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Welcome New Members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our Association between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2019.

Heather Sorensen
Accsell Realty Inc.

Henry Dang
Ambitious Realty Advisors Inc.

Aron D’Alesio
Sierra Collina
Jennifer Hamilton
Anna Fomina
Jared Kay
Brent Millard
Rupinder Pannu
Paul Sidhu
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Zig Kazmierczak
Karen Roy
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Mikko Moores
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Deborah Czaharyn
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Sherri Murray
PureRealty

John Collins
Danny Del Bono
Sheryle Farkas
RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty Inc.

Tamer Ismail
RE/MAX Escarpment Frank Realty

Eva Gooding
Nicole Gooding
RE/MAX Escarpment Woolcott Realty Inc.

Douglas Pynn
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Stephen Silver
RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc.

Lincoln Farrell
Erin McLaughlin
Phoebe Okereke
Harv Sague
Mandy Stockall
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Omid Mousavi Khoulenjani
Megan Wagland
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Domenic Barbiero
Matthew Maguire
Patricia Saunders
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Justin Johnson
Artur Palej
Angelo Pilla
Royal LePage State Realty

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Selling Date – Correct Usage

Please note that when reporting a sale, the Selling Date field is used to report the date on which an accepted agreement becomes an unconditional sale.  If the accepted agreement has no conditions this would be date of acceptance.  If the accepted agreement includes conditions this would be the date that all conditions have been waived or fulfilled. RAHB staff has noticed a number of listing where this field was used to display the date when a conditional agreement was reached. This can lead to incorrect and misleading information on the MLS®. As per RAHB’s MLS® Policies:

“9.01 An important part of the inherent value of the Association’s MLS® System is the transaction data accumulated for sales of listed properties. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all Members to ensure, regardless of their business model, that property sold information for properties listed on the Association’s MLS® System, including the reporting of conditionally sold properties and sale prices, be reported to the Association. Members are not permitted to avoid these reporting responsibilities to the Association by, for example, cancellation of a Listing between receipt (or anticipated receipt) and acceptance of an Offer, or encouraging a Seller to do so. Accordingly, the Listing Brokerage will report by Broker Load all sales and conditional sales for Broker Loaded MLS® Listings effected during the Listing term and during the holdover period of an MLS® Listing, within two (2) Association business days following written acceptance of any Offer by the Seller. If the MLS® Listing is Board Loaded, the sale or conditional sale must be submitted in writing within two(2) Association business days following written acceptance of any Offer by the Seller. Power of Sale and commercial sales shall be reported not later than two (2) Association business days after closing.”

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (905)667-4650 or support@rahb.ca.

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OREA Webinar

Join OREA for PART 2 of the 2019 OREA Forms Update, Answering Member Questions Webinar. This webinar is a comprehensive overview of the changes that have taken place to OREA Standard Forms and Clauses for 2019 AND provides answers to a host of Member Forms Questions. This year there are only 12 forms that did not receive any changes so don’t get caught off guard when filling out a form on your next listing or sale!

Register for the webinar

We are going to cover:

  • What’s New in 2019
  • What’s Revised in 2019
  • A Review of Forms to assist REALTORS with written Notification, Communication and varied Consents for trading accountability
  • A review of the New & Revised Clauses
  • Navigation of OREA Forms Resources to assist in day to day practice and enhancement of Forms knowledge
  • Helping Members use OREA Forms & Clauses in 2019, to avoid being caught off guard when completing their next Form!
  • Answers to frequent Member Form & Clause Questions

The session will include a 45-minute presentation, followed by Q & A period. The Webinar will be facilitated by Cassandra Agnew Walker, Head of Standard Forms at OREA, a former REALTOR®, OREA Director and Instructor. She has extensive facilitation experience with brokerages, boards and associations and exudes enthusiasm in Member Forms discussions.

Visit the orea.com Standard Forms landing page to view our comprehensive list of OREA Forms resources benefiting REALTOR® Members.
 
