Lunch with the President!

RAHB President Jack Loft had a great lunch on Wednesday, December 12, with Steve DeVisser of City Brokerage.  Jack and Steve enjoyed Italian at Caro’s at Ottawa and Main Streets in Hamilton. Steve lives and works in the core and is passionate about the rental licensing issue currently working its way through Hamilton City Hall. He would like to see a zoning requirement on all RAHB listings. He also likes the idea of compulsory electronic lock boxes and is a big fan of ShowingTime.  Thanks again Steve!

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RAHB Annual Election Meeting

In case you weren’t able to attend the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on Wednesday, December 5, here’s a brief recap of what you missed.

New Directors!
Congratulations to RAHB’s newest Directors:

Hank Balfoort
Jacqueline Norton
Andrew Robertson
Julie Sergi
Brian Shaw
Nicolas von Bredow

These six new Directors will join continuing Directors to form the 2019 Board of Directors

Bob Van de Vrande (President)
Jack Loft (Immediate Past President)
Nikola Bucalo
Kathy Della Nebbia
Stephanie Pinet

The new Board was installed by CREA President Barb Sukkau at the Annual Election Meeting

CREA Update
CREA President Barb Sukkau discussed the approval for sold information to be displayed on (with agreement from individual boards and associations) and how CREA will keep the number one choice for consumers.

PowerPoint Presentation

Professionalism and Ethics
CREA General Counsel Bill Harrington discussed the importance of members individually and collectively adhering to ethical practice in their businesses.

PowerPoint Presentation

Bylaw Amendments
Members approved  three recommended amendments to the RAHB Bylaw:

  • To reduce the number of scrutineers required at an Annual Election Meeting
  • To incorporate a provision to the Professional Standards/Discipline process to allow for automatic fines for infractions of 14 Basic MLS® Rules
  • To allow staff to make small edits such as punctuation, spelling or number sequence to sections of the Bylaw affected by the first two amendments.

Click here to view approved amendments to the Bylaw. Scroll down to Voting Items.

Scholarship Presentations
Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker were awarded to five sons and daughters of RAHB members.

Read more about the scholarship and recipients.

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Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to five sons and daughters of RAHB members who were awarded $2,000 Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker! The scholarships were presented at the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on December 5, 2018.

DMITRI CIRACO, son of Connie Kowalski of Heritage Realty.  Dmitri is a graduate of Assumption Secondary School.

Dmitri is currently attending Western University in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and is pursuing a career in film production so he can write and direct meaningful films that shed light on prominent and controversial issues in our society.

In school, Dmitri was on Student Council for three years, and was elected Vice-President in his last year. He led multiple events at the school, including fundraisers, dances, barbeques and community-driven events. He was part of the Athletic Council for four years and was appointed President of the Council in his last year. He also served as an Ambassador, a role helping new students integrate into the school community. Dmitri played football from grade nine until his graduation, and was made captain in his last year. He volunteered extensively outside of school activities as well.

MOSES COOK, son of Lana and Ken Cook of Royal LePage Macro Realty. Moses is a graduate of Sherwood Secondary School and has earned his B.Sc in Biophysics from the University of Toronto.  He is currently pursuing his M.Sc degree at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medical Biophysics, with the goal of becoming a clinician scientist.

He expects his clinical work will be complemented by research in cancer therapeutics to develop new techniques for treating cancer using radiation therapy.

An experience with a brain tumour and treatment – which resulted in vision impairment – led Moses to focus his education and also gave him a unique empathy for others undergoing the same experience he had.  He has served as a peer mentor for students with disabilities in the U of T “Access Us” program, and has become an advocate for those students as he continues to support the program. As an undergrad, he published a paper in the Journal of Undergraduate Life Sciences. Outside of his academic studies, Moses also volunteered at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

LAURYN HARRISON, daughter of Richard Harrison of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services. Lauren graduated from Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster University in the Integrated Business and Humanities program, with a view to pursuing a career in social services.

