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Northumberland Hills Association of REALTORS® has joined TRREB

On Monday, April 5, the Northumberland Hills Association of REALTORS® (NHAR) joined the Toronto Regional Real Estate Association (TRREB), and is therefore no longer a member of ITSO. Effective immediately, RAHB members will no longer have access to the NHAR listing data. Any saved searches or auto emails which were previously set up will no-longer provide results containing NHAR listing data. 

Should you have any questions regarding NHAR’s decision, please contact Jeanette or Tracy from NHAR at 905.372.8630.

Matrix Issue: Map pins not clickable – Resolved

Some members have reported an issue with the “hover view” not appearing when they click the map pins in Matrix. Corelogic has advised that the cause of this is the browser’s zoom level being set to something other that 100%. Here is how you reset your browser’s zoom level to 100 per cent:

Windows: Press CTRL + 0

Apple/Mac: Use Command + 0 to reset your browser’s zoom to 100 per cent

Please contact the MLS® Help Desk with any questions at 905.667.4650 or e-mail support@rahb.ca.

 

RAHB REALTORS® RELEASE MARCH 2021 MARKET STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 2,074 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March 2021. Sales were up 63 per cent since last month and up 73.1 per cent since March of last year. New listings were up 65 per cent since last month and up 53 per cent as of last March. The average price for residential properties was $872,368 which was up 3 per cent from last month and up 32 per cent from March 2020. The number of active listings available at the end of the month was 39 per cent lower than the previous period in 2020.

*The news release will be posted to www.rahb.ca/market-stats/ on Monday, April 5.*

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

Welcome new members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between March 2 and March 29, 2021!

April Harbottle
Blair Blanchard Stapleton Limited

Krystina Ladniak
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd.

Kevin Woods
Crew Realty Inc.

Umit Kirdemir
Davenport Realty

Zeigler Coelho
Andrew Hildebrand
Karl Regier
Raj Rekhi
EXP Realty of Canada Inc.

Julian Ceballos
Neville Anthony McAnuff
IPRO Realty Ltd.

Harpreet Singh Gill
Karissa King
Savannah Luison
Amanda Alfano McCabe
Jaspal Singh
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Damian Baker
Erika Kitchen
Maliha Feda Mohammad
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Lorie MacRae
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Joanne Ardron
Marg Van Sickle
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Vany Kilyana
Property.ca Realty Inc.

Darryl Mulligan
Purplebricks

Rocky Badhwar
Michael Bredin
Alex Djoraljevic
Rosanne Figliola
Minhal Jaffer
Maryam Kidwai
Laween Kittani
Jordan McNair
Dan Miceli
Muhammad Nasir
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Julian Allen
Birttany Blais
Nate Czajkowski
Dyana Spencer
RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty Inc.

Faizan Alsulkar
RE/MAX Escarpment Woolcott Realty Inc.

Salman Jafar
Tesa Padhilla
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Danielle Ralph
RE/MAX Realty Enterprises Inc.

Gerry Chopik
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Jacob Bates
Tayler Burgess
Justin Hopper
Jennifer Newell
Lorie Schmidt
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Nadia Hirmiz
Denyse Huot
Royal LePage Macro Realty

Lorre Deda
Zeeshan Ali Sumar
Royal LePage Signature Realty

Olivia Missios
Royal LePage State Realty

Sabiha Ali
Sutton Group – Summit Realty Inc.

Christina Cochrane
Mackenzie Sharman
Sutton Group Quantum Realty Inc.

Jonathan Boyd
Jane Stevens
Zolo Realty

Scottie Larocque
Morgen Thenhaus
Nicolas Vanderzanden
Zoocasa Realty Inc.

RAHB Signs ITSO’s Statement on Information Solidarity

On Monday, March 29, RAHB became a signatory to the ITSO (Information Technology Systems Ontario) Statement on Information Solidarity.

ITSO is comprised of 21 member associations and six other boards have integrated access, including RAHB.

To read the full Statement, please click the button below.

Full Statement

Updates to Virtual Tour Fields in Input / Matrix

Currently in Input in Matrix, there are two available fields to post a Virtual Tour. One is for Virtual Tours that are “Branded” and a second for those that are “Non-Branded” as shown below:

Some members are placing “Branded” virtual tours in the “Non-branded” fields, as this was the Virtual Tour field which is identified in Input, as being the field that would be sent to CREA so your Virtual Tour was visible on REALTOR.ca.