All OREA Standard Forms webinars, webcasts, forms explained files, tutorials and related resources are for OREA members only. 

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The Ontario Government is Consulting on REBBA Reform – and They Want to Hear From You!

The Ontario government launched a consultation on a broad range of possible changes to the Real Estate and Business Broker Act, 2002 (REBBA). The government is seeking feedback in many areas, including multiple representation, transparency in the offer process, and salesperson incorporation.

Feedback Survey

RECO encourages all brokers and salespeople to participate by reading the government’s consultation paper and submitting comments. Click here to read the paper.

Updating REBBA will ensure that the legislation keeps pace with the evolving real estate marketplace. To learn about RECO’s position on REBBA reform, check out Proposals for REBBA Reform.

The government will be accepting feedback until March 15, 2019.

For more information about the consultation process, please see the Ontario government’s news release.

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Realty Shoppe Update

February Special – RAHB Maps on Sale!

Price Reduced 10%
Customized with RAHB’s District and Neighbourhood codes
Attach your business card for a marketing campaign

Burlington Folded paper Map

$1.10  Now $0.99 ea.

Burlington Laminated Map

$3.90 Now $3.51 ea.

Hamilton Folded paper Map

$2.50  Now $2.25 ea.

Hamilton Laminated Map

$7.60  Now $6.84 ea.

Outlying Area folded Map

$2.50  Now $2.25 ea.

Outlying Areas Laminated Map

$4.60  Now $4.14 ea.

Member Appreciation Day: Congratulations to our Winners!

Debra Murphy (Aldo DeSantis Realty Inc. Brokerage) won a gift basket valued at $50

 

Diane Mageau (Sutton Group – About Town Realty Inc. Brokerage)
And
Mark Togmus (Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc. Brokerage)
EACH won
2 tickets to a Hamilton Bulldogs Regular Season game!

Light refreshments, give aways and a 10% sale were enjoyed by all who dropped by the Realty Shoppe on January 30, 2019 to join in the celebration.

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RAHB REALTORS® Revised Year-End Statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) has released revised 2018 year-end market data and reports. Double listings were discovered within the 2017 data, resulting in the sales and listings figures being higher than what actually took place during that time period. Double listings declined after August 2017 due to the RAHB-ORTIS data sharing agreement.

In the revised data, RAHB reports 11,584 all-property sales through the Association’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2018, 13.7 per cent fewer sales than in 2017. Click here to read the entire release.

Follow the links for the revised 2018 year-end stats reports:

Burlington

Hamilton

Haldimand

Niagara North

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RAHB REALTORS® Release January 2019 Statistics

Hamilton, ON (February 4, 2019) – The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 593 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in January, 2019. This is a 3.6 per cent drop from the same month last year. The average price was up by 4.7 per cent to $550,058.

Please click here to read the full release.

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

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REALTOR Link® Upgrades

CREA will be upgrading the REALTOR Link® platform on Friday, February 22, 2019. There will be no impact on members accessing their REALTOR Link® board or association website, the upgrade will only impact those who edit or post content on the website.

The upgrade will improve the stability, uptime and availability of REALTOR Link®. Authors will also benefit from a new user interface making it easier to edit and publish their content.

Between Friday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 26 you will not be able to create, edit or publish content on you board or association’s REALTOR Link® website. You will be able to access RAHB’s pages and CREA’s pages on REALTOR Link® without any interruptions.

The upgrade includes a new user interface. While there are new features, most of the functionality will remain the same. Training materials will be provided closer to the date of the upgrade.

If you have any questions, please contact Annette Bose, REALTOR Link® Assistant Product Manager at abose@crea.ca.

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Changes to REALTOR.ca

On January 31, CREA will be releasing a maintenance update on REALTOR.ca. Changes will include launching redesigned email templates, including REALTOR.ca and DDF® leads; as well as enabling all listing REALTORS® to receive email notifications when their new listings go live on REALTOR.ca.

