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.

Keynote

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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.

Winners!

Members who went home with prizes and gifts:
Debora Agro (Royal LePage State Realty) – draw for 2018 RAHB dues
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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
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The Hamilton Spectator – Winner of the Best Booth Award (for exhibitors)

 

 

 

 

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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.

Why Attend REALTOR® CONNECTIONS?

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!

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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.

REALTOR® CONNECTIONS highlights

Here are some of the highlights from REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2016 held Wednesday, March 23 at the Hamilton Convention Centre:

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RAHB AGM

  • Recognition of RAHB’s 95th anniversary
  • The 2015 audited financial statements were presented and received
  • RAHB CEO George O’Neill presented an update on Matrix and the regional MLS® System

Professional Development

  • Rebecca Mountain led a session on Online Lead Generating: The Simple Solution
  • Rick Shelley spoke on Multi-Residential: The Ins & Outs
  • Don Patterson presented CREA Update and Info for Commercial Practitioners
  • Pam Morton and Todd Targgart helped members Get (Re)Acquainted with Matrix
  • Industry leaders and service provides shared their expertise on a variety of topics in Knowledge Pods in the Exhibit Hall
  • Lunch Panel:  “Planning the Future”  Jason Thorne from the City of Hamilton and Mary Lou Tanner from the City of Burlington moderated by Keanin Loomis provided updates and insights on municipal planning initiatives

CONNECTIONS Café

  • RAHB President Kim Alvarez and CEO George O’Neill were on hand to meet and speak with members
  • RAHB Directors chatted with members about their ideas and RAHB services

Trade Show

  • Members met with suppliers of goods and services and left with great information and a few goodies

Realty Shoppe

  • The Realty Shoppe buzzed with activity most of the day and offered show specials and prize draws

MLS® Help

  • RAHB MLS® staff were on hand to answer your questions about Matrix and Fusion

Winners!

  • $95 Tim Horton’s gift card, for being the 95th RAHB member to register for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS (to celebrate RAHB’s 95th anniversary!) – Suzanne Burnside (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre)
  • $100 Keg gift card from the social media contest leading up to REALTOR® CONNECTIONS – Michelle Shivbarran (Royal LePage State Realty)
  • Free 2017 RAHB Dues draw at RAHB AGM – Darlene Wissenz (Sutton Group Innovative Realty Inc.)
  • Paid registration to CREA’s Canadian Commercial Forum in Toronto Regional Commercial Network, courtesy of the Regional Commercial Network – Nicolas von Bredow (Royal Lepage Marco Realty )
  • $50 Bon Appetit gift card, in the Member Engagement Committee’s “Get Connected” contest – Ken Murphy (Royal LePage State Realty)
  • X6 Laser Distance Meter for responding to RAHB’s REALTOR® CONNECTIONS survey – Rose Cipriani (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.)

REALTORS®4 Kids draws:

  • Sterling silver necklace – Stan Ivkovic (Royal LePage State Realty)
  • Rodney Carrington tickets – Roman Radojewski (Royal LePage State Realty)
  • Monster Jam tickets – Mary Atto (J.M. Edwards Associates Inc.)
  • Michael Kors wallet – Nicolette Wandio (Coldwell Banker Community Real Estate)
  • Gumball machine – Brian Gerrard (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.)

Realty Shoppe

Draws for three baskets of Realty Shoppe goodies, each valued at approximately $180

  • Kirk Sharpley (Keller Williams Edge Realty)
  • Natalie Pavkovic (Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.)
  • Larry Paletta (Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc.)

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What happened at the RAHB AGM?

RAHB’s AGM on March 23, 2016 at the Hamilton Convention Centre included a brief overview of RAHB’s strategic initiatives for 2016 by RAHB President Kim Alvarez, the presentation of the audited 2015 financial statement by Audit Chair Lou Piriano and an update on Matrix by RAHB CEO George O’Neill.  Here are some of the details:

Kim Alvarez Strategic Initiatives

  • Strategic goals centre on ensuring RAHB addresses members’ needs
  • Strategic imperative known as Member Development, Service, Engagement and Enablement (MDSEE)
  • MDSEE is all about members – helping members expand their knowledge and skills, offering services REALTORS® need, engaging members and ensuring RAHB’s infrastructure (like MLS® service) is reliable

Lou Piriano – Audited Financial Statements

(Members received a link to the audited financial statement through the Annual Report emailed to each member on March 11, 2016)

  • Deficit of $47,335 at the end of 2015
  • Increases in both revenue and expenses: revenue increased by $208,100 and expenses by $399,541.

