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May Updates

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Fair Housing Highlight

The Commission’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Consumer Resource Officer attended Fair Housing events in Gastonia and Charlotte in April. The events highlighted the needs of vulnerable populations such as the homeless, elderly people, single parents, youth aging out of the foster care system, disabled veterans, and other citizens. Data was provided highlighting the gap between the percentage of people in the US who have at least one disability versus the amount of housing accessible for disabled people.  The following federal, state, and local resources were shared with attendees:

Legal Aid Fair Housing Project (housing discrimination)Legal Aid Housing (evictions, fair housing, foreclosures, housing discrimination, etc.)
Continuum of Care (established by HUD) (homelessness assistance)United Way (housing, general assistance)
GLCImpact.com (homelessness)NC211.org  (emergency housing assistance, basic needs referral service of the United Way of NC)
John Chafee Grant (youth aging out of foster care)Section 8 / Housing Choice Voucher (public rental assistance)
NCHFA Housing Partnership (funding supportive housing, accessibility modifications)HUD-VASH Vouchers (housing assistance for veterans)

It’s Renewal Time

Brokers must renew their licenses between May 15th-June 30th of every year in North Carolina.  This license renewal requirement applies to all brokers (i.e., provisional, full, QBs, and BIC Eligible). QBs must renew their firm licenses between May 15th and June 30th. Remember, brokers do not have to complete CE before renewing their license.  Review this eBulletin article for more details.

Are you interested in getting a real estate license?  Watch this YouTube video, Overview of the Licensing Process, for steps to get started.

You are invited!

The monthly Real Estate Commission meetings are always open to the public, and you are invited to attend in person or online via Zoom.  The next meeting is May 22nd at the Commission building, 1313 Navaho Drive, Raleigh, NC.  A Zoom link will be available at ncrec.gov on the day of the meeting.

Commission Meeting of April 24, 2024

Key reports, issues, and decisions of interest to licensees and/or the public are reported here from the most recent Commission meeting:

Commission Meeting of April 24, 2024

Pending Cases: The Commission entered into consent agreements to suspend 17 licenses, accepted the permanent voluntary surrender of 9 licenses, ordered hearings in cases involving 18 licensees, left cases pending involving 3 licensees, reprimanded 2 licensees, closed cases with a warning against 3 licensees, and closed cases without action against 1 licensee.

License Applications Involving Character Issues: License applicants who have character issues such as prior criminal convictions or disciplinary actions by another licensing board are separately considered by the Commission. Decisions are made based upon criminal background checks, information supplied by the applicant, and in-person interviews.

Total candidates considered: 19; total approved: 7; total approved with conditions: 4; continued: 7; and postponed: 1.

License Examination Results: If you are interested in reviewing the most recent statistics and pass rates regarding the North Carolina broker license examination, click here License Examination Results

Project Summaries: The Executive Director reviewed the 2023-2024 Project Summaries noting projects that have been completed or extended since the March Commission meeting. The Executive Director reported that Mr. Lindsey asked that the members discuss at the May meeting any projects they would like to be considered in the upcoming fiscal year, including whether to undertake another SWOT analysis.

Conference Reimbursement: Upon a motion from Mr. Aceto, the Commission approved sending Commission members to the upcoming national Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) conference in Memphis, Tennessee June 25-29, 2024.

Monthly Financial Report, Quarterly Investment, and Education & Recovery Fund Report: The Commission received the monthly Financial Report, Quarterly Investment Report, and Education & Recovery Fund Report presented by the Chief Financial Officer for the period ending March 31, 2024

Audit Services: Upon a motion from the Finance Committee (Mr. Lindsey and Mr. Ramseur), the Commission accepted the audit services bid of Bernard Robinson and Company for three years beginning with the audit of the upcoming year’s financial statements.

Regulatory Report: The Director of Regulatory Affairs reviewed a report showing the status of all cases pending in the Regulatory Affairs Division as of March 31, 2024. At Mr. Lindsey’s request, the Director of Regulatory Affairs will provide a report to the Commission at the May meeting regarding complaints received during the month where staff declined to open a file. She noted that this typically occurs when the Commission does not have jurisdiction, or the complaint does not allege a violation of the law or rules.

