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Regulatory Decisions And Disclosures

Disciplinary Decisions and Licence Suspensions

List of E&O Licence Suspensions

The following individuals' real estate licences are immediately suspended for failure to pay for their errors and omissions insurance, in accordance with Commission by-law 365(b)(i).

  • David Larkin, former broker of Larkin Kennedy Commercial Real Estate Limited
  • Paul O’Connor, former salesperson with Avison Young (Maritimes) Inc.
  • Elizabeth Cambridge, former salesperson with Century 21 Trident
  • Michael McNeil, former salesperson with Royal LePage Atlantic

This suspension is published in accordance with Commission by-law 839.

Released on February 2, 2021

List of CPE Licence Suspensions

The following individuals' real estate licences are immediately suspended for failure to complete continuing education requirements, in accordance with Commission by-law 839.

  • Laurie James (Jim) Culliton, former salesperson with Keller Williams Select Realty
  • Jessica Sherman, former salesperson with Air Realty

Released on July 2, 2021

Expired Licence Advisory

The following individuals' real estate licences are immediately suspended for failure to renew or terminate their licence by midnight on June 30th, in accordance with Commission by-law 839.

  • Kay Archibald, former salesperson with Coldwell Banker Open Door Realty
  • Kelly Nicholson, former salesperson with Roger Burns Real Estate Ltd.

Released on July 2, 2021

Disciplinary Suspension

Suspension of Real Estate Salesperson Licence: YANQING (CASSEY) ZHANG, Exit Realty Metro

Effective July 28, 2021

The Registrar hereby gives notice the real estate salesperson licence for Yanqing (Cassey) Zhang of Exit Realty Metro is suspended effective July 28, 2021 up to and including July 27, 2022 for violating the following sections of the Real Estate Trading Act and the Commission By-law:

  • Real Estate Trading Act Section 22 (1) (a) & (b);
  • Commission By-law 705(d);

The violations resulted from an investigation of a complaint initiated by the Registrar as a result of information provided to the Commission by the broker of Sutton Group Professional Realty. Ms. Zhang was licensed with Sutton Group Professional Realty at the time the violations occurred. The evidence supported on 14 occasions she signed/initialed real estate documentation for consumers without their knowledge or consent. The real estate documents in question at the time were closed transactions. Ms. Zhang had no authority to sign on behalf of these consumers, and she forged their signatures and initials. This was a violation of Real Estate Trading Act Section 22 (1) (a) & (b).

The evidence also supported that on numerous occasions she failed to provide her broker with accepted agreements pertaining to real estate transactions. 

Ms. Zhang’s actions failed to follow the instructions of her broker, comply with his brokerage policies as well as NSREC By-law 705(d), which requires salespersons to keep their broker informed of their activities being performed on behalf of the brokerage.

Ms. Zhang is ordered to pay $5,000 in fines payments: $4,000 for violation of Real Estate Trading Act Section 22 (1) (a) & (b) and is subject to a one-year licence suspension, and $1,000 for violation of Commission By-law 705 (d).

This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission By-law 839.

The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission has the authority, pursuant to the Real Estate Trading Act and the Commission By-law, to publish licensing and disciplinary decisions and disclosures. In addition to notices of licence suspensions and terminations, the Commission publishes Discipline Newsletters, which serve as an educational tool for licensees and is available to the public in accordance with the following:

  • Investigations that result in fines of $500 or less are summarized along with the sanction. Neither the licensee nor the brokerage are named in this summary.
  • Investigations that result in fines greater than $500 include the licensee’s name, the brokerage name, a summary of the circumstances that led to the investigation, the sanctions and any costs the licensee is ordered to pay.

When a licence is suspended, the Registrar may also notify the public by publishing the information in the provincial newspaper, in accordance with Commission By-law 839.

Disciplinary Newsletters

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