Mark Your Calendar – Fall Open Forums!

Two community forums are coming your way in October, 2018!

Burlington – Tuesday, October 16
Wellington Square United Church (St. Paul’s Hall)
2121 Caroline St., Burlington
Speaker: TBA

Hamilton – Tuesday, October 23
Waterfront Banquet and Conference Centre (Waterview Room)
555 Bay St. N., Hamilton
Speaker: Representative from City of Hamilton Economic Development Dept.

For both meetings, check-in and breakfast begin at 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks at 10 a.m.

Watch for more details and registration coming soon!


Great Open Forum in Caledonia – Two More to Go!

Thank you to all members who attended the Caledonia Community Open Forum on June 5, 2018!

There was great dialogue and participation by all members, with discussion covering upcoming events, RAHB initiatives, professionalism, and updates from representatives on the Nomination Committee and Charity Auction Task Force.

Joining the Open Forum was Jaymie Nelson, Senior Economic Development Officer for Haldimand County.  Several members asked Jaymie where to find the Community Profile; it can be downloaded in full online here.

Also, any members interested in receiving FREE print copies of Haldimand County Maps and Guides can simply fill out this form.

** Remember: There are still two more Community Open Forums being held this month.  You don’t want to miss out so please pre-register today!

Grimsby – Friday, June 15: Register here

Dunnville – Wednesday, June 20: Register here

Some scenes from the Caledonia Community Open Forum!




Lost and Found – RAHB AGM

Did you attend the RAHB Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at Michelangelo Event and Conference Centre and leave a small bag of groceries under your chair?

You can claim your bag (and contents) at the RAHB office. Contact the receptionist at 905.529.8101 or drop in and visit the reception area.

Broker of Record/Manager Breakfast Meeting

Broker of Record Meeting

Just a friendly reminder that a Broker of Record/Manager Breakfast meeting has been scheduled as follows:

Thursday, March 8, 2018
RAHB Office, 505 York Boulevard
McCullough Room, Lower Level
8 – 8:30 a.m. – Hot Breakfast / Registration
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Meeting

If you are a RAHB Broker of Record / Manager, please confirm your attendance with or 905-529-8101 Ext. 236 prior to Friday, March 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Save the Date: RAHB AGM Featuring David Chilton!

Join us for our Annual General Meeting featuring former Dragon of CBC TV’s  “Dragons Den” and bestselling author of “The Wealthy Barber” David Chilton! Watch for more details as we get closer to the date!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WHERE: Michelangelo Events Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

RAHB AGM Graphic

Watch a Dragon in Action at RAHB’s AGM!

David Chilton Photo RAHB AGM

Mark Your Calendars! RAHB’s Annual General Meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 10 a.m.!

This won’t be just any Annual General Meeting!  This event will include the AGM, lunch on us, and guest speaker David Chilton, best-selling author of The Wealthy Barber and best known as one of the Dragons on CBC’s Dragon’s Den!

Watch for more details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, mark your calendar and get ready to see a Dragon in action!

Record turnout for RAHB General Membership Meeting



It was standing room only at the General Membership Meeting at the Burlington Holiday Inn on June 24, where members approved Bylaw changes to separate the MLS® Rules and Regulations and Bylaw. Members in attendance in person and by proxy voted 86 per cent in favour of the change. This effectively cleared the way for RAHB to continue moving forward with the Regional MLS® System.

RAHB was the last of the eight participating associations to ensure its Rules and Regulations and Bylaw are separate documents, which is a requirement for participation in the regional system.

Other highlights of the meeting

  • 503 members attended and 126 proxies were registered for the meeting – the largest attendance in memory
  • RAHB made use of secure voting devices (or “clickers” as they were called at the meeting) to record members’ votes.  The clickers replaced the traditional red and green voting cardsGMM2
  • Members in attendance were encouraged to tweet their questions or comments on Twitter
  • RAHB Past President Dan Gies, Chair of the Ontario Regional Technology & Information Services (ORTIS) Board of Directors, gave an update on ORTIS and the Regional MLS® System
  • Bob van de Vrande (Apex Results Realty Inc.) presented a motion requiring greater transparency about professional standards, discipline and arbitration
    violations and fines. (Information was provided to all members prior to the meeting and will also be included in upcoming annual reports.)GMM3
  • Lynne Riddell (Keller Williams Edge Realty) won the draw for 2016 RAHB dues

Following the meeting, Michael Lane of ShowingTime demonstrated features of the appointment scheduling program which will be integrated into Matrix. (For more information about ShowingTime, watch the video at

Plan to come out to the RAHB General Membership Meeting



This just in!!  The GMM has been re-scheduled for

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Holiday Inn Burlington
3063 South Service Road

Watch for more details coming soon!

