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Today, your Board of Directors met virtually to discuss how RAHB can support members during this time. As has been decided by other boards and association across Canada, the RAHB Board of Directors is deferring decision on changes to membership dues and fees until such time as the Board of Directors has clear information on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the real estate industry and the Premier’s emergency measures to close all non-essential businesses.

We understand that this is a very uncertain time for everyone. No one is immune to the anxieties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. RAHB has not yet received word that payment collection will be deferred or waived by any of our service providers, and as such RAHB has a responsibility to meet our contractual obligations at this time. It is also the Board of Directors’ duty to secure the future of the Association on behalf of members, and with this comes the onus of having to make very difficult decisions at important junctures.

We want you to know that, as always, if you have any questions about your billing or would like to discuss the status of your account, please don’t hesitate to contact RAHB staff at 905.529.8101.

Thank you to Brokerages and RAHB Members!

This past weekend, RAHB Brokerages and REALTORS® showed true leadership as they cancelled open houses across our market area. President Kathy Della-Nebbia manned the phones all weekend, speaking directly with Brokerages and REALTORS® about the importance of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ontario emergency declaration.

Kathy was gratified to note that many REALTORS® understood the importance and urgency, and were already in the process of cancelling open houses. The RAHB IT and MLS® departments worked with members to quickly remove the open houses from our MLS® system and REALTOR.ca.

Thank you to all of the RAHB REALTORS® and Brokerages who made the health and safety of our community a priority this past weekend, and are doing the right thing by following the recommendations of government and health officials. This was a collaborative approach and a solution to an unenforceable rule.

Open Houses & Suppressing Option in Matrix

The RAHB Board of Directors continues to make the safety of members and the public its main priority.  At an emergency meeting earlier today, the Board of Directors renewed this commitment by reiterating that it is the position of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington that no further open houses should be held by RAHB members during the Ontario COVID-19 state of emergency. To reinforce this stance, RAHB is immediately suppressing the open house function in Matrix.

RAHB continues to support and follow the direction of the Premier of Ontario and the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario, and will provide members with more information about how REALTORS® are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as it becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding during this uncertain time.

As outlined in previous communications, RAHB does not have the authority to direct members to cancel open houses – only the provincial government or the real estate regulator can mandate an end to open houses.

RAHB Update for March 19, 2020, re: COVID-19 & Video Message From the President

In an effort to keep members informed of RAHB’s office operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing regular updates.

Please note, that our office operational status has changed:

RAHB Status Update:

  • Due to the progression of COVID-19 throughout Ontario, and based on guidance from government and public health authorities, we have changed our operational status.
  • As of Thursday, March 19the physical RAHB office is closed, with all staff working remotely during our regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • A virtual emergency meeting of the RAHB Board of Directors is taking place early next week to discuss financial measures RAHB can take to support members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that your Board of Directors is committed to assisting members and doing everything it can to help members get through these unprecedented times.

What Does This Mean for RAHB Members?

  • The MLS® Help Desk is open during regular business hours. You can reach us at 905-667-4650 or support@rahb.ca.
  • We are accepting general calls through our regular business number at 905.529.8101.  If you have any questions, please call during regular business hours or leave a message; we will assist you in any way we can.
  • All in-person member meetings, events and education of any kind are postponed or will be conducted via teleconference.
  • The Realty Shoppe is closed for in-person shopping and in-person account payments; however, we are taking orders via phone and e-mail, which will be fulfilled once the office reopens.  You can reach us at 905-529-5979 or realtyshoppe@rahb.ca.
  • Online payments are highly encouraged; cheque payments may be dropped off in the RAHB mailbox, however processing of these payments may be delayed; cash payments are not permitted.
  • RealTrack service is not accessible.
  • OREA testing at the RAHB office has been cancelled until further notice.

For Information/Updates on RAHB’s business operations:
For updated information on COVID-19 as it relates to RAHB, please visit our blog page at  https://blog.rahb.ca/coronoavirus-covid-19-information/. We will keep members informed as further decisions about RAHB business operations are made.

