News Releases 2017


Calgary, Alberta – On November 24, 2017, a Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) Hearing Panel suspended Judy Nelson’s real estate licence for three months; ordered her and her former brokerage Willow Creek Realty Ltd. to jointly pay fines totaling $23,000; and, ordered Ms. Nelson to pay costs of $500 and complete an educational requirement.
The Hearing Panel found:

  • Ms. Nelson failed to disburse money received or held in trust in accordance with the Rules and with the terms of the trust governing the use of that money
  • Ms. Nelson failed to fulfill her fiduciary obligations owed to clients in her capacity as broker by improperly using trust funds to fund the operating expenditures of the brokerage
  • Willow Creek Realty Ltd. ceased to carry on business and did not provide to the Executive Director an accountant’s report on the status of monies held in trust within 30 days
  • Willow Creek Realty Ltd. made bank transfers out of an account in which money was held in trust, which created a negative balance in a client or customer’s ledgers
  • Willow Creek Realty Ltd. did not deposit the brokerage’s own money into a trust account as soon as the amount of a shortage in the trust account was determined
  • Willow Creek Realty Ltd. failed to report to the Executive Director at the brokerage’s fiscal year end with regard to the operation of its trust accounts

At the time of the events in question, Ms. Nelson was broker of Willow Creek Realty Ltd. Currently, Ms. Nelson is a real estate associate broker with Re/Max House of Real Estate in Calgary. The Hearing Panel ordered that Ms. Nelson’s suspension is to begin on December 15, 2017.

To review the Hearing Panel order in its entirety, please click here.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta –The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is pleased to welcome Ms. Amina Deiab to Council as the public member appointed by the Minister of Service Alberta, Ms. Stephanie McLean.

Amina brings to Council more than 10 years of experience in business development and sales across a number of sectors, and five years of policy, regulation, and governance experience. Over the last few years, Amina has worked on key energy policy issues with the Government of Alberta, and is currently the Senior Director Economic Policy in Economic Development and Trade.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration, specializing in Innovation, Science, and Energy Policy from Carleton University.

“We are incredibly pleased to have Amina join us at the Council table,” says Brian Klingspon, Council Chair. “In an era of increasing scrutiny on professional regulatory bodies, it is even more important to have strong public member voices at the table.”

Amina is one of two public members on the Real Estate Council of Alberta. Council members appointed the other public member, Ms. Krista Bolton, in 2012.

Amina is passionate about board governance and as a volunteer Board Governance Instructor, spends her spare time working with Alberta’s not-for-profit boards to teach governance principles, and to help boards develop good governance practices.

“Council’s current 2016-2020 Strategic Business Plan has a strong emphasis on aligning Council’s governance practices with planned strategies and actions,” adds Klingspon. “We are confident having Amina join Council will allow us to continue enhancing our governance practices, which can and will strengthen self-regulation and consumer protection within Alberta’s real estate industry.”

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – It’s the biggest purchase most consumers will ever make – a home. And, you need to make sure you’re financially ready. The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) can help.

November is Financial Literacy Month, and RECA is committed to helping Albertans think beyond the purchase price to make sure they’re prepared for and understand the financial realities of home ownership.

“When browsing for homes online, people often see the listing price and think that’s the only cost,” says Brian Klingspon, Chair of the Real Estate Council of Alberta. “But there are many more costs than that, and Albertans need to be aware and prepared for them before seriously shopping for a new home.”

As the authority for a positive real estate experience, RECA has information and resources to help Albertans learn the financial ins-and-outs of their home purchase, from figuring out if they’re ready to buy, to obtaining a mortgage, planning for closing costs, and the ongoing financial responsibilities of home ownership.

“A home purchase is one of the biggest purchases a consumer will ever make, and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars isn’t something to take lightly,” adds Klingspon. “It’s important for consumers to have access to independent, reliable information to make a sound financial decision.”

Go to www.www.reca.ca/FinancialLiteracy to access RECA’s collection of financial literacy resources. RECA will add more throughout Financial Literacy Month; stay tuned and follow along on Twitter with #FLM2017.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta –The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is pleased to announce the selection of Brian Klingspon as Chair of Council and Bonny Clarke as Chair-Elect.

