The Commentator - Fall 2016

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District of Columbia Real Estate Commission (DCREC)

DC Real Estate Commission

Josephine Ricks
DCREC Chairman
Broker Member

 Ulani Gulstone
Legal Committee Chairman
Attorney Member

Monique N. Owens 
Education Committee Chairman
Salesperson Member

Frank Pietranton
Broker Member

Darrin Davis
Broker Member

Danai Mattison Sky 
Salesperson Member  

Christine M. Warnke
Consumer Member 

Vacant Positions (2) - Property Manager Member

Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration

Clifford Cooks
Program Manager

 Staci Mason
Program Officer

Leon Lewis
Executive Director
Contributing Editor

Kevin Cyrus
Education Coordinator  Editor

Kathy Thomas
Education Liaison Specialist

Stephanie Johnston

Commission Assistant


Kia Winston 

Legal Counsel 


George Batista


  Asia Duma

  Arnebya Herndon

Chairman's Corner

by Josephine "Jo" Ricks


The 2017 - 2019 licensing cycle is upon us and licensees have a great opportunity to finish strong regarding continuing education requirements due by the end of the current cycle.

Licensees must COMPLETE the required coursework prior to the end of their applicable cycle. Please note that the 60 day period following the end of the cycle is there only for licensees to SHOW PROOF that the credits were earned prior to the end of the cycle.

There is NO “Grace Period” or extension period in which to take CEs. The penalty for not completing CE courses on time will be to have licenses deemed expired and need to be reinstated prior to conducting any real estate business in the District.  The process to reinstate a license includes submitting a reinstatement application, review by the DC Real Estate Commission (DCREC) and the issuance of the actual license by Pearson Vue. A licensee could easily lose at least 30 to 60 days or more, as well as incur the license reinstatement cost of $295 .

Showing proof of earned CE credits following the end of the cycle requires licensees to request of providers that they upload (bank) credits to the PULSE system and or provide the licensee with paper course completion certificates. The  paper certificates then must be uploaded to Pulse Portal.

It is the licensee's responsibility to ensure that credits have been promptly applied to their transcript. Licensees should check with the course provider to confirm (or deny) whether that provider applied to the DCREC for approval of the course(s) in  question. Providers must initiate the process and  apply for DC credit BEFORE the first offering of a course. If the credits apply, the provider will upload the credits to the licensee’s record.

Courses to complete before the end of your applicable renewal cycle are shown here: 

Fair Housing  -  3 hours

Legislative Update  -  3 hours

Financing Issues  -  3 hours

General Electives  -  6 hours

All approved DC Real Estate Commission courses are available via the website


Search CE course offerings at:

Program:  "District of Columbia"

Board:      “Real Estate”

Select:     “Course Offerings Inquiry”

Fill in Dates using Drop Down Calendar in first two white boxes

Click“View/Refresh Report”

If no report appears, check your browser blocked pop-ups, and then allow the pop-ups.

Brokers and Property Managers must show proof of completing 15 credit hours of continuing education courses on or before February 28, 2017.

Salespersons must show proof of completing 15 credit hours of continuing education courses on or before August 31, 2017.

Please note that there will be no grace period at the end of either cycle, so do not wait until the last minute. 

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Due Diligence

Due Diligence


The Commission has noticed a number of complaints by the public where the sellers' agents have not verified the receipt of earnest money deposits by buyers involved in real estate transactions.  Please be reminded that it is your duty to protect the interests of your clients.  Due diligence requires that licensees make a reasonable effort to ascertain all material facts relating to  a transaction.  The complaints received by the Commission revealed that the transactions have involved a lengthy time period before it is discovered that no earnest money deposits were made by the buyers.  An agent's failure to verify earnest money deposits in behalf of a seller's  client constitutes grounds for disciplinary action pursuant to District law and regulation.

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In Memoriam - Samuel C. Reynolds

Sam Reynolds
Samuel C. Reynolds


Members of the District of Columbia Real Estate Commission, both past and present, as well as the staff of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, express heartfelt condolences on the passing of Samuel C. Reynolds, Sr. on Monday, September 6, 2016.

Mr. Reynolds was appointed by Mayor Marion S. Barry and served on the Commission for two terms. He was an active member of the National Association of Real Estate License Law Officials, now known as ARELLO. Mr. Reynolds was a licensed real estate broker in the District for over fifty years, as well as the principal broker for Samuel C. Reynolds Real Estate Company, Incorporated, which is the oldest minority owned real estate company in the District of Columbia. He employed more than 100 salespersons over the years. In addition to his real estate brokerage, he was also a licensed Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. His leadership in the District included terms as Chair of the Board of Equalization and Review and the Landlord Advisory Commission for Section 8 Housing.

Mr. Reynolds will be remembered as one of the giants among DC real estate pioneers.

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Updating E-mail Addresses in Pulse Portal

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The  District of Columbia Real Estate Commission depends on you to provide your e-mail address of preference to which announcements from the Commission can be sent. In other words, provide the e-mail address that will actually be received and read.

Please follow these steps ensure that Pulse Portal reflects your most favored e-mail address for receiving information from the Commission. 

