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Golf Survey – Thank You!

Thank you to the 134 members who completed the RAHB golf survey! 

Congratulations to Les Edwards (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.), winner of the draw for a cedar BBQ brush!

 

Giving is a hole-in-one for Good Shepherd

Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centres are known for their passionate community efforts, and they were also the big winner at a golf tournament held in June by the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB). The Association presented a cheque to Good Shepherd for $6,729.92, the amount raised at 2018 RAHB Charity Golf Tournament.

“The real winner of the golf tournament is our community,” says June Brooke of Good Shepherd. “This generous donation will go a long way to supporting the services we provide.”

Good Shepherd is the largest provider of human and social services in the Greater Hamilton area. Its work is based on a commitment to restoring hope and dignity to the most vulnerable members of the community.

“Hamilton-Burlington REALTORS® enjoyed a beautiful day on the course, and the proceeds from that day will support vital programs and shelter for those at greatest risk,” says RAHB President Jack Loft, “It’s a wonderful win-win.”

Good Shepherd’s services includes emergency food and clothing services; emergency shelter for men, youth, women and children, and families; mental health crisis support; education; transitional and supportive housing programs; senior support; and hospice palliative care.

RAHB is proud supporter of local shelter-related organizations in the Greater Hamilton-Burlington and outlying regions in the Association’s market area. For more information, please visit www.rahb.ca/givingback/.

 

Left to right:  RAHB CEO George O’Neill; Good Shepherd Special Projects Coordinator June Brooke;
RAHB President Jack Loft

Brokers of Record / Managers Meeting Update

On June 21, 2018 a Brokers of Record / Managers meeting was held at McMaster Innovation Park. With 31 people in attendance, there were several engaging and informative discussions that took place, and below is a summary of the topics discussed:

Electronic Lock Boxes
Nearly 600 responded to the recent RAHB survey on electronic lock boxes, and the results of the survey were split 49.7 per cent in favour, and 50.3 per cent opposed. Brokers of Record and Managers provided insightful discussion and questions surrounding professionalism, personal and property security, and usage metrics related to electronic lock boxes. No decision has been made regarding pursuing electronic lock boxes, and the CEO and Board of Directors will take the input provided into consideration as they continue their examination of electronic lockboxes.

 

Candidates for the Board of Directors
There are expected to be six vacancies on the Board this year. The nomination committee is working towards securing hopefully over 10-12 candidates with a blend of appropriate experience and expertise. Please be sure to review the information found within your weekly NewsReal newsletter, on News & Alerts (Matrix), and within the member Facebook group and consider applying yourself and encouraging qualified colleagues to do so.

 

Proper Use of Form 801
Discussions occurred that although Form 801 should be presented with an offer, it is not required in order to register an offer.

 

Commission Cheques to Cooperating Brokers
Discussion also occurred around RAHB Rule & Regulation Section 11 – Broker Commission, Subsection 11.07 that states any commission is due and payable to the co-operating brokerage within five (5) business days of receipt of the commission by the listing brokerage.

 

Advertising
The Brokers and Managers also talked about advertising guidelines that fall under RECO’s mandate. Note that infractions related to the MLS® trademark fall under CREA’s jurisdiction, and if received they are dealt with promptly.

 

Directional Signs
A communication was sent to members on June 26, and posted on the RAHB blog at https://blog.rahb.ca/?p=22622, regarding the City of Hamilton sign bylaws. Additional information and education will be provided regarding sign bylaws within the City of Burlington and outlying areas.

 

Data Sharing Update – Connect
As of Friday, July 13, RAHB has disabled several inactive/icons from RAHB’s Connect page as we have confirmed that several boards no longer upload their listing information into the Connect system. The move was made to ensure our members receive correct information. For full details, please visit our blog at https://blog.rahb.ca/?p=22742.

Please note we are in on-going discussions with each of those no longer participating to try to ensure an alternative method is put in place as soon as possible to continue sharing across the province.

 

Ontario Standard Lease
Discussions took place regarding the legal liability and the requirements of the Ontario Standard Lease form.  REALTORS® have a legal obligation to ensure their clients are fully protected and using the new forms.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the above topics/discussions, please contact RAHB at 905.529.8101.