Sincerely,

Carol Ann Burrell, CEO
REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington

Video Message From RAHB President Kathy Della-Nebbia

Public Health Recommendations:
For information on COVID-19 – including current state, vulnerable populations, additional resources, etc. – please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.

Please be diligent in keeping up-to-date and following the recommendations and guidance of our health officials and governments.

Recommendations for RAHB REALTORS®:
REALTORS® can be particularly vulnerable to sickness, as you are in constant contact with a variety of different clients and potential clients. A single open house can equal hundreds of interactions. While it is within the purview of your brokerage to make any final decisions, it is strongly recommended that you consider the following advice:

  • Cancel, reschedule and/or limit showings and open houses, especially if the occupants of the home are ill.
  • If showings and open houses proceed:
    • Limit the use of washrooms in the home.
    • Have cautionary signage and messages at the entrance of each property.
    • Ask potential open house attendees to not attend if they are sick.
    • Have hand sanitizer available for attendees of open houses for their and your protection.
    • Limit touching physical items throughout a home during open houses and showings.
    • Encourage homeowners to thoroughly clean their homes with disinfectant after showings and open houses.
    • Ask attendees to e-mail you their contact information, as opposed to writing it down at the open house to limit sharing of pens, etc.
    • Ask attendees of showings or open houses to notify you if they become ill within two weeks of the open house or showing.
    • If an attendee becomes sick or is diagnosed with COVID-19, be sure to communicate this with the homeowner, other open house or showing attendees, their REALTORS® and RAHB.
  • Refrain from greeting others with handshakes or hugs.
  • Encourage fellow REALTORS® to provide information digitally.
  • Be sure to regularly sanitize your phone, tablet, or any other digital devices you use.
  • Avoid sharing items such as pens, paper, phones, tablets, etc.
  • If you are over the age of 65, severely limit your interactions with others, and stay home.

COVID-19: Collaboration with the Government – CREA

Information related to the efforts to mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19 is constantly evolving. First and foremost, we recommend REALTOR® members follow the guidelines and precautions set by Canada’s public health authorities. See Health Canada’s website for comprehensive coverage.

In ongoing discussions with government officials from various departments and agencies, we continue to emphasize the unique challenges facing REALTORS® as economic measures to support self-employed Canadians and small businesses are considered. The result of these advocacy efforts since the emergence of COVID-19 are captured below.

  • Government introduced the Emergency Care Benefit, providing up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks, to workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19, as well as those who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, but do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits. Application for the Benefit will be available in April 2020 through the Canada Revenue Agency My Account secure portal, My Service Canada Account, or through an automated application process by telephone.
  • Also announced was the Emergency Support Benefit, which will provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment. This will be available to Canadians who are self-employed; more details will be provided in the coming days.
  • For small businesses, government will provide a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months, equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. The subsidy is available to corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as non-profit organizations and charities.
  • Businesses will also be allowed to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing between now and September 2020. This applies to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.

The full list of measures announced by the government today is available here. It is expected the House of Commons will be recalled next week to pass the emergency economic measures.

While all the details of the various programs announced today are not yet available, the Governor of the Bank of Canada concluded today’s press conference with the assurance that “if people need the support, they will get it.” We will continue to monitor the evolution of these programs and continue to advocate on behalf of REALTORS®.

Canada’s six largest banks also announced financial relief for Canadians impacted by the economic consequences of COVID-19, including up to a six-month payment deferral for mortgages and the opportunity for relief on other credit products.

If you have any questions, our Government Relations team remains available to members and board and association staff.

REMINDER – Surrounding Contact Information in Listing Remarks

Recently RAHB has seen an increase in fines surrounding REALTOR® contact information appearing in either the REALTOR® or public (Client) remarks; which is not permitted as per RAHB’s MLS® Policies. This includes information relating to offers and showings (ie. E-mail offers to address@email.com, call 123-456-7890 for showings, etc.).

