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Governor's Order Impacts Licensing

Governor's Order Impacts Licensing

On Tuesday, Governor Sununu issued Exhibit H to Executive Order No. 29, relative to modifications to regulations of the Office of Professional Licensing. Effective immediately, all continuing education requirements, including those required by the Real Estate Commission, are waived for those licensees who are scheduled to renew their license from now until December 31, 2020. The order is retroactive to March 16 of this year.

The order also states that any requirement that documents submitted to the Real Estate Commission be notarized or signed by a justice of the peace are suspended for the duration of the State of Emergency. Further, the Real Estate Commission will accept electronic signatures or scans of signed documents in addition to original signatures.

The order also altered Rea 301.03(e) to allow all candidates for the real estate licensing examination up to 90 days past the expiration or termination of the State of Emergency to take the examination. And administrative rule Rea 301.03 (k) is amended to allow applicants for licenses up to 90 days past the expiration of the State of Emergency to complete the salesperson pre-licensing requirements through remote instruction.

The remote instruction must have live video and audio feeds for all participants to allow real-time audio and visual communication between student(s) and Commission-approved instructor(s). Commission-approved course instructors must also issue a completed course affidavit indicating the student attended the entire course or portion thereof through qualifying remote instruction. 

Lastly, the timeline in Rea 303.05(b) mandating candidates for the broker and salesperson examination achieving a passing grade of 70 for both the uniform and state portions of the examination within a 6-month period from the date of the original examination is now extended to allow applicants up to 90 days past the expiration of the State of Emergency to achieve the required passing grade.On Tuesday, Governor Sununu issued Exhibit H to Executive Order No. 29, relative to modifications to regulations of the Office of Professional Licensing. Effective immediately, all continuing education requirements, including those required by the Real Estate Commission, are waived for those licensees who are scheduled to renew their license from now until December 31, 2020. The order is retroactive to March 16 of this year.

The order also states that any requirement that documents submitted to the Real Estate Commission be notarized or signed by a justice of the peace are suspended for the duration of the State of Emergency. Further, the Real Estate Commission will accept electronic signatures or scans of signed documents in addition to original signatures.

The order also altered Rea 301.03(e) to allow all candidates for the real estate licensing examination up to 90 days past the expiration or termination of the State of Emergency to take the examination. And administrative rule Rea 301.03 (k) is amended to allow applicants for licenses up to 90 days past the expiration of the State of Emergency to complete the salesperson pre-licensing requirements through remote instruction.

The remote instruction must have live video and audio feeds for all participants to allow real-time audio and visual communication between student(s) and Commission-approved instructor(s). Commission-approved course instructors must also issue a completed course affidavit indicating the student attended the entire course or portion thereof through qualifying remote instruction. 

Lastly, the timeline in Rea 303.05(b) mandating candidates for the broker and salesperson examination achieving a passing grade of 70 for both the uniform and state portions of the examination within a 6-month period from the date of the original examination is now extended to allow applicants up to 90 days past the expiration of the State of Emergency to achieve the required passing grade.

Amidst the sea of change to which the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS has played witness in its 85 years, one thing that has remained constant is the Realtor 'R' and the value we bring to every real estate transaction in which we take part. We are part of a unique community where our familial cooperation transcends our business competition. These are not mere platitudes, but our living ideals, and they are, in fact, the foundation on which we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day affairs.

 

Marc Drapeau, 2020 President, New Hampshire REALTORS

Marc Drapeau, 2020 President, New Hampshire REALTORS