October Updates


ARELLO National Conference

NCREC experienced a record year at the ARELLO conference in Montreal last month!  We received 3 Awards:

  • ARELLO EDUCATION AWARD – Continuing Education, for our Wire Fraud CE Course which integrated multiple agencies for education on wire fraud and cybersecurity. 
  • ARELLO EDUCATION AWARD – Instructor Training & Development, for hosting NCREC TREK, an educator’s conference with topics including teaching with technology, problem topics to improve instructor performance and enhancing student engagement. 
  • ARELLO COMMUNICATION AWARD – Website Innovation & Design, for creating and implementing the LADS database allowing for real-time instructor, education provider, and license examination data and statistics.

In addition to receiving these 3 awards, our Executive Director Miriam Baer received the President’s Service Award, our Director of Regulatory Affairs Janet Thoren was sworn in as President-Elect, and our Director of Education and Licensing Len Elder was elected as an alternate to the Board of Directors.  What an exceptional year for NCREC and congratulations to all of our leadership, and every staff member that made these awards possible!

Rulemaking Process

Brokers and consumers consistently contact NCREC to suggest rule changes and inquire about the process for rulemaking.  Therefore, this year’s Update course includes a section about the rulemaking process, which may take several months each license year.  A brief synopsis of the rulemaking process is included below:

  • Collaborative ideas are gathered from Commission members, Staff and Industry
  • Commission Members direct staff on which rule proposals to pursue
  • Staff drafts rules for Commission Members to approve
  • Approved rules are submitted to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), and they are published in the NC Register
  • 60 day public comment period begins
  • Commission reviews all comments at the conclusion of the public comment period and decides how to proceed:
    • Amend rule text (if significant it has to go back to OAH again)
    • Adopt the rule text
    • Reject the rule text (ends the rulemaking process for that rule)
  • Commission Members vote on rule adoption
  • Rule submitted to Rules Review Commission (RRC) for review
  • If approved by RRC, rule is entered in the North Carolina Administrative Code.

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 week is October 11th in Asheville, at the Kimpton Hotel Arras.  A Zoom link will be available at ncrec.gov on the day of the meeting.