The following is from RAHB’s MLS® Policies Miscellaneous #5 and #6:

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. No contact information relating to the REALTOR® may appear in the REALTOR® remarks section of a listing; but may be included in the “Offer Instructions” field. If any REALTOR® contact information is included, MLS® staff is to remove it and a $50 fine levied to the Member. Where the seller directs the listing REALTOR® in writing to do so, the seller’s contact information may appear in the REALTOR® only remarks (non-public) section of the listing on the Association’s MLS® system.
  2. No contact information relating to the REALTOR® with the exception of a direction to visit the REALTOR®’s website to obtain more information may appear in the internet ad copy/public remarks. If any of the REALTOR’S® contact information or specific website address, with the exception of a direction to the REALTOR’S® website, is included, MLS® staff will remove it and a $50 fine be levied to the Member.

The following is referred to as contact information:

  • Member’s first name, last name or both, team name
  • Brokerage office name Member’s phone number (cell phone, direct line, etc) or fax number
  • Member’s office phone number or fax number
  • Any e-mail addresses or website links
  • Note: Multi-media links (virtual tour, brochure, additional images) must appear in their respective fields and not in the remarks.

If any of the above items are found in either the REALTOR® or Public (Client) remarks, they will be removed and the member fined.

Any details regarding offers or showings should be entered in the appropriate field. Offer information should be entered in the “Offer Instructions” field, and showing information should be entered in the “Appointments” field.

If you have any questions please call the MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650 or e-mail support@rahb.ca

Entering the Correct City Name on Listings

On January 1, 2001, the new City of Hamilton was formed from the amalgamation of Hamilton and the five neighbouring municipalities: Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek.

However, despite the amalgamation, RAHB’s MLS® system has maintained the separate municipalities and city names as shown above, which allow members to search those specific areas and their neighbourhoods. Additionally, it ensures listings appear correctly in property searches in Matrix.

Furthermore, Matrix uses the address, including the specific city name to link to the property history. Should you view a listing displaying the incorrect city name, please report the error by clicking the “Report Error” link, located at the top of the REALTOR® Full report as shown below.

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

New Features Coming to Matrix

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, CoreLogic is updating Matrix to version 8.4. series. The new version provides new features and updates as follows:

  1. Modernized E-mail Layout

Matrix 8.4 series features a more modern-looking and mobile-friendly e-mail layout.

  1. Sort Order Indicators Added to Search Results Header

Single-line search results now display arrows in the column headers to indicate the sort order.

  • The weight of the arrow (bold, semi-bold, or not bold) indicates the field’s sort priority (primary, secondary, or tertiary).
  • A down arrow indicates an alphabetical sort / smallest value first.
  • An up arrow indicates a reverse-alphabetical sort / largest value first.

  1. Add/Edit – New Map Location Warning

In Add/Edit, an alert indicates if the geocoder can’t find a precise location for the address, prompting the user to check the address and/or manually place the map pin.

  1. “Select All” and “Select None” options added to Status Search Control
  • Select All – Selects all check boxes and populates predefined date ranges (e.g.: 1-180)
  • Select None – Clears all check boxes and dates ranges

  1. Map Utilizes Full Width of Browser

The map view in the search results now extends the full width of the browser screen.

  1. Map & Results Tabs Navigation added to Concierge Approvals Screen

Users can now view listings on a map view on the concierge approval screen.

 

  1. Single Line Displays remember vertical scroll position

For single line displays longer than one screen, Matrix now remembers the vertical scroll position when switching between displays. This eliminates the need to scroll back down to the desired row. The position is maintained when clicking the browser back button and when clicking the single Line Display link.

  1. New Action Tools Button Bar and Paging Controls

The action tools at the bottom of the Results page has been updated to a more modern look, and the paging controls at the bottom are now larger and thus easier to click.

  1. New icons throughout Search module

New and larger map drawing tool icons have been added, and many icons elsewhere in the Search and Input modules have been updated for a cleaner appearance.

  1. New Tooltips

Tooltips shown when hovering over an element now appear immediately and are easier to read.

  1. New Footer

The layout and appearance of the global footer has been updated.

  1. “Refresh” option added to “My Listings” widget on the home page

  1. CMA Retention Period

                CMA’s created in Matrix, will be retained for a default period up to 180 days, thus ensuring optimal system performance.