  1. Go to 
  2. Choose a Program:  District of Columbia
  3. Choose a Board:  Real Estate
  4. Scroll to the “Licensing Services” section and select “Change Your Address”
  5. Enter the following:  LAST Name, License Number and Social Security Number
  6. On “Change Your Address” screen, update e-mail address AT BOTTOM of the screen.

Success! Don't forget to watch your e-mail (and or the DC Real Estate Commission website ) for announcements.

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31 Years and Counting


The Commentator proudly recognizes its 31st year of production.  Over the past 31 years the publication has kept real estate licensees abreast of Commission news and breaking developments in the District of Columbia.  It started as strictly a paper document which was sent by US Postal Service and then moved to an electronic version of a paper document sent via email.  We are excited to send the current iteration, which is strictly electronic and viewable across multiple platforms. Thank you, loyal readers, for embracing The Commentator in all its formats.

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Ethics Replaces Financing Issues as Mandatory Course

The DC Real Estate Commission voted that an Ethics course will replace the Financing Issues course beginning with the 2017 – 2019 cycle.  

Please note that the new cycle begins 3/1/2017 for Brokers and Property Managers and 9/1/2017 for Salespersons. 

The change was prompted by the thought that the financial climate that generated the need for a Financing Issues course had passed, while calls have increased for the Commission to act on improving how agents conduct themselves in the field.

Financing Issues will remain a required course for the remainder of the 2015 – 2017 licensing cycle.

Licensees who complete an Ethics course prior to the beginning of their 2017 –  2019 licensing cycle will not be able to credit the course IN or FOR the 2017 -  2019 cycle.


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Transferring Between Brokers



Renewal time is a common time when licensees express their intent to transfer their District of Columbia real estate license from one broker to another. 

Please note that such transfer requests are NOT honored within the sixty renewal period preceding the end of the cycle. 

Licensees who wish to make such a tranfer must initiate the change either before the renewal period begins or after it ends.

Making the change itself is relatively easy. 

Visit the DC Real Estate Commission website and download the Sponsoring Broker Change/Transfer Request form available under the "Publications and Forms" header.

Fill out sections one, two and three.

Take the completed form to your former Broker for signature. Ensure that the form, the fee and your (5”x 7”) Wall License are sent to Pearson VUE. There is a $30 fee for transferring affiliation.


Pearson VUE
Department: DC/OPLA
8401 Corporate Drive
Metro-Plex I Suite 250
Landover, MD 20785

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Legal Actions

Law Books

The [Commission] ... shall have the power ... to receive complaints of malpractice or other complaints against any persons licensed, certified, or registered under the jurisdiction of the Commission and shall have the authority, after a hearing in accordance with the procedures ... to discipline any such person by the imposition of the penalties provided in [the Regulations].

Gables Residential Services, Inc.

By consent order, the Commission imposed a fine of $1500.00 for violation of DC Official Code Section 47-2853.17(a)(19) (2001) for operating as a real estate brokerage entity when unlicensed and not renewed.


Vishal Doddanna

By consent order, the Commission imposed a fine of $1500.00 for violation of DC Official Code Section 47-2853.17(a)(19) (2001) for operating as a real estate salesperson   when unlicensed and not renewed.

Realty Centre, LLC

By consent order, the Commission imposed a fine of $1500.00 for violation of DC Official Code Section 47-2853.17(a)(13) (2001) in that respondent willfully practiced an occupation or profession with an unauthorized person or aided an unauthorized person in the practice of an occupation or profession.  

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Real Estate Commission CE Offerings

The DC Real Estate Commission will be sponsoring the current three mandatory courses at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center at no out of pocket cost to licensees. The courses will be held on January 27, 2017. Registration will be announced via email to licensees before the end of December 2016.

Courses will apply to continuing education requirements for the current 2015 -2017 license cycle.

DC Legislative Update - 3.0-hrs

Financing Issues/Update - 3.0-hrs

 Fair Housing - 3.0-hrs

Please note that in between Commission sponsored offerings, courses are always available from DCREC approved providers at .

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Key Dates and Facts

DC Real Estate Commission Course Offering
Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University
Washington, DC 
January 27, 2017

National Association of Real Estate Brokers
2017 Mid-Winter Conference: Prince Georges County, MD
Lanham, MD 
April 6-8, 2017

The Society of Industrial and Office Realors (SIOR)
2017 Spring World Conference
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, LA 
April 26-29, 2017

2017 ARELLO Mid-Year Meeting
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson
Louisville, KY 40202
 April 26-29, 2017


2017 ARELLO Annual Conference
Sheraton Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
 September 19 - 24, 2017

2017 NAR Realtors Conference & Expo 
Chicago, Illinois
November 3 - 6, 2017

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2016 - 2017 Commission Meeting Schedule

 Meetings are scheduled for second Tuesday of each month.

 December 13, 2016

January 10, 2017

February 14, 2017

 March 14, 2017

April 11, 2017

May 9, 2017

June 13, 2017

 July 11, 2017

August, 2017 - Commission Recess

September 12, 2017

October 10, 2017

November 14, 2017

  Dates are subject to change. Call 202-442-4320 for updates.

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