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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 323(b)(i).

  • Sue Hurshman, former salesperson with Avison Young (Maritimes) Inc.
  • Luke MacCormack, former salesperson with Coldwell Banker Boardwalk Realty
  • Caleb Pardy, former salesperson with Royal LePage Anchor Realty
  • Jeff Blair, former salesperson with Royal LePage Atlantic
  • Michele Giffin, former salesperson with Sutton Group Professional Realty
    • This suspension is published in accordance with Commission by-law 839.

      Released on February 1, 2024

Disciplinary Suspensions

Jun Espino

The Registrar hereby gives notice the real estate salesperson’s licence for Jun Espino, formerly licensed with Keller Williams Select Realty, is suspended effective August 1, 2022, for violating the following section of the Real Estate Trading Act:

  • Real Estate Trading Act, Section 22 (1) (a)
The violation resulted from an investigation of a complaint initiated by the Registrar. The evidence supports that Espino committed a very serious breach of trust. Espino attended a property viewing and was videotaped by the seller breaching the seller’s privacy. Specifically, Espino accessed personal items of the seller in several dresser drawers, without permission on two separate occasions.

Espino’s eligibility to apply for a licence is suspended for five (5) years. After the five-year period, the Commission will not consider a licence application from Espino until he has recompleted and passed the NSREC’s Salesperson Licensing Course and examination.

This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission By-law 839. Released on August 18, 2022.

Anne-Marie Moules

The Registrar hereby gives notice the real estate broker licence for Anne-Marie Moules, licensed with Coldwell Banker Tri-Key Realty, is suspended effective June 7, 2024, pursuant to the Real Estate Trading Act Section 21 (1). Moules is prohibited from trading in real estate.

This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission By-law 839. Released on June 7, 2024.

Timothy Blais

The Registrar hereby gives notice the real estate broker licence for Timothy Blais, licensed with Gateway Business Brokers Inc., is suspended effective April 15, 2024 up to and including December 15, 2024 for violating the following:

  • Two breaches of Real Estate Trading Act Section 22 (1)(a)
  • One breach of Commission By-law 702, Article 12
  • One breach of Real Estate Trading Act Section 30 (3)
  • One breach of Commission By-law 702, Article 21
  • One breach of Real Estate Trading Act Section 22 (2)(a)
Blais was in an agency representation agreement with a seller of a business which included a commercial lease.

Blais breached section 22 (1)(a) of the Real Estate Trading Act, by:

  • Making an offer to purchase the business, while still in an agency relationship with the seller. Blais wrongly attempted to treat himself and his business partners as customers.
  • Telling the sellers that one of the competing buyers for the business had financing problems and the other did not have relevant business experience. The evidence did not support these representations.
Blais breached Commission By-law 702, Article 12 by not telling one potential buyer that they (the buyer) were competing.

Blais violated Real Estate Trading Act Section 30 (3) by facilitating an offer that was not executed. Without that buyer’s knowledge or consent, Blais prepared a letter of intent on their behalf based on previous conversations and relayed it to the seller.

Blais violated By-law 702, Article 21 by presenting an offer without disclosing in writing his status as a licensed person and his intent to purchase. Blais violated the Real Estate Trading Act Section 22 (2)(a) and demonstrated a lack of knowledge, skill, and judgement by:

  • Not obtaining from one of the buyers a written and signed acknowledgement that they were customers of the brokerage before he prepared their Letter of Intent.
  • Submitting an accepted Letter of Intent that identified the deposit to be held by his brokerage and, simultaneously, a law firm (two separate but contradictory deposit conditions).
Blais is also ordered to pay $3,500 in fines. Blais is not eligible to apply for a broker, managing associate broker or associate broker licence until December 16, 2024. The reinstatement of his broker licence is conditional on him completing the Nova Scotia Broker Licensing Course and passing the examination. Blais may apply for a salesperson licence in the interim.

This notice has been distributed to licensees in accordance with Commission By-law 839. Released on April 14, 2024.

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.

  • Elora McGirr, former salesperson with Royal LePage Atlantic
  • Jessica Comeau, former salesperson with Exit Realty Town and Country
  • Marcia Julien, former salesperson with Re/Max Nova
  • Mark McCormack, former salesperson with Sutton Group Professional Realty
  • Simon Dulude-Larkin, former salesperson with Keller Williams Select Realty

Released on July 4, 2023

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.

  • Carli Bethell, former salesperson with Colliers International (nova Scotia) Ltd.
  • Simon D. Turner, former salesperson with Starscape Realty Ltd.
  • Yangyi (Gabriella) Guo, former salesperson with EXP Realty of Canada, Inc.

Released on July 4, 2023

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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