Mr. Klingspon has been a member of Council since November 2013, and serves as an appointee of the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) from the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. He has been in the real estate business for more than 25 years, serving as an associate broker in Edmonton, and working as the vice-president of regional development for a large real estate franchisor. Brian has experience on numerous RECA advisory committees, including as past Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, the Hearings Committee, and the Consumer Advisory Committee.

Ms. Clarke came on board as a Council member on November 1, 2015. Council members appointed Bonny to Council from industry members who are not members of the Alberta Real Estate Association. Bonny has spent majority of her career in the broker-lending channel, and she is an active participant in the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, and Mortgage Professionals Canada. Bonny is also a past instructor of the Mortgage Broker 1000 course. As a Council member, she has served on Council’s Governance Committee, and in 2016-2017, she served as Vice Chair of both the Legislative Review Committee and the Residential Real Estate Advisory Committee.

Mr. Klingspon and Ms. Clarke will serve in these positions for a one-year term, ending on October 31, 2018. application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On October 18, 2017, Jared Colby Jenkins, previously a mortgage associate in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Jenkins was the subject of conduct proceedings under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation pertained to allegations that Mr. Jenkins was involved in a mortgage fraud scheme; Mr. Jenkins did not respond to RECA’s requests for information as part of the investigation process.

The matter was referred to a Hearing Panel where it was alleged that Mr. Jenkins breached the Real Estate Act by failing to cooperate with a RECA investigation. Prior to the scheduled Hearing, Mr. Jenkins applied to RECA for a lifetime withdrawal from the industry.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta approved Mr. Jenkins’ application to withdraw, and this results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership; conduct proceedings are now discontinued. At the time of Mr. Jenkins’ withdrawal from industry, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On October 18, 2017, Ruth Chan Ng, previously a real estate associate broker in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of her application, Ms. Ng was the subject of conduct proceedings under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Ms. Ng failed to:

  • be actively engaged in the management of the brokerage
  • ensure the business of the brokerage was carried out competently and in accordance with the legislation
  • ensure adequate level of supervision for licensees and employees of the brokerage
  • ensure that bank records were maintained for all monies held in trust
  • ensure the terms of trust governing the use of money are in writing and agreed to by all parties

At the time of Ms. Ng’s withdrawal from industry, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

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

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On October 17, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of Rajandar Prasad. RECA suspended Mr. Prasad for failing to comply with a Hearing Panel order from a March, 20, 2017 Hearing Panel Decision.

As a result of this suspension, Rajandar Prasad may not trade in real estate in Alberta.

Mr. Prasad was most recently registered as a real estate associate with Sterling Real Estate in Edmonton.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage, property management and real estate appraisal professionals under the Real Estate Act of Alberta. RECA is mandated to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) has published easy-to-read, comprehensive Industry Professional Standards of Conduct, so consumers have a better understanding of the standards of conduct that real estate professionals, mortgage brokers, property managers, and real estate appraisers must follow.

“We believe knowledgeable consumers are protected consumers, and understanding the standards to which professionals adhere improves the level of trust that consumers have when working with a licensee and improves the working relationship overall,” says RECA Chair Christine Zwozdesky. “Our work as the industry regulator, in the public interest, includes making sure consumers have access to information that will help them confidently work with our industry professionals.”

The Industry Professional Standards of Conduct are part of RECA’s ongoing commitment to openness and transparency. They are a plain-language summary of the existing conduct standards found within the Real Estate Act Rules, which RECA administers on behalf of the provincial government. These standards outline what RECA expects – and in fact, requires – of its industry professionals.

“Legislation can be difficult to understand for non-lawyers,” adds Zwozdesky. “By giving plain-language summaries of the Real Estate Act Rules, we are making them more accessible to the public, and easier for everyone to understand.”

Extensive plain-language information for consumers on working with licensed real estate professionals is found on RECA’s website at www.www.reca.ca. Consumers can also read comprehensive guides to the Home Buying and Home Selling process at www.homebuyersguidealberta.ca and www.homesellersguidealberta.ca.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On September 27, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended Mark Charles Holtom, a mortgage associate. Mark Holtom was most recently registered with Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Mentors in Edmonton.

RECA determined it is in the public interest to temporarily suspend Mr. Holtom. The suspension will continue until the conclusion of RECA disciplinary proceedings against him.

