Commission Meeting of April 19, 2023

Pending Cases: The Commission entered into consent agreements to suspend 11 licenses, accepted the voluntary surrender of 3 licenses, voted to extend to a later date cases involving 2 licenses, closed cases without action against 9 licensees, left cases pending involving 9 licenses, revoked 1 license, and ordered hearings in cases involving 21 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: 10; total approved: 8.

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

March 2023

April 2022 through March 2023

March 2023

April 2022 through March 2023

# Tested





% Pass both sections





% Pass National section





% Pass State section





Legislative Report: The Director of Regulatory Affairs reviewed the Legislative Report, summarizing 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.

Annual Rulemaking: Staffed reviewed the recommendations on proposed rules, which if adopted would be effective July 1, 2023. See the Commission’s homepage for more information about proposed rulemaking.

BIC Focus Groups: The Director of Regulatory Affairs reviewed a report on the BIC Focus Groups and surveys and asked Commission members to consider what actions and next steps they might like to pursue relating to the span of control of brokers in charge.

Educators Conference: The Director of Education & Licensing provided a report on the March 21 Spring Educators Conference noting that 335 people attended the conference. Stephanie Walker was awarded the 2023 Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award. The total conference cost is $6,121.74 against a budget of $36,000.00.

License Exam Statistics: The Director of Education & Licensing provided a report on the third-quarter license exam statistics noting that the monthly pass rate in March was 69%, pulling the yearly average pass rate up to 63%. Only eight instructors are currently performing under the 40% pass-rate threshold.

Real Estate Manual: The Director of Education & Licensing reported that Staff completed the 2023 edition of the Real Estate Manual, which is being printed and set for release in six weeks. The Director of Education & Licensing noted that there are some issues with the online manual, including that page numbers cannot be added to the book. Staff is researching options to improve the online delivery platform, including alternate providers.

Report on License Numbers: As of April 1, 2023, there are 127,978 brokers and firms licensed by the Commission, as follows:

  • Active Brokers 84,305
  • Active Provisional Brokers 5,313
  • Brokers-in-Charge 18,045
  • BIC-Eligible Brokers 5,883
  • Inactive Brokers 26,460
  • Inactive Provisional Brokers 8,292
  • Firms 16,925
  • Limited Nonresident Commercial Brokers 288

Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in the Commission’s office in Raleigh and is open to the public. It also can be viewed via Zoom online video.