RAHB Advantage: Medical and Dental Insurance Program Now Available!

RAHB is pleased to welcome Underwriters Alliance Inc. as our newest partner in the member value package, RAHB Advantage!

Underwriters Alliance offers medical and dental coverage, as well as optional life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) coverage, and accident and serious illness insurances.

Learn more about Underwriters Alliance’s medical and dental coverage!

More information
Underwriters Alliance – FAQs

Learn more about RAHB Advantage and the other partners in our member value package.

 

Changes to Connect

It has been brought to our attention that the listing data for several boards within Connect (accessed through my.rahb.ca) are either not available or not correct. After looking into the issue, we confirmed that several boards no longer upload their listing information into the Connect system.

 

 

As such, in order to ensure our members receive correct information, we will be removing the inactive icons/links from Connect on Friday, July 13, 2018. We are disabling these currently outdated links to ensure our members are not accessing incorrect listing data.

The remaining participating boards that members will continue to have access to include:

  • Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB)
  • Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB)
  • Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA)*
  • Cambridge Association of REALTORS® (CAOR)*
  • Guelph and District Association of REALTORS® (GDAR)*
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR)*
  • Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR)*
  • The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board (OMDREB)*
  • Simcoe and District Real Estate Board (SDREB)*
  • Barrie and District Association of REALTORS® (BDAR)*
  • Huron Perth Association of REALTORS® (HPAR)*
  • Mississauga Real Estate Board (MREB)*

*The MLS® systems of these boards are managed by ORTIS.

Note that members of the participating boards/associations will continue to have access to all RAHB listings via Connect.

Boards and associations that have participated in the Connect data share each made their own decision to do so.  Please note we are in on-going discussions with each of those no longer participating to try to ensure an alternative method is put in place as soon as possible to continue sharing across the province.

If you would like to access listing data for any of the areas not remaining current in Connect, we recommend:

  • Searching through REALTOR.ca, or
  • Contacting those boards directly

Below is a link to the contact information for the boards that will be removed as of Friday, July 13, 2018 from RAHB’s Connect page.

www.rahb.ca/boards-removed-from-connect/

If you have any questions, please contact the RAHB MLS® Support Desk at 905.667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Save That Date!

RAHB’s ProDev+ (Professional Development Plus) will be coming your way on Tuesday, September 25, 2018! This full-day event will include an education program, expanded exhibitor hall and interactive networking time to unwind after a busy, information-packed day.

Watch for more details in upcoming issues of NewsReal, but for now – save that date!

 

 

Become Familiar with the New WEBForms®!

CREA will be discontinuing their WEBForms® Classic version as of Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

To prepare for the change to the new version of WEBForms®, why not begin using it now?  It’s easy to find the new site: when you go to WEBForms® Classic, you will see the notice shown below – just click on the red button that says Try the new version of CREA WEBFORMS® now! and you will be redirected to the site.

 

 

Note: This article was updated on July 18 to reflect the new date of August 8 for the discontinuation of WEBForms® “Classic”.

Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) – New Designation Course!

Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) is a new designation course that will help you sharpen your negotiation skills, and provide the tips and tools you need to be a more skillful advocate for your clients.

Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23, 2018
RAHB – McCullough Room
Instructor:  Hugh Foy
Cost:  $325 +HST for RAHB members; $406.25 +HST for non-RAHB members

Register with Angela McArthur at angelam@rahb.ca

Click here for more information.

 

RAHB REALTORS® Release June Stats

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,257 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in June, 14.2 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 19.2 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month.

Please click here to read the full report.

Follow the links below for:

 

OREA Launches New Forms Tutorials

OREA has just launched a new tutorial series to provide you with a practical guide to using OREA Standard Forms and Clauses.

These new tutorials are designed to be relevant and informative, with tips you can apply to your business immediately.

Now available is a two-part mini-series that drills down into specific areas of OREA Form 100 Agreement of Purchase and Sale.

Part 1 covers:
Deposit section information
Clause 1 – Irrevocability
Clause 3 – Notices
Confirmation of Acceptance section

Part 2 covers:
Property description
Clause 4 – Chattels Included
Clause 5 – Fixtures Excluded
Clause 6 – Rental Items
Clause 8 – Title Search
The Schedule, including clause structure and cautions

Be sure to check OREA’s Standard Forms landing page for new tutorials and other updated resources.