It has recently been brought to RAHB’s attention that having “Branded” Virtual Tour URL that appears on the ITSO system that is meant for a “Non-Branded” Virtual Tour is a violation of the ORTIS MLS® Rules as follows:

2.06 The following are the rules regarding multi-media URL’s:

(b)        All multi-media URL’s must be limited to their respective fields and shall comply with the CREA MLS® Technology Council’s multi-media Policy.

Therefore, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, a new field will be added in Input, called “Preferred Virtual Tour”.

This new field will determine which Virtual Tour URL will be sent to CREA to appear on REALTOR.ca. If you have a “Non-Branded” Virtual Tour, place the URL in the VT (Non-Branded) field. If you have a “Branded” Virtual Tour, place the URL in the (Branded) field. If you have both, you can place both URL’s in both of the VT fields.

Once you have completed this step, go to the new “Preferred Virtual Tour” field and indicate in the drop down list, which Virtual Tour you wish to be sent to CREA and appear on REALTOR.ca.

Please contact the MLS® Help Desk with any questions at 905.667.4650 or e-mail support@rahb.ca.

 

Thank you for attending the Virtual AGM!

Thank you to all the RAHB members who attended the AGM this morning and participated in RAHB’s first round of virtual networking!

If you were unable to attend the meeting, please see below some videos that were presented:

We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to chat and interact with other RAHB members! If you missed the chance to join, we will be hosting another event on Thursday, April 22 (more details coming soon)!

 

RAHB dues payment reminder

If you have not already paid, this is a friendly reminder that the deadline for the second quarter dues remittance is today March 31, 2021.

The RAHB quarterly dues were billed and e-mailed to you as part of your monthly invoice.

Payment can be remitted online through Matrix http://my.rahb.ca or online through your bank (CIBC/PC Financial, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, TD Canada Trust). For assistance in set-up please contact Karin at karinc@rahb.ca.

Payment by cheque or debit can be made at the Realty Shoppe Monday through Friday 9 a.m – noon or 1 –  4 p.m.  Cheques may also be dropped off after hours at the RAHB office (back door mail slot).

If you wish to remit payment by phone through Visa or MasterCard, please reach out to one of the Corporate Services Team members karinc@rahb.caangelam@rahb.cawandak@rahb.ca or kathyr@rahb.ca and they will call you for the payment details.

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.)

RAHB’s 2020 Annual Report

RAHB is proud to be able to provide the membership with our 2020 Annual Report. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for their time and commitment to the Association. We encourage you to look at all we have accomplished in such a tough year.

Please click the buttons below to access a digital version of the report or a PDF version that can be downloaded. 

 

 

Digital Version

PDF Version

RAHB Virtual Office closure – March 19

The following RAHB closures will be in effect for Friday, March 19, 2021, to allow for a full staff meeting.

Friday, March 19, 2021
3 – 4:30 p.m. – Realty Shoppe
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – RAHB Virtual Offices

ProDev+ to be included in the 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass

RAHB is excited to announce that ProDev+, which will be taking place the week of May 10, will now be included in the 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass! Speakers already in the lineup include RAHB favourites:

  • CMHC’s Anthony Passarelli for a CMHC Outlook
  • Author, instructor and REALTOR® Michel Friedman
  • Professor Marvin Ryder from the DeGroot School of Business.

Not only do you get access to these amazing ProDev+ speakers, you also get access to all RAHB’s webinars.

Remember, the All-Access pass is only $100 + HST. By the end of 2021, we anticipate there will be more than 40 recordings.

To view our upcoming courses and see what you could be saving, please click the button below.

Professional Development Courses & Schedule

How do I buy a 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass?

To purchase your 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass please log in to my.rahb.ca and click on the RAHB Education and Account Services icon. You must complete your purchase BEFORE you register for any courses. Once your 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass is purchased, you can start registering for courses at no charge!