Allegations against Mr. Holtom include that he engaged in conduct that undermines public confidence in the industry, harms the integrity of the industry, or brings the industry into disrepute.

As a result of this suspension, Mark Charles Holtom may not deal in mortgages as a mortgage associate in Alberta.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage, property management and real estate appraisal professionals under the Real Estate Act of Alberta. RECA is mandated to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On September 11, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of Bobby Bob Jacob. RECA suspended Mr. Jacob for refusing to cooperate with a person conducting an investigation.

As a result of this suspension, Mr. Jacob may not trade in real estate in Alberta. His suspension will continue until the executive director is satisfied he has cooperated with the investigation.

Mr. Jacob was most recently registered as a real estate associate with Real Estate Professionals Inc. in Calgary.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On August 2, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of Joe Randy Fournier. RECA suspended Mr. Fournier for refusing to cooperate with a person conducting an investigation.

As a result of this suspension, Joe Randy Fournier may not trade in real estate in Alberta. His suspension will continue until the executive director is satisfied he has cooperated with the investigation.

Mr. Fournier was most recently registered as a real estate associate with Re/Max Grande Prairie.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – Selling a home can seem daunting, whether it’s the first time or the first time in a long time. The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA), the regulatory body for real estate and mortgage brokerage professionals in Alberta, has launched a comprehensive Home Seller’s Guide to help Albertans navigate the process.

RECA works in the public interest, and believes knowledgeable consumers are protected consumers. Its new Home Sellers Guide provides consumers with neutral, authoritative information about the entire home selling process, from the first thought of selling to handing over the keys to the buyer. Find the entire guide at www.homesellersguidealberta.ca.

RECA is confident that the information found in RECA’s Home Seller’s Guide, combined with advice, service, and expertise from licensed industry professionals, will lead consumers to a positive home selling experience.

Check it out at www.homesellersguidealberta.ca

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On July 6, 2017, Philip Fook Shing Tong, previously a real estate broker in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Tong was the subject of conduct proceedings under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Mr. Tong failed to:

  • be actively engaged in the management of his brokerage
  • ensure the business of the brokerage was carried out competently
  • ensure adequate level of supervision for licensees and employees of the brokerage
  • ensure that bank records were maintained for all monies held in trust
  • ensure the terms of trust governing the use of money are in writing and agreed to by all parties

At the time of Mr. Tong’s withdrawal from industry, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

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

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On July 6, 2017, Lori Lynn Critch, previously a real estate associate in Fort McMurray, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of her application, Ms. Critch was the subject of conduct proceedings under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether Ms. Critch stole money from her brokerage.

At the time of Ms. Critch’s withdrawal from industry, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact.

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

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On July 5, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended Batool Ahmadi, a real estate associate broker. RECA determined it is in the public interest to temporarily suspend Ms. Ahmadi. The suspension will continue until the conclusion of RECA disciplinary proceedings against her.

Allegations against Ms. Ahmadi include:

  • Failed to disclose a conflict of interest and acted as an agent for both the buyers and the sellers in a real estate transaction
  • Failed to obtain written and informed consent prior to providing service to a client in a trade in which she would have a conflict of interest
  • Recklessly and intentionally misled buyers and sellers regarding deposits and handling of trust funds when she failed to establish written trust terms for the receipt, holding and use of funds prior to receiving money
  • Failed to provide the broker with all original documentation in a timely manner and failure to inform the broker of a trade in real estate
  • Participated in fraudulent activity in connection to her services when she offered to buy the property herself and transfer it into the name of the buyers at a later date in one transaction, and when she created a company to hold deposit money in another transaction
  • Failed to act honestly
  • Failed to enter into a written service agreement with the buyers
  • Failed to cooperate with investigators
  • Acted as a mortgage broker despite not being licensed or authorized to do so
  • Failed to record the offer or present the offer to purchase to the sellers

As a result of this suspension, Batool Ahmadi may not trade in real estate in Alberta.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On May 29, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended Philip Fook-Shing Tong, a real estate broker, and Ruth Chan Yo Yee Ng, a real estate associate broker. Both individuals were registered with Classic Property Management & Realty Ltd in Calgary. RECA determined it is in the public interest to temporarily suspend Mr. Tong and Ms. Ng. The suspensions will continue until the conclusion of RECA disciplinary proceedings against them.