OREA Tutorials

 

Please note: all access to Standard Form resources is through member login.

 

Matrix Tip: Sending Listings To Other REALTORS®, Mortgage Brokers, etc.

You may occasionally find it necessary to send a listing to someone who is not your client – this could be a mortgage broker or a non-RAHB REALTOR® who would like to submit an offer on your seller’s property.  These parties would require the REALTOR® Full report, but all of the functionality of the client portal would be unnecessary to them.  There is a way to give them exactly what they need, without you having to set them up as a client.

Here is what you do…

1. Bring up the listing.  Go to My Matrix > My Listings, select My Active Listings from the Show: drop down menu, and click on the MLS® number.

 

2. Click on the MLS® number for the listing in question. This will bring up REALTOR® Full.  Click Print.

 

3. Click E-Mail PDF. Make sure that all appropriate tabs are checked off.  This is how you will ensure that the recipient has all required information.

4. Complete the e-mail form, and click Send.

That’s all there is to it!  This will send a link to your recipient which, when clicked, will start a download of the listing.  This way, they have all of the information they need, without taking up space in your client list.

Please feel free to contact the RAHB MLS® Department with any questions – 905.667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

REALTORS® Care!

Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services recently celebrated its year-round commitment to supporting Halton Women’s Place and the Carpenter Hospice with a total donation of $42,000!

Funds for the two local charitable organizations are raised through Royal LePage Burloak’s annual golf tournament and Halloween Chili Bowl, with additional trades-based donations from members in the office.

REALTORS® really do care about their communities!

(Front Row: Angie Mackie, Rebecca Ryder and JoAnn Landry of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services and Mae Radford of The Carpenter Hospice, backed by REALTORS® and staff from Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services.)

 

Does your office raise funds for or work with charitable organizations in your community? Why not let other REALTORS® know? Send the details to valeriew@rahb.ca.

Check Out These New Items in the Realty Shoppe!

NEW items in the Shoppe!

Multi-colour frosted feature sheet stand with business card pocket and copy keeper:

  • table top acrylic stand
  • 9 1/4″ w x 1.5″ deep pocket, displays 8.5″ x 11″ literature
  • with copy keeper to help keep sheets in position

Can be coordinated with the multi-colour Please leave your business card/Please take a moment to register and reversible Welcome sign to add a professional flow in your marketing products.

$21.40 ea.

 

Greet your clients in style with this creative Welcome sign!

  

  • Reversible, wood grain
  • 8.5″ w x 12″ h
  • Mounted on 1/8″ PVC with a 1/2″ black wood base
  • Perfect for any floor, ledge or countertop

Can be coordinated with the wood grain Open House door hanger, Please leave your business card/Please take a moment to register display sign and feature sheet stand

$15.85 ea.

 

Open House wood grain door hanger   

  • Hard plastic
  • 4” w X 8” h

Can be coordinated with the wood grain reversible Welcome sign, Please leave your business card/Please take a moment to register display sign and feature sheet stand.

$5.60 ea.

 

 

PRICE REDUCTION!

Multi-use feature sheet stand with business card holder attached   

Holds 8” x 11” sheets or can be adapted with the removable divider (included) to create two pamphlet pockets

Stands on a table, or can be hung from a wall.

$9.65  NOW $7.50 ea.

 

 

Note:  All applicable taxes are extra.

 

ShowingTime Update: Message Centre

ShowingTime has recently added instant messaging to their program.  This will allow you to send and receive messages to and from any RAHB member.  This is similar to many online messaging platforms – Facebook, for example – and is available both from the desktop site and from the app.

From the desktop view, you can access the message centre in two ways.

  • From the main menu
  • From the message inbox

To access your messages from the mobile app, click the icon in the upper right corner.

Here you will see a list of all the messages you are involved in. You can search for a particular message by name if you want.

Responding to a message is done in real time. The person you are chatting with will be able to respond to your conversation right away.  

Creating a Message

To create a new message, click on the + sign.