Lauryn has a long list of academic accomplishments, including Ontario scholar, achieving the highest marks in various subjects, Grade 12 University Award and recipient of the Canadian Federation of Women Scholarship. Lauryn was also a member of Mock Trial teams, the track & field team and served as a Grade 11 student mentor. In addition to all that, Lauryn has also been active in community endeavours. Two years ago she coordinated a children’s book drive for the Syrian refugees in her community. She has also volunteers with the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation where she helped organize charity events and awareness conferences.

KAITLIN JOHNNY, daughter of Leanne Johnny of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.   Kaitlin is a graduate of Bishop Tonnos Secondary School and is now attending Brock University in the concurrent program with a view to becoming a teacher.

In school, Kaitlin was active in Hallowe’en for Hunger, the school fashion show, senior girls’ volleyball and Best Buddies. In the community, she was the top fundraiser under 19 for the 2014 Moonlit Memory Walk, played competitive beach and indoor volleyball and volunteered with the Mountain Volleyball Club youth camp. Kaitlyn is a recipient of the Directors’ Award for Health and Physical Activity.

GINA MONTANI, daughter of Gino Montani of Royal LePage State Realty.  Gina graduated from Saltfleet District High School and is currently enrolled in the Humanities program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Gina has a wide range of interests and says she’s uncertain as to what career she wishes to pursue, but cites an interest in military service, justice, medical, writing or drama. Whatever her eventual choice, her goal is to make a difference in the world.

In high school, Gina participated on the badminton and volleyball teams, in the drama club, Positive Space, choir, student parliament and slam poetry. She won the Valedictory Award and was Class Valedictorian in her last year. Gina received awards for public speaking and her anti-bullying efforts, as well as for top marks in various subjects.

The Scholarship in Memory of Karan Barker is named for Karan Barker, a former executive officer of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington. Karan was an outstanding EO, winning awards from both OREA and CREA in recognition of her contributions to our association and the real estate profession.

 Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker are presented each year to students who are children or grandchildren of RAHB members or RAHB staff. All recipients are attending or will be attending university or college. These young people have demonstrated academic excellence and a high level of involvement in their school or the community.

To date, $106,500 has been awarded to 75 students since the inception of the Scholarships in 2001.

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RAHB Holiday Hours

Just a reminder that the Realty Shoppe will be closed for an annual inventory count on Wednesday, December 19. No sales or orders may be processed. We apologize for any inconvenience and your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

The RAHB office – including the Realty Shoppe – will be closed for the holidays on the following dates:
December 24, 25 and 26
December 31, January 1

We will be open all other regular business days, at regular hours.

The Realty Shoppe will also be closed all day Wednesday, December 19 for inventory.

RAHB mail/supply delivery schedule for the holidays:
Week of December 17 – regular delivery schedule
Week of December 24 – deliveries will be made on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28
Week of December 31 – regular schedule will resume on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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RAHB Dues Notice

RAHB dues deadline December 31, 2018

The first quarter for 2019 RAHB dues have been billed and e-mailed to you as part of your November monthly invoice.  Please note that dues are payable no later than December 31, 2018.

Full Member
$125.00 – RAHB dues (January – March 2019)
$28.75 – OREA dues (January – March 2019)
$77.50 – CREA dues (January – March 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

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

Pre-Authorized payment subscribers will be processed on Thursday December 20, 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.)

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GeoWarehouse® Maintenance

GeoWarehouse® will be performing maintenance from Friday, November 30 at 10 p.m. to Saturday, December 1 at 2 am.

During this maintenance window of four hours, users will not be able to access the GeoWarehouse® Solution while their team works on the following enhancements:

  • A new one-page PDF Report-the Basic Client Report-which contains the most essential information
  • Ability to insert your business card into the PDF Reports
  • Easier condo and townhouse search
  • Ability to insert static street view image in PDFs
  • Map window displays saved LRO is now supported across multiple browsers

In addition to the above outage, GeoWarehouse® has scheduled maintenance to POLARIS database the following weekend: Friday, December 7 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, December 9 at 9 a.m.

Please note that during this window, you will be able to use GeoWarehouse® to conduct property searches and to purchase e-store products other than statutory reports (Parcel Register, instrument images, and plans).