NC Office Attorney General Request: Upon a motion from Ms. Mallette, the Commission voted to have staff prepare a request to the NC Office of the Attorney General for an opinion concerning the extent of the Commission’s jurisdiction over out-of-state companies engaged in brokerage services in North Carolina, particularly property management. Mr. Bullard and Mr. Lindsey were not present for the vote.

Spring Educators Conference: The Director of Education and Licensing reported that the Spring Educators Conference was held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the McKimmon Center on North Carolina State University’s campus. Approximately 350 people registered, and despite a budget request for $25,000 to cover the cost of the Conference, it netted a profit of $321.25 as a result of various budget savings. The Director of Education and Licensing noted that over the last two years, the Spring Educators Conference has become the largest gathering of educators in the country. The Director of Education and Licensing asked that the Finance Committee still consider allotting a $25,000 budget for the Educators Conference for the next year.

April Town Hall: The Assistant Director of Education and Licensing reported that the Education Town Hall was held on April 9 and attended by seventy-five educator providers and instructors on Zoom. The Town Hall is an open forum with no agenda. Former Commission Member Cindy Chandler provided a synopsis of the NAR Settlement, an issue at the forefront of the discussion. The next Town Hall is scheduled for July 23, 2024, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

License Exam Statistics: The Director of Education and Licensing reported that 80.71% of first-time test takers passed the exam in March, the first month with the new exam provider. The Director of Education and Licensing noted the exam provider transition went smoothly and that it is too early to draw conclusions from the data gathered so far.

Real Estate Manual: The Assistant Director of Education and Licensing reported that the next edition of the Real Estate Manual is scheduled for development in the fall of 2024. She indicated that staff would like to pursue greater functionality in the electronic version of the Manual. Upon a motion of Mr. Black, the Commission voted to issue an RFP to solicit bids for the next edition of the Real Estate Manual. Mr. Bullard and Mr. Lindsey were not present for the vote.

Report on License Numbers: As of April 1, 2024, there are 128,768 brokers and firms licensed by the Commission, as follows:

Active Full Brokers – 85,607

Active Provisional Brokers – 5,149

Brokers-in-Charge – 18,251

BIC Eligible Brokers – 6,361

Inactive Full Brokers – 25,248

Inactive Provisional Brokers – 7,893

Firms17,645

Limited Nonresident Commercial Brokers – 268

Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00am, May 22, 2024, in the Commission’s office in Raleigh and is open to the public. It can be viewed via Zoom online video.

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Spring Educators Conference was a great success!

This year the North Carolina Real Estate Commission hosted its 2024 Spring Educators Conference at the McKimmon Center on March 19,, 2024. The theme of the conference was NCREC Education Superhero Comicon.  The attendees learned how to use AI in real estate education, information regarding the exam transition, and handling disruptions in the classroom.  For a sample of how to use AI to create a PowerPoint view this video.  Congratulations to our 2024 Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award winner, Bill Gallagher! 

Exam Provider Transition Complete

The transition from PSI to PearsonVUE has been implemented successfully.  Along with the change in exam providers, there are updates to several resources, and the following new videos are available:

1 – Updated RELINC:  https://www.ncrec.gov/Pdfs/Licensing/General.pdf

2 – Updated Syllabus:  https://www.ncrec.gov/Forms/Education/Prelicense_Course_Syllabus.pdf

3 – Four new videos on our YouTube Channel about the licensing and examination process:  https://www.youtube.com/NCREC/videos

You are invited!

The monthly Real Estate Commission meetings are always open to the public, and you are invited to attend in person or online via Zoom.  The meeting this month is on April 24th at the Commission building, 1313 Navaho Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609.  A Zoom link will be available at ncrec.gov on the day of the meeting.

NCREC Statement on NAR Settlement

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NAR Settlement

On March 15, 2024, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) proposed a settlement to end landmark antitrust lawsuits. In the proposal, NAR agreed to pay damages and to mandate that its members enter into written buyer-broker agreements. Additionally, the settlement would prohibit REALTORS® from making compensation offers on multiple listing services (MLS). The settlement has not been approved by the court; a decision from the court is expected later this year. Even so, the NAR rules are planned to be effective in mid-July.

