We are the professional Association for REALTORS® in Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR) represents over 1,800 real estate brokers and salespeople across the province. 

Our Mission

NSAR’s mission is to enhance REALTORS®’ success by providing services, education, information, technology tools  and representation to enable them to best serve the public in real estate transactions. 
NSAR, through an agreement with the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission, provides all real estate licensing courses in the province.
NSAR also acts as the voice for real estate in Nova Scotia and plays an important advocacy role with government and other key stakeholders to bring about industry change and make home ownership accessible for Canadians.

In addition, we focus on celebrating and supporting REALTORS® from various backgrounds and are committed to supporting an environment free of homophobia, queer phobia, racism, xenophobia and ableism.

Real estate impacts our province economically, environmentally and socially. From over $670 million in spin-off spending to our efforts to ensure every Nova Scotian has a place to call home, REALTORS® play a part in the success of our communities.

Affordable Housing

NSAR continues to work on addressing issues related to housing supply in our province with key stakeholders.

NSAR’s submission, We All Play a Part, REALTOR® Solutions to Nova Scotia’s Affordable Housing Crisis, to Nova Scotia’s Affordable Housing Commission is focused on increasing supplies across the housing spectrum.

COVID-19 Restrictions

NSAR has advocated for home buyers and sellers throughout the pandemic to revise and update COVID-19 restrictions that impact their home ownership journey.

Improving Deed Transfer Taxes (DTT)

DTT can be an expensive addition to home buying costs, especially for first-time home buyers. REALTORS® are proposing that municipalities amend their policies for the collection of Deed Transfer Tax to either be:

Waived for first-time buyers on the purchase of their first home OR Extended over a five year payment period

Fixing the Capped Assessment Program (CAP)

The current CAP on property taxes has created inequalities in tax burden for homeowners across the province. New homeowners, including first-time buyers and seniors who are downsizing, pay significantly more in taxes than their neighbours. NSAR is participating in the committee to review the CAP and has partnered with other stakeholders to create a CAP Map to demonstrate the impacts of this taxation.

Recent successes:

Down Payment Assistance Program, created by NSAR and Housing Nova Scotia, was made permanent in 2019. This program has helped more than 450 families buy homes in Nova Scotia, so far!

Canada Greener Homes Grant, was advocated for by REALTORS® to allow homeowners access to grants and funding to make their homes more energy efficient and keep energy costs affordable.

Home Buyers Plan withdrawal limit increased from $25k to $35k and expanded to help during marital or common-law breakdowns.


Quality of Life Matters 


“Quality of Life” is an approach The Canadian Real Estate Association has adopted to demonstrate the commitment of the real estate profession to improve quality of life across the country. REALTORS® have always been active in their communities, not just in fund-raising events, and “Quality of Life” ensures that CREA reflects that work in policies, products and services, and lobbying issues.

“Quality of Life” provides a framework for the real estate profession's government relations, community outreach and communications activities, helping build influence, credibility and trust. It's a balanced approach to accommodating growth and building better communities.
Quality of Life Matters

Every year, members of organized real estate work together to make a difference in their communities! By volunteering their time and raising funds for a diverse array of causes and charities close to their hearts, REALTORS® help build and support communities across our province. These initiatives proudly fall under the umbrella of “REALTORS Care®” – a guiding principle and a brand that celebrates and unites the great charitable work being done by REALTORS®, real estate boards, associations, and franchisors across Canada.

NSAR and its members share in this philanthropic spirit. Every year, NSAR members raise thousands of dollars for dozens of charities across Nova Scotia, including our Charity of Choice. Currently, NSAR is putting our efforts towards raising funds, and advancing awareness of hunger, in support of FEED NOVA SCOTIA. Since 2012, REALTORS® in Nova Scotia have raised over $37,000 and 2,200 KGS of food for local food banks through NSAR projects. 

In addition, NSAR members volunteer and donate to many different charities, showing that REALTORS® do care.