This maintenance will also allow members to know when their listings go live on REALTOR.ca, so they will be able to check data accuracy, start listing marketing campaigns that lead visitors to REALTOR.ca and connect with their clients. The refreshed REALTOR.ca lead emails will deliver the enhancements members have been asking for such as prioritizing listing’s address in the subject line and making the lead information easier to review.

The estimated duration is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and there is a moderate potential impact to the site however no downtime is required.

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RAHB Awards and Appreciation Gala

On Saturday, January 19, RAHB hosted the 2019 Awards and Appreciation Gala at Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre. Despite the winter storm, all the guests who attended enjoyed a wonderful night of dinner, dancing and entertainment.

RAHB would like to extend a huge thank you to every member who volunteered their time in 2018 for a RAHB Committee and Task Force. Another thank you to the members of our 2018 Board of Directors who will be stepping down and a welcome to our new members for our 2019 Board of Directors!

Congratulations to the Winner of the Award of Merit; Gary Herron.

RAHB also recognized the Long Service Recipient.

25 Year (1993)

Helen Arthur
Chris Bailey
Lucio Barcaroli
Leonardo Cascioli
Michael Cascioli
Colette Cooper
Carolyn Cornale
Ed Giles
Tanis Hall
Gary Herron
Andrea Iavarone
Carolyn Infurnari (RAHB Staff)
Elsie Jungas
Robin Lebel
Jackson Lee
Mike Malesevic
Donna Michalowski
Catherine Moffatt
Gordon Noble
Laurie Panchyshyn
James Parker
Brian Perchaluk
Lidia Petrunas
Nancy Picken-Roop
Brad Rayner
Joseph Rosati
Stefanie Schoeneberg
John Sebastiano
Victor Stanziani
Doug Tunis
Ramzi Twal (Posthumously)
Lori VanDinther
Robert Widdicombe
Dennis J. Williams
Drew Woolcott

40 Year (1978)

Ellen Boyce
Anthony Costa
Nancy Duce (RAHB Staff)
Anne Duff
Tom Rendall
Morris Turner
Judy Varga

50 Year (1968)

Sheila MacKenzie
David Minnick
Gabriel Riverso

 

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New VOW Forms

Three new forms pertaining to VOW’s are now uploaded and available to all members. The forms are found in Matrix under the Links tab and under the heading RAHB (see photo). The forms are titled RAHB RETS 3rd Party Agreement Form, RAHB Member VOW Contract and RAHB Seller VOW Opt-Out Form.

 

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ORTIS-Ontario Collective Data Sharing Agreement

This week the Ontario Regional Technology & Information Systems (ORTIS) group and the Ontario Collective™ announced they have signed an agreement to consolidate their two MLS® Systems into one. The consolidated system is expected to go live later this year. Note that this agreement relates only to the MLS® System – the participating boards/associations are not merging.

RAHB congratulates this effort and, as always, we look for ways for our REALTOR® members to access the broader Ontario real estate markets, and will share listings from within the RAHB market with others across Ontario on a reciprocal basis. Since August 2017, our members and those participating in ORTIS have shared all listings, helping over 8,000 REALTORS® better serve their clients.

Based on the contract we have in place with ORTIS, we expect their new arrangement with the Ontario Collective will provide our members access to listings across twelve additional boards/associations. To bridge the period until the consolidation occurs later this year, we are working with the Ontario Collective to put in place an interim data access arrangement, which we anticipate announcing this spring.

We will be sure to update you with new information as it arises, and we remain committed to our strategy of Providing Comprehensive Local MLS® Related Real Estate Market Data.

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RAHB RELEASES YEAR-END MARKET STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 11,882 all-property sales through the Association’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2018, 17.5 per cent fewer sales than in 2017. Click here to read the entire report.