GeoWarehouse® appreciates your patience and understanding; if you have any questions call 416.360.7542 or 1.866.237.5937, or email

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RAHB Annual Election Meeting

Have you received your RAHB Annual Election Meeting (AEM) package? It was e-mailed to all voting members yesterday, Tuesday November 20. The package includes all the information you need about the election and the meeting agenda. You can also view it by clicking on the button below.

Here’s how the election process will shape up between now and the election meeting:

Tuesday November 27- Thursday, November 29                         Electronic voting available
Monday, December 3                                                                         Deadline for receipt of proxies
Wednesday, December 5                                                                   Annual Election Meeting

Plan to come to RAHB’s Annual Election Meeting on December 5!  On the agenda are:

  • CREA President Barb Sukkau: Keeping the Preferred Choice for Consumers
  • CREA General Counsel Bill Harrington: The Business of Ethics – What’s In It For Me?
  • Proposed Bylaw amendments
  • Election Meeting
  • Installation of 2019 Board of Directors
  • Presentation of Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker
  • RAHB Year in Review

Royal Botanical Gardens
8:45 a.m.              Registration
9:30 a.m.              Meeting begins

Check the election package for complete details about the election timeline, the meeting agenda and candidates for election to the 2019 Board of Directors which are listed alphabetically and not by rank.

To Voting Package



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RAHB REALTORS® Release October Statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington reported 1,035 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in October, 2018.

Please click here to read the full report.

Follow the links below for:




Niagara North

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Habitat for Humanity Hamilton Needs Your Help

On October 15, Habitat for Humanity Hamilton experienced a massive theft when over $10,000 worth of supplies and equipment was stolen from its warehouse. Items taken include compressors, saws, nail guns, cordless drills and copper pipe. Habitat for Humanity was in the midst of building a home in downtown Hamilton on Wilson Street and the theft will affect that, as well as other projects.

Habitat for Humanity Hamilton is appealing to the community for donations of new or slightly used tools, as well as monetary contributions. The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington will be donating financially to the organization, and if you would personally like to donate please call 905-560-6707, or e-mail their CEO Sean Ferris directly at

More Information


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Do You Have Questions About Your RAHB Account?

You can review your current – and past – RAHB invoices, print the invoices and even print your full 2018 invoice of charges, payments and HST paid to RAHB any time you want – it’s easy!

1. From your Single Sign On (SSO) dashboard at, click on the RAHB Education/Account Services icon (it’s in the second row of icons on your dashboard).




2. Sign in to your account (this is a temporary step until full launch of this member portal).






Note:  Contact Corporate Services at 905.529.8101 for assistance if your password doesn’t work.

3(a).  When you are on the new Member Portal, look for Account Balances in the upper right of the screen:



Click on Pay Now. Don’t worry – you don’t have to pay your account right away! Clicking on this button will allow you to see your account details.

3(b).  Alternatively, instead of clicking on Pay Now, you can hover over the green Member tab at the top of the page, and choose My Account to view your account. This will take you to the same page as using the Pay Now link.



4. On your My Account page, you will see your monthly charges. If you see only the current month, these are charges you are accruing during this month. These charges have not yet been billed, so you do not owe this amount yet.

If, however, you see more than one month, then the earlier months have not yet been paid, and you owe those amounts.

(You can pay your invoice amounts by selecting the document numbers you would like to pay, then clicking on the green Pay $ button. You will enter your credit card number, security code and expiration date – the rest of the information about you will be pre-populated.  Click on the Next button to process your payment. Once your payment is processed, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.)

5. To view the details of your current or past account information, click on the Date Range History tab at the top of the page.





6. Insert the date range you wish – you can enter the dates or use the calendars to the right of the boxes. Once you click Update, you will see your all of your charges, payments and HST for the date range you specified. For your taxes next year, you will want to use January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.



7. Print your invoice using the Print icon at the top right of the page.



Note:  There is a History tab at the top of your page. You can use this button to view all charges/payment history inclusive of HST. Use the Date Range History tab as described in steps five, six and seven to view/print your payment history with the HST broken out.




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