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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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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Joint Data Share Announcement From RAHB and ORTIS

The email was sent to all members on Friday, August 4, 2017

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

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

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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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.


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Smithville Area 57 boundaries extended

The RAHB Board of Directors approved a change to the Smithville (SM 57) boundary to line up with the official urban boundaries for Smithville Township.

The previous Smithville boundary was set many years ago, prior to the recent residential development in the township. Some new developments are legally within Smithville Township but lay outside the long-standing RAHB boundaries and therefore had to be listed in GR55. Anyone searching for properties in Smithville might well have missed those listed in GR 55.

RAHB’s MLS® Committee consulted with members who are active in the area and with the Township of West Lincoln, and recommended that RAHB’s boundary should follow that of the Township.  Now, members with listings in Smithville and those searching for listings in Smithville will be able to use the SM 57 area code and be confident the properties are located in the correct area.

The change in boundary is now in effect. All active and historical listings have been updated in Fusion and Matrix. RAHB’s Outlying Areas map will be updated at the next printing, and CoreLogic will update the boundary for the overlay on the map search prior to RAHB’s full cut over to Matrix.

Smithville Boundary

RAHB dues deadline June 30, 2017

The quarterly RAHB dues have been billed and e-mailed to you as part of your May monthly invoice. Please note that dues are payable no later than June 30, 2017.

RAHB Full Member Dues Are As Follows:

$125.00 – RAHB dues (July – Sept)

$28.75 – OREA dues (July – Sept)

$77.50 – CREA dues (July – Sept)

$30.06 – HST

$261.31 Total

Acceptable methods of payment:

In Person: Visa, MasterCard, Interac, cash or cheque

By Phone: Visa or MasterCard

Online through Fusion: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Visa Debit (NEW) https://mdweb.mmsi2.com/rahb (Note: Requires your Fusion login and password.)

Online: CIBC/PC Financial, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, TD Canada Trust – for assistance in set-up, please contact Karin at 905.529.8101 x258.

Pre-authorized payment subscribers will be processed on Wednesday June 21, 2017.

A reminder about notifying RAHB of terminations in your office

Brokerages are responsible for notifying RAHB when members in their office resign or otherwise leave. Notice must be received by RAHB within seven business days of the member leaving. If notice is delayed beyond the seven business days, the Brokerage will be assessed a penalty of $50 per incident. (RAHB Bylaw, Article 4, Section 1.02.)

Important change to preemptive (“bully”) offer process

To help clarify the steps you must take if your Sellers change their minds about “no offers until”, the Board of Directors approved several changes to Section 2 of the MLS® Rules and Regulations.

The chart below shows the original wording of Section 2, Subsection 2.15 of the MLS® Rules and Regulations in the left column, and the new wording in the right.

Note the changes to the first parts (2.15 and 2.15 (a)) have been amended by the addition of the words in bold, and section 2.15 (b), shown in all bold text, has been re-worded from the original to provide more clarity.

The complete rewriting of Section 2.15 (b) is based on the Registrar’s Bulletin from February 21, 2017, titled Written direction for multiple offers.  The Bulletin provided an excellent overview of how to convey offers to your clients in a preemptive offer situation and stressed the importance of using a fair and transparent process.

These changes are now in effect.

Bully offer

Preemptive Offers (UPDATED)

 

Useful links

  • Read the Registrar’s Bulletin (February 21, 2017) titled Written direction for multiple offers. Not only does it talk about how to deal with preemptive offers, but also discusses multiple offer situations generally.
  • View a video tutorial for OREA’s Seller’s Direction re: Property/Offers Form #244

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As always, if you have any questions, please contact our MLS® Department at 905.667.4650 or mls@rahb.ca. Our staff will be happy to assist you.