Consumer Info

REALTORS® Serving You and Your Community

Why Use a REALTOR®?

Professionals You Can Trust

Buying or selling a home is no simple business transaction; it takes a team of experts and professionals you can trust to protect your interests. The first professional you should contact is a local REALTOR®. A REALTOR® who knows the real estate market in your area will help you achieve your goal of having your purchase or sale go as smoothly as possible.

MLS® System and Professional Networks

Our members have access to the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System, which facilitates the cooperative sale of properties to benefit you whether you are listing your home for sale or purchasing a new one. RAHB members also have a large network of professionals they can recommend to you when you need another expert on your team.

A Strict Code of Ethics

Not every real estate salesperson is a REALTOR®! A REALTOR® is a special kind of salesperson: a REALTOR® is a licensed real estate professional and is a member of a local real estate association (like RAHB) that holds its members to a high standard. A REALTOR® has not only successfully completed an intensive course of study, but also adheres to the REALTOR® Code, so you know you are dealing with an ethical professional.

Real Estate Knowledge and Training

By attending courses, seminars and professional development offerings at RAHB, local REALTORS® have up-to-date knowledge about real estate law, regulations and trends. REALTORS® develop skills and acquire knowledge and experience to better serve you.

Quality of Life Principles

Our REALTORS® are committed to the principles of Quality of Life:

1. Protecting economic vitality
One key to Quality of Life is a strong economy. A vibrant economy creates jobs, expands the tax base and revitalizes communities.

2. Protecting property owners
A strong economy depends on preserving the investment people have made in their homes by protecting the ability to freely own, use, buy and sell real property.

3. Providing housing opportunities
We all want a safe, decent and affordable range of housing near where we work, shop and play. We must advocate to help grow the supply of housing including choices about design, cost and location.

4. Preserving our environment
RAHB REALTORS® recognize one of the most important elements of Quality of Life is the environment: clean air and water, parks and open space.

5. Building better communities
Better communities come when governments work together to fund infrastructures such as roads, water, schools and transit that are the framework for a community’s Quality of Life.

No Regrets

Using a local REALTOR® can help you avoid the problems and complications that can arise when you buy or sell your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late to discover you should have used a REALTOR® for one of the largest transactions of your life. To find out how you can live with no regrets, contact a local REALTOR® or go to REALTOR.ca/noregrets.

Real Talk About Real Estate

Look 4 Homes

House Hunting Becomes Easier

Home buyers have a tool at their disposal when looking for a home in the greater Hamilton-Burlington and outlying areas – Look4Homes. Look4Homes is an application that provides up-to-the-minute information about properties listed through the RAHB MLS® system.

Read More
Advocating for Home Owners

REALTORS® Advocate for Home Owners

Most people know REALTORS® as real estate professionals who assist them when they buy or sell a home. But did you know that REALTORS® are also advocates for home ownership and home owners? Twice a year, representatives from our association go to Ottawa and Toronto to talk to our local MPs and MPPs about issues that concern not only the real estate industry but also property owners and buyers.

Read More
How’s the real estate market in your area?

How’s the real estate market in your area?

Sifting through all the frequent – and often contradictory – news stories about the real estate market can sometimes be daunting. Most stories use large cities like Vancouver and Toronto as examples of what is occurring in the market, or they talk in generalities that don’t address what’s really happening in local areas like those served by the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB).

Read More
REALTOR®.ca

The REALTOR.ca and MLS® System – Valuable Tools for Home Buyers and Sellers

Are you aware of how valuable the local Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system can be when you are looking for a home or when you sell your home? How about the REALTOR.ca national advertising website?

Read More
Home Owners

“Seller’s Market”, “Buyer’s Market” – What Do They Mean?

Most people have heard the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market”, but do you know what they really mean and how they are determined? There are many factors which affect the real estate market – interest rates, employment, investment growth, legislative changes and new construction, to name a few. All of these factors influence the real estate market in some way.

Read More
MLS

The Multiple Listing Service®: a Valuable Tool When You Buy or Sell Your Home

Do you know how valuable a local Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system can be when you buy or sell your home? The MLS® system is a cooperative listing system developed and funded by members of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB). It has been refined over the years, and is now an invaluable tool for members of our association.

Read More
REALTORS® bring expertise to your home purchase or sale

REALTORS® bring expertise to your home

Buying or selling a home is a huge investment – an investment of not only money, but also time and emotions. When it comes to making those big expenditures, it makes sense to bring in a professional – a REALTOR®.

