News Releases

RECA releases information to the media and the public when we have announcements, issue a consumer alert, suspend an industry professional, or when industry professionals take a lifetime withdrawal.

RECA’s consumer protection mandate means RECA must use every means at its disposal to communicate important information to consumers.

Media should contact communications@reca.ca for more information about any of the news releases below.

         


Calgary, Alberta – June 25, 2020, the RECA executive director suspended the brokerage licence of Orca Pacific Alliance Mortgage & Refinancing Services Ltd.

Under Section 35(2)(b) of the Real Estate Act Rules, the executive director may suspend the licence of a brokerage if the executive director receives information that indicates the individual who is registered as the broker has resigned or ceased to be the broker.

All active deals in mortgages involving this brokerage are affected. Brokerages or consumers who have pending mortgage deals with this brokerage should consider amending their agreements, reaching out to other brokerages, or if possible, contacting their lenders.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this suspension, please contact RECA at: 403-228-2954, or by email at: info@reca.ca.

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Calgary, Alberta – June 24, 2020, the RECA executive director suspended the brokerage licence of Roots Realty & Management Inc.

Under Section 35(2)(b) of the Real Estate Act Rules, the executive director may suspend the licence of a brokerage if the executive director receives information that indicates the individual who is registered as the broker has resigned or ceased to be the broker.

All active trades in real estate involving this brokerage are affected. Brokerages or consumers who have pending purchases, leases, or sales with deposits being held in trust with this brokerage should consider amending their purchase contract to transfer their trust deposit to a different brokerage or lawyer.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this suspension, please contact RECA at: 403-228-2954, or by email at: info@reca.ca.

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Calgary, Alberta – On May 20, 2020, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) cancelled the licence of Mountain Park Real Estate Ltd. in Calgary.

Under Section 35(1)(c) of the Real Estate Act Rules, RECA may cancel the licence of a brokerage if an investigator or auditor of RECA is denied access to the registered business office or to any or all records of the brokerage or, is in any way, prevented from carrying out their duties and responsibilities under the Real Estate Act.

As a result of the brokerage licence cancellation, the registrations of any industry professionals who were registered with this brokerage are cancelled and service agreements with this brokerage end. To read more about what to do if your brokerage shuts down, or if a brokerage you are dealing with shuts down, please see the Information Bulletin: When your real estate brokerage closes.

All active trades in real estate involving this brokerage are affected. Brokerages or consumers who have pending purchases or sales with deposits being held in trust with this brokerage should contact RECA and amend their purchase contract to transfer their trust deposit to a different brokerage or lawyer.

RECA has taken steps to protect consumer funds. If you have questions or concerns regarding the cancellation of this brokerage licence, or if you have funds being held in trust by this brokerage, please contact RECA at: 403-228-2954, or by email at: info@reca.ca.

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Calgary, Alberta – On April 8, 2020, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the licence of Realstar Management Limited.

Under Section 35(2)(b) of the Real Estate Act Rules, the executive director may suspend the licence of a brokerage if the executive director receives information that indicates the individual who is registered as the broker has resigned or ceased to be the broker.

All active trades in real estate involving this brokerage are affected. Brokerages or consumers who have pending purchases, leases, or sales with deposits being held in trust with this brokerage should consider amending their purchase contract to transfer their trust deposit to a different brokerage or lawyer.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the suspension of this brokerage, please contact RECA at: 403-228-2954, or by email at: info@reca.ca.

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Mountain Park Real Estate registered a new broker on April 15, 2020 and the suspension was lifted.

Calgary, Alberta – On April 8, 2020, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the licence of Mountain Park Real Estate Ltd., following the suspension of its broker, Warren Phipps, on March 26, 2020 and the subsequent failure to register a replacement broker with the brokerage.

As a result of the brokerage licence suspension, the registrations of any industry professionals who were registered with this brokerage are cancelled and service agreements with this brokerage end. To read more about what to do if your brokerage shuts down, or if a brokerage you are dealing with shuts down, please see the Information Bulletin: When your real estate brokerage closes.

