Nominations for the 2022 RAHB Board of Directors are now open!
Do you want to put your name forward or nominate another member? Check out the official information package, which includes:
For the RAHB Nominations Information Package, Click here.
For the Notice of Election Meeting, Click here.
We are encouraging members to submit names of fellow RAHB REALTORS® who you feel would be an effective leader for the Board of Directors. The Nominations Committee will do the follow-up to ensure this ideal candidate applies.
If you know of a RAHB member who ticks off all the boxes to be a great leader, please send the name to email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the meeting, the election process or the information included in the Notice of Meeting, please contact Carolyn Infurnari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your consideration, as well as your candidate suggestions, and we look forward to another excellent election!
CREA has received several questions asking for clarification on CREA’s position regarding COVID-19 vaccines and in-person showings. In response to these questions CREA has prepared some FAQs below. If there are any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to CREA’s Senior Competition Counsel, Paul Feuer, email@example.com or CREA Legal Counsel, Simon Parham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Please note that these FAQs should be understood in the extraordinary context of the COVID-19 pandemic. REALTORS®, Boards and Associations should also ensure that they abide by any local or provincial requirements and consult their legal counsel to ensure compliance with provincial or local law.
What is CREA’s position with respect to COVID-19 Vaccines?
CREA encourages all REALTORS® to get vaccinated against COVID-19, unless there are medical or religious reasons that prevent them from doing so.
It is incumbent on REALTORS®, as professionals, to follow all public health recommendations, including getting vaccinated, in order to help bring an end to the pandemic and ensure the lives and safety of our fellow Canadians.
Recently some listings have stated that anyone visiting the property for an in-person showing must be fully vaccinated. Should a Board permit such listings to be placed on their MLS® System?
In extraordinary circumstances, such as a global pandemic, it is reasonable for the seller to request proof of vaccination, as it is to require the use of masks, social distancing and other measures as per advice from local and provincial health authorities.
Ultimately, subject to any health directive or legal requirement, CREA believes that it is important for REALTORS® to respect the wishes of sellers who are in the best position to judge their own circumstances when it comes to the health of themselves and their families. For example, a seller who is immunocompromised may decide that they do not want to risk contracting COVID-19 from unvaccinated persons who might attend an in-person showing of their home. Precluding their listings from being placed on a Board MLS® System could deprive these sellers of a valuable REALTOR® service.
Are such COVID-19 vaccination requirements a barrier to REALTOR® cooperation?
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, CREA does not believe that COVID-19 vaccine requirements for in-person showings are a barrier to REALTOR® cooperation given that proven alternatives to in-person showings exist; in particular, virtual showings.
CREA believes Boards and Associations can and should be flexible when interpreting their MLS® System Rules regarding showings and recognize that, in these extraordinary circumstances, virtual showings can be a substitute for showings conducted in person.
Conversely, should a Board require that REALTORS® only conduct in-person showings with fully vaccinated persons?
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, CREA is of the view that, subject to any health directive or legal requirement, sellers are in the best position to judge their own circumstances when it comes to vaccines.
Further, as is explained below, vaccine requirements may expose REALTORS® and a Board/Association to the risk of a lawsuit or complaint. A strict vaccination requirement issued by the Board could therefore inadvertently expose REALTORS® and Boards and Associations to such risks.
Could REALTORS® or a Board/Association be at risk of a lawsuit or complaint if they institute a business practice that prohibits in-person showings to those who are not fully vaccinated?
There may be privacy, human rights and competition law issues if a REALTOR® or Board/Association institutes a business practice that prohibits in-person showings from those who are not fully vaccinated unless directed to do so by provincial or federal authorities. For this reason, there is a risk of a lawsuit or complaint being made.
What can REALTORS® or a Board/Association do to mitigate the risk of a lawsuit or complaint being successful if they institute a business practice that prohibits in-person showings to individuals that are not fully vaccinated?
To mitigate such risks, Boards, Associations and REALTORS® should consider using reasonable alternatives to in-person showings, such as virtual showings, for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s Privacy Commissioners have cautioned against the use of vaccine passports as a condition of receiving a service absent a public health order or law requiring the presentation of a vaccine passport to enter a premise or receive a service. Further, requiring all persons attending in-person showings to be fully vaccinated could also raise issues under provincial human rights legislation.
However, in the context of vaccines, provincial human rights commissions have stressed the importance of being flexible and encourage organizations to explore whether accommodation is possible. For example, a reasonable alternative to an in-person showing would be a virtual showing.
Accordingly, REALTORS®, Boards and Associations that institute a business practice that prohibits in-person showings to individuals that are not fully vaccinated should consider using such reasonable alternatives to in-person showings in order to reduce the risk of a privacy or human rights complaint being successful.
While offering reasonable alternatives may mitigate the risk of a lawsuit or complaint being successful, it does not stop a complaint or suit from being made in the first place. Defending such suits/complaints can take time and energy. For this reason, REALTORS® or Boards/Associations who are interested in implementing a business practice that mandates that in-person showings only be conducted with those who are fully vaccinated (or who are considering any other business practice where service is dependent on another persons’ vaccine status) should speak to legal counsel so they understand the risks involved with any proposed practice and how to properly implement it.
On Monday, April 5, the Northumberland Hills Association of REALTORS® (NHAR) joined the Toronto Regional Real Estate Association (TRREB), and is therefore no longer a member of ITSO. Effective immediately, RAHB members will no longer have access to the NHAR listing data. Any saved searches or auto emails which were previously set up will no-longer provide results containing NHAR listing data.
Should you have any questions regarding NHAR’s decision, please contact Jeanette or Tracy from NHAR at 905.372.8630.
Thank you to all the RAHB members who attended the AGM this morning and participated in RAHB’s first round of virtual networking!
If you were unable to attend the meeting, please see below some videos that were presented:
We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to chat and interact with other RAHB members! If you missed the chance to join, we will be hosting another event on Thursday, April 22 (more details coming soon)!
If you have not already paid, this is a friendly reminder that the deadline for the second quarter dues remittance is today March 31, 2021.
The RAHB quarterly dues were billed and e-mailed to you as part of your monthly invoice.
Payment can be remitted online through Matrix http://my.rahb.ca or online through your bank (CIBC/PC Financial, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, TD Canada Trust). For assistance in set-up please contact Karin at email@example.com.
Payment by cheque or debit can be made at the Realty Shoppe Monday through Friday 9 a.m – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. Cheques may also be dropped off after hours at the RAHB office (back door mail slot).
If you wish to remit payment by phone through Visa or MasterCard, please reach out to one of the Corporate Services Team members firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and they will call you for the payment details.
A reminder about notifying RAHB of terminations in your office
Brokerages are responsible for notifying RAHB when members in their office resign or otherwise leave. Notice must be received by RAHB within seven business days of the member leaving. If notice is delayed beyond the seven business days, the Brokerage will be assessed a penalty of $50 per incident. (RAHB Bylaw, Article 4, Section 1.02.)