JASON MICHAEL COLEMAN (GREENSBORO) – By Consent, the Commission suspended the broker license of Coleman for a period of 12 months, effective September 23, 2022. The Commission then stayed the suspension in its entirety. The Commission found that Coleman was affiliated with a licensed real estate firm. On October 17, 2019, Coleman formed Jason Coleman Real Estate LLC but did not obtain a firm license for this entity. Coleman also did not, at any time material hereto, designate himself as Broker-in-Charge of this entity. Coleman was paid for brokerage activities in the name of the unlicensed firm. From November 10, 2020, through July 26, 2021, Coleman employed an unlicensed administrative assistant. Coleman allowed the unlicensed assistant to show properties for sale on three separate occasions.
CHRISTOPHER JAMES GOODWIN (MATTHEWS) – By Consent, the Commission suspended the broker license of Goodwin for a period of 2 years, effective September 1, 2021. The Commission found that in June 2016, a buyer contracted to buy residential property for which Goodwin was the listing agent. In July 2016, the Sellers of the subject property informed Goodwin of a class action lawsuit and settlement with CertainTeed where they received compensation for defective siding for which the Sellers had not yet made repairs. Goodwin did not disclose this fact during the transaction and the transaction closed. The buyer discovered the class action lawsuit after closing on the subject property and was barred from payment or remedy from the class action lawsuit. Goodwin has entered into a civil settlement with the buyer.
MAREK KUCHARSKI (RALEIGH) – The Commission accepted the voluntary surrender of the broker license of Kucharski effective September 14, 2022. The Commission dismissed without prejudice allegations that Kucharski violated provisions of the Real Estate License Law and Commission rules. Kucharski neither admitted nor denied misconduct.
SAUL ERNESTO ROMERO LARA (DURHAM) – By Consent, the Commission suspended the broker license of Romero Lara for a period of 12 months, effective September 1, 2022. The Commission found that in July 2021, Romero Lara acted as listing agent for the subject property located in Durham. Romero Lara received several offers from buyers’ agents on behalf of their buyer-clients. While the seller was considering offers, Romero Lara disclosed the terms of one offer to the agent for a buyer who had submitted a competing offer. Romero Lara’s actions created an unfair advantage.
TIFFANY RUSSELL (DURHAM) – The Commission accepted the voluntary surrender of the broker license of Russell effective September 14, 2022. The Commission dismissed without prejudice allegations that Russell violated provisions of the Real Estate License Law and Commission rules. Russell neither admitted nor denied misconduct.
MARTY ANDREW PENNELL (TAYLORSVILLE) – By Consent, the Commission reprimanded Pennell, effective September 23, 2022. The Commission found that in May 2021, Pennell acted as listing agent for the subject property. Pennell had been working with buyer clients since March 2021 in their search for a home. Pennell showed the subject property to his buyer clients before the marketing date specified in the listing agreement and prior to entering the property in the MLS. Pennell’s buyer clients submitted an offer that was accepted by Pennell’s seller clients prior to entering the subject property in to the MLS.
TERENCE LEE THOMAS (KNIGHTDALE) – By Consent, the Commission suspended the broker license of Thomas for a period of 6 months, effective September 20, 2022. The Commission then stayed the suspension in its entirety and placed Thomas on probation for a period of eighteen months. Thomas is also prohibited from engaging in property management for others and from handling entrusted funds or otherwise maintaining a trust account for others. The Commission found that Thomas managed a residential rental property and sent the property owner a rental proceeds check, which was returned by their bank for insufficient funds. Thomas provided inaccurate tax information to his owner clients regarding rental payments received on their behalf and failed to maintain transaction documents in compliance with Commission rules. Thomas also failed to deposit entrusted funds into a trust or escrow account and comingled funds. The Commission notes that Thomas no longer manages properties for others, no longer handles entrusted funds, and has remitted all owed funds to his former property owner client.