All active trades in real estate involving this brokerage are affected. Brokerages or consumers who have pending purchases, leases, or sales with deposits being held in trust with this brokerage should consider amending their purchase contract to transfer their trust deposit to a different brokerage or lawyer.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the suspension of this brokerage, please contact RECA at: 403-228-2954, or by email at: info@reca.ca.

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Calgary, Alberta—On March 26, 2020, Simon Yohanes Kidane Golom, previously a real estate associate in Lethbridge, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Golom was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Mr. Golom:

  • misappropriated a deposit
  • induced a client to make an offer on a fictitious listing

At the time of Mr. Golom ‘s withdrawal from industry, the investigation was complete and ready to proceed to a hearing.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Mr. Golom ‘s application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.

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Calgary, Alberta—On March 26, 2020, Bruce Campbell Carr, previously a mortgage associate in Drayton Valley, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Carr was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Mr. Carr:

  • made representations that were reckless and misled his clients
  • failed to disclose referral fees to his clients
  • failed to trade under the name of his brokerage
  • accepted a referral fee outside of his brokerage

At the time of Mr. Carr’s withdrawal from industry, the investigation was not complete and therefore, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Mr. Carr’s application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.

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Calgary, Alberta—On March 26, 2020, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of Warren Constantine Phipps. Mr. Phipps is not authorized to trade in real estate.

RECA determined it is in the public interest to temporarily suspend Mr. Phipps. Allegations against Mr. Phipps include:

  • failing to:
    • keep complete and accurate financial records relating to money received and held in trust
    • disburse funds according to the terms of trust
    • cooperate with a person conducting an investigation
    • prepare bank reconciliations
  • acting dishonestly
  • making intentional, misleading representations
  • participating in fraudulent or unlawful activities

Mr. Phipps’ licence will remain suspended until current proceedings, under Part 3 of the Real Estate Act concerning his conduct, are concluded.

Mr. Phipps was most recently registered as a real estate broker with Mountain Park Real Estate Ltd.

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Calgary, AB– The evolving recommendations around the COVID-19 pandemic has left many real estate consumers worried about current and planned real estate transactions, especially since they typically involve a lot of interaction with other people’s private space, including meetings, open houses, and property viewings.

RECA strongly encourages consumers to talk to their real estate professionals about any concerns with COVID-19 when selling, buying, leasing, or renting property in Alberta. RECA has advised all real estate professionals and property managers in Alberta to reach out to clients during this time to discuss options during the pandemic.

RECA has prepared extensive information around COVID-19 and Real Estate for licensed professionals, and they are prepared to answer their client’s real estate questions and concerns.

RECA has also prepared materials specifically for consumers to assist them in considering their risk tolerances associated with COVID-19 as it relates to real estate transactions, and to foster meaningful discussions with their real estate professionals to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

COVID-19 poses different levels of risk to buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants. Real estate solutions need to reflect individual risks.  Together, real estate professionals and their clients can do their part to mitigate their individual exposure to COVID-19 and to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta.

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Calgary, Alberta—On March 3, 2020, a Hearing Panel of the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of Cornelis Uittenbogerd. Mr. Uittenbogerd is not authorized to trade in real estate.

The Panel determined Mr. Uittenbogerd engaged in reckless or intentional conduct which misled or deceived clients, and failed to:

  • disclose a conflict of interest when representing the sellers since he was the buyer in the real estate transaction
  • make required personal trade disclosures to the sellers
  • explain or fulfill his fiduciary duties to his clients

Mr. Uittenbogerd’s licence will remain suspended for one month, ending April 3, 2020 and must pay a total fine of $16,000 as well as $1,500 in costs.

Mr. Uittenbogerd was most recently a real estate associate with 1119498 Alberta Ltd. o/a Royal LePage Wildrose Real Estate, and was registered as a real estate associate with Linview Realty Inc. at the times relevant to the conduct. More information is in the Hearing Panel Decision.

