Keeping RAHB Members Informed

RAHB’s Latest Updates

REALTORS® Care! REALTORS® Support Local Charities

Representatives from 10 local charitable organizations were at RAHB to receive grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on Thursday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 18.

RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $35,500 on behalf of the Foundation, which is supported by RAHB members.  Each year, funds donated by RAHB members come back to the community, to be distributed among local shelter-related organizations.

Cheques were presented to Carpenter Hospice, Halton Food for Thought, March of Dimes, Mark Preece Family House, Neighbour to Neighbour, The Bridge, The King’s Way Outreach Centre, The Salvation Army Hamilton, Wesley Urban Ministries and the YWCA Hamilton.

For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to https://realtorscareontario.ca/

Caption: RAHB CEO George O’Neill (back row, extreme left) and President Jack Loft (back row, second from the left) with REALTORS Care® Foundation grant recipients. (The representative from March of Dimes is missing from this photo.)

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Lunch with the President!

RAHB President Jack Loft had a great lunch on Wednesday, December 12, with Steve DeVisser of City Brokerage.  Jack and Steve enjoyed Italian at Caro’s at Ottawa and Main Streets in Hamilton. Steve lives and works in the core and is passionate about the rental licensing issue currently working its way through Hamilton City Hall. He would like to see a zoning requirement on all RAHB listings. He also likes the idea of compulsory electronic lock boxes and is a big fan of ShowingTime.  Thanks again Steve!

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CREA Seeking Candidates for 2019 Board of Directors

CREA is looking for experienced and skilled REALTORS® to put their names forward as candidates for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

Positions available:
Three Director-at-Large positions are available – each for a two-year term

Regional Director
Four position are available – each for a two-year term – one each from the following regions:

  • British Columbia/Yukon
  • Manitoba
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador)


  1. Be a REALTOR® member
  2. Have been a REALTOR® for at least five years
  3. Have a minimum of three years’ experience within the last 10 years sitting on a board of directors of a Canadian not-for-profit corporation or a public body
  4. Not be disqualified by the Act
  5. For Regional Directors, be licensed in that Region
  6. If elected, must have completed leadership courses as set out in CREA policy within one year of being elected
  7. Complete the candidacy documents in the form provided by CREA.


The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 7, 2019.

The Director-at-Large elections will take place at CREA’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

The Regional Director elections will take place prior to the CREA Annual General Meeting at a time and place to be determined.

Click below for more information or to put your name forward for Director-at-Large.

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GeoWarehouse® Store

Please be aware that MPAC Assessment Reports will not be available for purchase through the GeoWarehouse® e-Store from Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m. to Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m.

The ability to use GeoWarehouse® to conduct property searches and purchase other e-store products will still be available.

If you have any questions please call GeoWarehouse® at 416.360.7542 or 1.888.237.5937 or e-mail at GeoWarehouseFeedback@teranet.ca.

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Directional and Open House Signs

According to RAHB Rules and Regulations, Section 10 – Advertising, Sub-section 10.03 which states:

10.03 Signs giving notice of sale, rent, lease, development, exchange or open house shall not be placed on any property by more than one Brokerage, unless authorized by the Seller. Signs may only be erected on locations that conform with Municipal and Provincial sign legislation, all applicable laws, regulations, codes and bylaws. A Member shall not interfere with another Brokerage’s sign, unless such property is subsequently listed by said Member.

City of Hamilton- Open House signs permitted only on the day of the Open House, no earlier than 10 a.m. and no later than 6 p.m. Only one Open House sign is permitted per intersection per property. Directional signs are not permitted any other time.

City of Burlington – Open House signs permitted three days prior to Open House and must come down one day later. Directional signs are not permitted any other time.

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Rental Licensing Update

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the City of Hamilton Planning Committee met to evaluate the rental licensing pilot project proposal. For information on the pilot project proposal, please visit https://blog.rahb.ca/?p=23462. The recommendation/motion for the pilot project insinuated that the pilot project would be voted on at the Planning Committee, then go to Hamilton Council on December 19 for final vote, and then be implemented within the first quarter of 2019.


We are happy to inform members that the decision on a rental licensing pilot project in Wards 1 and 8 was postponed until at least the next Hamilton Planning Committee meeting to take place in 2019.


