Applications for the 2017 Karan Barker Scholarships are now available!

Does your daughter or son – or granddaughter or grandson – qualify for a Karan Barker Scholarship?

Does she or he…

1. attend, or have an acceptance to attend, university or community college?

2. demonstrate academic excellence? Get involved in school activities or the community?

3. show maturity, initiative and/or strength of character?

If this sounds like your child or grandchild have them complete an application for a 2017 Karan Barker Scholarship!

Application deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017.

Karan Barker Scholarship

Promote listing and open house showings with metal sign frames from the Realty Shoppe!

Realty Shoppe Sign Frame

Colonial “L” style – 2 pieces (choice of black or white, 31”w x 72”h – 11” shank with stabilizer bar, $38.45 ea.*)
Colonial – top only (Choice of black or white $19.05 ea.*)
Colonial – bottom only (Choice of black or white, 35”h – 11” shank w/stabilizer bar, $23.65 ea.*)


Realty Shoppe Double "H" style signs

Double “H” style – 2 pieces (Black only, 24 ½”w x 54”h (14” shank), Holds 18”h x 24”w sign inserts, $35.95 ea.*)
Double “H” (bottom only $19.45 ea.*)


Realty Shoppe Open house “A” frame

Open house “A” frame (Choice of black or white, Holds 18”h x 24”w sign inserts, $31.55 ea.*)


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Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. T.: 905.529.5979 F.: 905.529.7109
E.: * All applicable taxes are extra. Prices subject to change.

Hamilton Economic Development incentive programs

Did you know ….
The City of Hamilton offers a number of financial incentives for property owners, developers and, in some cases, tenants to help offset costs of redevelopment, conversions and other improvements to brownfields, heritage structures, buildings and properties located within particular areas of the city.

The programs available are:

  • Development Charges (offered exclusively in downtown Hamilton)
  • Hamilton Downtown, Barton and Kenilworth Multi-Residential Property Investment Program
  • Barton and Kenilworth Rebate of some planning and building fees
  • Barton/Kenilworth Tax Increment Grant program
  • Barton/Kenilworth Commercial Corridor Building Improvement Grant program
  • Hamilton Tax Increment Grant program
  • Office Tenancy Assistance program
  • Commercial Corridor Housing Loan and Grant program
  • Commercial Property Improvement Grant program
  • Hamilton Heritage Property Grant Program
  • Hamilton Community Heritage Fund Loan program
  • BIA Commercial Property Improvement Grant program

Hamilton also offers several environmental programs under the Environmental Remediation and Site Enhancement (ERASE) Community Improvement Plan.  These programs are designed to encourage and promote brownfield redevelopment.  Most ERASE programs are available throughout the City of Hamilton.

  • ERASE Redevelopment Grant (ERG) program
  • Development Charge Reduction Option
  • ERASE Tax Assistance program
  • ERASE Municipal Acquisition and Partnership program
  • ERASE Study Grant program
  • LEED Grant program
  • Downtown Hamilton/West Harbourfront Remediation Loan program

For complete details about these programs, check out Hamilton Economic Development’s website at

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 used your social media stats kit?

In 2016, RAHB introduced a new members-only addition to our monthly real estate stats reports: a social media statistics kit! This kit includes 14 visually-appealing images that feature the latest statistics from selected RAHB communities.

Where can you use the images from this kit? The sky is the limit! Whether it be on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or your own websites and blogs, these images are sure to catch the eye of your current and potential clients while also helping them to better understand the market conditions in their community.

Find the direct download link to your social media statistics kit every month in our RAHB stats email reports. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carly at

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 is no longer providing AD&D coverage for members. Alternate benefits will be investigated.

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

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.








Zoning resources for REALTORS®

Looking for zoning resources for properties in Hamilton and Burlington? Check out the following websites:

Hamilton Properties:
Hamilton Economic Development Zoning Lookup Tool

**Tip: This new tool contains multiple information layers. You must type in “RD” instead of “road”, “ST” instead of “street”, etc. for the map to locate addresses.

City of Hamilton Mapping Site

Zoning Verifications
Contact the City of Hamilton at or 905.546.2720.


Burlington Properties:
Zoning information & Map from City of Burlington

Zoning Verifications
Contact the City of Burlington at 905.335.7642.

Zoning info for Hamilton and Burlington

Looking for zoning and other information about properties in Hamilton and Burlington?  Check out the following websites.

For Hamilton:
Hamilton Economic Development Zoning Lookup Tool

City of Hamilton Mapping Site

Both sites have information about every property in Hamilton but different approaches to displaying the information.  Enter an address and see which site you prefer.

Note:  the Economic Development site uses normal abbreviations such as St., Blvd., Dr. in the search window.  Longer forms (street, boulevard, drive, etc.) will not produce any results.  If in doubt as to the proper abbreviations, just mention the name of the road.

For zoning enquiries or verifications, contact the City of Hamilton at or 905.546.2720.


For Burlington:

Zoning information (including an interactive map) for the City of Burlington is available at  Click on the “Interactive Zoning Map” button to locate properties in Burlington.

For zoning inquiries or verifications, contact the City of Burlington at 905.335.7642.

Mark your Calendar: RAHB Open Forums

RAHB Open Forums
Attention RAHB members who live and/or work in Grimsby, Dunnville, or Caledonia.

What do you want to talk about?

RAHB will be back on the road this fall with our new Open Forum community meetings (formerly RAHB Town Hall meetings), and we are coming to a location near you. All members are welcome!

Please sign up to attend with your fellow RAHB members and join in the conversation. There will be light refreshments, door prizes, give-aways and more! What a great way to network with your fellow RAHB members, and become more engaged and informed.

There will be a full agenda of updates, and topic suggestions are always welcome. Is there something in particular you want to know? Is there something going on in your community that you want to talk about? Please submit your topics to Nancy at the RAHB office at and we’ll do our best to deliver!

To register for an Open Forum, please email Kathy at .