Giving is a hole-in-one for Good Shepherd

Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centres are known for their passionate community efforts, and they were also the big winner at a golf tournament held in June by the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB). The Association presented a cheque to Good Shepherd for $6,729.92, the amount raised at 2018 RAHB Charity Golf Tournament.

“The real winner of the golf tournament is our community,” says June Brooke of Good Shepherd. “This generous donation will go a long way to supporting the services we provide.”

Good Shepherd is the largest provider of human and social services in the Greater Hamilton area. Its work is based on a commitment to restoring hope and dignity to the most vulnerable members of the community.

“Hamilton-Burlington REALTORS® enjoyed a beautiful day on the course, and the proceeds from that day will support vital programs and shelter for those at greatest risk,” says RAHB President Jack Loft, “It’s a wonderful win-win.”

Good Shepherd’s services includes emergency food and clothing services; emergency shelter for men, youth, women and children, and families; mental health crisis support; education; transitional and supportive housing programs; senior support; and hospice palliative care.

RAHB is proud supporter of local shelter-related organizations in the Greater Hamilton-Burlington and outlying regions in the Association’s market area. For more information, please visit www.rahb.ca/givingback/.

 

Left to right:  RAHB CEO George O’Neill; Good Shepherd Special Projects Coordinator June Brooke;
RAHB President Jack Loft

Brokers of Record / Managers Meeting Update

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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Save That Date!

RAHB’s ProDev+ (Professional Development Plus) will be coming your way on Tuesday, September 25, 2018! This full-day event will include an education program, expanded exhibitor hall and interactive networking time to unwind after a busy, information-packed day.

Watch for more details in upcoming issues of NewsReal, but for now – save that date!

 

 

RAHB REALTORS® Release June Stats

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,257 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in June, 14.2 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 19.2 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month.

Please click here to read the full report.

Follow the links below for:

 

Update Your Profile in the New Member Portal!

When you go to RAHB Education/Account Services, review your profile information and make sure your information is complete and up-to-date. You can edit your member profile information whenever you have a change of address, new website URL, new e-mail address, etc. It’s easy!

When you are in RAHB Education/Education Account Services home page, look for your member profile on the left-hand side of the page.

If information is missing, incomplete or incorrect, click on the Edit button to the right of the My Profile title:

Alternately, you could point to the Member button on the home page header and select My Profile.

Then go through your personal information listed in the fields presented to you, add or update information and then click on Update at the bottom of the page.

Please note that fields marked with an asterisk – which will all be populated for you – are mandatory; you can change the information in the field, but you cannot remove information or leave it blank.

If you have questions about how to change your information on the new Member Portal, contact Justin Hayes at the RAHB office at 905.529.8101 x250.

Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between May 30 and June 26, 2018!

Ping Hsu
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals

Kris Ann Hunter
IPRO Realty Ltd.

Chad Hinks
Mara Pellegrino
Rebecca Goulet
Danielle Stutzmann
Ashleen Smith
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Helen Keser
Mark Doyle
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Katrina Thandi
Minrate Realty Inc.

David Francisco
Property.ca Realty Inc.

Justin Kresina
Mike Dib
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc

Abdul Qayyum Butt
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Nicholas Fortunato
RE/MAX Escarpment Golfi Realty Inc.

Debbie Cooper
RE/MAX Escarpment Lisa Weber Realty Inc.

Brenda Sabine-Green
RE/MAX Realty Enterprises Inc.

Esther Seong
Stephanie Hubraj
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Francesca Guaiana
Nicole Jennings
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Lefteri Savidis-Georgio
Royal LePage State Realty

Shawn Kelly
Derek Barker
StreetCity Realty Inc.

Shauna Strachan
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.

Melanie Hague
Your Choice Realty Corp.

City of Hamilton Sign By-Laws

All members received the following e-mail on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

RAHB members have asked us to find ways to improve professionalism across our association to ensure members are treating not only their fellow practitioners with the utmost respect, but also the public.  Your RAHB Board of Directors has, in fact, made increasing member professionalism one of our top five strategic priorities for the next three years.

We and the City of Hamilton By-Law office have recently noticed an increase in signage infractions throughout Hamilton. Specifically of concern is an increase in the number of open house directional signs within intersections and along roadways. This is outlined in Sign By-Law 10-197 (Real Estate Signs).

Under Section 5.11.2. (i), an open house directional sign, that is a temporary, free-standing sign advertising an open house, is prohibited except:

  • Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. of the day of the open house;
  • With a maximum sign area of 0.5 m2;
  • Not displayed on a traffic island or median or attached to a light standard or utility pole; and
  • At least 0.3 m from a sidewalk

RAHB understands this by-law to mandate that there should be only one directional open house sign within an intersection, per property, within the noted time parameters.

See below for examples of violations of the by-law.

In an effort to curb these infractions and to increase professionalism, we have met with the City of Hamilton and will be working closely with them to ensure this by-law is enforced.

We support the City of Hamilton in their efforts, including but not limited to the removal of signs that violate the by-law. We also support the City of Hamilton to conduct blitzes on weekends to enforce the by-law for RAHB members, as well as non-members.

We also encourage our RAHB members to anonymously report real estate sign by-law violations throughout the City of Hamilton. To do so, please collect the information, take a photo of the infraction, and send it to Angela at angelam@rahb.ca.

Additional information on the City of Hamilton’s sign by-law can be found on our blog at https://blog.rahb.ca/?p=9628.

Angela in the RAHB office can also answer any of your questions via phone at 905.529.8101 x233.

Thank you in advance for your compliance with these important by-laws, as well as your support in enforcement. Raising professionalism is good for all members.

Happy Canada Day!

The RAHB Board of Directors and staff wish you a happy and safe Canada Day!

Upcoming RAHB Office Closures

Monday, July 2 (Canada Day)
Monday, August 6 (Civic Holiday)
Monday, September 3 (Labour Day)

 

Community Open Forum Highlights

The spring RAHB Community Open Forums held through the month of June have wrapped up!

Members who attended received a wealth of information; in addition to RAHB updates by RAHB CEO George O’Neill, each open forum featured presentations by speakers local to the respective communities.

Caledonia and Dunnville:
Both events featured guest speaker Jaymie Nelson, a Senior Economic Development Officer for Haldimand County. Jaymie’s presentation looked at economic development and tourism initiatives – use the links below to view her presentation as well as additional information about development in Haldimand County:

Jaymie Nelson’s Slide Presentation Haldimand County Community Profile Haldimand County Map Request Form

 

Grimsby:
The Grimsby Community Open Forum featured two representatives from the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC):  Nancy Mott, who spoke about the Commission and Niagara Escarpment Plan, and John Stuart, who went through the Development Permit application process.

Use the links below to view the presentations by Nancy and John, as well as to access an interactive map of the Niagara Escarpment, the NEC website and information about Development Permits.

Nancy Mott’s Slide Presentation John Stuart’s Slide Presentation
Interactive Map NEC Website Development Permit Process

 

 

Lunch with the President!

RAHB President Jack Loft enjoyed lunch with Ron Lewyckyj (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.). Ron mentored Jack when he entered real estate 14 years ago. Ron would like to see RECO more involved in raising the professionalism of our members, and likes that our Board is making efforts to keep members informed and involved in decision making.

For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to president@rahb.ca.