During the meeting there were 17 delegates – 15 spoke in opposition of rental licensing and two (McMaster Student’s Union and ACORN) spoke in favour. The incoming RAHB Government Relations Chair, Margaret Reid, spoke to the issue reiterating RAHB’s concerns with the pilot project as proposed. RAHB also co-authored a letter with the Hamilton and District Apartment Association, that was sent to Hamilton City Council and media on December 10 highlighting the issues with rental licensing. The letter can be found at https://www.rahb.ca/RentalLicensingLetter_10Dec2018.pdf.


After the delegations and much discussion by the Planning Committee, it was decided that amendments would be made to the proposal. Hamilton City Staff are to develop a comprehensive plan for the potential rental licensing pilot project, that includes:

  • concrete metrics for success
  • education for both tenants and landlords
  • an analysis of staffing levels
  • an analysis of the financial offsets for such a project, and
  • a review of the affordable housing and potential displacement issues of such a project.


This draft plan will need to go to another Planning Committee meeting, where delegates will again be able to speak. We will be sure to keep members informed of any developments.


We thank Margaret Reid for speaking on behalf of RAHB, as well as other RAHB members, such as Paul Martindale and Donna Bacher, for voicing their concerns in an effort to postpone a decision on rental licensing. We also thank Bob Van de Vrande, Nic von Bredow, Lou Piriano, Andrew Robertson and other RAHB members who attending the meeting to support our efforts.


We will continue to work with our partners at the HDAA, Hamilton Councillors, Hamilton City Staff and other important stakeholders to ensure we are a part of the discussion and that our members are fully informed.

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RAHB Annual Election Meeting

In case you weren’t able to attend the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on Wednesday, December 5, here’s a brief recap of what you missed.

New Directors!
Congratulations to RAHB’s newest Directors:

Hank Balfoort
Jacqueline Norton
Andrew Robertson
Julie Sergi
Brian Shaw
Nicolas von Bredow

These six new Directors will join continuing Directors to form the 2019 Board of Directors

Bob Van de Vrande (President)
Jack Loft (Immediate Past President)
Nikola Bucalo
Kathy Della Nebbia
Stephanie Pinet

The new Board was installed by CREA President Barb Sukkau at the Annual Election Meeting

CREA Update
CREA President Barb Sukkau discussed the approval for sold information to be displayed on REALTOR.ca (with agreement from individual boards and associations) and how CREA will keep REALTOR.ca the number one choice for consumers.

PowerPoint Presentation

Professionalism and Ethics
CREA General Counsel Bill Harrington discussed the importance of members individually and collectively adhering to ethical practice in their businesses.

PowerPoint Presentation

Bylaw Amendments
Members approved  three recommended amendments to the RAHB Bylaw:

  • To reduce the number of scrutineers required at an Annual Election Meeting
  • To incorporate a provision to the Professional Standards/Discipline process to allow for automatic fines for infractions of 14 Basic MLS® Rules
  • To allow staff to make small edits such as punctuation, spelling or number sequence to sections of the Bylaw affected by the first two amendments.

Click here to view approved amendments to the Bylaw. Scroll down to Voting Items.

Scholarship Presentations
Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker were awarded to five sons and daughters of RAHB members.

Read more about the scholarship and recipients.

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New CREA WEBForms® Release Schedule

CREA and Lone Wolf Technologies are partnering to deliver new CREA WEBForms® making it easier for members to manage deals from offer to close. In April 2019, the new CREA WEBForms® will be released in Ontario.

To help familiarize members with the new CREA WEBForms® 2019, REALTORS® will be able to switch between the different versions until December 2019, at which time, the classic version of CREA WEBForms® will be unavailable.

If you have any questions, please contact Blair Armstrong, CREA WEBForms®  Product Manager  at barmstrong@crea.ca.

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Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to five sons and daughters of RAHB members who were awarded $2,000 Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker! The scholarships were presented at the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on December 5, 2018.

DMITRI CIRACO, son of Connie Kowalski of Heritage Realty.  Dmitri is a graduate of Assumption Secondary School.

Dmitri is currently attending Western University in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and is pursuing a career in film production so he can write and direct meaningful films that shed light on prominent and controversial issues in our society.

