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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for the feedback we received. Your engagement with RAHB helps to guide the Association and the real estate profession.
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:
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 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.
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.
Just a reminder of RAHB Rule & Regulation, Section 2 – MLS® Listings, Sub-section 2.18 which states:
The listing member shall immediately, and with reasonable notice notify any party who requests a viewing or has received a confirmation for a viewing if the listing status changes including but not limited to “active-cs” (conditional sale), “active-ns” (conditional sale no showings), “sold”, “suspended” or “cancelled”, or if a registered offer is received.
Some members have experienced an issue with GeoWarehouse® recently where the Matrix Single Sign-On (SSO) link redirects them to a sign-on screen instead of taking them directly into the site. This was caused by recent updates performed on the site by Teranet. If you encounter this, you will need to clear your browser cache. This will correct the problem.
Bancroft BAAR – No Longer a Board. Merged with Quinte
Grey Bruce Owen Sound RAGBOS
Kawartha Lakes KLREA
London St. Thomas LSTAR
North Bay NBREB
Northumberland Hills NHAR
Peterborough and the Kawarthas PKAR
Quinte & District QDAR
Southern Georgian Bay SGBAR
The Lakelands LAR
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.
GeoWarehouse® Solution will be down on Friday July 17 from 6 – 10 p.m.
During this maintenance window, the GeoWarehouse team will be addressing items brought to their attention and new features:
Mobile Optimized Experience: You will now be able to conduct your most-common workflows via your mobile device, including searching, confirming ownership, checking sales history, and purchasing reports
Launch of a new School Catchment Map layer in partnership with HoodQ
Search functionality enhancements
Owner Name & Legal Description have been added to the Basic Client Report (one-page report)