Contributing factors:

Increase in revenue

  • 6% increase in membership – increased dues income; however, also increased monthly service costs and decreased income from monthly service fees from the $6 reduction approved by directors in 2014
  • More professional development sessions, including designation courses (higher registration fees)
  • Rental income increased as per lease agreement
  • Decrease in investment income with decline in interest rates

Increase in expenses

  • Building operations increased 7%
  • Increase of 6.5% in MLS® services: increase in membership increased costs to provide MLS® services through Fusion and GeoWarehouse; increase in cost of digital/virtual tour packages; increased computer costs related to data sharing with STARRS members
  • Administrative and Office Expenses increased by 11%: salaries increased 3% (CPI increase); non-recurring expense in benefit payout for retiring staff; professional fees for CEO search; decrease in advertising and public relations costs; no member survey

Other factors

  • Increase in outstanding accounts over 2014 due to waiver of monthly service fee in December, 2014
  • Long-term prepaid expense continuing to decline

Karan Barker Scholarship Fund

  • Scholarships paid from interest earned
  • Four students received $2,000 scholarships

Reserves

  • According to policy, $50,000 was transferred to Building Reserve

Deloitte LLP appointed as auditors for 2016

 

George O’Neill – Regional Update

  • Overview of extent of area covered by eight associations participating in regional MLS® system – 8,200 REALTORS®, with 35% of total made up of RAHB members
  • Two separate initiatives – Matrix and ORTIS, the group overseeing and managing Matrix
  • Matrix is live and the sole MLS® system for Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and Oakville/Milton associations; Matrix is available to RAHB, Brantford, Niagara and Simcoe for listings search across all the regional associations, but not fully for listing loading and maintenance
  • RAHB has concerns to resolve with regard to ownership of listing data, ORTIS mandate and cost control, governance and decision making structure, MLS® Rules and service quality – all being discussed among eight associations
  • RAHB will not cutover to using only Matrix until, at the earliest, after the spring market and all concerns with ORTIS are resolved. Until that cutover, Fusion will continue to run for loading and editing listings, in parallel with Matrix for listings search functionality across the regional area. We know this is not ideal from a member use perspective, but we believe it is better to resolve these concerns now when any potential negative impacts to members is minor.

Upcoming RAHB Event

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This one-day conference is filled with opportunities and events designed for REALTORS®, and you are invited to attend!

  • Rebecca Mountain: Online Lead Generation: The Simple Solution
  • Rick Shelley: Multi-Residential: The Ins and Outs
  • Don Patterson: CREA Update and Information for the Commercial Practitioner
  • Trade show with 65+ exhibitors
  • RAHB Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Light breakfast and buffet lunch


What’s Happening

Lunch time Panel with Moderator Keanin Loomis – Find out more about local municipal initiatives

Knowledge Pods in the Exhibit Hall – stop for a few minutes and learn from the pros

CONNECTIONS Café – a place to meet and chat with your colleagues about issues of the day

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Badge pick up begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summer’s Lane, Hamilton
FREE for members who register by 8:30 a.m., Monday, March 7.*
$35+HST for RAHB members registering after the cut off or at the door.
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For more information, visit here.  Register online or contact Sheila at the RAHB office – 905.529.8101 x234 or email sheilas@rahb.ca

 

* Members who register before 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 7 but do not attend REALTOR® CONNECTIONS (and do not cancel
their registration in advance of the event – see cancellation policy below) will have a $35+HST administration fee charged to their RAHB account.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations will be accepted until 8:30 a.m., Monday, March 14.  Cancellations received after that date will not be eligible for any applicable refund.

REALTOR® CONNECTIONS is coming!

Plan now to attend REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2016, a one-day extravaganza of speakers, workshops, trade show vendor, RAHB business and networking!  It all happens on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

The planning team is again putting together a day that will have something for everyone.  New this year – more commercial content!

Registration is free for members who register before 8:30 a.m., Monday, March 7, 2016.  Watch Message of the Day (MOD) on Fusion for the opening of online registration; watch REALINFO and your email inbox for more details about REALTOR® CONNECTIONS.

See you there!

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REALTOR® CONNECTIONS Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2015, held Tuesday, March 24 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

RAHB AGM

  • The 2014 audited financial statements were presented and received.
  • An amendment to Article 4, Section 4.01 of the RAHB Bylaw (see RAHB news, Processing Fee Change, for further information) was approved.
  • RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe and MLS® Chair Lou Piriano presented brief reports on the new regional MLS® System and Matrix, the new MLS® platform RAHB members will begin using in mid-June.
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Professional Development

  • Keynote Chris Leader issued a challenge: Dare to be ExceptionalTS1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Kathy Hogeveen led an early bird presentation on Developing an Online Strategy
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CONNECTIONS Café

  • RAHB Directors were on hand to chat with members about their ideas about RAHB and RAHB services
  • Members shared their idea for services RAHB should investigate

 

Trade Show

  • Members had the chance to speak with suppliers of goods and services and walk away with great information and a few goodies

 

Realty Shoppe

  • The Realty Shopped buzzed with activity most of the day and offered its usual great show specials and prize draws.

