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 accepted the voluntary surrender of one license and summarily suspended three licenses pending hearings; entered into consent agreements to suspend three licenses and rejected consent agreements involving three licensees; ordered hearings involving 20 licensees; and approved the issuance of four broker licenses on provisional status under certain conditions.
Education and Licensing Division Director Search: Executive Director Miriam J. Baer reported that the search for a new Director is ongoing and that interviews are planned with the Commission at its December 2016 meeting.
Consider Additional Rulemaking Changes: The Commission voted to consider as part of its Education Reform Rules reducing the time-frame for evaluation of instructor performance based upon a first-time exam passing rate from 180 days to 30 days in proposed Rule 21 NCAC 58H .0101. The Commission also voted to approve for consideration as part of its Education Reform Rules clarifying language regarding the ownership of specialty versions of the ‘General Update and BIC Update Courses in proposed Rule 21 NCAC 58H .0408.
Presentation on Radon Regulation in Other Regulatory Agency Jurisdictions: The Commission received information from staff on the requirements of other jurisdictions with regard to disclosure of radon and radon mitigation systems.
Continued Discussion of General Update and BIC Update Topics: The Commission received a list of suggested topics for the 2016-2017 Update and BICUP Courses. George Bell, Commission Chairman, requested that each Commission member suggest a topic no later than the next meeting, at which time the Commission will vote on topics to be covered in each course. Commission members suggested consideration of flood maps and insurance online scams and human resource issues for brokers-in-charge relating to exempt and nonexempt employees.
October License Examination Results: The Commission reviewed and discussed the License Examination Results Summaries setting out the passing rates for the license examination for the November 2015 - October 2016 period. 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
November 2015 thru
November 2015 thru
% Pass both sections
% Pass National section
% Pass State section
License Applications Involving Character Issues: Applications for licenses from persons who have character issues such as prior criminal convictions or disciplinary action by another licensing board are separately reviewed by the Commission. Decisions are made based upon criminal background checks, information supplied by the applicant, and in-person interviews. Total candidates reviewed: 36; total approved: 24.
Continuing Education: The Commission approved no new Update Course instructor applications, one new Update Course sponsor, seven new elective courses, and 11 previously approved elective courses to be offered by other sponsors. As of October 31, 2016, there were 167 approved sponsors.
Emerging Trends: The Commission discussed the following ideas and trends:
Lender Delays and Lender Condo Rules: Commission member Tony Craver reported on lender delays and condominium rules concerning owner-occupancy and reserves that make it more challenging for buyers to obtain loans to purchase condominium properties.
Report on License Numbers: The Commission was advised that as of November 1, 2016, the Commission has 96,078 brokers, as follows:
Next Commission Meeting: The next Commission meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Raleigh, North Carolina and is open to the public.