The REALTORS Association of Hamilton-Burlington
(RAHB) is the 2nd largest real estate board in Ontario
and the 7th largest in Canada
, representing over 2400 members in Hamilton
and surrounding areas. The territory served, however, is not exclusive -- there is some overlap in marketing areas with the Toronto Real Estate Board
and Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
. As each board requires separate membership and operates its own respective Multiple Listing Service
, there are instances of duplication (arising from interboarding) and limited exposure (e.g., without interboarding, one board's out-of-area listings are not visible in another board's MLS).
In the community, RAHB is the largest fundraiser to the CHML/Y108 Children's Fund, a founding member of the Home Ownership Affordability Partnership (in conjunction with the City of Hamilton and the Threshold School of Building), and administrator of the Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship. In November 2006, RAHB grabbed national headlines for its pledge to send Tim Hortons gift certificates to Canadian troops stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Officially founded in 1921, the REALTORS Association of Hamilton-Burlington was previously:
- the Hamilton Real Estate Board
- the Metropolitan Hamilton Real Estate Board
- the Hamilton-Burlington District Real Estate Board
The Board's landmark building on York Boulevard, acquired in 1990 for $3.8M, is also tenanted by a local BDO Dunwoody office.
- 1874 - Hamilton Real Estate Association formed - a pre-cursor to organized real estate in Hamilton
- 1921 - Hamilton Real Estate Board founded
- 1949 - first real estate group in Ontario to introduce the Multiple Listing Service
- 1951 - first Photo Co-op System (predecessor to modern day MLS) in Canada