With the beginning of 2019, we welcome some new faces to our Board of Directors for 2019.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
- Monthly statistics packages have been upgraded and expanded to include more – and more comprehensive – regional information, as well as CREA’s Home Price Index.
- OpenHouses.ca now includes all local active listings – not just open houses.
- Our member value package, RAHB Advantage, was developed to provide you, and in some cases your clients, with discounts not available to the general public.
- RAHB acted quickly to put in place Virtual Office Website (VOW) rules and regulations to enable our members to comply with the Supreme Court of Canada decision and the Competition Bureau’s view that the ruling against TREB applies to all boards/associations.
- 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.
- Government relations remained an important focus with our work against rental licensing in Hamilton, as well as advocacy at Queen’s Park and on Parliament Hill.
- RAHB offered various networking and professional development options through member meetings, spring and fall Open Forums, ProDev+, Real Estate Outlook 2019 and Broker of Record meetings.
- 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.
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!
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.
Congratulations to RAHB’s newest Directors:
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)
Kathy Della Nebbia
The new Board was installed by CREA President Barb Sukkau at the Annual Election Meeting
CREA President Barb Sukkau discussed the approval for sold information to be displayed on REALTOR.ca (with agreement from individual boards and associations) and how CREA will keep REALTOR.ca the number one choice for consumers.
Professionalism and Ethics
CREA General Counsel Bill Harrington discussed the importance of members individually and collectively adhering to ethical practice in their businesses.
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.
Scholarships in Memory of Karan Barker were awarded to five sons and daughters of RAHB members.
Congratulations to Hank Balfoort, Jacqueline Norton, Andrew Robertson, Julie Sergi, Brian Shaw and Nicolas von Bredow on their election to the RAHB Board of Directors for 2019!
Winner of the Chili Cookoff, Nicolas Von Bredow
All the candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors.
Top row (left to right) Jim Duschl, Brian Shaw, Andrew Robertson, Hank Balfoort
Bottom row (left to right) Jacquelin Norton, Nicolas von Bredow, Julie Sergi
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 REALTOR.ca 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.
2019 RAHB Election Candidates
Hank Balfoort, Broker, Right at Home Realty Inc.
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Jim Duschl, Salesperson, RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.
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Jacqueline Norton, Salesperson, Realty Network: 100 Inc.
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Andrew Robertson, Broker of Record, Keller Williams Complete Realty
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Julie Sergi, Salesperson, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services
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Brian Shaw, Salesperson, Royal LePage State Realty
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Nicolas von Bredow, Broker, Royal LePage Macro Realty
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RAHB Election Meeting
Mark your calendar for the Annual Election Meeting to be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5 at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:45 a.m.
How to Vote Online
Advance electronic voting is available November 27, 28 and 29, 2018 commencing a 12:01 a.m. and ending 11:59 p.m. To vote, please visit http://evoting.rahb.ca/ElectionList.aspx. Video presentations from the candidates and candidates’ profiles (listed alphabetically, and not by rank) are also available on this site.
Hope to see you at any or all of the above events!
2018 Nomination Committee Chair
Meet the candidates for the upcoming RAHB Board of Directors election as RAHB members battle it out in a chili cookoff to see who will reign Chili Supreme! Taste and vote on your favourite chili as you learn about the election process. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet the candidates and ask the candidates questions prior to the opening of electronic voting.
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: RAHB Office (Lower Level Rooms)
505 York Blvd, Hamilton, L8R 3K4
RAHB President Jack Loft recently had a healthy lunch with Darlene and Wayne Foster of Royal LePage Signature. Wayne is also a pilot with Air Canada and he was preparing for a flight to Paris. Darlene and Wayne opened an office in downtown Stoney Creek and invited Jack to have lunch across the street at The Powerhouse Restaurant. Both Darlene and Wayne want to ramp up professionalism in the industry, they want to see an adherence to sign by-laws and advertising. Darlene is not too sure about electronic lock boxes but she may be willing to try!
For your chance to have lunch with the RAHB President, please e-mail your name to email@example.com.