Allegations against Mr. Tong include:

  • failure to be actively engaged in the management of the brokerage
  • failure to ensure the business of the brokerage is carried out competently and in accordance with the legislation
  • failure to ensure there is an adequate level of supervision for associate brokers or associates, and employees who perform duties on behalf of the brokerage;
  • failure to ensure that for all monies held in trust, the bank records are maintained in accordance with the legislation, and the law as it relates to trustees
  • when receiving money in trust in respect of a deal in real estate, failure to ensure that the terms of the trust governing the use of money are in writing and agreed to by the industry member and all other parties.

Allegations against Ms. Ng include:

  • failure to provide competent service
  • failure to fulfill her fiduciary obligations to her clients
  • participation in fraudulent or unlawful activities in connection with the provision of services or in any dealings

As a result of these suspensions, Philip Fook-Shing Tong and Ruth Chan Ho Yee Ng may not trade in real estate in Alberta.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On April 19, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of Melenda Simmons. RECA suspended Ms. Simmons for refusing to cooperate with a person conducting an investigation.

As a result of this suspension, Melenda Simmons may not trade in real estate in Alberta. Her suspension will continue until the executive director is satisfied she has cooperated with the investigation.

Ms. Simmons was most recently registered as a real estate associate with Re/Max Elite in Edmonton.

Note: On April 20, 2017, Ms. Simmons’ licence was reinstated after the Executive Director deemed her to have complied with RECA’s request.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On April 12, 2017, Geoff Richard Pallett, previously a real estate associate in Edmonton, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Pallett was the subject of conduct proceedings under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were whether, by virtue of criminal convictions against Mr. Pallett, he had engaged in conduct that brings the industry into disrepute.

At the time of Mr. Pallett’s withdrawal from industry, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions, or findings of fact under the Real Estate Act or Rules.

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

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On April 10, 2017, a Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) Hearing Panel suspended Terry William Paranych’s real estate licence for three months; ordered him to pay fines and costs totaling $96,000; and, ordered him to complete the Fundamentals of Real Estate course and all related examinations.

Mr. Paranych shall not be re-authorized to trade in real estate until he pays all fines and costs ordered by the Hearing Panel, as well as completes all education as required by the Hearing Panel.

The Hearing Panel found Mr. Paranych:

  • made representations or carried on conduct that was reckless or intentional and that misled or deceived any person or was likely to do so (14 times)
  • engaged in conduct that undermines public confidence in the industry, harms the integrity of the industry, or brings the industry into disrepute (6 times)
  • did not ensure that in any communication, advertising or marketing material there was no suggestion, implication or statement that may suggest or lead the public to believe an
  • unlicensed or unregistered assistant is qualified to trade in real estate, deal in mortgages, or perform real estate appraisals, as the case may be (2 times)
  • directly or indirectly, advertised, communicated or offered an incentive that was not provided by and on behalf of the brokerage with which he is registered (3 times)

Mr. Paranych was previously registered as a real estate associate with Elite Ownership Group Ltd. o/a/ Re/MAX Elite, and most recently registered with Excellence Real Estate Edmonton Ltd. o/a/ Re/MAX Excellence in Edmonton.

To review the Hearing Panel order in its entirety, please click here.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – Fraud prevention lasts all year. That’s the message the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is sharing as this year’s Fraud Prevention Month ends.

“We highlight fraud during Fraud Prevention Month each year, but we want consumers to recognize that fraud can happen anytime, anywhere,” says Christine Zwozdesky, RECA Chair. “We don’t want consumers to let their guard down when it comes to real estate and mortgage fraud schemes. RECA and its licensed professionals are a resource for consumers year round. We’re available to help educate and protect consumers who are buying or selling property, or obtaining a mortgage.”

Visit RECA’s Mortgage Fraud Awareness and Prevention website, which includes:

  • Dig Deeper fraud awareness video
  • tips for avoiding mortgage fraud, translated into Punjabi and Mandarin
  • mortgage fraud red flags
  • mortgage fraud borrower checklists and FAQs
  • examples of common mortgage fraud schemes

“We want consumers to Dig Deeper for more information if someone offers financial assistance or arrangements that seem too good to be true,” adds Zwozdesky.

