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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 Manger Member


Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration

Clifford Cooks
Program Manager

 Staci Mason
Program Officer

Leon Lewis
Executive Director

Kevin Cyrus
Education Coordinator

Kathy Thomas
Education Liaison Specialist

Stephanie Johnston

Board Assistant


Kia Winston 

Legal Counsel 


George Batista


  Asia Duma

  Arnebya Herndon

Chairman's Corner

Jo Ricks

Attention Salesperson licensees! You are encouraged to renew your license as early in the renewal period as possible. 

The reason is that there will be NO GRACE PERIOD following the end of the cycle due to a scheduled system change.  More details about the system change will follow in the coming months; however, the message for now is that salesperson licensees should renew as early as possible in the renewal period. The renewal period will open in June 2017.

All licenses that are not renewed by end of day (11:59 pm) on August 31, 2017 will expire.  There will be NO grace period.

Any expired license will need to go through the reinstatement process in order to conduct business in the District of Columbia. 

No exceptions will be made.

The renewal period will open in June and each eligible licensee will receive a renewal notice at that time. Licensees will need to answer screening questions, notify their broker that the questions have been answered, provide the broker with the license renewal fee and ensure that the broker renews the salesperson's license.


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How to Update E-mail Addresses

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Is your e-mail address up-to-date in Pulse Portal?

The  DC Real Estate Commission depends on you to provide an effective, accurate e-mail address.  Renewal notices are only sent by email to the address on record with Pearson Vue.  Additionally, the Commission frequently sends announcements that you will find timely. Please ensure that the Commission has the e-mail address that you check most often. 

Follow these steps to ensure that Pulse Portal reflects your most favored e-mail address for receiving Commission information. 

  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! Watch for announcements in your e-mail or visit  the Board's website at: .


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In Memoriam: H.R. Crawford

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The Honorable H.R. Crawford, a former DC Real Estate Commission member, died on February 10, 2017 at age of 78.

Members of the District of Columbia Real Estate Commission, both past and present, as well as staff members of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, express heartfelt condolences to the family and friends grieving this tremendous loss.

Mr. Crawford was appointed by Mayor Marion S. Barry to serve as Chair of the Real Estate Commission in June 1995. He served on the Commission for seven highly productive years. A tremendous advocate of programs promoting affordable housing for the disadvantaged in Washington, DC, he was equally adamant in his support of preventing predatory lending in the city affecting many households. An expert in housing and property management, and while serving as a member of the DC City Council, Mr. Crawford was instumental in having the District of Columbia be one of the first, and still very few jurisdictions world-wide, that require property management licensure, affecting the health, safety and welfare of the consuming public. He was an active member of the prestigious Association of Real Estate Law Officials, the National Association of Realtors, and the highly acclaimed Institute of Real Estate Management.

Mr. Crawford was one of Washington’s most prominent African American leaders in real estate management when, in 1973, he joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development as assistant secretary for housing management. The post made him one of the highest-ranking African American officials in the federal agency and propelled him to national attention.

Hazel Reid "H.R."Crawford was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Jan. 18, 1939, and moved to Washington in his youth. 

Survivors include his wife, the former Eleanora Braxton of Washington; five children, Leslie Taylor, Hazel Andrew “Guy” Crawford, Gregory Crawford and Lynn Crawford, all of Washington, and George Crawford of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Crawford will be remembered as one of the "Giants" among minority pioneers in the real estate industry and property management.


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Historic Preservation CE Offerings

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The DC Real Estate Commission and the DC Board of Real Estate Appraisers will be sponsoring Historic Preservation seminars at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center in Washington, DC  at no out of pocket cost to licensees. The courses will be held on May 19, 2017. Registration was announced in April and is completey full.

The District of Columbia’s historic preservation efforts, which are administered by the DC Office of Planning/Historic Preservation, are guided by two documents -- the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 and carried out through the Historic Preservation Regulations (DCMR Title 10A).

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Educational Seminar is to inform licensees of the specific requirements of the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 and DCMR Title 10A. Because historic preservation is also an economic subject, the DC Real Estate Commission and the DC Board of Real Estate Appraisers desire that licensees be properly informed, ensuring protection of the public and preservation of historic communities.The Historic Preservation Educational Seminar also presents elements of the law to licensees in such a way that licensees will retain information concerning the requirements of the law, therefore resulting in fewer complaints by consumers.

Some main topics covered at the seminar may include: 

  • Historic Overview of DC Architecture and Neighborhood Development;
  • Historic Designation / Financial Incentives;
  • Altering an Historic Property: A Firsthand Account of the Review Process
  • Why Would a Community Want a Historic District: Foxhall Village

Credits will apply to continuing education requirements for the licensee's current license cycle.


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Key Dates and Facts

Upcoming Events

DC Historic Preservation Course Offering
Kellogg Center at Gallaudet University
Washington, DC 
May 19, 2017

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2017 Commission Meeting Schedule

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Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday each month.

 January 10, 2017

February 14, 2017

 March 14, 2017

April 11, 2017

May 9, 2017

June 13, 2017

 July 11, 2017

August, 2017 - Board Recess

September 12, 2017

October 10, 2017

November 14, 2017

December 12, 2017

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

Board meeting minutes are available at


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