Changes Made to RAHB’s MLS® Marketing Options Policies

Change to RAHB Rule and Regulation, Section 10 Advertising – 10.03

RAHB Rules and Regulations, Section 10 – Advertising, Sub-section 10.03 has been amended.  All RAHB members must comply with all City Bylaws when placing signs on properties.  As each Municipality has their own specific times and locations, this amendment clearly outlines that all signs placed on properties must comply with all City Bylaws.

10.03      Signs giving notice of sale, rent, lease, development, exchange or open house shall not be placed on any property by more than one Brokerage, unless authorized by the Seller. Signs may only be erected on locations that conform with municipal and provincial sign legislation, all applicable laws, regulations, codes and bylaws. A Member shall not interfere with another Brokerage’s sign, unless such property is subsequently listed by said Member.

Changes Made to RAHB’s MLS® Marketing Options Policies

RAHB’s MLS® Marketing Options Policies have been amended as shown below due to changes with the listing forms and business rules, which allow users who have been granted broker load privileges to cancel their own listing(s).

1.Members may list:

  • A property on the MLS® system on as up to 5 different property information forms types with only one contract being required; the appropriate listing fee for each Property Information Form will apply; or
  • Members may list a commercial property on multiple Commercial Property Information Forms with only one contract required provided each form has a different “Commercial Property Type” selected.

8.Multiple Contracts and PIF’s Single Property; when a Sale is being reported on a listing, all additional listings must be cancelled by way of a Cancellation of Listing Agreement signed by the Seller and Broker. The cancellation must be received by RAHB processed the same day as the report of sale or a $100 fine will be levied to the member for each listing. This includes listings offered for

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Aerial Photo Images – Are they in Compliance?

Recently there has been an increase in aerial photos to advertise and market listings.  Both RAHB and CREA have policies regarding the use of multi-media photo images. Please review the policies below to ensure you are in compliance. Any photo images that do not comply may be reviewed and removed by RAHB and/or CREA.

RAHB MLS® Rules and Regulations:

Section 7 – MLS® Data and Other Board Publications

Associations Website

7.19  REALTOR.ca is a member developed and financed site, the purpose of which is to augment the member-to-member Board MLS® Systems. This policy ensures that the member-to-member aspect is respected on REALTOR.ca and on direct multimedia links from REALTOR.ca to facilitate ongoing member participation on the site. Further, this policy ensures that REALTOR.ca displays information that consumers expect to see based on the link they wish to use. It is inappropriate to use links for any other purpose than what they are intended for. It is also not appropriate to have an advertisement of private sales on webpages linked directly from multimedia links. For the purpose of this policy, “advertisement of private sales” means calling to the attention of the public that a listing is a private sale.

Examples of advertisement of private sales would include, but are not limited to:

  • Any reference to “selling privately”
  • References to dealing directly with the seller e.g. for showings, offers, etc.
  • For Sale By Owner branded marketing materials e.g. a brochure that refers to or is branded with the logo or name of a FSBO company
  • Directions or links to a FSBO company or website or otherwise referring to a FSBO company.

Seller contact information is itself a form of advertisement of private sales and should not appear on webpages linked directly from multimedia links. Advertisement of private sales, including seller contact information, is permitted on the REALTOR®’s own website or his or her brokerage website (subject to the Seller Contact Information policy set out above).

  1. Each field provided through the upload for multimedia links must be used as a link to the identified service and must contain only property-specific information.

Field 63 – alternate feature sheet
Field 64 – virtual tour
Field 65 – sound bites
Field 66 – sales brochure
Field 67 – additional photos
Field 84 – Board preferred map service to locate property

RAHB’ MLS® Policies – Photos/ Images

  1. Photos submitted with any overlay of text will not be accepted; with the exception of sketches.
  2. Photos with people and/or their direct image will be subject to review by the MLS® Department; and may be refused or removed. This includes, but is not limited to, photo slots or other media; and or attachments.
  3. Photos/images uploaded to RAHB’s MLS® system will not be accepted if they include embellishments, including but not limited to advertising, marketing as related to the salesperson, broker or brokerage.

CREA MTC Policies:

Use of Multimedia Links

  1. Each field provided through the upload for multimedia links must be used as a link to the identified service and must contain only property-specific information.

CREA PRIVACY

Taking pictures of houses for use in marketing materials could raise privacy concerns.

For additional information regarding Privacy (PIPEDA), CREA has provided additional resources on REALTORlink® and can be viewed by clicking here.

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Issue – REALTOR.ca Personal Photos

An issue with the REALTOR.ca app has been brought to our attention, and CREA is currently investigating.

If REALTORS® upload their personal photo to appear on REALTOR.ca, when users are using the REALTOR.ca app on an iPhone, their personal photo will not appear.

We will update this message when this issue has been resolved or we receive additional information from CREA.