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

RAHB Update for March 16, 2020, re: COVID-19

There is a great deal of uncertainty with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. The world is currently coping with a global health challenge with significant human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

With COVID-19 continuing to rear its ugly head in Canada, Ontario and our RAHB communities, we want to keep you informed as to what is happening with the Association, as well as what REALTORS® can do to stay safe and healthy.

RAHB Status Update:

  • As of Monday, March 16, and due to changes in the situation in Canada over the weekend, the RAHB office is closed to members and the public in order to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our community.
  • RAHB staff are in the office during our regular business hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • Over the course of this week, RAHB staff will be transitioning to a remote work environment on a cascading schedule.
  • We anticipate that by end of day Friday, March 20, 2020, the RAHB office will be fully closed and all staff will be working remotely. We will be sure to immediately inform members when this change takes effect.
  • We will keep members informed of any updates or changes in RAHB’s operational status.
  • We have not been informed of any RAHB staff or members who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • We are actively monitoring news and measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic closely.

What Does This Mean for RAHB Members?

  • The MLS® Help Desk is open during regular business hours. You can reach us at 905-667-4650 or support@rahb.ca.
  • All in-person member meetings, events and education of any kind are postponed or will be conducted via teleconference.
  • The Realty Shoppe is closed for in-person shopping and in-person account payments; however, we are taking orders via phone and e-mail.  You can reach us at 905-529-5979 or realtyshoppe@rahb.ca.
  • Online payments and cheque mailbox drop-off payments are encouraged; cash payments are not permitted.
  • RealTrack service is not accessible.
  • OREA testing at the RAHB office has been cancelled as of Tuesday, March 17.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us at 905.529.8101 and we will assist you in any way we can.

Recommendations for RAHB REALTORS®:
REALTORS® can be particularly vulnerable to sickness, as you are in constant contact with a variety of different clients and potential clients. A single open house can equal hundreds of interactions. While it is within the purview of your brokerage to make any final decisions, it is strongly recommended that you consider the following advice:

  • Cancel, reschedule and/or limit showings and open houses, especially if the occupants of the home are ill.
  • If showings and open houses proceed:
    • Limit the use of washrooms in the home.
    • Have cautionary signage and messages at the entrance of each property.
    • Ask potential open house attendees to not attend if they are sick.
    • Have hand sanitizer available for attendees of open houses for their and your protection.
    • Limit touching physical items throughout a home during open houses and showings.
    • Encourage homeowners to thoroughly clean their homes with disinfectant after showings and open houses.
    • Ask attendees to e-mail you their contact information, as opposed to writing it down at the open house to limit sharing of pens, etc.
    • Ask attendees of showings or open houses to notify you if they become ill within two weeks of the open house or showing.
    • If an attendee becomes sick or is diagnosed with COVID-19, be sure to communicate this with the homeowner, other open house or showing attendees, their REALTORS® and RAHB.
  • Refrain from greeting others with handshakes or hugs.
  • Encourage fellow REALTORS® to provide information digitally.
  • Be sure to regularly sanitize your phone, tablet, or any other digital devices you use.
  • Avoid sharing items such as pens, paper, phones, tablets, etc.
  • If you are over the age of 65, severely limit your interactions with others, and stay home.

Public Health Recommendations:
For information on COVID-19 – including current state, vulnerable populations, additional resources, etc. – please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.

Please be diligent in keeping up-to-date and following the recommendations and guidance of our health officials and governments.

For Information/Updates on RAHB’s Business Operations:
For updated information on COVID-19 as it relates to RAHB, please visit our blog page at https://blog.rahb.ca/coronoavirus-covid-19-information/. We will keep members informed as further decisions about RAHB business operations are made.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we work hard to minimize the impact to you and your business, but at the same time fulfill our corporate duty to follow the guidance and directives of health and governmental agencies. Thank you for doing your part to stay healthy, and ensure the safety of your family, colleagues and our communities.

With the support of members and the proactive efforts of staff, I know RAHB will navigate these uncertain times. I offer my best wishes to you and your family, and hope that you all remain safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Carol Ann Burrell, CEO
REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington

Reminder: New Town of Oakville Sign By-Law

With the spring market comes the expected increased trading across all Board jurisdictions.  Because of this, complaints about real estate signs and possible by-law infractions can become more frequent. The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board (OMDREB) has asked us to remind RAHB members of the updated Oakville sign by-law pertaining to real estate directional signs, which came into effect on January 1, 2019. This is to ensure that members of surrounding boards and associations avoid unnecessary fines, sign confiscations, and general headaches when dealing with by-law enforcement.

