Package deal to Commercial Forum and REALTOR® Quest

The CREA Canadian Commercial Forum and TREB’s REALTOR® Quest are happening all under one roof this year, and RAHB’s Regional Commercial Network has arranged a package deal for any member to attend on Thursday, May 5.  The package includes:

  • coach transportation (from RAHB and back)
  • admission to REALTOR® Quest
  • all sessions
  • continental breakfast
  • lunch
  • Forum’s wine and cheese reception

Full details are on the registration form. Seats are being sold “first come, first served”.  Register now!  Note: if we don’t have enough members registered for this package deal by April 22, the trip may be cancelled.

The New Regional Commercial Network

Exciting changes have happened for RAHB members whose focus is primarily in commercial real estate.

The former RAHB Regional Commercial Council (RCC) is now officially the Regional Commercial Network (RCN) and has a new structure.  2015 RCN Chair Heidi Van Der Marel outlined the new structure at the RCN Networking Luncheon on Monday, November 2.

What has changed?

  • The RCN has migrated from an election process to become a committee composed of volunteers. RCN committee members still have to be approved RCN members (i.e. have been an RCN member for more than one year), but will now be selected from qualifying and skilled applicants who express an interest during the annual call for committee volunteers.
  • The RCN has a more welcoming approach to commercial REALTORS® from other Ontario Boards/Associations. The same membership criteria will apply as all RAHB RCN members, but the RCN membership fee has been removed.

What has not changed?

  • The criteria for RCN membership has remained unchanged. Applicants must still provide evidence of commercial education, activity or approved designation. Also, full members in the RCN are automatically pre-approved for membership in CREA’s Canadian Commercial Network.

The RCN is taking this progressive, proactive approach to secure a strong future for the maintenance and growth of the group.

Interested in learning how to apply to be a RCN member?  Contact Kathy Rubio for a RCN membership application and a summary of qualifying criteria.

Important information about leaves of absence

If you need to take a leave of absence (for medical leave, maternity/paternity leave or compassionate care), remember that:

  • your RAHB account must be paid in full before you will be granted a leave of absence;
  • you are responsible for maintaining your license with RECO, including paying your E&O Insurance, license renewal, etc;
  • you will pay only current membership dues when you return from your leave of absence.

Here’s what you need to be granted a RAHB leave of absence:
Medical leave:  requires a completed form accompanied by a letter from your physician; good for 12 months, you do not have to remit any fees.

Maternity/paternity leave:  requires a completed form accompanied by letter from your physician or midwife; good for 12 months, you do not have to remit any fees.

Compassionate Care: requires letter of notice from Brokerage signed by both you and your Broker of Record/Manager; good for eight weeks, you do not have to remit any fees.

Forms for leaves of absence are on REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab.  For more information contact Camryn at or 905.529.8101 X258.


Processing fee change

An addition to Article 4, Section 4.01 of the RAHB Bylaw – approved by the members at the March 24 Annual General Meeting – now allows that members who transfer from one branch office to another branch office of the same Brokerage will no longer have to pay a processing fee.

Article 4, Section 4.01 (addition):
“Any Member who changes their office location(s) within the same Brokerage shall not be assessed a processing fee”.

This change is effective immediately.

Print 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 2014 invoices, you would enter a start date of 01/01/2014 and an end date of 12/31/2014
  • 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”. **

Committee members wanted!

Operational committees will be formed in the next month, so if you would like to serve on a RAHB committee or task force, complete the volunteer profile  today!

Please note: the process for recruiting members for RAHB committees has changed!  RAHB is now asking you to complete a volunteer profile in which you tell us your strengths, experience and interests.  As committees and task forces are formed, member profiles will be reviewed and members asked to participate on a committee or task force according to the skills and interests required for the task at hand.  Experience is not necessarily a requirement!

This new process is a year-round process – if you don’t complete the volunteer profile now, you haven’t missed out for 2015. Committees and task forces will be struck throughout the year as they are needed, so it’s never too late to submit your profile.

Your Questions Answered – Regional MLS(R) System

In December and January we received a number of questions about the new regional MLS® System and about removing the MLS® Rules and Regulations from the Bylaws.  The answers to those questions (taken from the Facebook and LinkedIn group pages and sent directly to the association) are now available on REALTOR Link® –—-it/regionalmls/fyi.html  (REALTOR Link®>MLS & IT >Regionalization>You Asked?)


RAHB NEWS – Have your say anytime!

Do you have a question?    Something you’d like other members’ opinions about?

RAHB now has a feedback tool in REALTOR Link® – it can be found under Member Services – Comments/Questions/Complaints.

Start a conversation, ask your questions, say something nice about a fellow REALTOR® or even RAHB staff member who helped you out – you can do it all in one place. Check it out soon!


RAHB NEWS – Professional Development for REALTORS

Tax and Investment Planning for Real Estate Professionals
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 10 a.m. – Noon
Free to RAHB members

Ed Ounpuu, Financial Consultant, will teach you about the tax implications of running your real estate business so you can spend less time on administration and more time selling.

Rental Properties and Their Tax Issues

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to RAHB members

Ed Ounpuu will discuss tax issues related to rental properties.

OREA 2014 Standard Forms and Clause Revisions Update

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Free to RAHB members

Join Cassandra Agnew Walker, Manager, Standard Forms at OREA, to learn about the latest revisions to OREA’s standard forms and clauses as well as previous revisions related to the changes for 2015.

Consumer-Certified Real Estate Consultant®
(C-CREC®) Designation – 6 CE credits
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$150+ HST for RAHB members; $300+ HST for non-members

Earn your C-CREC® designation with Chris Newell, who will help you banish “working for free” so you can earn professional fees instead.

For Sale by Owner (FSBO) – 3 CE credits

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Michael Appleton will teach you how to build a relationship with a private-for-sale homeowners and sell your services to them.


~~ All courses will be held at the RAHB office in the McCullough Room (lower level).  Register with Angela at or 905.529.8101 x233.  ~~

RAHB NEWS – RAHB welcomes new members

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington extends a warm welcome to its newest members (November 20 to December 11).

Richard Adler
Bradbury Estate Realty Inc., Brokerage

Greg Cichosz
Tammera Seyffer
Saadat Butt
Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

Sharon Rodrigues
Keller Williams Complete Realty Inc., Brokerage

Cam Sullivan
Keller Williams Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage

Shannon O’Malley
Janice Tonon
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc., Brokerage

Candace Di Carlo
Leigh Chase
RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc., Brokerage

Jagroop Grewal
Right At Home Realty Inc., Brokerage

Lauren Catlin
Matthew Tarry
Royal LePage State Realty Inc., Brokerage

RAHB NEWS – Realty Shoppe

New releases for 2015 – available by advance order only!

Shoppe1Rough/Advanced Guide to Construction Costs

A great reference guide for current construction costs, both residentialand commercial.





Introductory GTA Green Guide

Guide provides an overview of current green building trends and green guilding rating systems to both new and existing buildings.




Package deal for both books will also be available.
Order deadline is January 30, 2015.

Call the Shoppe at 905.529.5979 for prices and to order your copy before the deadline.

~~ Please Note:  Final Sale policy in effect on all published books  ~~


Promote yourself with a strong marketing campaign!

Home Sweet Home 2015 Calendar magnet in full colour, on high quality paper and complete with envelope. Just add your business card.

39¢ each plus HST

Get them before they’re gone!








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