As a reminder, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC) is an independent state governmental agency and should not be confused with NAR or its local boards. The NCREC’s primary function is to license and regulate real estate brokers and its mission is to protect consumers. North Carolina has 100,000 plus real estate brokers with many, but not all, also being members of NAR. NAR is a voluntary trade organization whose members are known as REALTORS®. In North Carolina, NC REALTORS® is a state level REALTOR® association and, as part of its services, creates various standard form documents for use by its members and their clients in transactions.  In cooperation with the NC Bar Association, NC REALTORS® also creates standard form Offers to Purchase and Contract and other transaction documents.

The NCREC is following developments with the settlement proposal as they occur. However, it is important to recognize that any changes in NAR rules apply specifically to NAR members and do not alter the Real Estate License Law and Commission rules. Moreover, the currently proposed NAR changes are in no way contradictory to the existing License Law and rules.

The following is a reminder of NCREC rules relating to broker transparency, agency agreements, and commissions.

Working With Real Estate Agents Disclosure:

Commission Rule 58A. 0104(c) states: In every real estate sales transaction, a broker shall, at first substantial contact with a prospective buyer or seller, provide the buyer or seller with a copy of the publication “Working With Real Estate Agents” …(WWREA). 

In 2021, the NCREC revised the WWREA Disclosure to be one page, double-sided, with one side for sellers and one side for buyers. The new WWREA Disclosure was designed to be quicker and simpler for brokers to use and easier for buyers and sellers to understand. Additionally, the original brochure was updated and expanded to be available for use in conjunction with the required WWREA Disclosure. The WWREA Disclosure and brochure explain the various types of agency relationships in a clear concise manner, educating the consumer and defining expectations.  The WWREA Disclosure is a broker’s opportunity to discuss and clarify what their agency role may be in the transaction and to start the conversation concerning the contemplated agency status, payment, and future options.

Buyer Agency Agreements:

Commission Rule 58A .0104(a) has long required brokers to enter into written agency agreements. Listing agreements must be in writing and signed by the broker and client at the time their agency relationship is formed. Buyer agency agreements must be in writing and signed by the broker and client no later than the time of making an offer. Note that the rule does not prohibit a broker from entering into a written buyer agency agreement earlier than the time of offer submission. Accordingly, the proposed rule change for REALTORS® does not conflict with the Commission’s rule.

Additionally, NCGS § 93A-13 prohibits a broker from filing suit for recovery of brokerage compensation unless the agreement is in writing. Therefore, brokers need to be in compliance with NCREC rules in order to avoid disciplinary action and in order to recover a commission through the civil court if the client fails to pay.

The Commission does not have jurisdiction regarding the setting or advertising of commissions. Commission Rule 58A .0109(f) specifically notes that the NCREC will not act as a board of arbitration and shall not compel parties to settle disputes concerning such matters as the rate of commissions, the division of commissions, pay of brokers, and similar matters. The NCREC reminds all of its licensees that brokerage commissions remain a negotiable term between the broker/firm and client.

Finally, it is important to remember that Commission Rule 58A .0112(b)(1) bars a broker from using a preprinted offer or sales contract form containing any provision concerning the payment of a commission or compensation to a broker or firm. While a client may consider the amount of commission when considering making or accepting an offer, the broker/firm should not be made a third party in a form purchase contract between the buyer and seller. The current standard form residential contract includes a provision allowing the seller to pay an agreed amount toward any of buyer’s expenses.

The NCREC understands that the real estate industry is always evolving, and our role is to ensure whenever possible that these changes benefit consumers and to assist NC brokers in understanding their duties. The NCREC remains dedicated to fostering a market that prioritizes consumer interests, fair competition, and transparency. We also remain available to answer questions about the application of the License Law and Commission rules to help brokers and consumers better navigate their transactions.

Commission Meeting of March 13, 2024

Key reports, issues, and decisions of interest to licensees and/or the public are reported here from the most recent Commission meeting:

Commission Meeting of March 13, 2024

Pending Cases: The Commission entered into consent agreements to suspend 14 licenses, accepted the permanent voluntary surrender of 2 licenses, ordered hearings in cases involving 18 licensees, left cases pending involving 6 licensees, and closed cases without action against 5 licensees.

License Applications Involving Character Issues: License applicants who have character issues such as prior criminal convictions or disciplinary actions by another licensing board are separately considered by the Commission. Decisions are made based upon criminal background checks, information supplied by the applicant, and in-person interviews.

