrix button to go to Matrix – no further login is required.

First things first

The first thing to notice about the new RAHB Matrix 7.0 is that the home page is quite different from the home page in Fusion, and even a little different from your home page in the regional Matrix system. RAHB beta testers gave us valuable input about how best to organize the home page for RAHB users.

The best way to become familiar with your RAHB Matrix home page is to thoroughly explore all of the main menu tabs and widgets.

Here’s a short list of where to find the things you might use most:

  • Links to RAHB Education/Account Services, GeoWarehouse, WEBForms®, CONNECT, REALTOR Link® and the CREA DDF dashboard are found under the drop-down menu in the Tools tab.
  • Links to OREA Standard Forms and Clauses and Education, ca, OREA, REALTOR.ca, and RECO are found under the Links tab as well as the External Links homepage widget.
  • Also in the Links tab/External Links widget are links to Tax and Zoning Information, CREA sites, OREA sites, RAHB’s public website, blog and MLS® Rules and Regulations and more – be sure to check them out.

Enjoy your journey through your new Matrix home page!

Contacts and saved searches

One of the first things you will want to do after you’ve become at least a little familiar with your Matrix  7.0 homepage, is check your contacts and saved searches. These have been moved from Fusion and the regional Matrix system to the RAHB Matrix system.

If you have been using only Fusion for your searches and maintaining your contact list, it is especially important that you make sure all the information in your saved searches and contacts is correct because some of the fields in Fusion do not line up with fields in Matrix.  If information is missing or incorrect, you will want to edit the information and save it. It is important that you turn ON your saved searches in Matrix and turn OFF your saved searches in Fusion. (When RAHB members first accessed the regional system, all saved searches were moved over to the regional system. If you haven’t turned on those searches and have continued to use your Fusion saved searches, then those searches in the regional system will still be there, and will be moved over.)

Find out more about how to find and update your contacts and saved searches in this How-To Guide.

Want to know more about Matrix?

When you are in Matrix, click on the Help tab near the top right-hand corner, then click on Matrix Training Guides, and Matrix 7.0 Quick Start Guide.

We will continue to add to and update the content available to you on the Help tab.

For a complete playlist of RAHB recorded webinars and tutorials on different aspects of working in Matrix, go to http://bit.ly/RAHBtutorials .  (Some of the videos are shown as Matrix 6.5, but will still be helpful.)

Need more help?

As always, our MLS® staff are here to help you navigate your way through RAHB’s MLS® system – just call 905.667.4650 or email mls@rahb.ca.

Musings from RAHB CEO George O’Neill

(This message was originally sent to all members on July 5, 2017, but bears repeating)

Data-Sharing Agreement

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.

More information?

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.

Need help?

As always, if you have any questions about how to use Matrix, please contact our MLS® help desk at 905.667.4650.

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 May 20 to June 21, 2017!

 

Joey D’Ambrosio
Ambitious Realty Advisors Inc.

Yuriy Nesvit
Apex Results Realty Inc.

Emily Sidawi
Chase Realty Inc.

Jessica Cocks
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals

Cyril Crasto
Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc.

Christine Bellavia
G. Walker Real Estate Inc.

Cosimo De Santis
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Rebecca Windfeld
Michael Graham Smith Real Estate

Kim Ludwig
PC275 Realty Inc.

Charlene De Silva
RE/MAX Realty Enterprises Inc.

Gabrielle Neveu
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Meaghan Lazenby
Rock Star Real Estate Inc.

Jennifer Avon
Isabel Zulian
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Jordon Tillotson
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre Inc.

Soni Brar
Matthew Cosentino
Royal LePage State Realty


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