In school, Dmitri was on Student Council for three years, and was elected Vice-President in his last year. He led multiple events at the school, including fundraisers, dances, barbeques and community-driven events. He was part of the Athletic Council for four years and was appointed President of the Council in his last year. He also served as an Ambassador, a role helping new students integrate into the school community. Dmitri played football from grade nine until his graduation, and was made captain in his last year. He volunteered extensively outside of school activities as well.

MOSES COOK, son of Lana and Ken Cook of Royal LePage Macro Realty. Moses is a graduate of Sherwood Secondary School and has earned his B.Sc in Biophysics from the University of Toronto.  He is currently pursuing his M.Sc degree at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medical Biophysics, with the goal of becoming a clinician scientist.

He expects his clinical work will be complemented by research in cancer therapeutics to develop new techniques for treating cancer using radiation therapy.

An experience with a brain tumour and treatment – which resulted in vision impairment – led Moses to focus his education and also gave him a unique empathy for others undergoing the same experience he had.  He has served as a peer mentor for students with disabilities in the U of T “Access Us” program, and has become an advocate for those students as he continues to support the program. As an undergrad, he published a paper in the Journal of Undergraduate Life Sciences. Outside of his academic studies, Moses also volunteered at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

LAURYN HARRISON, daughter of Richard Harrison of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services. Lauren graduated from Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster University in the Integrated Business and Humanities program, with a view to pursuing a career in social services.

Lauryn has a long list of academic accomplishments, including Ontario scholar, achieving the highest marks in various subjects, Grade 12 University Award and recipient of the Canadian Federation of Women Scholarship. Lauryn was also a member of Mock Trial teams, the track & field team and served as a Grade 11 student mentor. In addition to all that, Lauryn has also been active in community endeavours. Two years ago she coordinated a children’s book drive for the Syrian refugees in her community. She has also volunteers with the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation where she helped organize charity events and awareness conferences.

KAITLIN JOHNNY, daughter of Leanne Johnny of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.   Kaitlin is a graduate of Bishop Tonnos Secondary School and is now attending Brock University in the concurrent program with a view to becoming a teacher.

In school, Kaitlin was active in Hallowe’en for Hunger, the school fashion show, senior girls’ volleyball and Best Buddies. In the community, she was the top fundraiser under 19 for the 2014 Moonlit Memory Walk, played competitive beach and indoor volleyball and volunteered with the Mountain Volleyball Club youth camp. Kaitlyn is a recipient of the Directors’ Award for Health and Physical Activity.

GINA MONTANI, daughter of Gino Montani of Royal LePage State Realty.  Gina graduated from Saltfleet District High School and is currently enrolled in the Humanities program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Gina has a wide range of interests and says she’s uncertain as to what career she wishes to pursue, but cites an interest in military service, justice, medical, writing or drama. Whatever her eventual choice, her goal is to make a difference in the world.

In high school, Gina participated on the badminton and volleyball teams, in the drama club, Positive Space, choir, student parliament and slam poetry. She won the Valedictory Award and was Class Valedictorian in her last year. Gina received awards for public speaking and her anti-bullying efforts, as well as for top marks in various subjects.

The Scholarship in Memory of Karan Barker is named for Karan Barker, a former executive officer of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington. Karan was an outstanding EO, winning awards from both OREA and CREA in recognition of her contributions to our association and the real estate profession.

 Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker are presented each year to students who are children or grandchildren of RAHB members or RAHB staff. All recipients are attending or will be attending university or college. These young people have demonstrated academic excellence and a high level of involvement in their school or the community.

To date, $106,500 has been awarded to 75 students since the inception of the Scholarships in 2001.

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Real Estate Outlook Presentation 2019

On November 29, Anthony Passarelli, Senior Market Analyst for CMHC, presented a 2019 Market Outlook for Hamilton-Burlington at RAHB’s Real Estate Outlook 2019.

If you were unable to attend, below is a short recap video of Anthony’s presentation as well as his slides and the slides from Guy Paparella, Special Projects Manager for the City of Hamilton Planning and Economic Development Department.

CMHC Presentation

City of Hamilton PowerPoint

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RAHB REALTORS® Release November Statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 862 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in November, 2018.

Please click here to read the full report.