Total candidates considered: 18; total approved: 5; total approved with conditions: 6; continued: 5; and deferred: 2.

License Examination Results: If you are interested in reviewing the most recent statistics and pass rates regarding the North Carolina broker license examination, click here License Examination Results

Residential Property and Owners’ Association Disclosure Statement (RPOADS): The Compliance Manager reviewed the revised RPOADS, noting that it included the suggested changes requested by the Commission at the February business meeting by the Commission members. Upon a motion of Mr. Ramseur, the Commission approved the RPOADS with the following changes:

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Future Legislation to Fine Licensees: The Executive Director and Director of Regulatory Affairs reviewed two spreadsheets developed by staff on the authority to fine currently held by (1) real estate authorities in other states and (2) licensing boards in North Carolina. Mr. Malarney asked the Regulatory Affairs Committee to review and report back to the full Commission. The Executive Director will work with the Director of Regulatory Affairs to schedule a Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting.

BIC Span of Control Workgroup Update: Mr. Lindsey reported that the BIC Span of Control Workgroup has met five times, starting in October of 2023. The workgroup has reviewed many issues relating to brokers-in-charge and is currently working through the ten issues raised by the BIC Span of Control focus groups. Once the Workgroup reaches conclusions on any changes it would like to see in the rules, the Workgroup will make suggestions to the full Commission; if the full Commission agrees, staff will start the rule-making process, which includes initial drafts, publication for public comment, and a period of consideration, among other things, before a final decision is made. Mr. Ramseur asked that the group look at the current role of technology and social media advertising with the current responsibilities of the BIC.

Proposed Changes to Occupational Licensing Boards’ Authority: The Director of Regulatory Affairs reported the General Statutes Commission responsible for making technical changes to the statutes is considering removing the term “moral turpitude” from the Commission’s section of the statutes, among other statutes and presented a draft of the proposed changes.

MV Realty v. NCREC: The Director of Regulatory Affairs reported that the MV Realty v. NCREC case was dismissed in the Federal Bankruptcy Court.

Examination Provider Transition Report: The Director of Education and Licensing reported that exam administration has successfully been transferred to Pearson VUE. Candidates started taking the license examination with Pearson VUE on March 1, 2024, at 68 testing centers across the state of North Carolina. The Director of Education and Licensing noted that the Real Estate Licensing in North Carolina (RELINC) publication has been updated and revamped and a new series of AI videos has been developed for those seeking a real estate license. First-time test takers since the beginning of March are performing at or better than they did with the previous examination provider.

Spring Educators Conference: The Director of Education and Licensing reported that the Spring Educators Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the McKimmon Center on North Carolina State University’s campus. There are 344 people registered. Over the last two years, the Spring Educators Conference has become the largest gathering of educators in the state.

Agreement with South Carolina: The Executive Director reported that South Carolina requested a written memorandum of the licensing requirements for licensees from South Carolina and that she signed an agreement outlining the requirements already required by North Carolina law and rules.  The agreement is revocable at any time.  

Report on License Numbers: As of March 1, 2024, there are 127,794 brokers and firms licensed by the Commission, as follows:

Active Full Brokers – 84,959

Active Provisional Brokers – 5,079

Brokers-in-Charge – 18,164

BIC Eligible Brokers – 6,299

Inactive Full Brokers – 25,077

Inactive Provisional Brokers – 5,079

Firms17,494

Limited Nonresident Commercial Brokers – 264

Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00am, Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in the Commission’s office in Raleigh and is open to the public. It can be viewed via Zoom online video.

Commission Meeting of February 14, 2024

Key reports, issues, and decisions of interest to licensees and/or the public are reported here from the most recent Commission meeting:

Commission Meeting of February 14, 2024

Pending Cases: The Commission entered into consent agreements to suspend 20 licenses, accepted the permanent voluntary surrender of 3 licenses, approved the issuance of 1 license, revoked 1 license, ordered hearings in cases involving 9 licensees, reprimanded 2 licensees, and closed cases without action against 2 licensees.

License Applications Involving Character Issues: License applicants who have character issues such as prior criminal convictions or disciplinary actions by another licensing board are separately considered by the Commission. Decisions are made based upon criminal background checks, information supplied by the applicant, and in-person interviews.

