Welcome New Members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between May 29 and June 25, 2019!

Behnaz Anvari Totonchi
Linda Davies Real Estate Ltd.

Marcia Leigo
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Matt Van Huizen
J.J. Ellens Real Estate

Terry Jenkinson
IPRO Realty Ltd.

Richard Matysiak
Andrew Fasan
Margot Hartt
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Jonathan Verduyn
Ryan Olejnik
Michael Reidy
Ritu Giacobbe
Nick Delconte
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Cory Pavone
Kim MacDougald
David Capretta
Ulisses Botelho
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

John Papaloni
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Ryan Giles
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Kimberley Gorenko
Rockhaven Realty Inc.

Kristie Walz
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Gary Abrahams
Royal LePage Macro Realty

Rena Savidis-Georgiou
Royal LePage State Realty

0 0

Spring Open Forums

A late spring did not dampen the enthusiasm at the three Spring Open Forums which wrapped up last week. More than 100 RAHB members attended the three events, which visited Dunnville, Caledonia and Grimsby. Local presenters included Haldimand OPP Constable Rod LeClair, and town of Grimsby Deputy-Mayor, Kevin Ritchie and acting Director of Planning for Grimsby, Walter Basic.

Haldimand OPP Constable Rod LeClair

Speakers Kevin Ritchie, Grimsby Deputy Mayor and Walter Basic, Director of Planning for Grimsby, with RAHB President, Bob Van de Vrande and Laura Doucette, Chair of the Member Engagement Committee

The powerpoint presentation from the Grimsby Open Forum can be found by clicking the button below.

Summary of Development Projects

The events also included Q & A with RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande and President Elect, Kathy Della-Nebbia. Both Bob and Kathy gave updates on the CEO selection process and answered questions about data sharing. To read an update, please click here. There was also updates from RAHB committees. Government Relations Chair Margaret Reid and Vice-Chair Dave Zalepa spoke about the new GR Ad Hoc Task Force and gave updates in the areas. To learn more about the Ad Hoc Task Force, click here. We also had representatives from the Charity Auction Task Force. The annual REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction takes place on November 15, to learn more, please click here. And as always, great networking time was enjoyed by all.

The Open Forums will continue this fall – September 17 (Wellington Square United Church, Burlington), and September 24 (Waterfront Center, Hamilton). Please click the button below for more information!

Fall Open Forums

0 0

RAHB Dues Deadline June 30, 2019

The third quarter for 2019 RAHB dues have been billed and e-mailed to you as part of your May monthly invoice.  Please note that dues are payable no later than June 30, 2019.

Full Member
$125.00 – RAHB dues (July – Sept 2019)
$28.75 – OREA dues (July – Sept 2019)
$77.50 – CREA dues (July – Sept 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

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.)


0 0

Rental Scam – Caledonia

A RAHB member has informed both the OPP and RAHB of a situation unfolding in Caledonia regarding their listing. A house in Caledonia, which was an estate sale, was sold firm and expected to close in two weeks’ time. The house itself was vacant and empty. Someone has taken the listing information and photos of the house and posted the information online as a rental. The rental ad contains very specific information, such as the current owners of the house do not want people to contact the REALTOR® and to avoid knocking on the door as the owners are out of town. The rental also asks for first and last month’s rent.

The OPP is currently investigating the situation. We will provide any relevant updates when available. Please be aware of similar situations and please report suspected rental scams to police immediately.

Thank you.

0 0

WEBForms® Update Summary

Please find attached an FAQ which highlights some differences between CREA WEBForms® 2019 and CREA WEBForms® Legacy. This FAQ can also be found on the WEBForms® section on CREA’s REALTORLink® page.

Click here to read the FAQ.

The WEBForms® Training material on the Training Hub can be found here.

Below is a new video highlighting some of the features.


0 0

“Include on 3rd Party Sites” Field

It has come to our attention in Listing Input in Matrix that the “Include on 3rd party sites” field under the Seller Instructions was not displaying.  RAHB has been working with the vendor and the situation is now resolved. Now when inputting a new listing the default for “Include on 3rd party sites” will be yes. If you do not wish you’re listing to be sent to any 3rd party sites, please click the dropdown menu and select no. If you are editing a previous listing, “Include on 3rd party sites” will be a mandatory field and you will not be able to save your listing until you select yes or no.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any future questions, please contact the MLS® department at 905.667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

0 0

Commercial Networking Breakfast a Success!

Thank you to all who attended the Commercial Networking Breakfast on May 28 at the Scottish Rite Club. Over 60 attendees received a review of Regional Commercial Network Committee activites, and the morning concluded with presentations by Norm Schleehahn and Judy Lam from the City of Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development Department.

Please click the button below to download the presentations from the breakfast.


We would also like to thank our sponsors for the Commercial Networking Breakfast!




