The Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® celebrates 20 years

NSAR is the professional association for REALTORS® in Nova Scotia, representing over 1,500 members who subscribe to a high standard of service and a strict code of ethics.

The Association acts as one voice for real estate in Nova Scotia and serves its members through a wide variety of education programs, training, advocacy and administration of the MLS® System in our province.

The Association, through an agreement with the Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission, provides all real estate licensing courses in the province.  

The exterior of 7 Scarfe Court in the early 1990s. (Photo: NSAR Archives)

The final meeting of the Nova Scotia Real Estate Association was held on April 14, 2000.

On this day the Cape Breton, Halifax-Dartmouth, Highland, Northern and South Shore boards merged with the NSREA to become the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS®.

The Yarmouth and Annapolis Valley Boards voted to keep their local boards independent until 2006 and 2016 respectively. Including the Yarmouth and Annapolis Valley membership, the organization included approximately 1,100 REALTORS®.

Over the first decade of the 20th century, real estate advertising went from predominantly print to predominantly digital. The Nova Scotia HomeGuide ceased publication in 2011 as the focus had fully switched to CREA’s for online property listing information.

June 8, 2016 saw the legacy of all NSAR’s past board members and volunteers memorialized with the Premier declaring June 8th Nova Scotia’s first Day of the REALTOR®, a day that would be repeated for years to come. In an official proclamation at Nova Scotia Legislature, premier Stephen MacNeil recognized REALTORS®’ impact on the province’s economy and communities through real estate transactions and charity work.

In 2019, transactions through the NSAR MLS® System generated an estimated $523 million in spin-off spending. Buying and selling homes via the Canadian MLS® System also generates fees to professionals such as lawyers, appraisers, and others as well as taxes to government. Direct and indirect employment resulting from home sales is also substantial. In 2019, MLS® resale housing activity created an estimated 4,400 jobs in Nova Scotia. 

In 2018, NSAR sold the building on Scarfe Court, and moved to Highfield Park, also in Dartmouth.

Today, NSAR continues to have a professional and dedicated staff team of 12. These staff work with NSAR’s Board of Directors to advance the work of the Association and support REALTOR® success. It is with the support of over 90 volunteers that this important work is accomplished.

NSAR Board of Directors 2019/20