A Message From Your RAHB President

Dear fellow RAHB members,

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer. It’s been a few weeks since my last update, so I thought I would highlight a few things happening at RAHB and within the real estate profession.

RECO & REBBA, 2002

You may have recently read about a broker in Cambridge who conducted their business unethically, and the resulting repercussions from the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). Since it is important for our clients and the general public to understand that we do not tolerate such behaviour, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Hamilton Spectator stating that we believe individuals who are found guilty of severe ethical violations and illegal business activity have no place in the real estate profession. I also reiterated the significance of three recommendations made by OREA to modernize the 17-year-old legislation that governs REBBA (the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act of 2002). For the entire letter to the editor, please click the below button.

Letter to the Editor

CEO SELECTION

Our CEO Selection Committee is working on schedule, with the final candidate evaluation and assessment expected to be completed by the end of August.

I would like to again thank the interim CEOs – Kim and Carolyn – for providing great leadership during this time of transition. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would also like to extend our thanks to our very dedicated RAHB staff, who have been working diligently to ensure there is no gap in service to RAHB members.

DATA SHARING

Your Board of Directors is spending a considerable amount of time investigating options that will enable RAHB to provide more MLS® data to our members. This work requires careful consideration, thorough research, and confidential discussions with other real estate organizations.

I would like to emphasize again that our Board is committed to not only maintaining existing data-sharing relationships but also to evaluating and further enhancing data-sharing opportunities. It is vital to all of us at RAHB and it remains our current primary focus.

On a related matter, we’ve heard comments and questions on why all REALTORS® are not required to inter-board onto the MLS® of the board or association where their listing is geographically located. I agree that this would be beneficial; however, RAHB cannot:

  • force non-members to list/inter-board on our MLS®,
  • force non-members to abide by our rules, regulations or policy, or
  • dictate to REALTORS® how or how not to conduct their business.

Unfortunately, this is the reality of the situation and not something RAHB can act on unilaterally. As a result, we are looking at other options to achieve the same objective of comprehensive gap-free data.

Thank you again for your feedback through the TREB Data Survey, as well as informally at RAHB events. Your input is valuable and we appreciate your willingness to get involved by expressing your comments and ideas.

Bob Van de Vrande, B.Comm., M.B.A., B.Ed.
2019 RAHB President
REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington

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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.)

 

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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.

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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.

Presentations

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

 

 

 

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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

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Updated/Amended RAHB Rules and Regulations

On May 9, 2019 the Board of Directors approved the following amendment to the RAHB Rules and Regulations Section 3 – 3.01 and 3.02 as follows:

3.01         An MLS® Listing may be suspended from the Association’s MLS® System before its expiration date provided that a copy of the OREA Association’s standard form entitled “Suspension of Listing Agreement” has been submitted to the Association or processed through Broker Load through the Association’s MLS® System within two (2) Association business days immediately following the date the Suspension of Listing Agreement is signed by the Seller who signed the original Listing Agreement or by his/her/their lawfully authorized representative and by the Broker of Record or Manager of the Listing Brokerage. Such Suspension of Listing Agreement shall not constitute a cancellation of the terms and conditions of the original Listing Agreement. The Listing Brokerage shall be responsible for all Suspension of Listing Agreements submitted or processed through Broker Load regardless of who submits or Broker Loads such forms on its behalf, including, but not limited to, by the Broker of Record, the Manager, or other Registrants or persons employed by the Listing Brokerage.

3.02          An MLS® Listing may be cancelled by completing OREA’s filing the Association’s standard form entitled “Cancellation of Listing Agreement” signed by the Seller who signed the original Listing Agreement or the Seller’s lawfully authorized representative and by the Broker of Record or manager of the Listing Brokerage and a copy of such Cancellation of Listing Agreement shall be submitted to the Association or processed through Broker Load through the Association’s MLS® System within two (2) Association business days immediately following the date the Cancellation of Listing Agreement is signed by all such parties. The Listing Brokerage shall be responsible for all Cancellation of Listing Agreements submitted or processed through Broker Load regardless of who submits or broker loads such forms on its behalf, including, but not limited to, by the Broker of Record, the Manager, or other Registrants or persons employed by the Listing Brokerage.