To avoid a by-Law violation, below are some easy “best practices” when posting open house signage in the Town of Oakville:

  • REALTORS® are allowed up to five signs per open house;
  • Signage can only be displayed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on the day of your open house;
  • Signage must not block main traffic arteries or be distracting to drivers on the road;
  • For sale signs must be on private property only and must be removed 14 days after the sale of a property.

Please click the button below for more information on Open House direction sign regulations for Oakville:

REALTORS® who fail to comply with the sign by-law may face a fine of $300.

To read the full sign by-law, please click the button below:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

UPDATE as of Thursday, March 12, 2020

There are confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the RAHB area. With this virus occurring so close to home, below is some important information and trusted resources that will help keep you, your colleagues and clients safe and healthy.

 

There are several basic recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC):

 

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Encourage those you know to stay home sick until they no longer have symptoms
  • Practice frequent hand hygiene
  • Practice correct coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Refrain from touching your face
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys and door handles

 

REALTORS® can be particularly vulnerable to sickness, as you are in constant contact with a variety of different clients and potential clients. A single open house can equal hundreds of interactions. It is recommended that you consider the following advice:

 

  • Cancel or reschedule showings and open houses if the occupants of the home are sick
  • Refrain from greeting others with handshakes or hugs
  • Ask potential open house attendees to not attend if they are sick
  • Have hand sanitizer available for attendees of open houses for their and your protection
  • Limit touching physical items throughout a home during open houses and showings
  • Encourage homeowners to thoroughly clean their homes with disinfectant after open houses
  • Ask attendees of showings or open houses to notify you if they become ill within two weeks of the open house or showing
    • If an attendee does become sick or is diagnosed with COVID-19, be sure to communicate this with the homeowner, other open house or showing attendees, and their REALTORS®
  • Encourage fellow REALTORS® to provide information digitally
  • Be sure to regularly sanitize your phone, tablet, or any other digital devices you use
  • Avoid sharing items such as pens, phones, tablets, etc.

 

It is also important to:

 

  • Be up-to-date with the current situation within our communities
  • Know the facts about COVID-19
  • When posting on social media, be sure to share the latest facts from credible sources, avoid hyperbole, and show solidarity with affected people by opening your community up to the stories of people who have been affected by the virus. David S Fisman, a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Toronto and a Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the University Health Network, recommends following these trusted sources for up-to-date and relevant information:
    • Adam Kucharski, London School of Hygiene @AdamJKucharski
    • Steve Riley, Imperial @SRileyIDD
    • Caitlin Rivers, Johns Hopkins @cmyeaton
    • Ian Mackay (Australia) @MackayIM
    • Scott Gottleib, US @ScottGottliebMD
    • Kai Kupferschmidt @kakape
    • Tedros (WHO) @DrTedros
    • Cate Cadell @catecadell
    • Teresa Tam, PHAC @CPHO_Canada
    • Maureen Taylor @maureentaylor31
    • Carly Weeks @carlyweeks
    • Kate Allen @katecallen
    • Janine McCready @janinemccready
    • Susy Hota @HotaSusy
    • Helen Branswell @HelenBranswell
    • Vanessa Allen @vanessagallenBNO News COVID-19 tracker:

https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/

  • US-Canada COVID tracker:

https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en

  • Johns Hopkins University:

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

 

  • Additionally, it is advised you follow accounts specific to our communities:
    • City of Hamilton @cityofhamilton
    • Halton Region @RegionofHalton
    • City of Burlington @cityofburlington
    • Haldimand County @HalidmandCounty
    • Niagara Region @NiagaraRegion

 

  • And, of course, please keep in mind to not share information about someone else’s health concerns (such as someone affected by COVID-19 without their permission).

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia in both lungs

 

For more information on COVID-19 – including current state, vulnerable populations, additional resources, etc. – please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.

 

Please click the below button for a PDF version of this communication to share:

 

COVID-19 Resources for REALTORS®

 

Matrix Log-In Issues with Google Chrome

Some users have reported being unable to log-in to Matrix via Clareity Security when using Google Chrome as their browser. This is due to Google Chrome implementing a phased-in update roll-out; which has created a conflict for those users who have received the update, leaving them unable to log-in to my.rahb.ca using the Google Chrome browser.

Below is the work around which will resolve the conflict and allow members to log-in to my.rahb.ca using Google Chrome:

Open Google Chrome
In the address bar type “chrome://flags
In the Search Flags area enter “SameSite
Switch “Samesite by default cookies” from “Default” to “Disabled
Switch “Cookies without Samesite must be secure” from “Default” to “Disabled

Should you have any questions, please contact the MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650.

Interest Rate Lowered

On March 4, the Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate to 1.25 per cent due to COVID-19’s adverse effect on both the Canadian and global economy. COVID-19 has halted business activity and disrupted the supply chain and as a result, pulled down commodity prices and the value of the Canadian dollar.

The Bank of Canada will continue to monitor the economic and financial conditions closely and will announce the next overnight rate targeted for April 15.

For more information, please click the button below for the Bank of Canada’s full press release:

OREA Request for Proposal: REALTOR® Services for OREA Building Purchase and Sale

OREA is seeking qualified REALTOR(S)® in Ontario to represent OREA on: the sale of the real property wherein OREA’s head office is currently located (99 Duncan Mill Road); the purchase of real property suitable for OREA’s head office given OREA’s pending downsizing from its current head office property; and, if necessary, any interim lease required to fill the gap between the sale of OREA’s current head office building and OREA’s use of the new head office location.

Interested Proponents can now visit the OREA Request for Proposal: REALTOR® Services For OREA Building Purchase and Sale (the “RFP”) web site at www.orea.com/buildingrfp. Access to this web site is limited to OREA members only.

As a precondition to submitting a response to this RFP (a “Proposal”), each Proponent must:

  • Register their intent to submit a Proposal by filing the provided Notice of Intent to Respond form with OREA; and
  • Sign and register the provided Confidentiality and Protection of Personal Information Agreement with OREA.

Both of these documents must be registered with OREA via email by 3 p.m. EST on March 9, 2020 as set out in section 1.4 of the RFP or as otherwise specified by OREA.

If you do not file the Notice of Intent to Respond and Confidentiality and Protection of Personal Information Agreement in full compliance with section 1.4 and 1.5 of the RFP your Proposal may be disqualified by OREA for purposes of this RFP.

The RFP Proposal submission deadline will be 3 p.m. EST on March 31, 2020.

The above dates are subject to change in OREA’s sole and absolute discretion and any date change(s) shall be communicated by OREA via e-mail.  OREA may consider, not consider, deny and/or grant any request for extension of a deadline in its sole and absolute discretion.

All questions on the RFP process and related documents must be directed to the following OREA contact person:

Natasha Lemire-Blair, Vice President Membership and Technology
Email:  Natasha@orea.com with copy to buildingrfp@orea.com

RAHB REALTORS® Release February 2020 Market Statistics

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 998 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in February 2020. Sales are up 30 per cent over last month and up 25.5 per cent over February 2019. The average price for residential properties increased to $646,667, which is up 4.5 per cent from last month and up 15.5 per cent from the same month last year.

Follow the links below for:

Burlington

Halidmand

Hamilton

Niagara North

 

Interim Control Bylaw Extended

On February 27, the City of Burlington released that the Interim Control Bylaw (ICBL – also known as the “Downtown Development Freeze”) will remain in effect and will not end on March 5, as was previous reported by the City of Burlington. This is due to appeals filed with the City Clerk.

The City of Burlington received 31 appeals for both Official Plan Amendment 119 and Zoning Bylaw Amendment 2020.418. To view the amendments provided on February 6, please click the buttons below:

The ICBL will remain in effect until the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has issued a final decision on each appeal of Zoning By-law Amendment 2020.418.

The recommendations from the findings of the ICBL study include proposed amendments to Burlington’s current in-force-and-effect Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw. The staff recommendation report and proposed amendments can be viewed online at www.burlington.ca/icbl.

