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.
June 8 was an excellent day for Teeing it High and Letting it Fly!
RAHB members, supporters and tournament sponsors turned out to enjoy a day of golf and prizes at the annual Charity Golf Tournament at Copetown Woods Golf Club. The weather cooperated and made for a perfect day for a round of golf!
Lisa Hensen, Jason Hensen, Arlene Brown, John James – Top Foursome Julia Fedak – Longest Drive (Ladies’) Randall Weese – Longest Drive (Men’s) Michelle Campagne-Blyth – Closest to the Smirnoff Justin Park – Closest to the Pin Robert Ip – Closest to the Pin (Men’s) Kim Binkley – Closest to the Pin (Ladies’) Steve Roblin, Dan Paisley and Todd Foley – First, second and third, respectively, Putting Contest Robert Ip – 50/50 Draw Orval Levie – 24” CCM Mountain Bike David Yunker – $250 VIA Rail Canada Voucher
Unfortunately, there were no winners of the two Hole-in-One contests and the prizes – two Westjet tickets and a Florida golf vacation – went unclaimed. The good news is that we raised money for Good Shepherd and will be presenting a cheque as soon as the final number has been tallied.
Thanks to the golfers, sponsors and donors who supported the tournament and helped make it a great day!
Our very generous sponsors and prize donors:
Carolann Bosett, Creative Outdoor Advertising
Robert Cherubino, The Personal
Brock Dunsby, Dunsby Property Inspections
Jamie Edwards, JM Edwards Associates Inc.
Ed Madronich, Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.
Norman, Mill St. & 5 American House
Allan Spisak, ACISS Home & Commercial Inspections
Krista Toussaint, Mashed Interiors
VIA Canada Rail
Congratulations to the Top Foursome:
Left to right: John James, Arlene Brown, Jason Hensen, Lisa Hensen
OREA’s newly-branded EMERGE Conference will feature OREA’s first-ever technology panel focusing on the ever-changing landscape of real estate. 2018 EMERGE will offer great content, showcase innovative speakers and deep dive into the relationship between technology and real estate.
EMERGE will be offered in four locations across Ontario in the Fall – click on Read More below for all the details and to register for the EMERGE session of your choice. OREA member early bird registration fee is only $99.
A message from the Canadian Real Estate Association:
Flood Victims in N.B. and B.C. Need Our Support
Imagine having to evacuate your home. Feeling powerless while flood levels keep rising, reaching unprecedented levels. Waiting anxiously until the water has receded then returning home to assess the damage and start down the long road to recovery. Our fellow Canadians in communities in both New Brunswick and British Columbia are right this very minute piecing their lives back together after severe flooding. The REALTOR® community has shown, time and time again, that when disasters strike, we are keen to come together and raise funds for the victims. Unfortunately, the time has come again when our help is needed. In solidarity with boards and associations in New Brunswick and British Columbia, the Canadian Real Estate Association is asking the REALTOR® community to consider giving what you can to help the Canadian Red Cross deliver long-lasting relief to those impacted by the recent record-breaking flooding. By donating, you’ll help show that REALTORS® from across the country are here to help those affected in their time of need. The more money we raise together, the stronger that message will be. Click here to make a tax-receiptable contribution to the Canadian Red Cross securely using one or both of our REALTORS Care® donation pages. Thank you for your continued generosity and for showing the world that REALTORS Care®.
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, the Look4Homes app for Android will be upgraded. There are a number of improvements incorporated into the upgrade, including a fix for issues with map location.
You and your clients/customers with Android devices must accept the upgrade for the changes to be available on your device. In particular, you must accept the upgrade between Thursday, June 7 and Sunday, June 10 for maps to continue working. If you do not, maps stop working on June 11 and will not work until you accept the upgrade.
Please spread the word among your colleagues and clients/customers.
The quarterly 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, 2018.
$125.00 – RAHB dues (July-September)
$28.75 – OREA dues (July-September)
$77.50 – CREA dues (July-September) $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.
Pre-Authorized payment subscribers will be processed on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
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.).
As of Thursday, June 14, all e-mail sent from Matrix will come from @CanadaEastMatrixMail.com instead of @mlsmatrix.com.
This change will better protect the Matrix e-mail infrastructure.
No action is required by you. Matrix e-mails will continue to be delivered as usual. In the unlikely event that you or a client do not receive Matrix e-mails after the change, please check your spam or junk folder and mark any Matrix messages as “safe” or “not spam”.
Thank you to all members who attended the Caledonia Open Forum on June 5, 2018. There was great dialogue and participation by all members, and some of the discussion included upcoming events, RAHB initiatives, professionalism, and updates from representatives on the Nomination Committee and Charity Auction Task Force.
Joining the Open Forum was Jaymie Nelson, Senior Economic Development Officer for Haldimand County. A few members asked Jaymie where they can find the Community Profile: It can be downloaded in full online here. Also, if any RAHB members are interested in getting FREE print copies of Haldimand County Maps and Guides, they can simply fill out this form, and they will make arrangements to get them to you.
** Remember: There are still two more Open Forums being held this month. You don’t want to miss out so please pre-register today!
The next Open Forums will take place in Grimsby on Friday, June 15, and Dunnville on Wednesday June 20.
Want graphics that you can easily share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Download the RAHB Members social media stats kit for May 2018! This is a .zip folder format. To learn how to open a .zip folder on your computer, click here.
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,317 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in May, 27 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 18 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month. Please click here to read the complete report.
RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill provide an update on the Board meeting that took place on May 31, 2018 in the newest Board of Directors Update video. They cover the Electronic Lock Box Survey, a new RAHB Advantage partner coming soon, the new RAHB video and OREA’s Champions Program.
We are currently analyzing the results of the electronic lock box survey. Thank you for your participation! We will provide the results to the Board for review and then summarize for all members in an upcoming issue of NewsReal – so stay tuned!
In the meantime, congratulations to our winner of the $50 Tim Horton’s gift card – Jordan Zalter of Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd.!