Ontario REALTOR® Party Courses

The Ontario Real Estate Association and the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington are pleased to be offering two FREE groundbreaking courses to our members – ORP 101: An Introductory Course on Grassroots Advocacy and ORP 201: An Introductory Course on Campaigns and Elections.

Both courses will be offered on Monday, March 26, 2018 at The Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre (555 Bay St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H1), with ORP 101 starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by ORP 201 starting at 1 p.m. Lunch will be made available to all attendees at 12:30 p.m.

ORP 101 provides basic foundational knowledge of government relations, including: an understanding of the behind the scenes workings of Queen’s Park, how to set up a meeting with an MPP, and how to stay in touch with your MPP to build a relationship. ORP 101 is designed to empower our members to engage with provincial leaders on matters of interest to home owners and Ontario REALTORS®.

ORP 201 provides basic foundational knowledge on how provincial elections and campaigns work, including: the difference between a general election and a by-election, and the different roles on a campaign. ORP 201 is designed to get our members more involved in the election process.

To register for this FREE session, please click here.


ORP Hamilton Burlington Flyer

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!

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

RAHB Member Discount: Bay Area Economic Summit

RAHB members receive a $100 discount on the regular price of $350!

RAHB Members are invited to the 2017 Bay Area Economic Summit! The Summit will feature 30+ expert speakers on intercity cooperation, business opportunities, real estate development, and more!

To get your $100 discount off of your tickets, use the code BAESNRH. Go through the registration process and then use the code at the “Registration check-out” screen – your discount will be applied at that point.

To register and learn more, visit http://www.bayareasummit.ca

Invite to Bay Area Economic Summit, June 27, 2017

REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017 – Highlights

RAHB’s annual premier member event, REALTOR® CONNECTIONS AGM, Conference and Trade Show, was held Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Grand Olympia Convention Centre!

Here’s a brief look back at the day:

RAHB Annual General Meeting

  • Justin Podmoroff of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services joined RAHB in the fall of 2016 and became our 3,000th Justin received a gift basket and was recognized at the RAHB AGM
  • MLS® Chair Nikola Bucalo discussed what the MLS® Committee accomplished last year and what is on its work plan for 2017
  • CEO George O’Neill provided an update on RAHB’s new Matrix MLS® System
  • Audit Committee Chair Bob van de Vrande presented the audited financial statements for 2016

Find the MLS® report and audited financial statement in the 2016 RAHB Annual Report here.

Knowledge Pods

Knowledge pods were divided into three streams – Commercial, Professionalism and Technology – and featured:

  • Rebecca Mountain: 3 Keys to Lead Generation
  • Mark Brodsky: 2017 Marketing Trends
  • Kelvin Kucey: RECO Update
  • Bruce McPherson: Real Estate and Drones
  • Sue Rimac: New Interactive Zoning Lookup Tool
  • Gregory Klump: CREA MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)RC_1








  • Lucie Brusse: What You Need to Know When Selling a Tenanted Property
  • John Davidson & Stephanie Mazhari: Update: Halton Region Economic Development

Trade Show

  • 44 suppliers of goods and services filled the Exhibit Hall and foyer
  • The Road to Success contest challenged those attending REALTOR® CONECTIONS to collect stickers from all 44 exhibitors. The prize: a $50 Pearl Hospitality Group gift card.


RC_2REALTOR® CONNECTIONS wound up with keynote speaker Stuart Knight’s motivational address on the Four Conversations for Success.  Each member left with a reminder of the four conversations.  Find the outline of Stuart’s presentation here.

Representatives of the Charity Auction Task Force collected donations to The Children’s Fund.  Anyone who donated $100 was eligible for a draw for tickets to see Coldplay in August and all other donations were eligible for a draw for a $50 Pearl Group Hospitality Group.

Representatives of the Charity Golf Tournament took early registrations for the annual charity golf tournament on May 18, 2017 at Beverly Golf & Country Club. Members who signed up at REALTOR® CONNECTIONS went home with a little something to use in the tournament.

Members of the Member Engagement Committee conducted an informal survey about member communications and helped direct members to the various activities and contests.


Members who went home with prizes and gifts:
Debora Agro (Royal LePage State Realty) – draw for 2018 RAHB dues



Dennis Tian (Apex Results Realty Inc.) – $50 gift card for the Pearl Hospitality Group (Road to Success contest)



Penny MacKenzie (Keller Williams Edge Realty)- Tickets to Coldplay (Charity Auction Draw)
Vicki Steele (Royal LePage Macro) – $50 gift card for the Pearl Hospitality Restaurant Group (Charity Auction Draw)
Lily Cerminara-Clairmont (Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc.) and Jeff Hewson (Century 21 Aberwin Realty Inc.) – Realty Shoppe Gift Baskets valued at $180 each



The Hamilton Spectator – Winner of the Best Booth Award (for exhibitors)







Have you registered for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017 yet?