Total candidates considered: 16; total approved: 7; total approved with conditions: 2; continued: 6; and deferred: 1.

License Examination Results: If you are interested in reviewing the most recent statistics and pass rates regarding the North Carolina broker license examination, click here: License Examination Results

Expense Authorization for Travel: The Executive Director presented a draft Expense Authorization for Travel Policy. After discussion, the Commission agreed that that Mr. Malarney and Mr. Lindsey would work with the Executive Director and the Director of Regulatory Affairs to rework the language of the policy and bring it back to the Commission at the March meeting.

Residential Property and Owners’ Association Disclosure Statement (RPOADS): The Compliance Manager discussed the revised RPOADS including feedback from the January business meeting and Commission members. The Commission also discussed making the RPOADS available on July 1, 2024, to allow the market ample time to prepare for the new form.  Mr. Malarney commended Ms. Vuotto on her work on the RPOADS.

The Commission suggested that for the next RPOADS draft:

Proposed Changes to Occupational Licensing Boards’ Authority: The Director of Regulatory Affairs reported that the General Statutes Commission is responsible for making technical changes to the statutes. The General Statues Commission is considering removing the term “moral turpitude” from the Real Estate Commission’s section of the statutes. They are working on a draft and the Director of Regulatory Affairs will share the proposed legislation when a draft is ready.

Update Instructor Seminar: The Director of Education and Licensing provided a report on the Update Instructor Seminars (UIS) for the 2023-2024 license year and reviewed the 2024-2025 UIS budget. Upon a motion from Ms. O’Connor, the Commission approved the 2024-2025 UIS budget. Ms. Mallette was not present for the dicussion or decision in this matter.

Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award Selection: Upon the motion of Ms. O’Connor, the Commission voted to meet in closed session pursuant to N.C.G.S § 143-318.11(a)(2) with the Director of Education and Licensing to select the recipient of the Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award. Upon the motion of Mr. Ramseur, the Commission voted to come out of closed session pursuant to N.C.G.S § 143-318.11(a)(2). The recipient of the Award will be announced at the March 19, 2024, Spring Educators Conference. Ms. Mallette was not present for the discussion or decision in this matter.

Examination Provider Transition Report: The Director of Education and Licensing reported that all systems are ready to transfer exam administration from PSI to Pearson VUE. Candidates can start taking the license examination with Pearson VUE on March 1, 2024, at 68 testing centers across the state of North Carolina. In preperation for the transition, eight Instructor Development Workshops were held to assist in the item-writing process. On February 7, 2024, the Education Division met with over 100 instructors to explain the entire transition process. The Director of Education and Licensing noted that the transition process also will be discussed at the March 19, 2024 Spring Educators Conference. The Director of Education and Licensing commended the Education and Examination Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Software Engineer on the amount of detailed work that went into the transition. Ms. O’Connor commended the Director of Education and Licensing and the team for making the transition process seem effortless.

Report on License Numbers: As of February 1, 2024, there are 127,088 brokers and firms licensed by the Commission, as follows:

Active Full Brokers – 78,995

Active Provisional Brokers – 5,020

Brokers-in-Charge – 18,090

BIC Eligible Brokers – 6,238

Inactive Full Brokers – 17,401

Inactive Provisional Brokers – 7,642

Firms17,350

Limited Nonresident Commercial Brokers – 259

Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00am, Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Salem College, Dale H. Gramley Library, Reading Room in Winston Salem, NC and is open to the public. It can be viewed via Zoom online video.

February Updates

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Due Diligence Fee Concerns

Recently there have been several questions and cases involving Due Diligence Fee concerns.  The common questions are: “When is the Due Diligence Fee due?” and “What happens if the buyer changes their mind and terminates the contract without paying the Due Diligence Fee to the seller?” It is important to note that if the buyer entered into a contract to purchase a home, the due diligence fee is due immediately upon contract formation.  If the buyer changes their mind and terminates later, the seller may be still entitled to the due diligence fee and other fees that may be awarded by the courts, such as attorney fees. The Commission’s, Questions & Answers on Due Diligence Fees is a great resource to review.

You are invited!

The monthly Real Estate Commission meetings are always open to the public, and you are invited to attend in person or online via Zoom.  The meeting next month is February 14th at the Carolina Hotel (South Room) 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374.  A Zoom link will be available at ncrec.gov on the day of the meeting. If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP to exec@ncrec.gov on or before February 7, 2014.

