Dear fellow RAHB members,

ORTIS and the Ontario Collective (OC) are currently working to establish a joint MLS® system for their combined membership. I am pleased to inform you that RAHB has been successful in obtaining confirmation from the Transition Board of the combined ORTIS/OC group regarding an extension of the data-sharing agreement we currently have with ORTIS.

RAHB and ORTIS entered into a data-sharing agreement in August 2017, and this will extend to the Boards and Associations of the OC once the new entity is officially established. This will ensure that RAHB members, and all members of the ORTIS and OC Boards and Associations, will enjoy uninterrupted access to region-wide data for the foreseeable future.

We believe that data-sharing with ORTIS has worked very well over the past two years, providing members of RAHB with full access to ORTIS data, and all members of ORTIS with full access to RAHB data. The current members of ORTIS are:

  • Brantford Regional Real Estate Association
  • Cambridge Association of REALTORS® Inc.
  • Guelph and District Association of REALTORS®
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®
  • Niagara Association of REALTORS®
  • The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
  • Simcoe and District Real Estate Board
  • Barrie and District Association of REALTORS®
  • Huron Perth Association of REALTORS
  • Mississauga Real Estate Board

Below are the Boards and Associations of the OC, to which RAHB members will also have uninterrupted data access once the combined ORTIS/OC MLS® system is established:

  • Bancroft & Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association Inc.
  • London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®
  • North Bay Real Estate Board
  • Northumberland Hills Association of REALTORS®
  • Peterborough and The Kawarthas Association of REALTORS® Inc.
  • Quinte & District Association of REALTORS® Inc.
  • REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound
  • Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®
  • The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®
  • Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board
  • Woodstock-Ingersoll & District Real Estate Board.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank RAHB members for your patience and support during our discussions with ORTIS. I am also grateful to ORTIS and the OC for continuing our partnership. This agreement reflects a well-established, industry-wide consensus on the importance of data-sharing.

And I would also like to take this opportunity to remind RAHB members that the RAHB Office is closed on Monday, September 2 for Labour Day. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe long weekend.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the RAHB Office at 905.529.8101 if you have questions.

Bob Van de Vrande, B.Comm., M.B.A., B.Ed.
2019 RAHB President
REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington

Kathy Della-Nebbia
2019 RAHB President Elect
REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington