Ontario Agents Can Sell In Alberta?

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A great opportunity currently exists for Ontario real estate agents. Thanks to the generous labor mobility laws in Canada, it is now possible for licensed Ontario real estate Agents to seek licensing in other provinces, the most popular of which is currently Alberta. The process to become dual licensed and to add an Alberta real estate license to your list of credentials is actually very simple and surprisingly cheap. Already, several top producing Ontario REALTORs have obtained Alberta real estate licenses and are making massive income in the pre-construction condominium space, while others are finding huge success in introducing multi-family properties to their investors and clients from Ontario. This opportunity will likely change, get more expensive, or end completely in the future, so the time to learn about it is now.

Why Get An Alberta Real Estate License?

There are many reasons that some of the top agents in Ontario have already started to capitalize on the ability to get licensed to sell real estate in Alberta. The most obvious reason is because of the opportunity. While much of the Ontario market has declined or been stagnant, the Alberta market in Calgary and Edmonton have both continued to grow rapidly. There are lots of huge project underway and countless more coming over the next 3 to 5 years. The Alberta real estate market is like the Ontario market fifteen years ago, and you know how that went up up up for a solid decade. Alberta will do the same.

The second reason Ontario agents are having success in Alberta is experience. Most Toronto agents have had years of experience selling condominiums, preconstruction projects, and doing business in a fast paced multi-offer market. Many Alberta agents have little experience with this type of market, with this type of real estate, and these types of projects. Quite simply, an experienced Ontario agents is going to have a nice advantage just based upon market experience right now.

Thirdly, the process to get licensed is so easy and affordable. You are even able to obtain an Alberta real estate license and simply park that license with an Alberta Real Estate License Parking Brokerage, thereby avoiding paying all of the ridiculous industry fees, office fees, franchise fees, etc. The cost is extremely low, especially considering the potential income possibilities you will gain.

Lastly, as a successful agent expanding your credentials and becoming dual licensed is not only impressive to your clients, but also demonstrates that you have the ability to provide them with a greater offering of services than your competitors. Seriously, less than 1% of Ontario agents will be smart enough to take advantage of this opportunity to easily obtain an Alberta Real Estate License before it eventually changes, gets more expensive, or completely ends.

Will you be one of the few who takes advantage or will you be like the other 99% who get left behind? Park And Protect is not the only option, but we are the largest specialty license parking brokerage in Alberta and have experience working with leading Ontario agents, brokers and REALTORS. Ontario agents choose us to maximize their profits and minimize the hassle. Feel free to contact us via the webform.

Temporary Real Estate License Parking

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There are agents who are completely inactive and yet do not want their Alberta real estate license to be deleted. These agents generally have no short term plan to return to the industry and no interest in utilizing their license status to generate referral income, they are truly only interested in temporary parking their Alberta real estate license with a brokerage to avoid the 3 year unregistered timeline at which point their entire license credentials are deleted from the Real Estate Council of Alberta list of eligible licensees. For these agents, there are few options for the temporary parking of Alberta real estate licenses.

The large active traditional real estate brokerages have no interest in allowing the temporary license parking for an agent who does not plan to actively be involved in real estate and perhaps more importantly, no interest in paying monthly fees to the brokerage. Every large brokerage that I am aware of simply flat out refuses to waste their time on temporary license parking agents.

Park And Protect (the largest real estate license parking specialty brokerage in Alberta) is the only Alberta real estate brokerage who specifically caters to the needs of those agents who need temporary license parking. We have a short term license registration option which basically allows for an unlicensed but eligible agent to register their Alberta real estate license for a minimal period of time (essentially getting licensed for a single day) which is sufficient to reset their 3 year expiration clock back to the start.

By registering temporarily with Park And Protect, these agents can reset their clock, ensure their license will not be deleted, and enjoy the security of knowing they once again have nothing to worry about for 3 years. Thanks to our outstanding relationship with the registration department at RECA, we can confidently provide rapid turn around and efficient registration for those agents whom we accept and provide this service for. We believe there is no faster option to save your Alberta real estate license from deletion and to park and protect your license going into the future.

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If you have an Alberta real estate license but have been unregistered for a period of time, you should contact us to discuss how you can avoid deletion. The longer you wait, the greater chance that you will run out of time and miss your deadline. Don’t let your Alberta real estate license disappear, contact Park And Protect via our contact form on this site.

Alberta Real Estate License Expiration

Don’t let your Alberta real estate expire and get deleted! You must register your license with an Alberta real estate brokerage like Park And Protect if you do not want to lose your credentials forever. This is a pretty important topic so let me explain it in more detail.

Real Estate License Costs Alot!

The cost of obtaining an Alberta real estate license is quite high and has been continually increasing. There is the financial cost of the course, educational materials and registration fees, plus there is also a large amount of time committed to the learning, studying and examinations. The overall personal investment to become a REALTOR, Agent or Broker in Alberta in quite significant. You definitely do not want it all to go to waste due to being unprepared or unaware of the rules surrounding Alberta real estate licensing.

