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)

Realtors Care Foundation Motorcycle Ride for Charity (93.3 CFMU Radio)

Realtors rev up for annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)

Realtors rev up (Hamilton Spectator)

Realtors rev up for Charity (Hamilton Spectator)

City Matters – Motorcycle Ride for Charity (Cable 14)

Hamilton home sales fizzle, but don’t panic, says an expert

Hamilton, Burlington home sales drop 20%; prices continue rise

Hamilton home sales decrease in June as listings surge continues

Halton Women’s Place one of shelters to receive proceeds from RAHB golf tourney

Thank You To Our Sponsor:

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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.

Thank You To Our Sponsor:


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


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.

Milestones – Retirement

Congratulations to Fred Amalfi (Right at Home Realty Inc.) on his recent retirement after 43 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.

RAHB dues deadline March 31, 2017

The quarterly RAHB dues have been billed and e-mailed to you as part of your February monthly invoice.  Please note that dues are payable no later than March 31st, 2017.
DuesAcceptable methods of Payment are:
In Person: Visa, MasterCard, Interac, cash or cheque
By Phone: Visa or MasterCard
Online through Fusion: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Visa Debit (New)
Online: CIBC/PC Financial, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, TD Canada Trust – for assistance in set-up, please contact Karin at 905.529.8101 x 258.

Pre-Authorized payment subscribers will be processed on Tuesday March 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.)

Tax TimePrint your RAHB invoices for your tax return

Tax time is here! Here’s how to print off your RAHB invoice:

  • Log into the Fusion Homepage
  • In the Resource section, select “Smartlinks”
  • From the drop down menu, select “Education/Account Services”. This will open a new window
  • Select “Print Members Statement”
  • Enter the date parameters of your choice. For example, if you want to create a copy of your 2016 invoices, you would enter a start date of 01/01/2016 and an end date of 12/31/2016
  • Select “Run statement, Print”

** If you get a printer error, go to “select a format” (found above the RAHB logo), select “Acrobat Adobe PDF”, “export”, “print”. **

Update!  Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage

Upon review of the current Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) policy, RAHB’s Board of Directors determined the policy did not provide value to the membership.  Therefore, effective February 1, 2017, RAHB will no longer be providing AD&D coverage for its members.  Alternate benefits will be investigated.

If you have any outstanding claims, please contact Camryn in the Membership department at camrynh@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x251.


Meet your 2017 RAHB Directors


Lou Piriano, President

Lou is Broker of Record of L. Piriano Real Estate.  He has been an independent REALTOR® in Hamilton since 1973 when he first joined RAHB.  He was elected to the RAHB Board of Directors for the 2014 term and served as President-Elect in 2016.  Lou has chaired the MLS® Committee, Regional Rules Task Force and the Audit Committee and has also served on the Finance, Arbitration and Professional Standards committees  and previously chaired the Technology Task Force.  He holds a mortgage broker’s license to further assist his real estate clients.

Originally a native of Brooklyn, New York, Lou was brought up and educated in Hamilton followed by additional education at the University of Guelph.  Real estate brokerage was Lou’s first career choice out of university. After raising a family and successfully operating his brokerage, he is now able to commit even more time to the Association’s goals for members.

Lou feels very humbled and privileged to represent, as President, the over 3,000 members of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington for 2017 and looks forward to actively engaging with all members as much as possible.  He extends an open invitation to anyone at any time to contact him at president@rahb.ca.


jackJack Loft, President-Elect

Jack is a retired police officer and has been a member of our Board since 2004.  He is a Broker with RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc. and has served as a member or Chair of various committees, including CEO Selection, Finance, Professional Standards and various task forces.  He loves wilderness and long distance hiking, fishing, golfing and cycling.  He and his wife are avid travellers and readers.



Donna Bacher, Immediate Past President

Donna joined RAHB in 1983 and is a Broker with Royal LePage State Realty.  Donna has served as RAHB President (2015) and Past President (2016), and as Chair of the Finance and Communications/Government Relations committees and the Joint (RAHB/HDAA) Rental Licensing Task Force.  She has also served on various other RAHB committees.

Donna served as a director for the Ontario Goat Breeders Association and as a Founding Members’ Association Rep to the Toronto Livestock Land Development Board from 2001-2003.  She is an avid fundraiser for various charities and a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters annual bowl-a-thon.  Donna holds a Canadian Private Pilot license and has completed her Canadian Commercial Pilot written exam.


annAnn Forbes Arndt

Ann is a Past President of RAHB and has returned to the Board.  She has been a member of the Association since 1990 and is a Broker with Royal LePage Macro Realty Inc.  She has served as Chair of the Finance and Member Area Representation committees, as a member of numerous RAHB committees and task forces and on OREA and RECO committees.  Ann was named RAHB Volunteer of the Year in 2005.

Ann is involved in the Dragon Boat community as a coach and steers person. She enjoys coaching all ages. Ann will be attending the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand in the spring of 2017.


nikolaNikola Bucalo

Nikola is a Salesperson with Coldwell Banker Community Professionals.  He joined RAHB in 2010 and is finishing his first year as a Director and as Chair of the Government Relations Committee.

Having grown up in a real estate household, this Millennial has been in and around our profession for over 20 years. These deep roots in the industry are a real motivation to contribute to the long-term success of organized real estate.

