Hamilton, ON (January 2, 2019) – The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 534 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in December, 2018.
RAHB staff were honoured to support several local organizations that provide for many throughout our communities this holiday season!
RAHB staff donated:
– $400 worth of toys and $400 in financial support to Neighbour2Neighbour Centre
– $800 in financial support to Mission Services
– $800 worth of non-perishable food and toiletry items to Mission Services through the RAHB Santa 5K race
Thank you to these great organizations for all the great work they do!
At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 the Hamilton City Council directed City staff to draft a plan for a potential rental licensing pilot project in Wards 1 & 8. This includes education for landlords and tenants, considerations of financial offsets and a review for all affordable housing and potential displacement issues.
We thank the City of Hamilton Council for listening to our concerns.
The report will go to the Planning Committee for review and additional delegations in 2019.
On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the City of Hamilton Planning Committee met to evaluate the rental licensing pilot project proposal. For information on the pilot project proposal, please visit https://blog.rahb.ca/?p=23462. The recommendation/motion for the pilot project insinuated that the pilot project would be voted on at the Planning Committee, then go to Hamilton Council on December 19 for final vote, and then be implemented within the first quarter of 2019.
We are happy to inform members that the decision on a rental licensing pilot project in Wards 1 and 8 was postponed until at least the next Hamilton Planning Committee meeting to take place in 2019.
During the meeting there were 17 delegates – 15 spoke in opposition of rental licensing and two (McMaster Student’s Union and ACORN) spoke in favour. The incoming RAHB Government Relations Chair, Margaret Reid, spoke to the issue reiterating RAHB’s concerns with the pilot project as proposed. RAHB also co-authored a letter with the Hamilton and District Apartment Association, that was sent to Hamilton City Council and media on December 10 highlighting the issues with rental licensing. The letter can be found at https://www.rahb.ca/RentalLicensingLetter_10Dec2018.pdf.
After the delegations and much discussion by the Planning Committee, it was decided that amendments would be made to the proposal. Hamilton City Staff are to develop a comprehensive plan for the potential rental licensing pilot project, that includes:
concrete metrics for success
education for both tenants and landlords
an analysis of staffing levels
an analysis of the financial offsets for such a project, and
a review of the affordable housing and potential displacement issues of such a project.
This draft plan will need to go to another Planning Committee meeting, where delegates will again be able to speak. We will be sure to keep members informed of any developments.
We thank Margaret Reid for speaking on behalf of RAHB, as well as other RAHB members, such as Paul Martindale and Donna Bacher, for voicing their concerns in an effort to postpone a decision on rental licensing. We also thank Bob Van de Vrande, Nic von Bredow, Lou Piriano, Andrew Robertson and other RAHB members who attended the meeting to support our efforts.
We will continue to work with our partners at the HDAA, Hamilton Councillors, Hamilton City Staff and other important stakeholders to ensure we are a part of the discussion and that our members are fully informed.
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 862 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in November, 2018.
A Broker of Record / Manager Meeting was held on November 8, 2018 at the RAHB Offces. Below is a synopsis of what was discussed at the meeting:
As a result of the Supreme Court of Canada decision, REALTORS® will be required to publish sold data but it must be behind a password protected website. In conjunction with RAHB’s legal counsel a VOW contract has been prepared and MLS® policies have been drafted. Any RAHB member requesting access to the sold data will be required to sign the VOW contract with RAHB in order to receive the data feed. There may also be a fee, which is still to be determined. As instructed by the Board of Directors, the MLS® Policies will be reviewed by the MLS® Committee, and once they are finalized a final review will take place of the MLS® Policies in conjunction with the final contract by legal counsel. Completion is anticipated by the end of the first quarter of 2019, or sooner.
Concerns were expressed as to why the VOW contract/MLS® policies will not be in place sooner. RAHB’s IT staff are prepared to start working now on the data feed with any brokerage, however the feed cannot go live until the VOW contract and MLS® policies are in place.
Update on CREA REALTOR.ca
Following receipt of the announcement from CREA regarding sold prices being included on REALTOR.ca, the President and CEO of RAHB, along with the CEOs and Presidents of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® and the Ottawa Real Estate Board, attended a meeting with CREA to discuss concerns. There are provinces in Canada where sold data is already published and available. However, in Ontario you cannot publish sold prices on a standard website – sold data can only be displayed within a password protect area. CREA has since acknowledged that they did move too quickly with their announcement and have since forwarded a communiqué indicating that more work is required before the sold data can be displayed on REALTOR.ca.
RAHB continues to work with TREB to establish a fair and equitable data sharing agreement for all members to have access to the gap listing data, which are listings taken by TREB members within RAHB’s area, and not put on RAHB’s MLS® System. RAHB has also prepared and proposed an IntraMatrix data sharing contract to the Collective Group, who are not using Connect. Although both initiatives are not certain, we will continue to push forward to find ways to bring closure to these items so our members have access to more data.
Zillow Conference in Toronto
Zillow has been approaching brokerages in Canada and recently held a meeting in Toronto to discuss the services they are currently offering. Any RAHB brokerage can be set up with Zillow provided they sign the necessary RAHB contract to receive a RETS feed of their listings.
