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Commission Meeting of February 12, 2020

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

Pending Cases: The Commission rejected one consent agreement; entered into consent agreements to suspend five licenses; closed its case without action against two licensees; and ordered hearings in cases involving ten licensees.

License Applications Involving Character Issues: License applicants who have character issues such as prior criminal convictions or disciplinary action 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: 30; total approved: 21.

License Examination Results: A summary of key data relating to persons taking the examination for the first time is provided below:


Individuals Tested for the First Time

Took prelicense course

Hold license from another state


January 2020

February 2019 through January 2020


January 2020

February 2019 through January 2020

# Tested

578

7284

19

231

% Pass both sections

48%

55%

N/A

N/A

% Pass National section

86%

87%

N/A

N/A

% Pass State section

50%

57%

37%

39%

Instructor Seminars Update: Staff reminded the Commission that before teaching the Update course in any license year, approved instructors must complete the Update Instructor Seminar. The Update Instructor Seminars have been offered throughout the fiscal year with the last one for this year scheduled for March 26, 2020. For the past two years, the Commission waived the registration fee for the course. Upon the motion of Mr. Lawing, the Commission voted to waive the fee for the course for FY2020-2021.

Emerging Trends: Miriam Baer, Commission Executive Director, advised the Commission that HUD has released new guidance on, “Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act.” Staff reviewed with the Commission the Pet Screening article regarding HUD’s guidance provided by Commission member Lawing.

Report on License Numbers: As of February 1st, 2019, there are 112,575 brokers and firms licensed by the Commission, as follows:

Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Commission’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina and is open to the public.

Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act

      News

HUD has released new guidance on Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act:

https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PA/documents/HUDAsstAnimalNC1-28-2020.pdf