You can choose to search for a fellow RAHB member::

Or search by listing:

If you send a message to a listing and there is a co-listing agent assigned to the listing, your message will automatically be sent to them as well.

Can I send a message before I schedule?

Yes. Once you pull up the scheduling screen you can send a message to the listing salesperson or broker.

This will open a pop-up window on your desktop. Please make sure you allow pop-up windows in your browser’s settings.

Please contact the RAHB MLS® Department with any questions – 905.667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

Update Your Profile in the New Member Portal!

When you go to RAHB Education/Account Services, review your profile information and make sure your information is complete and up-to-date. You can edit your member profile information whenever you have a change of address, new website URL, new e-mail address, etc. It’s easy!

When you are in RAHB Education/Education Account Services home page, look for your member profile on the left-hand side of the page.

If information is missing, incomplete or incorrect, click on the Edit button to the right of the My Profile title:

Alternately, you could point to the Member button on the home page header and select My Profile.

Then go through your personal information listed in the fields presented to you, add or update information and then click on Update at the bottom of the page.

Please note that fields marked with an asterisk – which will all be populated for you – are mandatory; you can change the information in the field, but you cannot remove information or leave it blank.

If you have questions about how to change your information on the new Member Portal, contact Justin Hayes at the RAHB office at 905.529.8101 x250.

Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between May 30 and June 26, 2018!

Ping Hsu
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals

Kris Ann Hunter
IPRO Realty Ltd.

Chad Hinks
Mara Pellegrino
Rebecca Goulet
Danielle Stutzmann
Ashleen Smith
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Helen Keser
Mark Doyle
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Katrina Thandi
Minrate Realty Inc.

David Francisco
Property.ca Realty Inc.

Justin Kresina
Mike Dib
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc

Abdul Qayyum Butt
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Nicholas Fortunato
RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty Inc.

Debbie Cooper
RE/MAX Escarpment Lisa Weber Realty Inc.

Brenda Sabine-Green
RE/MAX Realty Enterprises Inc.

Esther Seong
Stephanie Hubraj
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Francesca Guaiana
Nicole Jennings
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Lefteri Savidis-Georgio
Royal LePage State Realty

Shawn Kelly
Derek Barker
StreetCity Realty Inc.

Shauna Strachan
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.

Melanie Hague
Your Choice Realty Corp.

City of Hamilton Sign By-Laws

All members received the following e-mail on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

RAHB members have asked us to find ways to improve professionalism across our association to ensure members are treating not only their fellow practitioners with the utmost respect, but also the public.  Your RAHB Board of Directors has, in fact, made increasing member professionalism one of our top five strategic priorities for the next three years.

We and the City of Hamilton By-Law office have recently noticed an increase in signage infractions throughout Hamilton. Specifically of concern is an increase in the number of open house directional signs within intersections and along roadways. This is outlined in Sign By-Law 10-197 (Real Estate Signs).

Under Section 5.11.2. (i), an open house directional sign, that is a temporary, free-standing sign advertising an open house, is prohibited except:

  • Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. of the day of the open house;
  • With a maximum sign area of 0.5 m2;
  • Not displayed on a traffic island or median or attached to a light standard or utility pole; and
  • At least 0.3 m from a sidewalk

RAHB understands this by-law to mandate that there should be only one directional open house sign within an intersection, per property, within the noted time parameters.

See below for examples of violations of the by-law.

In an effort to curb these infractions and to increase professionalism, we have met with the City of Hamilton and will be working closely with them to ensure this by-law is enforced.

We support the City of Hamilton in their efforts, including but not limited to the removal of signs that violate the by-law. We also support the City of Hamilton to conduct blitzes on weekends to enforce the by-law for RAHB members, as well as non-members.

We also encourage our RAHB members to anonymously report real estate sign by-law violations throughout the City of Hamilton. To do so, please collect the information, take a photo of the infraction, and send it to Angela at angelam@rahb.ca.

Additional information on the City of Hamilton’s sign by-law can be found on our blog at https://blog.rahb.ca/?p=9628.

Angela in the RAHB office can also answer any of your questions via phone at 905.529.8101 x233.

Thank you in advance for your compliance with these important by-laws, as well as your support in enforcement. Raising professionalism is good for all members.

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