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GeoWarehouse Updates Terms of Use: Changes to Square Footage Displayed on Public Websites

Dear RAHB members, This week RAHB was notified by GeoWarehouse that as of Friday, July 19, 2019 they will be enforcing their Updated Terms of Use and Conditions, whereby the square footage value obtained through “public records” (such as MPAC) will be displayed as a range on public websites (REALTOR.ca, client portals and CREA’s DDF destinations), as opposed to an exact size. Exact square footage amounts will continue to be displayed within RAHB’s MLS® System for members to view. This change only affects what is displayed on public websites. It will not affect how you or your staff input data into our MLS® System. RAHB staff have worked to ensure the range displays as per GeoWarehouse’s Updated Terms of Use and Conditions. As of Friday, July 19, 2019, when an exact square footage amount is entered and “public records” is selected, the square footage will automatically be displayed publicly as a range. When a RAHB member has selected any other source (builder plans, floor plans, LBO provided, other) it will continue to be uploaded to REALTOR.ca, client portals and other DDF destinations as an exact size, and will remain in RETS data feeds. Please note: As of Friday, July 19, 2019, all GeoWarehouse users will be required to accept the Updated Terms of Use and Conditions to gain access to GeoWarehouse. We take this opportunity to remind RAHB members that you have a responsibility to ensure all information inputted within the MLS® System is accurate and that you have the legal authority to input that information. If you have any questions, please contact the MLS® Help Desk at mls@rahb.ca.

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GeoWarehouse® Classic

After two years of launching the NEW GeoWarehouse, GeoWarehouse® has announced they are ready to retire the old version (GeoWarehouse Classic). This is scheduled for September 30, 2019.

GeoWarehouse is committed to ensuring a smooth transition and will offer a wide range of training options.

There are a number of self-assist resources to help with this transition, from manuals to guides, to a new interactive video library. Below you will find the links to some resources.

Quick Reference Guide

Tips & Tricks

Training Videos

User Guide

Webinar Calendar

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New MLS® Policy and Change to the Cooperating Brokerage Commission Field

The current Cooperating Brokerage Commission field allows up to 22 characters.  Beginning on May 23, 2019, the field will be expanded to allow up to 200 characters. This change is being made to ensure the cooperating brokerage commission data is available for Virtual Office Websites (VOWs), as set out by the Competition Tribunal Order.
Along with the change to the number of characters allowed in this field, the Board of Directors have approved the following new MLS® policy that will also take effect on May 23, 2019 as follows:
Miscellaneous
23. The Cooperating Commission field must contain either a dollar amount and or a percentage. “See Remarks” is not acceptable. Any additional comments or details pertaining to the cooperating brokerage commission must be entered in the Cooperating Commission Comments field, not the REALTOR® remarks.
This means on May 23, 2019, any current active listings on the MLS® system and any new listings entered should ensure the cooperating brokerage commission is appearing ONLY in the “Commission to Cooperating Brokerage” field, not in the REALTOR® remarks.  Not following the new MLS® policy will mean your listing may not be in compliance with the Competition Tribunal Order. 
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RAHB REALTORS® release February 2019 statistics

Hamilton, ON (March 1, 2019) – The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 735 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in February, 2019. This is a 4 per cent drop from February last year; however, a 24 per cent increase over January 2019. The average price was up from February 2018 by 1.9 per cent to $557,135.

Please click here to read the full release.

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

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Selling Date – Correct Usage

Please note that when reporting a sale, the Selling Date field is used to report the date on which an accepted agreement becomes an unconditional sale.  If the accepted agreement has no conditions this would be date of acceptance.  If the accepted agreement includes conditions this would be the date that all conditions have been waived or fulfilled. RAHB staff has noticed a number of listing where this field was used to display the date when a conditional agreement was reached. This can lead to incorrect and misleading information on the MLS®. As per RAHB’s MLS® Policies:

“9.01 An important part of the inherent value of the Association’s MLS® System is the transaction data accumulated for sales of listed properties. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all Members to ensure, regardless of their business model, that property sold information for properties listed on the Association’s MLS® System, including the reporting of conditionally sold properties and sale prices, be reported to the Association. Members are not permitted to avoid these reporting responsibilities to the Association by, for example, cancellation of a Listing between receipt (or anticipated receipt) and acceptance of an Offer, or encouraging a Seller to do so. Accordingly, the Listing Brokerage will report by Broker Load all sales and conditional sales for Broker Loaded MLS® Listings effected during the Listing term and during the holdover period of an MLS® Listing, within two (2) Association business days following written acceptance of any Offer by the Seller. If the MLS® Listing is Board Loaded, the sale or conditional sale must be submitted in writing within two(2) Association business days following written acceptance of any Offer by the Seller. Power of Sale and commercial sales shall be reported not later than two (2) Association business days after closing.”

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (905)667-4650 or support@rahb.ca.

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RAHB REALTORS® Revised Year-End Statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) has released revised 2018 year-end market data and reports. Double listings were discovered within the 2017 data, resulting in the sales and listings figures being higher than what actually took place during that time period. Double listings declined after August 2017 due to the RAHB-ORTIS data sharing agreement.

In the revised data, RAHB reports 11,584 all-property sales through the Association’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2018, 13.7 per cent fewer sales than in 2017. Click here to read the entire release.

Follow the links for the revised 2018 year-end stats reports:

Burlington

Hamilton

Haldimand

Niagara North

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RAHB REALTORS® Release January 2019 Statistics

Hamilton, ON (February 4, 2019) – The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 593 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in January, 2019. This is a 3.6 per cent drop from the same month last year. The average price was up by 4.7 per cent to $550,058.

Please click here to read the full release.

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

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RAHB RELEASES YEAR-END MARKET STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 11,882 all-property sales through the Association’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2018, 17.5 per cent fewer sales than in 2017. Click here to read the entire report.

Follow the links below for more 2018 year-end stats:

Burlington

Hamilton

Haldimand

Niagara North

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Social Media Hashtags for Real Estate

When listing a property for sale on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), RAHB would like to encourage members to use the hashtags #HamOntRealEstate, #BurlOnRealEstate and #RAHB.
Using these hashtags will help gain momentum online and will create a feed of public posts for the public to view.
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