Commission Meeting of January 17, 2024

Key reports, issues, and decisions of interest to licensees and/or the public are reported here from the most recent Commission meeting:

Commission Meeting of January 17, 2024

Pending Cases: The Commission entered into consent agreements to suspend 9 licenses, accepted the permanent voluntary surrender of 1 license, closed 4 cases without action, ordered 5 hearings in cases involving licensees, and left 5 cases pending.

License Applications Involving Character Issues: License applicants who have character issues such as prior criminal convictions or disciplinary actions by another licensing board are separately considered by the Commission. Decisions are made based upon criminal background checks, information supplied by the applicant, and in-person interviews.

Total candidates considered: 12, total approved: 1, total approved with conditions: 4, continued: 5, and deferred: 2.

License Examination Results: If you are interested in reviewing the most recent statistics and pass rates regarding the North Carolina broker license examination, click here: License Examination Results

Expense Authorization for Travel: The Commission reviewed and discussed Chairman Malarney’s memo addressing funding for conference attendance. Upon the motion of Mr. Black, the Commission directed staff to bring a proposed amendment to the Commission’s travel policy to its February business meeting.

Monthly Financial Report, Quarterly Investment, and Education & Recovery Fund Report: The Commission received and reviewed the monthly Financial Report, Quarterly Investment Report, and Education & Recovery Fund Report presented by the Chief Financial Officer for the period ending December 31, 2023. The Executive Director noted that the Accountant had updated and modernized the reports and the changes had been approved by the Finance Committee.

FY2023-2024 Income and Expense Projections: The Chief Financial Officer reviewed the adjusted FY2023-24 Income and Expense Projections, which were also approved by the Finance Committe. Mr. Lindsey noted that the projections are now more favorable and commended Commission staff.

Residential Property and Owners’ Association Disclosure Statement (RPOADS): The Compliance Manager presented the reformatted RPOADS form and asked for feedback from the members. She noted that staff was hoping to reduce the instructions to one page, increase the size of the check-circles, and eliminate more of the white spaces on the form, among other things. The members suggested adding and modifying specific language to improve readability of the form.

License Examination Provider Transition: The Director of Education and Licensing provided a report on the status of the transition between PSI to Pearson Vue for license examination services. The industry training date is February 26, 2024. He reported that the transition is on schedule and that PSI will end testing on February 28, 2024 with Pearson Vue beginning testing on March 1, 2024. The Director of Education and Licensing commended the software engineer for his dedication, expertise, and hard work in accomplishing the many technological requirements for making the transition.

2024 Educators Conference: The Director of Education and Licensing provided a report on the upcoming 2024 Educators Conference. The Educators Conference is planned for Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University and includes a theme that recognizes education providers as superheroes in their field. The Director of Education and Licensing noted that the Commission will solicit nominations from January 15 – February 2, 2024, for the Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award. The Chair appointed Ms. Mallette to the award committee along with existing Education Committee members Mr. Black and Ms. O’Connor.

January 2024 Education Town Hall: The Assistant Director of Education and Licensing provided a report regarding the January 11, 2024, Education Town Hall. She stated there were approximately 110 Instructors, Education Directors, and Education Providers in attendance. During the Education Town Hall, staff provided information about the license examination provider transition and the 2024-2025 Update course topics. Mr. Black and Ms. O’Connor noted that the Town Halls are a helpful communication tool between staff and the Education Providers.

Report on License Numbers: As of January 1, 2024, there are 126,278 brokers and firms licensed by the Commission, as follows:

Active Full Brokers 78,995

Active Provisional Brokers 5,068

Brokers-in-Charge 17,985

BIC Eligible Brokers 6,174

Inactive Full Brokers 17,357

Inactive Provisional Brokers 7,431

Firms 17,171

Limited Nonresident Commercial Brokers 256

Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00am, Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Carolina Hotel, South Room in Pinehurst and is open to the public. It can be viewed via Zoom online video.

Commission Meeting of December 13, 2023

Key reports, issues, and decisions of interest to licensees and/or the public are reported here from the most recent Commission meeting:

Commission Meeting of December 13, 2023

Pending Cases: The Commission entered into consent agreements to suspend 13 licenses, accepted the permanent voluntary surrender of 5 licenses, accepted the voluntary surrender of 2 licenses, closed cases without action against 1 licensee, left cases pending involving 1 licensee, and ordered hearings in cases involving 6 licensees.

