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 – 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.