Quality of Life

REALTORS®’ Commitment to Quality of Life

Because the real estate industry impacts our province economically, environmentally and socially, NSAR and its members have a responsibility to recognize this in all aspects of what we do.


The Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® and its members are committed to helping to improve the Quality of Life for all those living in our province.  The Association uses five important Quality of Life Principles to guides its Government Relations efforts.  These Principles are:

Ensuring Economic Vitality

REALTORS® believe a strong economy and a strong job market for Nova Scotians remains the single biggest key to our quality of life. A healthy economy sustains vibrant communities for living and working. Commercial, industrial and residential growth, in turn, sustains a healthy economy.

Economic development brings new opportunity and improved quality for residents by increasing jobs, tax base, purchasing power, diversity, availability of goods and services and offering community revitalization and improvement.

Providing Housing Opportunities

REALTORS® believe all Nova Scotians have the right to safe and affordable housing near where they work, shop and play.  These objectives should be met through market-driven approaches that foster a wide range of urban, suburban and rural housing choices at all price levels.

Accommodating growth relieves pressure on housing prices and provides increased opportunities for home ownership.  REALTORS® believe home ownership contributes to community responsibility; civic, economic, business and employment stability; family security and well being.

Preserving our Environment

REALTORS® recognize the need to support policies that encourage conservation and using natural resources wisely to preserve the environment and quality of life.

To protect the environment effectively, REALTORS® believe government must accommodate quality commercial, industrial and residential growth using innovative planning techniques.  At the same time, the government must recognize the need for a healthy economy, the importance of local decision-making, private property rights and attainable homeownership opportunities.

Protecting Property Owners

REALTORS® believe private property rights are fundamental to our free-market economic system. REALTORS® recognize and protect the natural right to own property.  A strong economy depends upon  preserving the right to freely own, use and transfer  real property.

Building Better Communities

REALTORS® believe communities flourish best when they offer a high quality of life at a reasonable cost.

To promote livable communities, governments should encourage quality growth through policies that sufficiently fund transportation and infrastructure that provides the framework for a community’s quality of life and lays the essential groundwork for accommodating commercial, industrial and residential growth.