 

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Calgary, Alberta – On February 18, 2020, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of Wonjun Choi. Mr. Choi is not authorized to trade in real estate.

RECA determined it is in the public interest to temporarily suspend Mr. Choi. Allegations against Mr. Choi include participation in fraudulent or unlawful activities in connection with the provision of services.

Mr. Choi’s licence will remain suspended pending the outcome of RECA’s conduct proceedings.

Mr. Choi was most recently a real estate associate with Sterling Realty (Alberta) Ltd. o/a Sterling Real Estate.


Calgary, Alberta – On January 22, 2020, Karen Lynn Blain, previously a real estate associate in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of her application, Ms. Blain was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Ms. Blain:

  • contravened the Real Estate Act Rules by participated in fraudulent or unlawful activities in connection with the provision of services or in any dealings
  • failed to notify the executive director of the discipline rendered against her by her trade association

At the time of Ms. Blain’s withdrawal from industry, the investigation was not complete and therefore there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Ms. Blain’s application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.


Calgary, Alberta – On January 22, 2020, Barry Coggins, previously a real estate broker in Linden, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Coggins was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Mr. Coggins:

  • failed to fulfil fiduciary obligations and make full disclosure of conflicts of interest to clients
  • failed to offer a transaction brokerage agreement where required
  • failed to exercise reasonable care and skill in the performance of the exclusive listing contract; and
  • traded in real estate without proper authorization

At the time of Mr. Coggins’ withdrawal from industry, the investigation was not complete and therefore there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Mr. Coggins application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.


Calgary, Alberta – On January 22, 2020, Christine Joy Coggins, previously a real estate broker in Linden, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of her application, Ms. Coggins was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Ms. Coggins:

  • had knowledge of the misconduct of real estate associates under her supervision, and failed to take any steps to correct the misconduct or reduce resulting harm
  • failed to offer a transaction brokerage agreement where required
  • failed to provide proper disclosure to clients; and
  • failed to provide brokerage personnel with written policies in regards to personal trades in real estate

At the time of Ms. Coggins’ withdrawal from industry, the investigation was not complete and  therefore there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Ms. Coggins application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.


Calgary, Alberta – On January 22, 2020, Trevor William Fenn, previously a real estate and mortgage associate in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Fenn was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Mr. Fenn:

  • participated in fraudulent or unlawful activities in connection with the provision of services or in any dealings
  • used confidential information obtained from other person(s) for personal gain
  • made representations or carried on conduct that was reckless or intentional and that misled or deceived any person or is likely to do so
  • engaged in conduct that undermined public confidence in the industry, harmed the integrity of the industry, or brought the industry into disrepute; and
  • failed to fulfil his fiduciary obligations to his clients

At the time of Mr. Fenn’s withdrawal from industry, the investigation was not complete and therefore there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Mr. Fenn application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.


Calgary, Alberta – On January 22, 2020, Jay Harder, formerly a real estate associate in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Harder was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Mr. Harder:

  • failed to fulfil fiduciary obligations and make full disclosure of conflicts of interest to clients
  • failed to offer a transaction brokerage agreement where required

At the time of Mr. Harder’s withdrawal from industry, the investigation was complete, and RECA was ready to proceed with this matter. However, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Mr. Harder application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued


Calgary, Alberta – On January 22, 2020, Balbir Kaur Kainth, previously a real estate associate in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of her application, Ms. Kainth was the subject of an investigation under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Ms. Kainth:

  • received trust finds into her personal account without a service agreement setting out the terms upon which the funds were to be received, held and disbursed
  • provided services in which she had a conflict of interest without receiving written and informed consent of the party; and
  • provided an inducement without approval of the brokerage

At the time of Ms. Kainth’s withdrawal from industry, the investigation was not complete and therefore there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Ms. Kainth application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.