Don’t Get Deleted!

In Alberta, a licensee must be registered with a brokerage to be an active Agent and trade in real estate. If you become unregistered for any reason, by choice or not, the clock starts on your deletion. Upon 3 years to the day from the last day you were registered with an Alberta real estate brokerage your license is deleted from the system and all of your credentials are lost. There is no exceptions made to this rule and many Agents have inadvertently lost their most valuable career asset due to being unaware of this policy.

What Can I Do To Keep My License Active?

Agents who wish to keep their credentials from expiring and being deleted need to register with an Alberta real estate brokerage before their 3 year expiration occurs. You should not wait until the last day, week, or even month to do this or you might be unsuccessful in having enough time to get the paperwork completed and filed with the Real Estate Council of Alberta. The process is not always fast.

Why Join Park And Protect?

Park And Protect is currently the largest and fastest growing specialty license parking brokerage in all of Western Canada. We are an Alberta based brokerage where you can park your Alberta real estate license for a flat affordable annual fee. We do not charge monthly fees like the franchise real estate offices do, nor do we do not charge outrageous office splits. We do allow all of our registered Agents to collect referral fees from other industry professionals and we let them keep 100% of those referrals (minus a flat processing fee only). There is quite simply no more profitable place you can park your Alberta real estate license and still get paid.

Who Would Join You?

If you want to see the most impressive collection of real estate industry veterans from across Canada, take a look at our Agents and Associate Brokers. Our office is home to some of the leading pre-construction sales Agents from Toronto, allowing them full access to the hot condo and single family construction market in Calgary and Edmonton for their investor clients. We also have Agents from the leading franchise brands (RE/Max, Coldwell Banker, C21, etc), literally the guys who have helped to build and shape the Canadian real estate industry for decades. Heck, we even have an Olympic Gold medalist! I can confidently say you can’t find a more diverse and experienced team of Agents anywhere in Canada.

What Should I Do?

The answer is, take action now. Don’t wait and put it off any longer because time is not on your side here. If you wait too long, we cannot help you. Contact us at admin@parkandprotect.ca and schedule a call with us. We can discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.

We have a stellar relationship with the Real Estate Council of Alberta and in many instances can have your license registered and saved within 24 hours of you sorting out your online payment. Our goal is to ensure our process is among the most streamlined and efficient in the industry. The only delay at this point is ……. you?

How Much Does License Parking Cost?

Parking your Alberta real estate license is definitely a way to reduce your cost of being licensed and yet still maintain your industry qualifications. There are many expenses associated with being a REALTOR, Agent or Broker, most of which can be reduced or eliminated by parking your license.

There are 2 primary fees which you will pay to park your Alberta real estate license with us. The first fee is payable to RECA, the provincial licensing body, and the second is the simple annual license registration and parking fee to Park And Protect. By paying only these two fees you are licensed in Alberta, covered by REIX real estate practitioners errors and omission insurance, and registered as an Agent with Park And Protect real estate brokerage. The total cost for these business expenses is roughly $1200 depending upon your license class and status.

Comparing this cost of approximately $1200 which is payable once per licensing year (September of each year) to being registered with a traditional franchise real estate office who is a member of MLS, AREA, CREA and a local real estate board and the difference is thousands of dollars in savings. For example, the cost of registering at my previous franchise real estate brokerage was $1400/month desk fee + transaction fees + office fee + $200/month MLS board fee + $800 annually to AREA and CREA. A total of probably approaching $20,000 in expenses per year.

$1,200 to park your license with us VS $20,000 to join a MLS franchise office. A very massive difference and the clear reason that Agents choose to park their Alberta real estate license with Park And Protect.

*These numbers are based upon my personal experience, your actual expenses may vary greatly and even exceed these. Do your own Due Diligence!!!

Parking Your Real Estate License in Alberta

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If you’re a licensed Alberta real estate agent or broker, you may have heard of the term “parking your real estate license.” It refers to a practice where an agent chooses to maintain their real estate license but not actively engage in trading in real estate. Essentially, they are putting their license on hold until they’re ready to resume work. This can be a good option for agents who want to take a break from real estate, explore other career opportunities, or simply want to take time off from the industry for any variety or reasons from health to family to even traveling.

However, like most things in life, there are pros and cons to parking your Alberta real estate license. In this blog post, we’ll explore both sides of the equation, so you can make an informed decision.


  1. Cost Savings: One of the biggest benefits of parking your Alberta real estate license is the cost savings. Real estate agents are required to pay annual fees to maintain their license, even if they’re not working. By parking your license, you can avoid these fees and save money. Especially if you join a brokerage like Park And Protect who does not require you to join any real estate board, provincial or federal groups, or any of the other expensive but completely unnecessary industry organizations.
  2. Flexibility: Another advantage of parking your license is the flexibility it offers. You can take a break from real estate without having to worry about meeting continuing education requirements or keeping up with industry changes. Your license can remain parked as long as it is registered with a license parking brokerage in Alberta.
  3. Easy Reinstatement: If you decide to return to real estate in the future, it’s generally easier to reinstate your license than to start from scratch. You’ll still need to meet certain requirements, but the process is usually faster and less cumbersome.