Follow the links below for more 2018 year-end stats:

Burlington

Hamilton

Haldimand

Niagara North

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Back by Popular Demand – Self-Protection Course

Please note that the self-protection course scheduled for January 17 is full however RAHB has organized another course with Rob Andress! Rob will be back at RAHB on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to teach Self Protection and Strategies to Avoid Violence for Real Estate Professionals.

To learn more about this course, please visit our website here.

A new education opportunity titled Seven Proven Steps to Help Estate Professionals Save Tax with speaker Cherry Chan will take place on Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – Noon. As well we will have Maureen Tabuchi at RAHB on Monday, January 21 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon to speak towards Estate Planning – What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know.

Please click here to see all upcoming education opportunities.

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Warning to REALTORS®

Update – More Rental Scams

Another rental scam (similar as to the one reported on January 16) has been reported to RAHB. A member found their listing, as well as others from their brokerage, posted online with the details stolen from REALTOR.ca. Please be aware of such scams and report them to the police if found.


Rental Scam Alert

A rental scam was recently brought to the attention of a local brokerage, whereby their for sale listing, was fraudulently posted for rent on Kijiji . The property detail was stolen from REALTOR.ca. The ad poster/scammer demanded rent up front from the renter. The renter became suspicious, and thankfully searched the property address, found the official listing, and called the listing REALTOR® to report. Please be aware of such scams.

Open House Thieves

On January 6, 2019, a REALTOR® hosted an open house at a condominium in Stoney Creek. During the open house, a mother and son entered entered who claimed they were interested in buying; however, throughout the open house the son broke into a cabinet and stole several items of value from the condo. The women was older (70/80 years old) with blond air and grey roots. The son was 35-40 years old, 5’8, with medium brown hair and a long beard. Please be vigilant during open houses and report incidents if they happen.

 

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Great Year of Lunches with the President – Message of Thanks to Jack Loft

Below is a message written to 2018 RAHB President, Jack Loft, from John Lusink, President at Right at Home Realty.
“Jack,
Thank you very much for inviting me out to lunch and for the update on what RAHB is doing for its members. In my 34+ years in real estate, I can honestly say this is the first time an Association President has done outreach like this.
Well done!
Merry Christmas, John Lusink.”
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City of Hamilton Tax Calculator

Please be advised that the URL for the City of Hamilton tax calculator has changed. The new URL is provided on Matrix, as well as the City of Hamilton’s website as http://taxcalculator.hamilton.ca/. Please disregard all other URL’s as they will not give the correct information.

For more information, please visit the City of Hamilton website: https://www.hamilton.ca/home-property-and-development/property-taxes/tax-calculator

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Social Media Hashtags for Real Estate

When listing a property for sale on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), RAHB would like to encourage members to use the hashtags #HamOntRealEstate, #BurlOnRealEstate and #RAHB.
Using these hashtags will help gain momentum online and will create a feed of public posts for the public to view.
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OREA’s 2019 Standard Forms and Clauses

OREA has made revisions to the 2019 Standard Forms and Clauses (see revisions below) and the new forms are now available via CREA’s WEBForms®.

Please use these new forms immediately for any new webkits that need to be created. The cutoff date for use of the old forms is Friday, February 1, 2019, after which RAHB will no longer accept the 2018 forms.

As of February 1, the new forms will be available in the Realty Shoppe.


Due to an extensive number of OREA Forms revised in 2019 (many of which were minor, correction or housekeeping), we are identifying herein the 2019 OREA Forms NOT revised from 2018 to 2019.

OREA strongly encourages Members to always use the current year OREA Forms, to ensure they are using the most up to date and accurate OREA Forms & Clauses available. Further, OREA recommends Members retrieve their OREA FORMS from an OREA Forms Third Party Licensee source, to ensure again they are accessing the most up to date and accurate OREA Forms.

www.rahb.ca/OREA-Standard-Forms-2019-Summary-of-Revisions.pdf  

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