Update – MPAC / Display of Public Source Square Footage Data

Good morning RAHB members,

 

Thank you for all of your feedback regarding the MPAC/display of public source square footage data that was communicated last week. We heard you, and felt your frustration, and we have an update to share.

 

First, we want to highlight that RAHB did not voluntarily suppress public source square footage data from displaying on the MLS®. MPAC hastily imposed their decision to enforce the Terms and Conditions of Use regarding square footage, by advising that posting on the MLS® exact (actual) square footage – from any source – has been and will continue to be expressly prohibited.

 

Further, Teranet – as the exclusive provider of MPAC data through GeoWarehouse – provided very short notice to boards and associations of this prohibition. Although this is not a new rule or change by MPAC – this has always been within their Terms and Conditions of Use, but has never been enforced – RAHB was given less than a week’s notice to interpret and adhere to these demands.

 

Based on RAHB’s legal obligation to comply with MPAC/Teranet’s Terms and Conditions of Use, and to protect the Association and RAHB members from liability and breach of contract, the decision was made to no longer display or allow the choice of “Public Records” as a square footage source.

 

After meetings with MPAC, Teranet, ITSO and OREA, as well as hearing feedback from RAHB members, it has been decided to display historical public source square footage data internally for RAHB members. This is now in effect.

 

However, this is only an interim measure. It should be noted that MPAC’s Terms and Conditions of Use have not been amended; RAHB and its members remain at risk.

 

Additionally, RAHB cautions members in using public record/MPAC values as the sole source for square footage data. Instead, we advise that MPAC-sourced data only be used to validate property measurements that you have obtained using other verifiable methods.

 

RAHB continues to work in close collaboration with ITSO and OREA, as well as MPAC and Teranet, to research the matter for additional avenues, as well as determine a more permanent resolution. RAHB will inform and update members on this issue as changes are made.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the MLS® Help Desk at support@rahb.ca.

 

Thank you again for the feedback we received. Your engagement with RAHB helps to guide the Association and the real estate profession.

Update – MPAC / Square Foot Issue

As was communicated earlier this week by RAHB, as of Friday, September 18, 2020, MPAC is enforcing their Terms and Conditions of Use. This affects square footage data within the MPAC propertyline™ reports available through GeoWarehouse. This is not a new rule or change by MPAC – this has always been within their Terms and Conditions of Use; however, they are now enforcing it.

 

On Thursday, September 17, RAHB met with members of ITSO (formerly ORTIS/OC) and OREA to discuss the issue. All three groups are in agreement that ranges were not ideal representations of the data because they do not represent accurate and validated data. It was also agreed that MPAC’s information regarding square footage should not be relied upon as accurate data for that field – it should only be used as a tool to provide a reference point to assist in validation of the correct information.

 

Mandatory square footage remains in effect; however, RAHB no longer displays or allows the choice of “Public Records” (i.e. MPAC) as a square footage source. This decision was made based on research conducted by RAHB, ITSO and OREA.

 

Independently obtaining and verifying the accuracy of measurement for your listing:

 

 

In addition, it follows CREA’s REALTOR® Code, Article 4 – A REALTOR® has an obligation to discover facts pertaining to a property which a prudent REALTOR® would discover in order to avoid error or misrepresentation. https://www.crea.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-REALTOR-Code.pdf

 

To help RAHB members comply with enforcement, below is a list of third-party vendors who measure/provide square footage. Please note that RAHB does not endorse or recommend the below vendors – this is a resource list for members to research.

 

 

RAHB members can also conduct the measurements themselves and use builder floor plans.

 

All measurements need to be accurate and defensible.

 

RAHB will continue to work in collaboration with ITSO and OREA to research the matter for additional options and solutions. RAHB will inform and update members as the situation changes.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the MLS® Help Desk at support@rahb.ca.

 

Teranet provided an FAQ, which could be helpful during this time. To access the FAQ, please click the below button.

TeranetFAQ

RAHB Renovations, Historical Tear Sheets and Furniture

RAHB is pleased to announce that, beginning this fall, the main floor offices of the building will be renovated for the first time since the last major renovation in 1997.  RAHB’s main floor tenant recently expressed an interest to enter into a long-term lease that will increase the size of their office space and install a private bathroom for their unit at no cost to RAHB. This tenant’s requirement for additional commercial office space presented RAHB with a unique opportunity to fulfill the expansion needs of an excellent tenant and increase non-dues revenue for RAHB over an extended number of years, while also renovating and optimizing RAHB’s office space to create a more productive and contemporary work environment. The Board of Directors approved the new tenant lease and the RAHB renovations at their meeting on September 2, 2020.

Staff have continued to work remotely since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as currently recommended by Hamilton Public Health, and are well-positioned to provide uninterrupted service to members over the next several months while renovations take place.

As part of the renovations, the historical files within the RAHB Resource Centre will be disposed of in the next few weeks (as is in keeping with best practice at associations/boards throughout Canada), the filing cabinet will be removed/repurposed, and the older furniture and accessories will be sold. Moving forward, the historical data can be found online (i.e. within RAHB database; GeoWarehouse, etc.).