The City is also working closely with Halton Region to confirm with the Province the requirements and next steps for approval of changes to the Downtown Urban Growth Centre (UGC) and Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) designations. City Council has directed the Chief City Planner to report back in May 2020 with recommendations.

The City will share more information on the ICBL appeal process and timelines as they become available, as well as details about the nature of the appeals. Residents can stay up-to-date by visiting the City website at www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/interim-control-bylaw-icbl.asp.

Final Vote on TRESA Passed

On February, Bill 145, the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (“TRESA”) passed unanimously in the Ontario Legislature. TRESA still needs final proclamation and certain sections require supporting regulations before officially becoming a law.

It adopts over 20 OREA recommendations, including:

  • Adopting specialty certifications;
  • Stopping a ban on multiple representation;
  • Strengthening the real estate discipline system;
  • Blocking a mandatory auction offer system; and,
  • Permitting personal real estate corporations (PRECs).

The Minister of Government and Consumer Services has also committed to changing regulations under REBBA to allow members to use REALTORS® or “real estate agent” in their advertising

New CMA Report: Client Full

RAHB is pleased to introduce a new Client Full report which will be available Thursday, March 12, 2020, in the Matrix Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) application. The benefit of this new report is that it contains more detailed property information. Previously only the “CMA Pro” and “CMA Brief” reports were available, offering limited basic information. When a user wanted a more detailed report, the report had to be created, converted to a PDF file and added to “My Custom CMA Pages” to utilize. The addition of the new Client Full report allows users a hassle free option to use and apply when preparing a CMA.

The new Client Full report contains the following property information:

  • Report heater
  • Listing summary
  • Exterior data
  • Interior data
  • Rooms and sizes
  • Listing Brokerage information
  • Client remarks
  • Report footer

Click here to view sample of the new Client Full report available in the Matrix CMA.

If you wish to use this new report when creating a CMA, please follow the instructions outlined below:

Hover over the “My Matrix” tab
Click “My CMA’s”
Click “Start a new CMA”
Click the “Pages” header
Click the “+” sign next to “Comparables” under “Available Pages” header
Click on the “Client Full CMA” report
The report should now display under the “Selected Pages” header
Select any additional pages you wish to remove from your “Selected Pages” and click the red “X” button
Click the “Set as Default” link to make these pages your new CMA default

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

Updates to Residential/Commercial Property Information Forms

The Residential/Commercial Property Information Forms have recently been updated. Newly printed copies of the residential forms are now available for sale in the Realty Shoppe and both updated forms are available for download from WEBForms® dated (01/2020).

The updated forms may be used immediately. Members may continue to use RAHB’s previous forms (dated July 2018) until Friday, March 27, 2020; after which they will no longer be accepted. If you have any questions please call the MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650.

Please click here to view the updated forms.

Welcome New Members!

We extend a warm welcome to RAHB’s newest members who joined our association between January 29 – February 25, 2020!

Lori Dietrich
Apex Results Realty

Nikola Pijanovic
Century 21 Insight Realty Group

Joshua Boonstra
Chase Realty Inc.

Pooja Niranjan
Davenport Realty

Marten Leclerc
Heritage Realty Inc.

Wanda Balogh
Montana Collina
Vicki Eterno
Bronwyn Gent
Brady Richards
Keller Williams Complete Realty

Carolyn Cestnick
Gabriela Gonzales
Dustin Sidhu
Stephanie Sparks
Keller Williams Edge Realty

Martin Smith
One Percent Realty Ltd.

Alex Oakes
Vicki Singh
Sher Tyler
RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.

Hassan Jamil
RE/MAX Escarpment Frank Realty

Jon Machado
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

Jennifer Gula
Melisa Stewart
Right At Home Realty

Arsaln Lodhi
Hamza Mirza
Royal LePage Macro Realty

Grace Vandervelde
Royal LePage NRC Realty Inc.

Alla Tsvelyuk
Royal LePage Signature Realty Inc.

Andrea De Belley
Sutton Group About Town Realty Inc.

Austin Falk
Zoocasa Realty Inc.

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