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RAHB CEO Selection Committee – Update

RAHB is pleased to announce that the CEO Selection Committee has been established. We received several responses from qualified candidates and appreciate the interest. Based on the qualifications outlined in the request for volunteers, and in accordance with the CEO Succession Policy, the Board of Directors has appointed the following RAHB members to the 2019 CEO Selection Committee:

Bob Van de Vrande, President, Apex Results Realty Inc. (Chair)
Kathy Della-Nebbia, President-Elect, Royal LePage State Realty
Lou Piriano, Director-at-Large, L. Piriano Real Estate Brokerage 

Ann Forbes Arndt, Member-at-Large, Royal LePage Macro Realty
Don Robertson, Member-at-Large, Com/Choice Realty
Conrad Zurini, Member-at-Large, RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Also on the Selection Committee may be three external non-voting advisors.

Thank you to all who applied.

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CIty of Hamilton Development Charges Update

On February 19 and March 25, the City of Hamilton Development Charges Stakeholder Sub-Committee met to review the proposal for exemptions and changes to the current development charges, and vote as to which changes/exemptions would be put forward for public consultation. RAHB participates within this sub-committee.

There will be a public meeting held on April 18 starting at 9:30 a.m., then recessed until 7 p.m. to ensure members of the public are able to attend and present their delegations.

If you have any objections to the below report or items carried, we encourage you to attend the meeting and provide a delegation with your argument. In order to present a delegation, please visit the City of Hamilton website at https://www.hamilton.ca/council-committee/council-committee-meetings/request-speak-committee-council and complete the required forms.

Below is the link to the full 630 page Development Charges Background Study:

2019 Development Charges Background Study – Full 630 pages

Below is the summary of the report that was presented to the sub-committee:

2019 Development Charges Background Study Summary

Below are the items voted upon and carried:

The Committee considered the staff recommendations and alternative recommendations for the following Development Charges exemption policies:

(i) Parking Structures
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide an exemption for commercial parking.

(ii) Covered Sports Field
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide an exemption for covered sports fields.

(iii) Small Industrial Rate
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide a lower rate for small industrial developments.

(iv) Academic – Post Secondary / Not-for-Profit / Elementary/Secondary
That the 2019 Development Charge By-law continue to charge only the Transit component of the Development Charges for postsecondary academic space.

  1.  That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide an Academic Space exemption; and,
  2. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law require documentation from developers to support the mandatory exemption as a Crown agent.

(v) Affordable Housing
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide an exemption for affordable housing.
(Note – the removal of the exemption was because the file was moved to another funding agent.)

(vi) Places of Worship
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law provide an exemption for Places of Worship, with clarification that revenue generating space is not exempt.

(vii) Public Hospitals
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide exemptions for public hospitals.

(viii) Downtown Public Art Reserve Voluntary Contributions
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the current exemption for Downtown Public Art Reserve Voluntary Contributions, with an annual limit of $250,000 on the contributions that will be accepted by the City under this program.

(ix) Heritage Buildings
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the current exemption within the existing building envelope except for sections that are not covered by the Heritage designation.

(x) Redevelopment for Residential Facility
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the exemption for Redevelopment for Residential Facility.

(xi) Industrial Rate
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the current exemption, and continue with a 39% reduction, by charging 100% of the water and wastewater charges, and adjusting the percentage charged for services related to a highway component to achieve a combined reduction of 39%.

(xii) Expansion of an Existing Industrial Development
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the 50% Industrial expansion exemption as written in the 2014 Development Charges By-law, as amended.

(xiii) Transition Policy
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the Transition Policy tied to building permit applications.

(xiv) Student Residences
That the exemption for Student Residences be maintained in the 2019 Development Charges By-law until June 30, 2020.

(xv) Agriculture
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law redefine the agriculture definition to exclude cannabis growing and processing, and charge the industrial Development Charge rate.

  1. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide an exemption for farm help houses; and
  2. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law require proof of a farm business registration number to receive the agriculture Development Charge exemption.

(xvi) New Non-Industrial (Commercial/Institutional) Stepped Rates
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law continue stepped rates for office, excluding medical office; continue stepped rates within the City’s CIPA (Community Improvement Plan Areas) and BIA’s (Business Improvement Areas); and, remove stepped rates for all other development.

(xvii) Expansion of Existing Non-Industrial (Commercial/Institutional)
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law only provide a 5,000 square feet exemption for office, excluding medical office; and, remove the exemption for all other non-industrial development.