Discussion took place regarding the number of search requests RAHB members are allowed each year. Currently this is 1,000 per member, per year.
City of Hamilton Signage By-laws
The City of Hamilton is currently on a campaign to clamp down on the misuse of REALTOR® for sale, open house and directional signs that are not in compliance with the City’s bylaw. Some of our own RAHB members are the root cause for this ongoing issue, and if the misuse continues the City has advised RAHB they may not allow any open house signs at any time. It was also noted that Hamilton and Burlington have different sign bylaws. It was recommended that the Government Relations Committee consider reopening the discussions with the City and the use of real estate signage. The Government Relations Committee will examine establishing a sign by-law task force for this issue.
Earlier this week, RAHB President Jack Loft, CEO George O’Neill, Government Relations (GR) Chair Nic von Bredow, GR Vice-Chair Margaret Reid, and GR Staff Liaison Wendy Stewart attended the Ontario REALTOR® Party Conference in Toronto.
The delegates enjoyed talks/presentations from:
Nik Nanos, who spoke on a snapshot of the numbers for Ontario and Canadian Politics
David McNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
Three Doug Ford insiders: Melissa Lantsman (Hill & Knowlton), Michael Coates (Rubicon Strategies) and Mike Diamond (Upstream Strategies).
Queen’s Park Media Panel: Marieke Walsh (iPolitics), Robert Benzie (Toronto Star) and Alan Carter (Global News)
A political pundits panel: Warren Kinsella (Daisy Consulting Group), Kathleen Monk (Earnscliffe Strategy Group) and Char Rogers (Chestview Strategy)
The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier and Leader of the PC Party
Andrea Horwath, Leader of the NDP
John Fraser, Interim Leader of the Liberal Party
Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
A panel of new MPPs: Stan Cho (Willowdale), Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale- High Park) and Stephen Lecce (King-Vaughan)
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister
The conference also included meetings with MPPs to talk about the issues:
Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA) Reform for:
Better consumer protection
Cutting real estate red tape
Tax Fairness for real estate professionals because:
The current system is unfair to REALTORS®
There is a need to cut additional red tape
There will be minimal revenue implications
It strengthens consumer protection
Delegates from RAHB met with:
– Paul Miller, MPP for Hamilton East – Stoney Creek
– Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North – Burlington
Hamilton’s Bayfront Park and Pier 8 were awash with Santa suits and beards during the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington Santa 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, November 25! Over 500 Santas participated in the annual event sponsored by RAHB.
Thanks to RAHB members and staff who ran, walked, rolled the course or contributed to the food drive benefiting Mission Services!
Just a reminder that the parking lot at the RAHB office will be unavailable for use on Friday, November 30 and Monday, December 3. If you are planning to visit the office on either of those days please allow extra time to find parking.
It’s election season at RAHB and there are seven (7) candidates vying for your vote for a spot on the 2019 Board of Directors!
In accordance with RAHB Bylaw Article 5, Section 7.03, the final slate of candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors is being sent to all members. Please click on the below button for the report from the Nomination Committee, including the list of candidates (which are listed alphabetically, and not by rank):
CREA’s President, Barb Sukkau will provide members with an update from CREA and we will also feature a presentation: The Business of Ethics – What’s in it for Me by Bill Harrington, CREA’s General Counsel and Privacy Officer.
Advance electronic voting is available November 27, 28 and 29, 2018 commencing a 12:01 a.m. and ending 11:59 p.m. To vote, please visit http://evoting.rahb.ca/ElectionList.aspx. Video presentations from the candidates and candidates’ profiles (listed alphabetically, and not by rank) are also available on this site.
Hope to see you at any or all of the above events!
This webinar, Broker of Record Responsibilities and OREA Forms, will provide Brokers of Record and Managers a detailed review of ongoing regulatory obligations. We will identify the many vital Forms resources to utilize in offices to keep members up to date.
Webinar learning objectives:
What’s new and revised for 2019 OREA Forms and Clauses
OREA Form #400 Agreement to Lease revisions
OREA Forms post-cannabis legalization, including four NEW clauses
Challenging Question/Answer discussion points re FINTRAC, e-signatures, advertising consent and suggestions for varied areas for Brokerage policies
Recent member market issues connecting to helpful OREA Forms for accountable discovery, disclosure, acknowledgements and consents
Refresher on finding the many excellent OREA resources for Brokerages
The webinar will be facilitated by Cassandra Agnew Walker, who will be joined by Lou Radomsky, OREA Forms Legal Counsel and Hugh Foy, a huge fan of REALTORS®. It takes place at 1 p.m. EST on December 12, 2018. Registration can be completed online now. If you are unavailable on the date of the webinar, you can still receive a link to the recording by registering.
All OREA Standard Forms webinars and related resources are for OREA members only. To access the webinar recordings and forms resources you must be registered with a brokerage that is a member of Organized Real Estate, which includes OREA membership.
Meet the candidates for the upcoming RAHB Board of Directors election as RAHB members battle it out in a chili cookoff to see who will reign Chili Supreme! Taste and vote on your favourite chili as you learn about the election process. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet the candidates and ask the candidates questions prior to the opening of electronic voting.