Follow the links below for:




Niagara North


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Broker of Record / Manager Meeting Update – November 8, 2018

A Broker of Record / Manager Meeting was held on November 8, 2018 at the RAHB Offces. Below is a synopsis of what was discussed at the meeting:


VOW Status

As a result of the Supreme Court of Canada decision, REALTORS® will be required to publish sold data but it must be behind a password protected website. In conjunction with RAHB’s legal counsel a VOW contract has been prepared and MLS® policies have been drafted. Any RAHB member requesting access to the sold data will be required to sign the VOW contract with RAHB in order to receive the data feed. There may also be a fee, which is still to be determined. As instructed by the Board of Directors, the MLS® Policies will be reviewed by the MLS® Committee, and once they are finalized a final review will take place of the MLS® Policies in conjunction with the final contract by legal counsel. Completion is anticipated by the end of the first quarter of 2019, or sooner.

Concerns were expressed as to why the VOW contract/MLS® policies will not be in place sooner. RAHB’s IT staff are prepared to start working now on the data feed with any brokerage, however the feed cannot go live until the VOW contract and MLS® policies are in place.


Update on CREA REALTOR.ca

Following receipt of the announcement from CREA regarding sold prices being included on REALTOR.ca, the President and CEO of RAHB, along with the CEOs and Presidents of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® and the Ottawa Real Estate Board, attended a meeting with CREA to discuss concerns. There are provinces in Canada where sold data is already published and available. However, in Ontario you cannot publish sold prices on a standard website – sold data can only be displayed within a password protect area. CREA has since acknowledged that they did move too quickly with their announcement and have since forwarded a communiqué indicating that more work is required before the sold data can be displayed on REALTOR.ca.


Data Sharing

RAHB continues to work with TREB to establish a fair and equitable data sharing agreement for all members to have access to the gap listing data, which are listings taken by TREB members within RAHB’s area, and not put on RAHB’s MLS® System. RAHB has also prepared and proposed an IntraMatrix data sharing contract to the Collective Group, who are not using Connect. Although both initiatives are not certain, we will continue to push forward to find ways to bring closure to these items so our members have access to more data.


Zillow Conference in Toronto

Zillow has been approaching brokerages in Canada and recently held a meeting in Toronto to discuss the services they are currently offering. Any RAHB brokerage can be set up with Zillow provided they sign the necessary RAHB contract to receive a RETS feed of their listings.



Discussion took place regarding the number of search requests RAHB members are allowed each year. Currently this is 1,000 per member, per year.


City of Hamilton Signage By-laws

The City of Hamilton is currently on a campaign to clamp down on the misuse of REALTOR® for sale, open house and directional signs that are not in compliance with the City’s bylaw. Some of our own RAHB members are the root cause for this ongoing issue, and if the misuse continues the City has advised RAHB they may not allow any open house signs at any time. It was also noted that Hamilton and Burlington have different sign bylaws. It was recommended that the Government Relations Committee consider reopening the discussions with the City and the use of real estate signage. The Government Relations Committee will examine establishing a sign by-law task force for this issue.


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RAHB Holiday Hours

Just a reminder that the Realty Shoppe will be closed for an annual inventory count on Wednesday, December 19. No sales or orders may be processed. We apologize for any inconvenience and your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

The RAHB office – including the Realty Shoppe – will be closed for the holidays on the following dates:
December 24, 25 and 26
December 31, January 1

We will be open all other regular business days, at regular hours.

The Realty Shoppe will also be closed all day Wednesday, December 19 for inventory.

RAHB mail/supply delivery schedule for the holidays:
Week of December 17 – regular delivery schedule
Week of December 24 – deliveries will be made on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28
Week of December 31 – regular schedule will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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RAHB Dues Notice

RAHB dues deadline December 31, 2018

The first quarter for 2019 RAHB dues have been billed and e-mailed to you as part of your November monthly invoice.  Please note that dues are payable no later than December 31, 2018.