Terms & Conditions
The 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass costs $100 plus applicable taxes.  Passes are valid for courses that have a value of $45 or less and are held before December 31, 2021. Passes are issued to a specific person – not a brokerage and as such are non-transferable. Office Administrators or Administrative Assistants who wish to take advantage of the All-Access Pass must be registered with RAHB.  

If you have any questions, please contact Angela at angelam@rahb.ca

Live stream open house – Data load changes

Through feedback and internal analysis, CREA has identified a high percentage Live Stream Open Houses that are published to REALTOR.ca, are a duplication of 3D tours or pre-recorded material already being submitted as ‘Multimedia’ on the site. This creates a poor consumer experience on REALTOR.ca. 

CREA is taking several measures to combat this: 

  1. Rejecting non-Live Stream URLs; 
  2. Working in concert with MLS® System providers to give members more Multimedia publication opportunities; and  
  3. Communicating to members the differences between Live Stream and Virtual content. 

Effective March 11, 2021, CREA will start validating URLs submitted through Board Load to REALTOR.ca and reject those URLs incorrectly submitted.  

The following URLs will be whitelisted for entry as a Live Stream. Any others will be rejected. 

The asterisk indicates a wildcard value, and we’re accepting anything in that space, so, for  example, *.zoom.us means that we would accept http://crea.zoom.us 

Youtube
*.youtube.com
*.youtu.be 

Facebook
*.facebook.com/events/*
*.facebook.com/*/live/
*.facebook.com/*/events
*.facebook.com/*/videos/<numbers>

Instagram
*.instagram.com/*/live
*.instagram.com/tv/*

Zoom
*.zoom.us/* 

Teams
teams.microsoft.com/*

Misc
pscp.tv/*
twitch.tv/*
younow.com/*
livestream.com/*
meet.google.com/* join.skype.com

CREA understands that YouTube URLs are a large source of pre-recorded material vs live events, and whitelisting YouTube does not entirely solve the issue at hand. This is a temporary whitelisting as they are actively working with MLS® System software vendors, like CoreLogic, to offer multiple URL fields for Multimedia links. With this change, members could, for example, add a 3D Virtual Tour and a YouTube video to the same listing. CREA is working towards this functionality later this year. 

Please note the difference between virtual tours and live stream open houses;

Virtual tour: a pre-recorded or pre-existing, static digital exposure of a property. This includes pre-recorded video tours, 360-degree panoramic images, 3D digital tours, an pre-recorded showings available for playback

Live stream open house: a real-time interactive digital open house at a scheduled time where an agent can communicate with potential buyers via a live video service

To learn more about entering a Virtual Live Stream Open house, please click here.

Welcome new members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between January 31 and March 2, 2021!

Sujie Liu
Bay Street Group Inc.

Janette Folkens
Blair Blanchard Stapleton Limited

Melissa Dearden-Puklicz
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd.,

Robert Reid
City Brokerage

Rachel M. Wong
Cityscape Real Estate Ltd.

Justin McCartney
Crew Realty Inc.

Mohammad Omar Sarwary
Mark Wilson
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Maryann Kasun
IPro Realty Ltd.

Ita Mariasin
Jag Realty Inc.

Aleck Boyd
Noah Do Paco
Douglas Muir
Jennifer Toth
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Kandis Chapman
Julie Clay
Kristopher Goulart
Sara Pereira
Rachel Rosart
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Elizabeth Khan
Michael St. Jean Realty Inc.

Mitra Javadi
Modern Solution Realty Inc.,

Bassam Al-Kerwi
Alysia Bier
Jennifer Boyle
Ed Heczko
Gurjeet Sandal
Kashif Siddiqui

RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Jenna Caitlin Ash
Nick Blott
Erin Cote
Yuliya Gubal
Andrea Ibrahimagic
Nemanja Ivosevic
Amit Kalia
Kiran Leten
Phil Maciata
Danielle Marino
Alvin Migotto
Stephen Mitchell
Samantha Ryder
Barwinder Singh

RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Tyler Stewart Dawe
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty

Allie Frank
RE/MAX Escarpment Frank Realty

Eric Head
Matthew Panetta
RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty Inc.

Nicholas Kurzawa
Realty Network : 100 Inc.