Information and updates regarding the renovations and furniture (which will be made available for members to purchase) will be forthcoming as details are finalized.

Although the main floor of the RAHB office will remain closed, the Realty Shoppe continues to serve members via phone-in and online orders, with curb-side pick-up Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Plans are underway to open the physical RAHB Realty Shoppe to members in the future – dependent upon public health COVID-19 guidelines.

Thank you for your patience during this time. We are excited to transform the RAHB space for members and staff as we move closer to celebrating RAHB’s 100-year anniversary in 2021.

RAHB REALTORS® RELEASE AUGUST 2020 STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,272 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in August 2020. Sales are down 21.14 per cent over last month and up 12.7 per cent over August of last year. New listings are down 16.1 per cent over July 2020 and up 7.3 per cent over last August. The average price for residential properties was $694,690, which is up 0.24 per cent from last month and up 16.3 per cent from August 2019. The number of active listings for the month was down 18.6 per cent over last year.

*The news release will be posted to www.rahb.ca/market-stats/ on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.*

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

RAHB REALTORS® RELEASE JULY 2020 MARKET STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,613 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in July 2020. Sales are up 23.7 per cent over last month and up 27.8 per cent over July of last year. New listings are up 15.5 per cent over June 2020 and up 8.8 per cent over last July. The average price for residential properties was $692,999, which is up 2.6 per cent from last month and up 16.3 per cent from July 2019. The number of active listings for the month was down 21.4 per cent over last year.

*The news release will be posted to www.rahb.ca/market-stats/ on Wednesday, August 5.*

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

RAHB REALTORS® RELEASE JUNE 2020 MARKET STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,304 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in June 2020. Sales are up 53 per cent over last month, and are down only 0.2 per cent over June of last year. The average price for residential properties was $675,223, which is up 13.7 per cent from June 2019, and up 3 per cent from last month.

*The news release will be posted to www.rahb.ca/market-stats/ on Friday, July 3.*

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

RAHB REALTORS® RELEASE MAY 2020 MARKET STATISTICS

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 852 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in May 2020. Sales are down 42.2 per cent over May 2019, and up 43.4 per cent over last month. The average price for residential properties was $655,418, which is up 10 per cent from May last year, and up 6.3 per cent from last month.

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

RAHB REALTORS® release April 2020 market statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 482 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in April 2020. Sales are down 63.4 per cent over April 2019 and 56 per cent over last month. The average price for residential properties was $614,412, which is up 4.3 per cent from April last year, but down 6.6 per cent from last month.

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

Virtual Live Stream Tours – REALTOR.ca

It has come to RAHB’s attention that users are posting URLs for a pre-recorded walk through or a virtual tour, rather than a Virtual Live Stream Tour on REALTOR.ca.

You are reminded of the following:

  1. The posted URL only remains active in the time period you specified; and then disappears.
  2. Virtual Live Stream Tours are advertised on REALTOR.ca and intended as a real time walk through of the property, with the Listing Salesperson available to answer questions at that time of the Virtual Live Stream Tour.

Below is how your Virtual Live Stream Tour is advertised on REALTOR.ca:

Pre-recorded videos should only be placed under the “Virtual Tour URL” or “Additional Images URL” in Matrix as shown below:

If you will be hosting a Virtual Live Stream Tour, you may enter the date, time and URL under “Open Houses” in Matrix as shown below:

Should you have any questions, please contact the RAHB MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650 or support@rahb.ca.

CONNECT Update: Retiring CONNECT

Just a reminder that RAHB received notice from TRREB stating that, on April 30, 2020, TRREB is retiring CONNECT.  

Following the receipt of TRREB’s notice, RAHB staff have been engaged in discussions with the remaining CONNECT member Boards and Associations to explore future collaboration and data sharing opportunities via IntraMatrix.

RAHB is committed and open to reciprocal data sharing with other Ontario Boards and Associations.  Currently, RAHB has data sharing agreements in place with ORTIS and the Ontario Collective. The Ontario Collective and ORTIS are in the final stages of merging their efforts and implementing a new Matrix system for all of their users. RAHB has been working with ORTIS/OC and Corelogic to test the updated data share, which will be launched with the newly merged system. Once testing has been completed, RAHB members will then have access to all ORTIS and Ontario Collective listings within Matrix.

New Appointment Type in ShowingTime: Virtual Showing

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the way REALTORS® do business. Orders from local governments and recommendations from public health officials alike have inspired resourceful agents to seek new ways to serve their clients.

With the ever-changing environment, REALTORS® have been giving virtual showings to their clients using a variety of methods including group video conferencing tools, 360-degree views of the home and prerecorded video tours.

To help accommodate these new kinds of appointments, ShowingTime has added a new appointment type, Virtual Showing, for showing REALTORS® to use when requesting a showing. By selecting this option, the showing REALTOR® is indicating to the listing REALTOR® that their client would prefer a virtual showing of the property. The showing REALTOR® can also add a note for the listing REALTOR® indicating which streaming video technology they prefer to use for the showing (FaceTime, etc.).

Reference ShowingTime’s Virtual Showing Guide for help getting started and for more information on virtual showings, check out ShowingTime’s resource page.