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RAHB Awards and Appreciation Gala

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)

Helen Arthur
Chris Bailey
Lucio Barcaroli
Leonardo Cascioli
Michael Cascioli
Colette Cooper
Carolyn Cornale
Ed Giles
Tanis Hall
Gary Herron
Andrea Iavarone
Carolyn Infurnari (RAHB Staff)
Elsie Jungas
Robin Lebel
Jackson Lee
Mike Malesevic
Donna Michalowski
Catherine Moffatt
Gordon Noble
Laurie Panchyshyn
James Parker
Brian Perchaluk
Lidia Petrunas
Nancy Picken-Roop
Brad Rayner
Joseph Rosati
Stefanie Schoeneberg
John Sebastiano
Victor Stanziani
Doug Tunis
Ramzi Twal (Posthumously)
Lori VanDinther
Robert Widdicombe
Dennis J. Williams
Drew Woolcott

40 Year (1978)

Ellen Boyce
Anthony Costa
Nancy Duce (RAHB Staff)
Anne Duff
Tom Rendall
Morris Turner
Judy Varga

50 Year (1968)

Sheila MacKenzie
David Minnick
Gabriel Riverso


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New VOW Forms

Three new forms pertaining to VOW’s are now uploaded and available to all members. The forms are found in Matrix under the Links tab and under the heading RAHB (see photo). The forms are titled RAHB RETS 3rd Party Agreement Form, RAHB Member VOW Contract and RAHB Seller VOW Opt-Out Form.


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ORTIS-Ontario Collective Data Sharing Agreement

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.

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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:




Niagara North

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Back by Popular Demand – Self-Protection Course

Please note that the self-protection course scheduled for January 17 is full however RAHB has organized another course with Rob Andress! Rob will be back at RAHB on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to teach Self Protection and Strategies to Avoid Violence for Real Estate Professionals.

To learn more about this course, please visit our website here.

A new education opportunity titled Seven Proven Steps to Help Estate Professionals Save Tax with speaker Cherry Chan will take place on Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. – Noon. As well we will have Maureen Tabuchi at RAHB on Monday, January 21 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon to speak towards Estate Planning – What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know.

Please click here to see all upcoming education opportunities.

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Warning to REALTORS®

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.


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Great Year of Lunches with the President – Message of Thanks to Jack Loft

Below is a message written to 2018 RAHB President, Jack Loft, from John Lusink, President at Right at Home Realty.
Thank you very much for inviting me out to lunch and for the update on what RAHB is doing for its members. In my 34+ years in real estate, I can honestly say this is the first time an Association President has done outreach like this.
Well done!
Merry Christmas, John Lusink.”
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City of Hamilton Tax Calculator

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

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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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OREA’s 2019 Standard Forms and Clauses

OREA has made revisions to the 2019 Standard Forms and Clauses (see revisions below) and the new forms are now available via CREA’s WEBForms®.

Please use these new forms immediately for any new webkits that need to be created. The cutoff date for use of the old forms is Friday, February 1, 2019, after which RAHB will no longer accept the 2018 forms.

As of February 1, the new forms will be available in the Realty Shoppe.

Due to an extensive number of OREA Forms revised in 2019 (many of which were minor, correction or housekeeping), we are identifying herein the 2019 OREA Forms NOT revised from 2018 to 2019.

OREA strongly encourages Members to always use the current year OREA Forms, to ensure they are using the most up to date and accurate OREA Forms & Clauses available. Further, OREA recommends Members retrieve their OREA FORMS from an OREA Forms Third Party Licensee source, to ensure again they are accessing the most up to date and accurate OREA Forms.


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New Year, New Directors

With the beginning of 2019, we welcome some new faces to our Board of Directors for 2019.

Hank Balfoort

Hank Balfoort


Hank Balfoort is a Broker at Right at Home Realty Inc. He has worked in organized real estate and been a member of RAHB for 15 years. Hank served on the RAHB Arbitration Committee during 2018 and he will bring his critical thinking and open mind to the RAHB Board in 2019.

Jacqueline Norton

Jacqueline Norton


Jacqueline Norton is a Salesperson at Realty Network: 100 Inc. She has worked in organized real estate and been a member of RAHB for 19 years. Jacqueline also worked for the City of Hamilton where she worked closely with the City Councillors, their committees and Council. Jacqueline is excited to help RAHB take on challenges in the year to come.

Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson


Andrew Robertson is a Broker of Record at Keller Williams Complete Realty. He has worked in organized real estate and been a member of RAHB for 13 years. Andrew previously served two years on RAHB’s Board of Directors and is excited to return to help RAHB in the coming year.

Julie Sergi

Julie Sergi


Julie Sergi is a Salesperson at Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services. She has worked in organized real estate and been a member of RAHB for 13 years. Julie sat on the RAHB Professionalism Task Force and Member Engagement Committee. Julie is very interested in keeping the professionalism of the RAHB Board as a top priority so the general public and RAHB membership continue to appreciate, respect and value the service RAHB REALTORS® offer.

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw


Brian Shaw is a Salesperson at Royal LePage State Realty. He has worked in organized real estate and been a RAHB member for eight years. Brian has served on RAHB’s Charity Auction Task Force as a co-chair for two years and as a member for five years. Brian hopes to continue to be a part of the positive change within RAHB and the community.

Nicolas von Bredow

Nicolas von Bredow


Nicolas von Bredow is a Broker at Royal LePage Macro Realty. He has worked in organized real estate and been a RAHB member for 13 years. Nic was the 2018 Chair of the Government Relations Committee and has served on other committees in the past. Nic looks forward to helping guide the Association into the future during 2019.

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RAHB REALTORS® release December statistics

Hamilton, ON (January 2, 2019) – The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 534 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in December, 2018.

Please click here to read the full report.

Follow the links below for:




Niagara North


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Have You Moved Recently?

When you move it’s important that your new address is updated with RAHB.
Members have experienced issues when they use their credit card to pay their RAHB account, and the address on their account (which comes from their membership records) does not match the address the credit card company has on file. Unfortunately payment is declined because of this.
To avoid this happening to you, please ensure your address is up-to-date with RAHB. You can contact one of our corporate services staff, or log in to the Member Portal (sign in to my.rahb.ca and click on RAHB Education/Account Services) and update your member profile.
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2018 Year End Review

We hope you and yours are enjoying a safe and happy holiday season!
As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on what your Association has accomplished on your behalf this past year. Your Board of Directors and RAHB staff worked to improve services for you, which will allow you to better serve your clients and customers:
  • OpenHouses.ca now includes all local active listings – not just open houses.


  • We investigated how to increase professionalism among members and have taken steps, through Professional Development offerings and collaboration with the City of Hamilton (re: signage bylaw compliance), to more fully inform members on ethical and professional issues.
  • We continued to improve and expand on how we connect with members:  Lunch with the President, video updates for members immediately following each Board of Directors meeting, Broker of Record meeting updates, weekly NewsReal newsletter, social media campaigns and even more videos.
As 2018 President and CEO, we are pleased to report that:
  • Your monthly service fees in 2019 will be reduced from $39 per month to $38 effective January 1, 2019. This is the second year in a row that we have reduced your fees while maintaining or expanding services to you.
  • This year saw the greatest number of RAHB members on record. We hit a high of 3,167 members at year end, the highest on record for RAHB making us the second largest real estate board/association in Ontario, clearly indicating REALTORS® value what we offer.
Please watch for more information about what your Board of Directors and Association accomplished for you in the 2018 Annual Report, coming your way in the first quarter of 2019.
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year.
Jack Loft                                                       George O’Neill
2018 RAHB President                                   RAHB CEO
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Happy New Year!

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.

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Welcome New Members

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our Association between November 28, 2018 and December 21, 2018.

Lionet Hasbury
Century 21 Dreams Inc.

Valentina Shayba
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd.

Vlad Andriuca
City Brokerage

Jonas Martin
Coldwell Banker Momentum Realty

Hassan Rasul
Grand Victoria Realty Inc.

Rohit Luthra
Ranjit Samra
Keller Williams Complete Realty

May Sukru
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Sonya Arndt
Patricia Williams
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Mark Bullen
RE/MAX Escarpment Frank Realty

Veronika Tisson
Right At Home Realty Inc.

Dominic Pine
Kelly Buckminster
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

Vanessa Moreno
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.

Gaelen Patrick
Sutton Group Realty Systems

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Lunch with the President!

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!
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