Commission Spotlight: Executive and Administrative Division

This is the first of three articles highlighting the North Carolina Real Estate Commission’s staff and structure. 

The principal purpose of the Real Estate Commission is to protect the interests of members of the general public in their dealings with real estate brokers throughout the state. This is accomplished through:

1. licensing real estate brokers and brokerage firms, and registering time share projects;

2. establishing and administering prelicensing education programs for prospective licensees and postlicensing and continuing education programs for licensees;

3. providing education and information relating to the North Carolina Real Estate License Law and Commission Rules, and 

4. regulating the business activities of brokers and brokerage firms, including disciplining licensees who violate the License Law or Commission rules.

As dictated by N.C.G.S. § 93A-3(a), the Real Estate Commission consists of nine members who serve three-year terms. Seven members are appointed by the Governor and two are appointed by the General Assembly. 

The Commission’s staff is tasked with implementing rules and policy set forth by the Commission. 

As of October 1, 2019, there are 56 Commission staff members, divided between three divisions, Executive & Administrative, Education & Licensing, and Regulatory Affairs.  Miriam Baer is the Executive Director.

This month’s Commission Spotlight is on the Executive and Administrative Division.

The Executive and Administrative Division works to effectively and efficiently administer Commission programs and operations. As Executive Director, Miriam Baer is tasked with management responsibilities as Chief of Staff, and oversight of the Commission’s licensing, education, and regulatory functions.

The Division is supported by eleven full-time staff members.

Primary responsibilities of the Executive and Administrative Division include:

  • managing the Commission’s financial affairs;
  • overseeing the day to day administrative and operational functions of the office;
  • developing, managing and evaluating the Commission’s technological resources;
  • managing the Commission’s human resources; and
  • developing and publishing print and digital content and publications.

To learn more about the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, go to or contact us at 919.875.3700.