Pending Cases: The Commission entered into consent agreements to suspend 6 licenses,
closed its case without action against 5 licensees, reprimanded 2 licensees, accepted the
permanent voluntary surrender of 1 license, postponed the consideration of cases
involving 3 licensees, and ordered hearings in cases involving 29 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: 15; total approved: 12.
License Examination Results: A summary of key data relating to persons taking the
exam for the first time is provided below:
Individuals Tested for the First Time
Took prelicense course
Hold license from another state
September 2020 through
September 2020 through
% Pass both sections
% Pass National section
% Pass State section
Legislative Report: The Commission reviewed the Legislative Report noting bills that
are currently pending in the General Assembly that relate to real estate brokerage,
occupational licensing, or other matters of interest to the Commission. The Commission
asked for more information about the likelihood of passage of H813. Staff also reported
that the Timeshare Act passed the Judiciary Committee in the General Assembly and will
go back to Rules. In connection with a question from the Commission concerning
SL2021-12 (from H461) – “State Auditor Clarifying Changes,” Staff noted that the
Commission is audited each year, and that a copy of the audit is filed with the State
Auditor’s Office along with multiple other government agencies and the NC General
Assembly, as are many other reports about the Commission’s operations that are required
by law to be filed periodically. Staff indicated they would share a copy of the spreadsheet
detailing each of those reports with the Planning Task Force.
Legislation to Allow the Commission to Meet Virtually or in a Hybrid Format: Staff presented draft legislation that would explicitly authorize the Commission to meet remotely or in a hybrid fashion. They also reported that the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division has now advised that the Commission has the necessary authority to conduct electronic meetings under the open meetings law. The Commission voted not to proceed with the draft legislation.
Annual Rulemaking Proposals: The Commission reviewed proposed rule topics for consideration in connection with its annual rulemaking. Staff indicated that rule text would need to be adopted by the Commission by December 15 in order to publish any proposed rule changes for public comment in time for a July 1 effective date. The Commission postponed discussion of the rulemaking topics until the October meeting.
Report on License Numbers: As of September 1, 2021, there are 119,575 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, October 13, 2021, and can be viewed via Zoom online video.