0 0

June is Senior’s Month!

At RAHB, we believe that seniors are both vital members of the community and the real estate market. During June, RAHB will be bringing awareness to resources that are available for seniors and their family. Each week, the resources will focus on a specific theme that seniors are primarily concerned with when looking to either stay or transition out of their homes: independence, safety and affordability.

Stay tuned for our first post on Independence on Monday, June 3.


2 0

Welcome New Members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between May 1 and May 28, 2019!

Daryoush Mesbah
Scot White
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd.

Victoria Sinclair
Gouldsborough Realty Inc.

Erika Badovin
Homelife Professionals Realty Inc.

Justin Kresina
Paul Nardangeli
Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Tracie Zorro
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Ross McIntosh
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Alicia Austin
Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.

Jamal Beit Elmal
LEADEX Realty Inc.

Paul Crawford
Brad MaGarrey
Brittany Farrell
Kellen Miseferi
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Alex Savo Sardaro
RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty Inc.

Sirrah Farrauto
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Zi An Huang
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Agnes Lengiewicz
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Matthew Greiner
Royal LePage Signature Realty Inc.

Gavin Chapman
Linda Rosart
Paula Skara
Royal LePage State Realty

Tom Podstawka
Nawfal Hindi
Search Realty Corp.

Michael Jakobczak
St. Jean Realty Inc.

Jose Nieves
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc.

Michael Thomas Swick
Your Realty Services Inc.

0 0

GeoWarehouse® Classic

After two years of launching the NEW GeoWarehouse, GeoWarehouse® has announced they are ready to retire the old version (GeoWarehouse Classic). This is scheduled for September 30, 2019.

GeoWarehouse is committed to ensuring a smooth transition and will offer a wide range of training options.

There are a number of self-assist resources to help with this transition, from manuals to guides, to a new interactive video library. Below you will find the links to some resources.

Quick Reference Guide

Tips & Tricks

Training Videos

User Guide

Webinar Calendar

0 0

Golf Tournament Recap

Our Golf Tournament – Network, 9 & Dine took place on Thursday, May 23 at the beautiful Heron Point Golf Links. We were happy that the weather was on our side and over 100 golfers were able to enjoy nine holes of golf! All golfers were then treated to a delicious BBQ dinner put on by the wonderful staff at Heron Point.

Thank you to all of the golfers who attended the event and made it such a success! We also could not have put on this event without our generous sponsors!

Congratulations to all of our winners from the day!

Top Foursome: Gary Gouldsborough, Treavor Kearns, Shayle Rothman, Mark Loeffler
Men’s Longest Drive: Hole #9 – Bailey Roubos, Hole #17 – Paul Settimi
Women’s Longest Drive: Hole #6 – Sandy Moore, Hole #10 Signy Outlaw
Closest to Pin: Hole #8 – Sara Donnelly, Ryan McLean
Closest to Pin: Hole #16 – Deanna Gunter, Gary Stirling
Putting Contest:
1. Paul Kinsman
2. Paul Martelli
3. David Gerard
50/50 Draw: Leanne Johnny
Two Tickets to the Canadian Open: 
Mary Bariatico

This year, based on feedback, we changed the format of the RAHB Golf Tournament to a Nine & Dine Networking event, and changed the location to Heron Point Golf Links. It was a great afternoon of golfing, prizes, networking and fun!

In order to make this annual event even better, we ask that you please take a few minutes of your time and complete the below online survey. Even if you didn’t attend/participate in the golf tournament, we would appreciate it if you shared your thoughts.

2019 RAHB Golf Tournament Survey

To thank you for taking the time to complete our survey – whether you golfed or not – your name can be entered to win a wonderful Summer Gift Package.

This survey will be open for two weeks, closing on June 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

2019 RAHB Golf Tournament Task Force

1 0

Your Input is Needed – Hamilton Chamber of Commerce: Open for Business Survey

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is preparing an Open for Business report for the City of Hamilton, which will focus on development red tape in Hamilton.

For the report, the Chamber has asked RAHB to provide feedback on the current development processes at the City. Ultimately, the Chamber is looking to accomplish the following:

  1. Review existing rules and processes for development in Hamilton
  2. Compare these processes to other cities
  3. Offer recommendations for city staff to improve

Members of the RAHB Government Relations Committee will be participating in a focus group to answer questions with the Chamber; however, we also want to extend the opportunity for all members to provide valuable feedback.

Please find below a link to an online survey to provide answers to questions posed by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for their report.

Hamilton Chamber – Open for Business Survey

This survey will be open until 4:30 on Thursday, May 30.

There are several questions, and so we ask that you only complete as many questions as you like. Any feedback you provide is greatly appreciated.

Your answers are anonymous.

Once the report is completed and submitted to the City of Hamilton, we will be sure to share it with RAHB members.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

0 0