In his spare time Nik loves to run, play volleyball, compete in triathlons, read about fringe science and play a few musical instruments.


kathyKathy Della-Nebbia

Kathy is a Salesperson with Royal LePage State Realty.  She first joined RAHB in 1986 and has served on the Government Relations Committee and Charity Auction task force.  She will Chair the Government Relations Committee in 2017.

Kathy first joined organized real estate as Kathy Fournier with Montreal Trust.  She left real estate for about 12 years, started a  family and returned in 2004 when her youngest was in grade one.  She considers herself blessed in so many ways with family, friends, colleagues, business, health and her journey of learning and growth through this life.   She is passionate about learning, involvement, people and family.  Her favourite quote is “life is not about learning how to weather the storm but about learning how to dance in the rain”.


ralphRalph Frisina

Ralph joined RAHB in 1977 and is now a Broker member with L. Piriano Real Estate.  He is a long-time member of the Arbitration and Discipline committees.

Ralph has spent most of his life in the family business, doing everything from working the gas bar, car wash and parking lot at 100 Main St. East to being a labourer on the C21 building project.  He opened his own brokerage in 1981 and 30 years later wound down the business.  In the early 90’s, the Frisina Group  moved into more new home construction, custom home building and residential infill sites. He has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows since the early 1990s, and has served as district deputy grand master.  He is proud of the organization’s involvement with Camp Trillium and “OuR Island”, a camp for children with cancer and their families.

Ralph is married and is, as he says, blessed with a large extended family.  He looks forward to working on the Board to continue building on the work started by past and present directors.


paulPaul Hammond

Paul is a Salesperson with Keller Williams Edge Realty.  He has been a member since 2007 and, since joining RAHB, has served on the Burlington Council, Golf Tournament Task Force, and MLS® and Discipline committees.

Paul decided to run for the RAHB Board of Directors for two reasons:  he wanted to give back to an Association that had provided him with so many tools to carve out a very successful and satisfying career and he felt his past career had provided him with skills he could utilize to make RAHB even better for all members.

Paul is a life-long resident of Burlington and surrounding area who is both a 12-year share-holding member at Burlington Golf and Country Club and a contributing member of their board of directors. As a previous owner of  Servicemaster of Burlington for 15 years, Paul developed many skills, contacts and knowledge that he believes has prepared him to help elevate RAHB to new exciting levels!


dianeDiane Price

Diane is a Salesperson with Keller Williams Complete Realty.  She joined RAHB in 2004 and has served as both member and Chair of the Charity Auction Task Force, and as member of the Discipline and Arbitration committees.  Diane received RAHB’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2006.

Diane has been a member of The Rotary Club of Ancaster for 10 years, for which she has been involved in raising $2.5M for water wells and sanitation in Haiti and has travelled to Haiti six times. She has also served on the Police Services Board, Interval House board and school councils.  Diane started a criminal harassment support group and raised money for women who have been stalked.  Her past experience includes being an aesthetician, working for her father’s Customs business, public speaking and owning a fishing/hunting store.

Diane has two sons and one grandchild, and there’s another on the way!


andrewAndrew Robertson

Andrew is the Broker of Record of Keller Williams Complete Realty.  Since joining RAHB in 2005, Andrew has earned a number of sales achievement awards and has served on the Government Relations and Communications committees, as well as the Joint Rental Housing and Buyer Registry task forces. Andrew also serves on the Hamilton District Apartment Association`s Public Relations Committee.

A passionate real estate investor, Andrew owns and manages his own portfolio of 27 residential units. Andrew is married with two daughters aged 11 and 12 (going on 20!) and lives on the West Mountain.


bobBob Van de Vrande

Bob is the Broker of Record of Apex Results Realty Inc., and has been a RAHB member since 1988.  Bob has served on the MLS® Committee and the DDF, Charity Give Back, Report Solds and Lonnie Bushey task forces.

Bob enjoys attending his sons’ school and extra-curricular activities as well as travelling, particularly to tropical destinations, with his sons Nicholas and Tyler.  Bob has a passion for education, having earned an MBA as well as Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Education degrees.  He has previously served as a trustee, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Halton Catholic District School Board.  Bob’s special interest is gifted education and he has worked to promote educational options in this area.  Bob has been an active member of St. Patrick parish in Burlington for more than 45 years and is president of Project Maranatha for Youth, a charity promoting youth leadership, education freedom and pro-life issues within the Catholic and broader community.  Politically Bob has been active at both the provincial and federal levels with the Conservative party.  Bob’s hobbies include reading, swimming, travelling and stamp collecting.  Prior to founding his brokerage in 2012, Bob was with a national franchise for 20 years.


richardRichard Weima

Richard is a Broker member with Right at Home Realty Inc.  He was a member of RAHB in the 1980s, then rejoined RAHB in 2015.  He served as Chair of the Burlington Division and as a member of the Member Engagement Committee.

Richard’s passion for the real estate business began early, when he accompanied his father, a home builder and developer in Sarnia, to his many new home sites during the 60’s and 70’s. At 21, Richard obtained his real estate license, gravitating to new home sales and then resale. He was one of the first in the industry to develop his own website and personal online marketing. A member of the Oakville-Milton & District Real Estate Board, Richard served as OMDREB director, Vice President and President, and apprciated the opportunity to learn trends and bring changes to the real estate industry.

With a 40-year tenure in the real estate profession, Richard has been a part of tremendous transformation. Information sharing, public access and technology have all contributed to improve the speed and efficiency of service provided to the real estate consumer. Richard understands the challenges a real estate salesperson faces daily in an ever-changing environment and invites communication with opportunity to learn and succeed together.