Roberta David
Triinu Lumi
Gail Parent
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Nina Asusa
Liz Silva Flores

Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

Lisa Bartlett
Joey Braden
Deanna Brennan

Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Erica James
Danielle Morton
Royal LePage Macro Realty

Saba Sarfaraz
Royal LePage NRC Realty Inc.

Ronald Vignarajah
Royal LePage Signature Realty

Heather Dore
Nada Jensen
Royal LePage State Realty

Payam Ahangar
P2 Realty Inc.

James Dean Stavro
Todd Armstrong
Tina Maric
Marc Ronne
Property.ca Realty Inc.,

Danish Abbasi
Omar Al-Shareeda
Zolo Realty

Jennifer Krane
Olaf Zagorda
Zoocasa Realty Inc.

RAHB REALTORS® RELEASE FEBRUARY 2021 MARKET STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,271 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in February 2021. Sales were up 54 per cent since last month and up 14.9 per cent since February of last year. New listings were up 61.9 per cent since January 2021 and up 12.2 per cent as of last February. The average price for residential properties was $848,719 which was up 7.7 per cent from last month and up 29.5 per cent from February 2020. The number of active listings available at the end of the month was 44.1 per cent lower than the previous period in 2020.

*The news release will be posted to www.rahb.ca/market-stats/ on Tuesday, March 2.*

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

London – St. Thomas Areas Maintenance

RAHB has been working with CoreLogic and ITSO in an effort to improve the search ability of listings in the London and St. Thomas area. While this maintenance is being completed, CoreLogic has advised that any of your current saved searches and/or auto emails in these areas should be updated to add any of the new Municipality and Neighbourhood detail to your search criteria. This maintenance started on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

While this maintenance is occurring, CoreLogic has advised the best method to update your current searches is to utilize the “Map Search” option. The Map Search is based on location; and not the Region, Municipality or Neighbourhood codes; therefore, using the Map Search will ensure all listings within the area you have defined will be captured.

 

While the Map based search is the preferred method, another alternative would be to add the new Municipalities or Neighbourhood codes to your existing search criteria. Should you choose this option it is important that you keep all of your existing search criteria the same, ONLY adding the available new Municipalities or Neighbourhood codes to your search criteria if necessary.

To view the London and St. Thomas map area please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact the MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650 or e-mail support@rahb.ca.

Reminder: Changes Coming to REALTOR.ca DDF® Data Feeds April 1

This is an important reminder changes are coming to REALTOR.ca DDF® data feeds on April 1, 2021.

For years, REALTOR.ca DDF® has made it easier for REALTORS® to showcase listings on their personal website through data feeds.

Due to the technical nature of setting up these data feeds, most REALTORS® enlist a technology provider’s help to set up and maintain the data feeds on their website. More than 650 technology providers currently work with REALTORS® across Canada and have access to data feeds, and supporting services, with no associated fees.

To ensure CREA offers the best—and only—national data feeds to our members, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is introducing a tiered pricing model for technology providers to access feeds and supporting services. The pricing model is structured to allow technology providers of all sizes to continue to provide their services to REALTORS® without interruption. This pricing model also better aligns with current market standards for data services and will allow CREA to provide REALTOR.ca DDF® data feeds for the long term. This new fee structure for technology providers will come into effect on April 1, 20201.

By introducing new charges to technology providers, CREA understands members may be impacted through increased service prices or technology providers choosing not to provide service anymore.

In the rare case of disruptions or rate increases, they have a complete list of technology providers who can ensure your website can continue receiving listings from REALTOR.ca DDF®.

To view the list of technology providers, please click here.

Invest in yourself, buy your 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass

It’s not too late to invest in yourself and your professional development for 2021. By the end of March, All-Access Pass holders will have access to recordings of past webinars. The recordings library will house webinars from February 1 to December 31, 2021. Webinar recordings will be on-demand and will be available until March 31, 2022.
We understand that as REALTORS® you live busy lives and making time to attend the live webinars is not always an option. So now, you’ll be able to access the recordings library whenever and wherever you want. So why don’t you invest $100 in yourself?

More information regarding this recordings library will be released soon.

Remember, the All-Access pass is only $100 + HST. By the end of 2021, we anticipate there will be more than 40 webinar recordings to watch.

To view our upcoming courses and see what you could be saving, please click the button below.