(xviii) Downtown Hamilton CIPA

  1. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law continue to provide a 70% CIPA exemption for major office developments (Class A – greater than 20,000 square feet gross floor area), whether or not the development is a standalone office;
  2. That for other development within the Downtown Hamilton

 

CIPA:

July 6, 2019 – July 5, 2020 60% exemption
July 6, 2020 – July 5, 2021 50% exemption
July 6, 2021 – July 5, 2022 40% exemption
July 6, 2022 – July 5, 2023 40% exemption
July 6, 2023 – July 5, 2024 40% exemption

(iii) That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the same height limits on exemption use; and,

(iv) That the 2019 Development Charges By-law add clarity that the Downtown Hamilton CIPA exemption cannot be combined/stacked with other Development Charge exemptions and that the Downtown Hamilton CIPA exemption will not be applied if other exemptions result in a lower amount payable.

(xix) Laneway Housing
That the 2019 Development Charges By-law exempt laneway housing.

(xx) Non-industrial Uses Charged Industrial Rate

  1. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law not provide the industrial rate for self-storage facilities or hotels; and,
  2. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law provide the industrial rate for film, production and artists’ studios.

(xxi) Other Development Charges Policies

  1. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law maintain the ability to offset Development Charges with an ERASE (Environmental Remediation and Site Enhancement Redevelopment Program) grant, and require security through a Development Charge Deferral Agreement; and,
  2. That the 2019 Development Charges By-law, respecting Deferral Agreements, maintain the existing policy and add:
    1. That staff be authorized to negotiate extensions of Development Charges Deferral Agreements of up to two years;
    2. That staff be authorized to enter into Development Charges Deferral Agreements related to Podium Developments to delay timing and applicable rate of Development Charge payment to the issuance of each structure permit (no time limit); and,
    3. That staff be authorized to enter into zero interest Development Charge Deferral Agreements where a developer is applying their ERASE grant to offset the Development Charges (no time limit).

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy in the RAHB office at wendys@rahb.ca or via phone at 905.529.8101 x295.

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RAHB dues deadline March 31

RAHB dues deadline March 31, 2019

The second quarter for 2019 RAHB dues have been billed and e-mailed to you as part of your February monthly invoice.  Please note that dues are payable no later than March 31, 2019.  

Full Member
$125.00 – RAHB dues (April – June 2019)
$28.75 – OREA dues (April – June 2019)
$77.50 – CREA dues (April to June 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.)

To learn how to pay your invoice online, please watch the video below.

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Burlington Heritage Properties Information

It is now possible to check the heritage status of a property online to confirm if it is designated under the Heritage Act and/or listed on the city’s Heritage Register. REALTORS® and members of the public can view an up-to-date list of properties with heritage protection and/or learn about the implications of being a protected (listed and/or designated) property.

Heritage Register

There is also information about financial support and incentives for owners of designated heritage properties, including property tax rebates and restoration grants. To view the information, click the button below.

Heritage Support

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Reminder: Listing Accuracy

RAHB has received numerous complaints regarding missing property history. Matrix uses multiple fields to match properties, and if all of these fields do not match, the property history will not appear. Please be mindful of RAHB’s MLS® Rules & Regulations and Policies regarding listing accuracy, listed below:

 Rules and Regulations, Section 2 –  MLS® Listings, Sub-section 2.05 states:

 The Listing Brokerage and Listing REALTOR® are responsible for the accuracy of all information submitted by the Listing Brokerage to the Association’s MLS® System, whether Board Loaded or Broker Loaded.

 RAHB’S MLS® Policies:

 Address

  1. That listings on all property types (including farms and vacant land), whether in town or out of town, shall show the address as per the street table and the address specifies on of the following:

 

  1.    City;
  2.    Town;
  3.    Township;

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Visit Hamilton 2018/2019 Guides are Available

The Visit Hamilton magazine is a wonderful free resource; for our out of town visitors, convention and meeting guests – even future residents!

It includes detailed information and maps relating to places to eat, shop, stay, family fun, the arts, festivals & events, heritage and the great outdoors.

Free copies are available:

  • Realty Shoppe for pick-up, while quantities last

or

  • For larger quantities, you can email your request indicating quantity, based on quantities of 10, 25 or multiples of 50 (one box contains 50 magazines) to tourism@hamilton.ca or call Eryn, Visitor Centre Coordinator at 905-546-2424 ext. 5771 to arrange pick up. They can be picked up Monday – Friday, between 9:30 and 3:30 pm at 28 James Street North, corner of King William and James Street North
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