 

Member Services

Inside the Exhibit Hall

  • MLS® staff and Todd Targgart were on hand to answer questions about Fusion and Matrix.

Outside the Exhibit Hall

  • representatives of the RAHB Charity Auction took donations for the Children’s Fund and names for prize draws
  • RAHB President Donna Bacher and CEO Ross Godsoe were there to answer members’ questions

 

Winners!

(l-r) RAHB President Donna Bacher with:

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CONNECTIONS Café draw for HP Stream 7 tablet
Heather Cianciolo, Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate

X6 Laser Distance Meter
Bonnie McAuley, Coldwell Banker-Burnhill Realty

2016 RAHB dues
Irena Kovaleva, Right at Home Realty

 

Realty Shoppe – gift baskets with goods worth approximately $180 each
Ruth Morehouse, Royal LePage G. Bruce Macdonald Real Estate;

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Sharon Musson-Maxted, Royal LePage State Realty;

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Ted Fletcher Jr., Realty Network: 100 Inc.

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Charity Auction draws

Beaded necklace & bracelet
Steve Azmier, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty;

$50 Ancaster Mill gift certificate
Jack Mills, Jim Mills Real Estate;

$250 Vartanian Rugs gift certificate
Doris Chiu, Royal LePage State Realty;

Autographed Blue Rodeo poster and t-shirt
Paul Martindale, Wink Properties & Realty Inc.;

Two tickets for Def Leppard
Rose Cipriani, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty.

REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2015

AGM, Conference and Trade Show

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Badge pick up begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summer’s Lane, Hamilton

FREE for members who register by midnight Sunday, March 8 $30 for RAHB members registering after midnight Sunday, March 8

  • RAHB Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 12:30 p.m.
    – yes! p.m.! – immediately following lunch
  • RAHB Financial Report;
  • Demonstration of Matrix, the new
    regional MLS® System;
  • Draws for a new HP Stream 7 tablet*,
    an X6 Laser Distance Meter and 2016 RAHB dues
  • Kathy Hogeveen:  Developing an Online Strategy
  • Keynote presentation by Chris Leader:  Dare to be Exceptional

And there’s more!

  • Trade show
  • Knowledge Pods – learn from the pros
  • CONNECTIONS Café – meet with your colleagues; share your ideas; grab a coffee, and enter your name for the draw for the HP Stream 7 tablet
  • Realty Shoppe specials
  • Meet the President and CEO
  • Continental breakfast and buffet lunch included

* Share an idea and enter the draw at CONNECTIONS Café.

All this is FREE for RAHB members who register by midnight March 8, 2015.  Complete details and all the fine print are on our website at www.rahb.ca/eventssponsors/realtor-connections/

Register online at http://registration.rahb.ca/MainList.aspx

 

Register now for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2015

REALTOR CONNECTIONS 2015 – AGM, Conference and Trade Show

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Badge pick up begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summer’s Lane, Hamilton

FREE for members who register by midnight Sunday, March 8
$30 for RAHB members registering after midnight Sunday, March 8

We’ve turned this one-day event upside down for 2015!

  • RAHB Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 12:30 p.m. – yes! p.m.! – immediately following lunch
  • Get motivated by the mid-morning keynote presentation by
    Chris Leader:  Dare to be ExceptionalChris

 

 

 

 

  • Early birds can hear Kathy Hogeveen’s presentation on
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  • CoreLogic’s Todd Targgart will demonstrate the new Matrix MLS® System during the AGM


And there’s more!

  • Trade show with 65+ exhibitors
  • Knowledge Pods where you learn from the pros
  • CONNECTIONS Café – meet with your colleagues; share your ideas; grab a coffee
  • Realty Shoppe specials
  • Expanded Member Services area
  • Meet the President and CEO
  • Continental breakfast and buffet lunch included

 

All this is FREE for RAHB members who register by midnight March 8, 2015.  Complete details and all the fine print are on our website at www.rahb.ca/eventssponsors/realtor-connections/

Register online at http://registration.rahb.ca/MainList.aspx

 

MEMBER SERVICES – REALTOR® CONNECTIONS is coming!

Where can you listen to great speakers, meet suppliers of goods and services you can use, network with your colleagues and attend the RAHB Annual General Meeting? At REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2015, of course!

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The planning team is putting together a day that will have something for everyone, and a lot of great information for everyone. Watch for big changes to the format – we’re turning the event upside down!

Highlights:
• Keynote Speaker Chris LeaderDare to be Exceptional
• Early bird presentation by Kathy HogeveenDeveloping an Online Strategy
• CoreLogic’s Todd Targgart will be there to demo the new Matrix system
• RAHB’s AGM will be held early afternoon so everyone can attend
• Great trade show
• New this year – knowledge pods in the exhibit area!

Plan to attend REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2015. Registration is free for members who register before March 6, 2015; watch MOD for the opening of online registration.

See you there!