Professional Development Courses & Schedule

How do I buy a 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass?

To purchase your 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass please log in to my.rahb.ca and click on the RAHB Education and Account Services icon. You must complete your purchase BEFORE you register for any courses. Once your 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass is purchased, you can start registering for courses at no charge!

Terms & Conditions
The 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass costs $100 plus applicable taxes.  Passes are valid for courses that have a value of $45 or less and are held before December 31, 2021. Passes are issued to a specific person – not a brokerage and as such are non-transferable. Office Administrators or Administrative Assistants who wish to take advantage of the All-Access Pass must be registered with RAHB.  

If you have any questions, please contact Angela at angelam@rahb.ca

Congratulations to Rochelle Edwards from S. Todd Real Estate Ltd. who won our draw for their 2021 Professional Development All-Access Pass!

Results of Member Needs survey

The Member Needs Survey was circulated to all RAHB members during the last two weeks of 2020. The purpose of the survey was to understand what challenges the RAHB membership saw for 2021 and beyond.

Approximately 11 per cent of the RAHB membership responded to the survey. Respondents represented a cross-section of all demographics including member age, membership types, years as a licensed REALTOR® and geographic location of business. The data collected was a great resource for RAHB leadership as they participated in a strategic plan refresh in January 2021.

Thank you to all participants for their time. Congratulations to member Roman Radojewski from Royal LePage State Realty who was the winner of the $100 VISA gift card.

A summary of the top three indicators follow:

  • When considering the challenges facing the Real Estate Sector, members indicated that the Economy/ Government Policies scored the greatest, followed by MLS®/ Inventory Challenges, and then Professionalism.
  • Members indicated that Challenges Facing RAHB Over the Next Three Years were predominantly the MLS®/ Inventory Challenges, followed by Professionalism, and then the Economy/ Government Policies
  • In regard to Challenges Facing them Professionally, RAHB members scored in very tight proximity, Personal/ Finance Challenges, Economy/ Government Policies, and MLS®/ Inventory Challenges.
  • Members clearly indicated of all the challenges that they were facing, nearly 2/3 of members wanted RAHB to Undertake Addressing the MLS® Challenges and Professionalism. Technology followed at a more distant third.

 

The results of this survey clarified and validated what members need most from RAHB, and has provided valuable data to support current and future commitments to addressing these needs, through continued efforts in advocacy, education and collaboration.

Thank you for your responses!

 

New listings immediately being reported sold

RAHB MLS® staff have become aware of several recent listings that were reported sold immediately upon being activated in the MLS® system. This is not permitted, as it is a violation of RAHB Rules and Regulations.

Section 2 – MLS® Listings

2.14 No MLS® Listing shall appear on the Association’s MLS® System that is not immediately available for inspections, showings and, subject to the provisions of Subsection 2.15, the registration of Offers.

Violations of this rule may result in fines or a professional standards complaint being levied against the REALTOR® or the brokerage.

If you have any questions, please contact support@rahb.ca.

Protect yourself and your clients – fraud warnings

RAHB has recently been made aware of two scams that have impacted both members and their clients.

One member reported that a client received an e-mail to send the buyer an e-transfer for a broken hot water heater or else they would no longer be purchasing the house. This client contacted the REALTOR® directly and was able to figure out it was a scam. Please remind your clients that all transactions and communications should be done through their REALTOR® and if they are not sure, they should contact a REALTOR® to confirm. If you or your clients experience any similar situations, please report it to the Anti-Fraud department of your local police unit.

Members have also been receiving suspicious text messages with inquires on specific listings. These text messages include a link that could be a possible scam or virus. Please be vigilant when clicking on items like this and if you are ever unsure, please do not link on the link. To see a screenshot of the text, please see the picture below.

Fraudulent activity seems to be increasing due to the pandemic and the way real estate has shifted to using more online platforms. Please continue to be vigilant and remind your clients to do the same. For resources and where to report issues, please see below:

Hamilton Police – https://hamiltonpolice.on.ca/prevention/frauds-and-scams

Halton Police – https://www.haltonpolice.ca/en/staying-safe/frauds-and-scams.aspx#

Ontario – https://www.ontario.ca/page/report-scam-or-fraud

 

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