Don’t forget to register for RAHB’s annual REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017 AGM, Conference and Trade Show before February 23, 2017 to receive free admission* to this event created specifically to help REALTORS® choose success!

Whether you are looking for local home improvement, financial, legal or other real estate service companies for yourself or for your clients, REALTOR® CONNECTIONS has you covered. Our diverse group of tradeshow exhibitors features the products and services you need to succeed as a REALTOR®. We also have three streams of informative knowledge pod sessions on real estate topics that matter to you. And last but not least, we have our fabulous keynote speaker, Stuart Knight, who will teach you how to harness the art of powerful conversation whether you are an introvert OR an extrovert!

To learn more about the knowledge pod sessions, keynote speaker, tradeshow and overall event agenda read the REALTOR® CONNECTIONS brochure. To register for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017 or contact Sheila at the RAHB office at 905.529.8101 x234 or by email sheilas@rahb.ca.

* Please be advised that a $45 +HST No Show fee will be charged to those who register to the event but do not attend.

Gala highlights

RAHB’s annual Appreciation & Awards Gala was an evening to celebrate members for their 40- and 25-years of RAHB membership, to recognize RAHB members who served on RAHB committees and task forces in 2016, and to award members who have gone above and beyond to serve the association and their community.

The Gala took place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Michelangelo Event Venue and Conference Centre.

RAHB Volunteers

RAHB President Lou Piriano recognized the three 2016 Directors who completed their terms on the Board – Kim Alvarez, Gary Herron and Paul Martindale. He also recognized the 101 RAHB members who served on committees, task forces and the Board.

Long Service Awards

Long service pins were presented to the newest members of the Long Service Club. 10 members reached the 40-year milestone in 2016 and 42 reached the 25-year milestone!

Gala2(l-r) Robert Schinkel, Tamer Fahmi, John Goritsas, Drago Saric


Front row (l-r): Richard Deverson, Mike Cusano, Jim Griffen
Back row (l-r): Carol DiStefano, Janet Bedford


Front row (l-r): Louis Volk, Rob Cecchetti
Back row (l-r): Alison Walsh, Lois Simpson, Tina Nixon


Front row (l-r): Louie Fabbroni, Darren Van Leeuwen, Mike Mattina
Back row (l-r): Alice Liu, Catherine Poirier

RAHB Service Awards
Congratulations to the following RAHB award recipients!

Gala6Margaret Reid
(Royal LePage State Realty) received the Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes a member who has demonstrated exceptional qualities, enthusiasm and perseverance or has gone above and beyond to serve their fellow members.

Margaret has served on various RAHB committees and task forces since joining RAHB and, in fact, has worked on a committee or task every year with only one exception. She is active on not only RAHB committees and task forces, but in community committees and initiatives as well. Margaret is described as a “true example of leadership and giving”, a mentor with phenomenal patience and as “always available to lend a hand”.


Gala7Bonnie Dowling
(B. Dowling Real Estate Ltd.) received the Outstanding Community Service Award, presented to a member who has shown outstanding dedication to the real estate profession and exceptional volunteer service to his or her community.

Bonnie is a 33-year member of RAHB, a past president of the Association and an Honorary Life Member. She also received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012.

Bonnie has been active in the City of Hamilton Public Health “Community Food Advisors” program for over 20 years. She has served as Chair of the program, and continues to actively participate in a monthly seniors’ lunch program. As well as these current activities, Bonnie has been involved in lunch and children’s food programs, performed cooking demonstrations for seniors and Aboriginal men and others, and promoted healthy lifestyles in the community. Her infectious enthusiasm has made the learning experience enjoyable for others.


Entertainment during the cocktail hour and again during the gala program was provided by magician Mike D’Urzo.

Musical entertainment following the Gala program was provided by the George St. Kitts Band.









rc2017bannerAbout our Keynote Speaker, Stuart Knight
Stuart Knight is a critically-acclaimed author, award-winning entrepreneur and expert communicator who helps some of the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. When he is not on the road speaking, you may have seen or heard him on some of Canada’s biggest TV and radio stations where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high-level communication. He is the author of two books, You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation and The Madness of My Mind. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, Stuart is here to help you harness the conversation skills you need to choose success!




Register now for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017!
Register online at http://registration.rahb.ca/MainList.aspx
or contact Sheila at 905.529.8101 x234 or sheilas@rahb.ca.