As the licensing and regulatory body for Alberta’s 15,000 real estate, mortgage brokerage, property management, and real estate appraisal professionals, RECA is in a unique position to serve as an independent resource for consumers who are buying or selling property in Alberta.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – As this year’s Fraud Prevention Month begins, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is urging Albertans to dig deeper when a real estate or mortgage deal seems too good to be true.

As the licensing and regulatory body for Alberta’s 15,000 real estate, mortgage brokerage and real estate appraisal professionals, RECA’s mandate includes protecting against, investigating, detecting, and suppressing mortgage fraud. RECA has extensive information and resources for consumers that can help them avoid being targets.

“Consumers have the power to protect themselves from opportunistic fraudsters,” says Christine Zwozdesky, RECA Chair. “We encourage consumers to dig deeper for more information if something sounds too good to be true.”

  • having financial difficulty related to your mortgage? Someone offering you “an easy way out”? Find out if the person offering to help you is a licensed real estate or mortgage
  • brokerage professional. “Search for an industry professional” at www.www.reca.ca
  • read contracts and other documents carefully. Make sure you understand what you’re signing; if you don’t, ask questions. If you don’t like the answers – look for help or information elsewhere
  • do a web search for the names of the individuals offering to help you out. If the person you’re dealing with has a history of fraud, their old victims have likely warned the world online

Zwozdesky adds, “Part of RECA’s mandate is consumer protection, and providing Albertans with credible, independent information about mortgage fraud prevention and awareness is one way we can do that.”

Do your research, ask questions, and most of all, make sure you’re working with a licensed mortgage or real estate professional. Their extensive knowledge, experience, and training can help you avoid scams.

Mortgage fraud awareness and prevention resources for consumers are available now on RECA’s website. RECA will be participating in Fraud Prevention Month activities throughout March.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On February 22, 2017, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) suspended the real estate licence of John Malcolm. RECA suspended Mr. Malcolm for refusing to cooperate with a person conducting an investigation.

As a result of this suspension, John Malcolm may not trade in real estate in Alberta. His suspension will continue until the executive director is satisfied he has cooperated with the investigation.

Mr. Malcolm was most recently registered as a real estate associate with Re/Max River City in Edmonton.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment most Albertans will ever make, and now, the regulatory body for real estate, mortgage brokerage, and real estate appraisal professionals in Alberta has launched a comprehensive Home Buyer’s Guide to help.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) believes consumers that are knowledgeable about the home buying process are better protected. To that end, RECA’s new Home Buyers Guide, www.homebuyersguidealberta.ca, provides consumers with neutral information about the home buying process, and working with real estate and mortgage brokerage professionals.

The guide provides key questions for consumers to consider as they begin the home buying process, and takes them through the process – from finding licensed real estate and mortgage professionals, to making the offer, negotiating, and what they can expect on possession day.

www.homebuyersguidealberta.ca will help consumers make informed decisions, for positive real estate experiences.

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On January 25, 2017, Lorna Macneil, most recently a real estate broker operating in Fort McMurray and Medicine Hat, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of her application, Ms. Macneil was the subject of conduct proceedings under the Real Estate Act related to shortages in trust fund accounts that held owner’s rent money and security deposits. In December 2016, RECA suspended Ms. Macneil’s real estate licence for not cooperating with the investigation.

At the time of Ms. Macneil’s withdrawal from industry, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions or findings of fact.

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

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.


Calgary, Alberta – On January 25, 2017, Kenneth Klassen, previously a real estate associate in Calgary, applied to permanently withdraw from industry membership.

At the time of his application, Mr. Klassen was the subject of conduct proceedings under the Real Estate Act. The issues under investigation were:

  • representation of multiple straw buyers (participation in fraudulent or unlawful activities in connection with the provision of services)
  • failure to provide competent service to his clients
  • failure to ensure his role was understood
  • failure to provide documentation to his brokerage
  • failure to keep his broker informed of his activities

At the time of Mr. Klassen’s withdrawal from industry, there had been no disciplinary hearing, admissions or findings of fact.

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

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for governing real estate, mortgage broker, property management, and real estate appraisal industry professionals under Alberta’s Real Estate Act. RECA’s mandate is to protect consumers and to provide services that enhance and improve the industry and the business of industry professionals.