  1. Loss of Income: Perhaps the most obvious drawback of parking your license is the loss of income. Real estate can be a lucrative career, and if you’re not working, you’re not earning money. However, a parked Agent can still collect certain commissions and referral fees depending upon the parking brokerage they register with.
  2. Limited Access to Resources: Real estate agents who are actively working have access to a variety of resources, including MLS listings, networking opportunities, and training programs. When you park your license, you may lose access to these resources, which could make it more difficult to return to the industry. This is why parked agents are generally precluded from all trading in real estate.

In conclusion, parking your real estate license can be a good option for agents who want to take a break from the industry. However, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision. If you’re considering parking your license, be sure to check with your state’s real estate commission to understand the specific requirements and procedures for doing so.

Alberta Real Estate License Parking

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Frequently Asked Questions

For whatever reason, Agents sometimes find that they do not require to be licensed and actively selling real estate, but still wish to retain their credentials. These FAQs can provide answers to some common questions about parking your real estate license and about our Park and Protect brokerage.

Q: What is License Parking?
A:  Parking your real estate license is the process of registering your Agent or Broker licensing with a Brokerage that has chosen to not join any local real estate board, Alberta Real Estate Association, or Canadian Real Estate Association. There are many of these type of real estate brokerages across Canada. When registering with them, you do not have to pay any ridiculously expensive monthly board dues, AREA fees or CREA fees.  Thus joining a non-MLS Brokerage can be significantly cheaper. Your real estate license remains active with RECA, your professional credentials remain protected, however, you would not have access to MLS services and thankfully do not have to and cannot call yourself a REALTOR®. 

Q: What is the benefit of parking my license?
A:  Real estate agents and brokers work very hard to obtain their licenses and we believe that they should have the opportunity to benefit from it even if they are not active in the business. By parking your license, you can keep your license status “active”. In other word, you will not lose you license due to inactivity, providing that you satisfy the minimum continuous education requirements (REP) should any be applicable for the licensing year. You can save thousands of dollars on unnecessary real estate board fees, yet you can still keep your license active so that you are entitled to earn referral fees and commissions on real estate transactions that you refer to other active agents. Then, at any time in the future if you decided to go back to full time real estate agent work, you do not have to go through the entire licensing, education, and examination process to return to the industry.

Q. Why should I park my license with Park And Protect?
A:  Park And Protect is registered as a full licensed real estate brokerage with the Real Estate Council of Alberta. Our Broker is certified for Residential, Commercial, Agricultural, Condominium and Property Management and has over 30 years experience in the real estate industry.

Q. Can I sell or list homes for friends and family?
A:  Park and Protect does not authorize our parked associates to work directly with buyers and sellers.  We believe the consumer is best served by using a full service Agent that knows the local market place, current selling trends in the area and has access to local board sales statistics.  Our Agents can be present in an advisory capacity but are only authorized to refer all trades in real estate to actively licensed Agents. As such, Park and Protect works directly with other licensed Agents, Brokers and Brokerages to achieve these cooperative referral arrangements and ensure all of our clients receive the highest level of service possible.

Q.  Can I sell developer projects, new homes sales, or pre-construction projects?
A:  Yes!  Parked License Agents at Park and Protect may refer their clients to these types of construction projects and earn both applicable referral fees and sales commissions on completion. These projects and the role of our agents are to simply be referrals to the inhouse sales teams of the developers.

Q.  If I am not actively selling, am I covered by errors & omission insurance?
A:  Yes!  All Park and Protect Agents and Brokers who are in good standing with RECA are covered by ARIEX errors and omissions insurance. This is just one way that Park and Protect helps protect it’s Agents.

Q.  Can I earn referral commission?
A: Absolutely, in fact we encourage it. Our goal is for all of our Agents to take advantage of their ability and authorization to collect referral fees from other professionals in the industry. We literally pay out a 100% split on referral fees to our Agents.

Q.  Who can I refer my clients to?
A:   We have a list of preferred trusted referral sources based upon established relationships and past transactions. We ultimately let the Agent decide, but are happy to provide guidance and advice to help ensure a smooth and successful transaction.

Q.  How long can I stay registered with your brokerage?
A:   You can stay as long as you like, provided you maintain your educational requirements for license renewal by RECA each September. We plan to be around for a long time and know some of our Agents will return to full time industry members but that most will not. We will serve our Agents as long as they need us.

Q.  I am not in Alberta.  Can I still join your brokerage?
A:  As long as you have an Alberta real estate license and are registered as with RECA you are welcome to apply to join Park and Protect. We are a specialty license parking brokerage, those who wish to park their real estate license are welcome.