REALTORS® have the expertise and skills to help you when you buy or sell your home.

Read More
Better Communities

Quality of life means building better communities

For the members of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB), quality of life is about creating communities where everyone thrives. It starts with a good job. It means having a roof over your head and a range of choices in housing design, style and price. It means the opportunity to live in communities with clean, safe neighbourhoods, good schools and efficient transportation.

Read More
New Home Buyers

Navigating Canada’s Housing Market

At a time when Canadians are grappling with historically high household debt levels – upwards of 163 per cent according to Statistics Canada – young adults are feeling insecure about their knowledge of the financial implications of homeownership. In a recent survey commissioned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), 70 percent of Canadians between 18 and 29 indicated a “major need” for more information about the financial implications of buying a home.

Read More
Walkable neighbourhoods

Walkable neighbourhoods are desirable

What makes a city or community liveable or desirable? Recent studies suggest that “walkability” is considered to be a desirable feature for residential areas and as a way to attract cultural and other jobs to a community.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if there is a correlation between walkability, economic development and job creation in Hamilton.

Read More
Look 4 Homes

House Hunting Becomes Easier

Home buyers have a tool at their disposal when looking for a home in the greater Hamilton-Burlington and outlying areas – Look4Homes. Look4Homes is an application that provides up-to-the-minute information about properties listed through the RAHB MLS® system.

Read More
Advocating for Home Owners

REALTORS® Advocate for Home Owners

Most people know REALTORS® as real estate professionals who assist them when they buy or sell a home. But did you know that REALTORS® are also advocates for home ownership and home owners? Twice a year, representatives from our association go to Ottawa and Toronto to talk to our local MPs and MPPs about issues that concern not only the real estate industry but also property owners and buyers.

Read More
How’s the real estate market in your area?

How’s the real estate market in your area?

Sifting through all the frequent – and often contradictory – news stories about the real estate market can sometimes be daunting. Most stories use large cities like Vancouver and Toronto as examples of what is occurring in the market, or they talk in generalities that don’t address what’s really happening in local areas like those served by the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB).

Read More
REALTOR®.ca

The REALTOR.ca and MLS® System – Valuable Tools for Home Buyers and Sellers

Are you aware of how valuable the local Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system can be when you are looking for a home or when you sell your home? How about the REALTOR.ca national advertising website?

Read More
Home Owners

“Seller’s Market”, “Buyer’s Market” – What Do They Mean?

Most people have heard the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market”, but do you know what they really mean and how they are determined? There are many factors which affect the real estate market – interest rates, employment, investment growth, legislative changes and new construction, to name a few. All of these factors influence the real estate market in some way.

Read More
MLS

The Multiple Listing Service®: a Valuable Tool When You Buy or Sell Your Home

Do you know how valuable a local Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system can be when you buy or sell your home? The MLS® system is a cooperative listing system developed and funded by members of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB). It has been refined over the years, and is now an invaluable tool for members of our association.

Read More
REALTORS® bring expertise to your home purchase or sale

REALTORS® bring expertise to your home

Buying or selling a home is a huge investment – an investment of not only money, but also time and emotions. When it comes to making those big expenditures, it makes sense to bring in a professional – a REALTOR®.

REALTORS® have the expertise and skills to help you when you buy or sell your home.

Read More
Better Communities

Quality of life means building better communities

For the members of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB), quality of life is about creating communities where everyone thrives. It starts with a good job. It means having a roof over your head and a range of choices in housing design, style and price. It means the opportunity to live in communities with clean, safe neighbourhoods, good schools and efficient transportation.

Read More
New Home Buyers

Navigating Canada’s Housing Market

At a time when Canadians are grappling with historically high household debt levels – upwards of 163 per cent according to Statistics Canada – young adults are feeling insecure about their knowledge of the financial implications of homeownership. In a recent survey commissioned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), 70 percent of Canadians between 18 and 29 indicated a “major need” for more information about the financial implications of buying a home.

Read More
Walkable neighbourhoods

Walkable neighbourhoods are desirable

What makes a city or community liveable or desirable? Recent studies suggest that “walkability” is considered to be a desirable feature for residential areas and as a way to attract cultural and other jobs to a community.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if there is a correlation between walkability, economic development and job creation in Hamilton.

Read More