On Saturday, January 19, RAHB hosted the 2019 Awards and Appreciation Gala at Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre. Despite the winter storm, all the guests who attended enjoyed a wonderful night of dinner, dancing and entertainment.
RAHB would like to extend a huge thank you to every member who volunteered their time in 2018 for a RAHB Committee and Task Force. Another thank you to the members of our 2018 Board of Directors who will be stepping down and a welcome to our new members for our 2019 Board of Directors!
Congratulations to the Winner of the Award of Merit; Gary Herron.
RAHB also recognized the Long Service Recipient.
25 Year (1993)
Carolyn Infurnari (RAHB Staff)
Ramzi Twal (Posthumously)
Dennis J. Williams
40 Year (1978)
Nancy Duce (RAHB Staff)
50 Year (1968)
This week the Ontario Regional Technology & Information Systems (ORTIS) group and the Ontario Collective™ announced they have signed an agreement to consolidate their two MLS® Systems into one. The consolidated system is expected to go live later this year. Note that this agreement relates only to the MLS® System – the participating boards/associations are not merging.
RAHB congratulates this effort and, as always, we look for ways for our REALTOR® members to access the broader Ontario real estate markets, and will share listings from within the RAHB market with others across Ontario on a reciprocal basis. Since August 2017, our members and those participating in ORTIS have shared all listings, helping over 8,000 REALTORS® better serve their clients.
Based on the contract we have in place with ORTIS, we expect their new arrangement with the Ontario Collective will provide our members access to listings across twelve additional boards/associations. To bridge the period until the consolidation occurs later this year, we are working with the Ontario Collective to put in place an interim data access arrangement, which we anticipate announcing this spring.
We will be sure to update you with new information as it arises, and we remain committed to our strategy of Providing Comprehensive Local MLS® Related Real Estate Market Data.
Update – More Rental Scams
Another rental scam (similar as to the one reported on January 16) has been reported to RAHB. A member found their listing, as well as others from their brokerage, posted online with the details stolen from REALTOR.ca. Please be aware of such scams and report them to the police if found.
Rental Scam Alert
A rental scam was recently brought to the attention of a local brokerage, whereby their for sale listing, was fraudulently posted for rent on Kijiji . The property detail was stolen from REALTOR.ca. The ad poster/scammer demanded rent up front from the renter. The renter became suspicious, and thankfully searched the property address, found the official listing, and called the listing REALTOR® to report. Please be aware of such scams.
Open House Thieves
On January 6, 2019, a REALTOR® hosted an open house at a condominium in Stoney Creek. During the open house, a mother and son entered entered who claimed they were interested in buying; however, throughout the open house the son broke into a cabinet and stole several items of value from the condo. The women was older (70/80 years old) with blond air and grey roots. The son was 35-40 years old, 5’8, with medium brown hair and a long beard. Please be vigilant during open houses and report incidents if they happen.
Please be advised that the URL for the City of Hamilton tax calculator has changed. The new URL is provided on Matrix, as well as the City of Hamilton’s website as http://taxcalculator.hamilton.ca/. Please disregard all other URL’s as they will not give the correct information.
For more information, please visit the City of Hamilton website: https://www.hamilton.ca/home-property-and-development/property-taxes/tax-calculator
Wishing every day of 2019 is filled with success, happiness and prosperity! Happy New Year from your RAHB staff and Board.
The 2018 Year End Review was sent to members on Friday, December 28, 2018 by Jack Loft, 2018 RAHB President, and George O’Neill, RAHB CEO. Click here to read the review.
The Hamilton Conservation Authority Board of Directors has approved the 2019 Plan Review and Permit Fee Schedule. Please view the schedule below.
RAHB President Jack Loft had an informative lunch today with John Lusink, the President of Right At Home Realty (the largest independent brokerage in Toronto). John is also a former Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) member. He is impressed with our hard working personnel at the Association, and the wide range of services we offer. John stressed the value of teamwork and professionalism. Jack was privileged to meet another of our engaged members!
As Jack’s last Lunch with the President, we thank Jack for his dedication to RAHB, members, professionalism and lunch!
RAHB has reserved digital ad boards throughout Hamilton this holiday season to promote local REALTORS® and OpenHouses.ca, and to simply wish everyone happy holidays.
RAHB is using this as an opportunity to test out the capabilities of these new digital ad boards. Unfortunately, Burlington, Haldimand and Niagara North do not have these types of digital boards, and so we were unable to place digital ads in these markets. We have included Haldimand and Burlington messaging on the boards throughout Hamilton. If the test is successful and we wish to place future ads we will be sure to place similar messaging on standard billboards. For this time frame, standard billboards within Burlington were not available.
These photos are of the ad boards on Upper James (by the HSR terminal) leading into Caledonia.
Other boards include those in the Ancaster Meadowlands, by Limeridge Mall, near the Heritage Green Shopping Centre, and the digital ad board at King and Dundurn.
Keep and eye out for these ads and please let us know what you think by e-mailing Wendy Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!