What’s happening at the GMM on June 24?

The General Membership Meeting has been called to present motions from the Board of Directors to the membership.  The motions affect the RAHB Bylaw and members’ approval is required.

What are the motions?
The first motion will recommend an amendment to the section of the Bylaw which requires that members ratify changes the Board of Directors make to the rules and regulations. This will effectively remove the MLS® Rules and Regulations from the RAHB Bylaw.

Members are being asked to approve this motion to achieve two goals:

  • to ensure RAHB is compliant with the terms of the Shared Services Agreement RAHB has signed with the other boards and associations participating in the Regional MLS® System; and
  • to continue in the work begun to streamline and improve the RAHB Bylaw to bring it closer to the document it should be.

2. The second motion recommends amending the Bylaw where references are made to rules and regulations. These are merely “housekeeping” amendments to keep the Bylaw consistent after the MLS® Rules and Regulations are no longer part of the Bylaw.

Watch for more information about these issues coming to you directly from RAHB President Donna Bacher and CEO Ross Godsoe.  They will offer further insights into the importance of your support when these amendments are presented for approval at the GMM.

Want to know more in the mean time?  Read You Asked? for answers to questions RAHB members have asked about removing the Rules and Regulations from the Bylaw, as well as questions about the Regional MLS® System. (REALTOR Link® > MLS® > You Asked?)

RAHB Election 2014

RAHB election – what’s new this year?

Four additions or changes have been made to the RAHB election process to make it easier for you to more knowledgeably exercise your vote for 2015 Directors. (more…)

Mark YOUR Calendar

Professional Development

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – Lower Level
C – Chambers Room                         M – McCullough Room

  • Fusion Level 1
    Wednesday, October 15 – C, 9 a.m. – noon
    Tuesday, October 28 – C, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Broker Load
    Friday, October 10 – C, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Thursday, October 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • New Member Orientation (by invitation only)
    Friday, October 24 – M, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • How to Hire the Right Assistant
    Wednesday, October 29 – M, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 3 CE’s
  • GeoWarehouse
    Monday, November 3 – M, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – 2 CE’s
  • MPAC
    Wednesday, November 5 – M, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 3 CE’s

To register for above courses, email Angela at or call 905.529.8101 x233

Board of Directors, Committee and Task Force Meetings

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – First Floor
T – Thompson Room                        P – Purnell Room

  • Government Relations
    Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 a.m., T
  • Scholarship
    Thursday, October 23, 2 p.m., T
  • Board of Directors
    Thursday, October 30, 9 a.m., T


Upcoming Events

Broker of Record/Managers Meeting
Wednesday, October 22
RAHB Office, 505 York Blvd., Hamilton, 8:30 a.m.

Town Hall Meetings

  • Dunnville
    Thursday, October 23, 9 a.m.
    Grace United Church, 301 Broad St E, Dunnville
  • Burlington
    Wednesday, October 29, 9 a.m.
    Tyandaga Golf and Country Club
    1265 Tyandaga Park Dr., Burlington

Regional Commercial Council
Election Breakfast
Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 a.m. – Voting
Waterfront Conference Centre
555 Bay St. N., Hamilton

RAHB Charity Auction & Social
Thursday, November 20 – Doors open at 6 p.m.
Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton

National Housing Day
Friday, November 21
Waterfront Conference Centre
555 Bay St. N., Hamilton

RAHB Election Meeting
Thursday, November 27, 8:30 a.m.
Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington

RAHB Annual Appreciation Gala
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton
(by invitation only)


RAHB Office Closures

Monday, October 13 for Thanksgiving Day