Barbara Hong - Lifetime Withdrawal from Industry

Calgary, Alberta - On May 6, 2009, Barbara Hong, former real estate associate registered with Polaris Realty (1995) Ltd. o/a Realty Executives Polaris in Edmonton, applied to the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) to withdraw from industry membership in accordance with section 54 of the Real Estate Act.  At the time of her withdrawal application, Ms Hong was the subject of conduct proceedings to determine whether or not she failed to explain her role in a dual agency situation, participated in the creation of false documents, knowingly or recklessly misrepresented the potential market value of a property, allowed a non industry member to perform tasks that only a licensed person should perform and failed to act in a client’s best interest.

Ms Hong’s application to withdraw was approved by RECA and results in a voluntary lifetime prohibition from industry membership.  By virtue of operation of the Real Estate Act, conduct proceedings are discontinued. There has been no hearing and no finding of facts in this matter.  Ms Hong’s withdrawal application does not constitute an admission of misconduct.

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