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

The Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR) represents over 1,900 real estate brokers and salespeople across the province. 

NSAR, the voice of real estate in Nova Scotia. Empowering REALTORS® by providing leading edge tools, outstanding services, and active advocacy while staying at the forefront of the rapidly evolving real estate industry. 

NSAR, supporting REALTORS® as the first choice of consumers while staying at the forefront of the rapidly evolving real estate industry. 
Consumers respect and value REALTORS® as their professional real estate partners. 

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 $660 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.

To learn more, or engage with NSAR as a partner, contact Paige at phoveling@nsar.ns.ca

Affordable Housing

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

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.

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 and our partners are proposing changes to the CAP. We have also partnered with other partners to create a CAP Map to demonstrate the impacts of this taxation.

Putting hammers in handsIn order to increase our housing supply, we must have enough tradespeople. NSAR is working with partners to ensure that all Nova Scotians who want to enter the skilled trades and home-building labour force have the ability to do so.

Recent successes:

Cancellation of the Non-Resident Property Tax, After months of advocating against new taxes that would target out-of-province owners and harm rural economies, NSAR was thrilled to see the Government of Nova Scotia cancel the Non-Resident Property Tax. We applaud the Government of Nova Scotia for hearing the concerns of REALTORS® and community members about this tax.  

Down Payment Assistance Program, a 10-year interest-free loan created by NSAR and Housing Nova Scotia. In 2022 purchase NSAR worked with the provincial government to increase price limits and income caps to help more Nova Scotians purchase their first home. So far, it’s helped over 860 families in Nova Scotia.

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.