Full Member
$125.00 – RAHB dues (January – March 2019)
$28.75 – OREA dues (January – March 2019)
$77.50 – CREA dues (January – March 2019)
$30.06 – HST
$261.31 – Total

Acceptable methods of payment are:
In Person: Visa, MasterCard, Interac, cash or cheque
By Phone: Visa or MasterCard
Online through Matrix: Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Visa Debit   http://my.rahb.ca

Online: CIBC/PC Financial, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, TD Canada Trust – for assistance to set-up, please contact Karin at 905.529.8101 x 258 or karinc@rahb.ca

Pre-Authorized payment subscribers will be processed on Thursday December 20, 2018.

A reminder about notifying RAHB of terminations in your office

Brokerages are responsible for notifying RAHB when members in their office resign or otherwise leave.  Notice must be received by RAHB within seven business days of the member leaving.  If notice is delayed beyond the seven business days, the Brokerage will be assessed a penalty of $50 per incident. (RAHB Bylaw, Article 4, Section 1.02.)

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For Multi-Marketed Listings, Use The Alternate MLS® Number!

When you enter a multi-marketed listing (where there is more than one listing with a single contract), it is necessary that you enter the MLS® numbers for all other corresponding listings in the Alternate MLS® Number field. This helps ensure all listings at that address are properly reported in the event the property is sold. It is also in keeping with RAHB’s MLS® Policies (MLS® Marketing Options, Policy #2).

Please refer to RAHB’s MLS® Policies for more information: http://rahb.ca/MLS/2018/11-2018-MLS-Policies.pdf.

As well, when a multi-marketed property is sold, report only one of the listings as sold.  This will ensure that RAHB’s listing statistics are accurately stated, with no listings being double counted (if all of the listing are reported sold, RAHB’s stats would count each as individual sales).   Report the sale on the listing that is most relevant, then cancel the remaining listings.  There is no additional paperwork required to do this.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905.667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

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Ontario REALTOR® Party Conference 2018

Earlier this week, RAHB President Jack Loft, CEO George O’Neill, Government Relations (GR) Chair Nic von Bredow, GR Vice-Chair Margaret Reid, and GR Staff Liaison Wendy Stewart attended the Ontario REALTOR® Party Conference in Toronto.

The delegates enjoyed talks/presentations from:

  • Nik Nanos, who spoke on a snapshot of the numbers for Ontario and Canadian Politics
  • David McNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
  • Three Doug Ford insiders: Melissa Lantsman (Hill & Knowlton), Michael Coates (Rubicon Strategies) and Mike Diamond (Upstream Strategies).
  • Queen’s Park Media Panel: Marieke Walsh (iPolitics), Robert Benzie (Toronto Star) and Alan Carter (Global News)
  • A political pundits panel: Warren Kinsella (Daisy Consulting Group), Kathleen Monk (Earnscliffe Strategy Group) and Char Rogers (Chestview Strategy)
  • The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier and Leader of the PC Party
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the NDP
  • John Fraser, Interim Leader of the Liberal Party
  • Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
  • A panel of new MPPs: Stan Cho (Willowdale), Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale- High Park) and Stephen Lecce (King-Vaughan)
  • The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister


The conference also included meetings with MPPs to talk about the issues:

Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA) Reform for:

  • Enforcement
  • Better consumer protection
  • Cutting real estate red tape


Tax Fairness for real estate professionals because:

  • The current system is unfair to REALTORS®
  • There is a need to cut additional red tape
  • There will be minimal revenue implications
  • It strengthens consumer protection

Delegates from RAHB met with:

– Paul Miller, MPP for Hamilton East – Stoney Creek

– Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North – Burlington

– Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain

– Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington

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Welcome New Members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our Association between October 31, 2018 and November 27, 2018.

Sonny Johal
Bridgecan Realty Corp.

Diane Dubois
Century 21 Dreams Inc.

Brett Halstead
Coldwell Banker-Burnhill Realty

Muhammad Ayoub Alam
Grand Victoria Realty Inc.

Callum McGregor
Daljeet Virk
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Sonja Bedic
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Avinash Rajkumar
Gagan Sandhu
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Susan Hawwa
RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc.

Viktor Milosevic
Hoa Nguyen
Nipun Sharma
Mark Vessey
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Brittany Asquith
Bradley G. Ellis
Paul Lang
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Babar Muhammad
Royal LePage State Realty

Oliver Coppolino
St. Jean Realty Inc.

Candy-Anne Jurcich
Three Pillars Realty Inc.

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