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Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is the most populated province in Atlantic Canada and its capital, Halifax, is the largest municipality east of Québec. Real Estate licences here are regulated by the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission (NSREC). All education and required courses that are required to obtain a licence are provided by the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors (NSAR)

How to get a Real Estate Licence in Nova Scotia

Licencing Prerequisites

Before getting a license in Nova Scotia, the candidate must have the following:

  1. Able to legally work in Canada
  2. Be at least 19 years of age.
  3. Able to provide a Vulnerable Sector Check acceptable to the Commission

Getting the Licence

There is a two-part licensing process in Nova Scotia:

  1. Salesperson Licencing Course and exam
  2. Registration and Application for Licence

 

Part 1 – Salesperson Licencing Course and Exam

To receive a real estate licence in Nova Scotia, you are required to complete the Salesperson Licensing course. The course can be completed over four weeks in classroom or six months online.

After finishing the course, the candidate must then complete the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission’s salesperson exam within one year of completing the course.

See the Costs & Fees section for more details.

 

Part 2 – Registration and Application for Licence

Having completed the Salesperson Licencing Course and Exam, the prospective realtor should look to register registered with a real estate brokerage. Click here for suggestions for finding a brokerage.

Within 90 days of passing the exam, the candidate must apply for a licence with the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission. At this point, the candidate should also apply for a Vulnerable Sector Check to be supplied to the Commission. These checks can be obtained from the RCMP or the Halifax Regional Police Department.

  • NSAR also provides a Realtor Career Development program for three years following registration which involves a mixture of e-learning and mentorship with other realtors.

NSAR also has mandatory Continuing Professional Education (CPE) which consists of nine hours of courses taken between July 1st and June 30th of each year.

Licencing Bodies and Organizations

There are two bodies responsible for licensing real estate agents in Nova Scotia:

  • The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission (NSREC) is the body responsible for implementing the Real Estate Trading Act that creates the legal responsibilities of real estate agents
Licensing Officer
Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission
7 Scarfe Court, Suite 200
Dartmouth, NS  B3B 1W4T: 902-468-3511

T: 1-800-390-1015

F: 902-468-1016

 

  • The Nova Scotia Association of Realtors (NSAR) has been given the responsibility for managing the educational requirements to obtain a real estate license.

Nova Scotia Association of Realtors

7 Scarfe Court, Suite 100

Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W4

T: 902-468-2515

T: 1-800-344-2001

F: 902-468-2533

Costs & Fees to get Licensed in Nova Scotia

The following is a breakdown of the fees that will be necessary to become a Realtor in Nova Scotia:

Course Fees
Description

Cost

Frequency

Notes

Salesperson licensing course and exam Course fee

$1830

One time only

Required

Exam fee 

$80

One time only

Required

Licencing/Registration Costs
NSREC Licence Fee

$435

Annually

Required

NSAR Registration Fee

$575

One time only

Required

NSAR Fees

$243

Annually

Required

CREA Registration

$200

One time only

Required

CREA Fees

$474

Annually

Required

Local Real Estate Board Registration

Dependent on area

One time only

Broker-dependent

Local Real Estate Board Annual Fee

Dependent on area

Annually

Broker-dependent

NSAR E&O Insurance

$325

Annually

Required

NSAR E&O Insurance Registration Fee

$100

One time only

Required

Additional Costs*                                                                                                                         
Franchise Fees

$150-400

Monthly

Broker-dependent

Advertising/Marketing

$250-500

Monthly

Optional

Smart Phone

$50+

Monthly

Optional

Computer

$500

As required

Broker-dependent

Car (budget $10,000)

Dependent on model

As required

Broker-dependent

Total Course Costs $1910
Total Required Costs to Start Your Business $5212  (one month/year)
Total Ongoing Annual  Costs $6877   Annually

*All Additional Costs are estimates.  HST is in addition to all amounts.

Schools that Provide Real Estate Courses

Training in Nova Scotia is provided by the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors (NSAR).

Salesperson Licencing Courses held in the classroom are offered at the Burnside location of NSAR, at:

Nova Scotia Association of Realtors

7 Scarfe Court, Suite 100

Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W4

 

Examinations are held at the following places:

Nova Scotia Association of Realtors

7 Scarfe Court, Suite 100

Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W4

Or at the following Access Nova Scotia Locations:

  • 77 Dufferin Street, Bridgewater, NS
  • 28 Aberdeen Street, Kentville, NS
  • 10 Starrs Road, Yarmouth, NS
  • 35 Commercial Street, Truro, NS
  • 380 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
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