Networking and updates at RCN luncheon

rcn-logo“A great opportunity to network and hear the latest commercial updates” were the sentiments expressed by RAHB members who attended the RCN Networking Luncheon on December 2, 2016 at the historic Scottish Rite Club.

Following the buffet lunch, RAHB Regional Commercial Network Chair Paul Martindale welcomed the more than 50 attendees and provided the RCN year in review, highlighting the achievements of the committee and outlining what to look forward to for 2017.



RAHB CEO George O’Neill introduced featured speaker Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton, who delivered an informative presentation that covered downtown development, a West Harbour update, the LRT and BLAST network, grant programs, Open for Business and more. A copy of Jason’s presentation is available at, or on the RCN page in REALTOR Link®.

RCN Networking Luncheon

The RCN presents Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning and Economic
Development, City of Hamilton, who will share updates and insights relating to
the City’s current and future development.

Friday, December 2, 2016
Scottish Rite Club
4 Queen St. S., Hamilton
11:30 a.m. — Networking
12 noon — Lunch

$35+HST (includes hot buffet lunch)

To register contact Kathy

(Late cancellation: no registration fees will be refunded after November 24, 2016)

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

RCNExciting 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 an RCN membership application and a summary of qualifying criteria. You can also find the application on REALTORLink® under both the Member Services and RCN tabs.

RealTrack available at RAHB

The RealTrack service is available for all members’ use in the RAHB Resource Centre. 

What is RealTrack?

RealTrack is a licenced database for searching commercial real estate transactions of $500,000 and over, for properties located in Ontario.  Compiled from land title documents, telephone interviews, site visits and other sources, RealTrack collects, confirms and publishes the information of over 93,000 property transfers dating back to 1996.  The database grows at a rate of 100-150 new transactions every week.

Property information includes:

  • address/location
  • transfer date
  • consideration details (cash and assumed/vtb debt)
  • party contact information
  • street level and aerial photos (with site boundaries)
  • dynamic maps
  • property descriptions including type, size and number of units
  • description of site boundaries
  • financing details
  • broker/agent contact information

Access to RealTrack in the RAHB Resource Centre is by chance or by appointment (one user session at a time).  Contact Kathy ( or Nancy ( to reserve your time today!

Regional Commercial Council — Commercial Conference registration open

The 2015 Canadian Commercial Conference will be held in Winnipeg from September 30 to October 2.

This conference will offer

  • topics such as emerging trends in REITS, the changing face of office space, how to benefit from global opportunities and more
  • courses including Commercial Real Estate Negotiations and Leasing for Retail Landlords and Commercial Tenants
  • Keynote speakers Christopher Leinberger (land use strategist, President of Locus and professor at George Washington University) on Changing Dynamics, New Perspectives in the U.S. and Canada, and Glen Hodgson (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Conference Board of Canada) on Commercial Real Estate in Canada, an Economic Outlook
  • A live “haves and wants” session
  • Networking with commercial REALTORS® from across Canada.

This conference is open to all REALTORS®.  More information and registration through

Commercial Summit Highlights

2015 Commercial Summit



The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington’s 14th Annual Commercial Summit was held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

The 100+ delegates were welcomed by Commercial chair-elect Hank Balfoort.  The Summit’s proceedings were moderated by Professor Marvin Ryder from the DeGroot School of Business, McMaster University.

The full morning of education and updates began with a report from Ron Abraham, Commercial Committee Director for the Canadian Real Estate Association.  Next, a panel of the region’s economic development representatives presented a range of updates and insights, including growth opportunities, business attraction and retention, and incentive and grant programs. The panelists representing Haldimand, Burlington and Hamilton were John Regan, Frank McKeown and Neil Everson.  Keynote speaker Glenn Miller from the Canadian Urban Institute explored various means for realizing growth and development in infrastructure, downtown improvements, and transit, by exploring case studies and best practice evidence.

The event was complimented with a range of industry-relevant sponsors and exhibitors.


Delegates met for a morning of education and networking










Keynote speaker Glenn Miller


(l-r) Professor Marvin Ryder, Neil Everson, Frank McKeown and John Regan


RAHB wins CCN Merit Award

RCC2RAHB’s Regional Commercial Council brought home the Canadian Commercial Network (CNN) Merit Award for 2015. This award is given out annually to recognize a commercial division, committee, council or network that demonstrates outstanding service and commitment to meeting the needs of commercial members while supporting the objectives of the CCN.  RAHB received the award at the recent CREA AGM and Leadership Summit in Ottawa.

This year’s scoring for the Merit Award was particularly tight and RAHB and the Ottawa Real Estate Board shared the honour of receiving the Merit Award.  This is the second time RAHB has received the award; the first was in 2004.


RAHB’s 2014 – 2015 Regional Commercial Council (l-r) Ruth Lewis,
Chris Allen, Chair-elect Hank Balfoort, Chair Heidi Van Der Marel,
Past Chair Paul Martindale, Harry Mancini, Wesley DeGroot
and Craig Knapman.