In Brief

Did you know …

that RAHB recently up-dated the “Member Services” page on REALTOR Link®? Check it out! Click the “Membership Information” button on the RAHB page on REALTOR Link® and find the Member Services box in the centre section.


RAHB is offering four MCE courses for Summer, 2012

• The New Real Estate Wave:  Tapping into the Grey Market – Wednesday, July 25

• Feng Shui 101 – Thursday, July 26

• iPhone Tips 101 – Wednesday, August 8

• The Complete Story– GeoWarehouse From Top to Bottom – Thursday, August 9

For more information and to register, use the link on Message of the Day (MOD) or go to the REALTOR Link® “Education” button.

In Brief

Scholarship Applications Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship goes to a student who will be attending university or community college and is a child or grandchild of a RAHB member or RAHB employee.  This student must demonstrate academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

Application deadline is Friday, August 3.  The application form can be found in REALTOR Link® under the “Membership Information” tab.


Trump Organization’s George Ross to speak

George Ross, Executive Vice-President and Senior Counsel for the Trump Organization, will be speaking at LIUNA Station on June 12, 2012.  Tickets are $125 each.  Partial proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will go to local food banks.

Mr. Ross is the author of Trump Strategies for Real Estate  -Billionaire Lessons for the Small Investor.

For more information about the event or to obtain tickets, call 905.522.7442 or email

(Please note that the views and/or comments of George Ross are his own and are not those of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington.)

MLS® In Brief

What is Considered Contact Information?

There seems to be some confusion over what is considered personal contact information. The MLS® Policies state:


5.  No personal contact information relating to the REALTOR® may appear in the REALTOR® remarks section of a listing. If the REALTORS® personal contact information is included, MLS® staff is to remove it and a $50 fine levied to the Brokerage.

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.

6.  No personal 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 the REALTORS® personal 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 Brokerage.

Members who place any of the following information in the REALTOR® remarks or Public Remarks (Internet Ad Copy) will be fined $50 for each offence:

  • Member’s first name
  • Member’s last name
  • Member’s full name
  • Member’s office name
  • Member’s phone number
  • Member’s cell number
  • Any toll free/office numbers which direct the public to the  member or member’s Brokerage
  • Member’s email address
  • Any links to the Member’s personal or office website

Members with questions about this MLS® Policy should contact Pam at 905.529.8101 x281.

REMINDER Conditional Sales

You are reminded it is not mandatory for Niagara members to report conditional sales.  Please keep this in mind when you are trying to book an appointment for showing or submitting an offer for any listings beginning with an (N).

New Clauses for Wind Turbines

Members who work in areas where wind turbines are present should be aware that OREA has published two clauses that deal specifically with wind turbines.  The clauses are found in WEBForms™ and are titled GREEN 04 – Renewable Energy Projects and GREEN 06 – Wind Turbines – Warranty.

In Brief

2012 Hamilton Conservation Authority Service Fees

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) approved a new fee schedule for property review request fees for solicitors, real estate agents, consultants and individuals, as follows:

Solicitor, real estate or consultant request – Property Report and Letters of Permission (requiring a site visit)              $290 including HST

Solicitor, real estate or consultant request – Property Report and Letters of Permission (not requiring a site visit)      $200 including HST

Property Reports include building permit enquiries and input to general inquiries as to development constraints on a property.  All requests are payable in advance.  The fee includes a written reply to the landowner/agent/consultant.  The municipal building department will be copied when building permits are being sought.

In Brief -MLS®

Neighbourhood Codes Become Mandatory
In response to membership requests, the Board of Directors approved the implementation of mandatory neighbourhood codes, effective January 2011.  You will need to insert a 3-digit mandatory neighbourhood code on all listings in order for the listing to be processed.  Please refer to the chart on Message of the Day to look up the new information, and on MLXChange, refer to Resources – Resource Links – Web Tools – RAHB Neighbourhood Map.  New RAHB Outlying Areas maps will be available in the Realty Shoppe shortly.

Revised RAHB Bylaw now online
The revised RAHB Bylaw and Rules and Regulations are now available online on the RAHB website on REALTOR Link®.

Changes coming to Broker Load Field Order
RAHB is currently working towards amending the order fields appear in the Broker Load program to reflect the order they appear on the PIF’s (Property Information Forms).  We will advise you via MOD once these fields have been amended.