Hamilton West Harbour Community Conversation

Hamilton West Harbour

The City of Hamilton is holding a West Harbour Community Conversation on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Community Storefront (294 James St. N.).

The agenda includes information about the design plan and schedule for the new Pier 5-7 public open space and the status of the Pier 8 promenade park. There will also be background information and discussion about the former Discovery Centre building.

Click here to learn more.

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Have You Signed Up for Ontario REALTOR® Party Updates?

Ontario Realtor Party Logo

Have you heard about the Ontario REALTOR® Party? No, it is not a political party, but rather, a group that strives to unify REALTORS® to speak with one voice to promote the dream of home ownership and protect the real estate profession.

There is always something to do to help promote the issues important to home owners and REALTORS®. No matter how big or small the task, your efforts will make a difference! Click here to get involved today.

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Are You Ready for the New Ontario Standard Lease?

Ontario Standard Lease Agreement

All residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018 must be on the new Ontario standard lease form.

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act makes it mandatory to use the standard lease template that is currently available only through the Government Forms Repository. According to information provided by the Ontario Real Estate Association (and sent by OREA to all members on March 21, 2018), OREA Form #400 – Agreement to Lease Residential can be used only to set up the terms of the lease and the standard lease template must be used to formalize the actual lease.

OREA is in the process of reviewing their Form #400 – Agreement to Lease Residential – and its associated clause for any revisions they may need.

Be sure you know the terms of the standard lease form for Monday, April 30, 2018!

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Holiday Weekend Approaches!

The RAHB Directors and staff wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend! (Please note the RAHB office will be closed on Friday, March 30. We will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 2.)

RAHB Easter Hours Poster

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Lunch with the President

RAHB President Jack Loft enjoyed his ninth member lunch with RAHB members Alison Walsh and Lou Volk who recently started their own brokerage (Guaranteed Real Estate Services Inc.). Jack reports that Alison and Lou are passionate REALTORS® who love ShowingTime and Matrix. They are also serious about training and professionalism in the real estate industry.

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to president@rahb.ca!

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Naming Listing Supplements

Listing Supplements in MatrixWhen you create your listing supplements, you should avoid using special characters – that is, anything other than numbers and letters – in the file name.

Many characters have special meanings to browsers and operating systems, so if you include them in a file name, a web browser may attempt to perform that function instead of opening the file.

So play it safe and avoid using these special characters:

  • #  (pound/hashtag/number sign)
  • %  (per cent)
  • &  (ampersand)
  • {  (left curly bracket)
  • }  (right curly bracket)
  • :  (colon)
  • \  (back slash)
  • @ (at sign)
  • <  (left angle bracket)
  • >  (right angle bracket)
  • “  (double quotes)
  • *  (asterisk)
  • ?  (question mark)
  • /  (forward slash)
  •     (blank spaces)
  • $  (dollar sign)
  • !  (exclamation point)
  • ‘  (single quote/apostrophe)

Some additional considerations:

  • Don’t start or end your file name with a space, period, hyphen or underline
  • Keep your file names to a reasonable length
  • Avoid using spaces; use a hyphen instead

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our MLS® Help Desk at (905).667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

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How Do I Search for a Wheelchair Accessible Home?

Q: Is there a way that I can search for a wheelchair accessible home in Matrix?

A: Yes! In Matrix, you can add a field called “VisitAble” to your search criteria and then select “yes” to enable it. Here is a description of a VisitAble home:

VisitAble Home Screenshot

If you have any further questions about VisitAble Homes, please contact our MLS® Help Desk at (905).667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

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Rich Reporting with GeoWarehouse

Did you know that GeoWarehouse rich reporting offers access to recent searches, deeper report insights and accurate visuals? You can also use the GeoWarehouse live measurement tool, see full sales history for any property, and gain real-time statistics on ownership, area demographics, and site/structure. To learn more, watch the video below!

GeoWarehouse Rich Reporting

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Ontario REALTOR® Party Courses

The Ontario Real Estate Association and the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington are pleased to be offering two FREE groundbreaking courses to our members – ORP 101: An Introductory Course on Grassroots Advocacy and ORP 201: An Introductory Course on Campaigns and Elections.

Both courses will be offered on Monday, March 26, 2018 at The Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre (555 Bay St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H1), with ORP 101 starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by ORP 201 starting at 1 p.m. Lunch will be made available to all attendees at 12:30 p.m.

ORP 101 provides basic foundational knowledge of government relations, including: an understanding of the behind the scenes workings of Queen’s Park, how to set up a meeting with an MPP, and how to stay in touch with your MPP to build a relationship. ORP 101 is designed to empower our members to engage with provincial leaders on matters of interest to home owners and Ontario REALTORS®.

ORP 201 provides basic foundational knowledge on how provincial elections and campaigns work, including: the difference between a general election and a by-election, and the different roles on a campaign. ORP 201 is designed to get our members more involved in the election process.

To register for this FREE session, please click here.

 

ORP Hamilton Burlington Flyer

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Open Forums Coming Your Way!

RAHB Open Forums

Mark your calendars for upcoming Open Forums in your community:

Caledonia – Tuesday, June 5, 2018 (Grace United Church)

Grimsby – Friday, June 15, 2018 (Trinity United Church)

Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (Grace United Church)

All Open Forums will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks at 10 a.m.

Watch for more details coming soon!

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RAHB Service Awards are More Than Just Receiving an Award!

Did you know the winner of the RAHB Outstanding Community Service Award gets to name a charity to receive a $1,000 donation from RAHB?

Jim Duschl (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.) was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award and he asked that the $1,000 donation go to the Waterdown District Lions Club. RAHB recently received a letter from the Club, telling us what the donation meant to them. Here’s what the letter said:

The Waterdown District Lions Club was pleased to find out that the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington recognizes members who serve the community not just professionally, but through volunteering.

 

Finding out that Jim Duschl was the recipient this year was definitely a shared happy moment for his friends at the Lions club. Further to this, we then found out that Jim has chosen our service club as the recipient of your donation of $1,000 — we are honoured.

 

The Waterdown District Lions would like to thank the Association, Directors and members for this generous donation. The donation will continue Jim’s volunteer service, as we use it to support programs throughout the Waterdown and District communities we serve.

 

We also commend Jim for his work in our club and other programs in which he is active. Jim is a highly valued member, a recognized leader in the Lions movement, and we look to him for community guidance throughout the year.

 

Thank you again for this donation and for recognition of our fellow Lion, Jim Duschl.

Jim Duschl Community Service Award

 

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