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.