License Applications Involving Character Issues: License applicants who have character issues such as prior criminal convictions or disciplinary actions by another licensing board are separately considered by the Commission. Decisions are made based upon criminal background checks, information supplied by the applicant, and in-person interviews.

Total candidates considered: 11, total approved: 3, total approved with conditions: 3, continued: 3, and deferred: 2.

License Examination Results: If you are interested in reviewing the most recent statistics and pass rates regarding the North Carolina broker license examination, click here: License Examination Results

Financial Report: The Commission received and reviewed the monthly Financial Report presented by the Chief Financial Officer for the period ending November 30, 2023.

Residential Property and Owners’ Association Disclosure Statement (RPOADS): The Commission approved the Disclosure Statement language with the below revisions. The Commission then directed Staff to commence the RPOADS graphic design layout and present the draft for the Commission’s consideration. 

General and BIC Update Course Topics: The Legal Education Officer reviewed with the Commission the list of possible 2024-2025 Update Course topics recommended by the Commission members who answered the survey. The survey asked for the priority of topics from all the suggestions previously provided by the Commission members, staff, licensees, and educators. Upon the motion of Mr. Aceto, the Commission approved the topics for the 2024-2025 NCREC Update Courses, with the addition of succession plans and Fair Housing, along with some illustrative case studies. 

HBCU Outreach: The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer reviewed the DEI program for calendar year 2023. The Commission members commended the DEI Officer on her work.

License Statistics: The Director of Education and Licensing reviewed the Broker License Issuance Report, noting the total broker licenses issued by month, the total broker original licenses issued, and the total broker licenses reinstated from December 2022 – November 2023. Mr. Lindsey requested that certain data become part of the Monthly Licensee Report in the Consent Agenda. Mr. Lindsey would also like to consider whether those brokers coming in to North Carolina without taking the exam require additional supervision from the BIC. Ms. O’Connor noted that every provisional broker requires unique supervision depending on the broker. Mr. Black asked that the rulemaking list for future consideration include a review of Rule 58A .0511 – Licensing of Persons Licensed in Another Jurisdiction. Mr. Lindsey commended the Director of Education and Licensing on the license statistics report.

Report on License Numbers: As of December 1, 2023, there are 125,394 brokers and firms licensed by the Commission, as follows:

Active Full Brokers 78,668

Active Provisional Brokers 5,207

Brokers-in-Charge 17,948

BIC Eligible Brokers 6,129

Inactive Full Brokers 17,116

Inactive Provisional Brokers 7,109

Firms 17,044

Limited Nonresident Commercial Brokers 250

Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00am, Wednesday, January 17, 2024, in the Commission’s office in Raleigh and is open to the public. It can be viewed via Zoom online video.

December Updates #2

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Technology and NCREC

Technology is ever evolving, and new tools are being used to assist with the ongoing demand for information. NCREC has been exploring the use of AI and has found it useful for idea generation and content creation.  While it is a useful tool and a time-saver, be aware that careful and thorough review of any created content is necessary to ensure accuracy.

Vacation Rental Fraud – Spring Break Scams

Each year, as Spring Break approaches, we see an increase in vacation rental property owners who are the victims of fraudulent activity. For instance, if a consumer books a vacation rental property for an underage child (typically, a teenager and their friends) for Spring Break, and allows the child to use the unit unsupervised, it could be considered fraud. Parents, relatives or others who may be tempted to gift their teenagers a beach vacation should be aware that intentionally renting a property for unsupervised use by an underage child is a violation of most rental agreements. Consequences that could follow include the property owners and management companies calling the police and/or terminating the vacation rental tenancy without refunding any monies or deposits to the tenant.

Participation in fraudulent activity can be a crime. The article, “Vacation Rental Fraud Scam Alert” provides examples on other vacation rental fraud scenarios and how to avoid them.

You are invited!

The monthly Real Estate Commission meetings are always open to the public, and you are invited to attend in person or online via Zoom.  The meeting next month is January 17th here at the Commission building.  A Zoom link will be available at ncrec.gov on the day of the meeting.