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About the New Jersey Real Estate Commission

Established in 1921, the New Jersey Real Estate Commission was created to administer and enforce New Jersey's real estate licensing law, N.J.S.A. 45:15-1 et seq. The Commission consists of five members who have been licensed as New Jersey real estate brokers for at least ten years, two public members, and one representative of an appropriate governmental department.

The Commission meets approximately 36 times each year, and frequently acts as a quasi-judicial body rendering decisions on contested license applications and disciplinary actions. It also promulgates rules interpreting and implementing the provisions of the license law and establishing standards of practice for the real estate brokerage profession.

All applicants for licensure as a broker or salesperson must meet the standards for good character and fulfill the educational requirements for licensure established by law, and pass an examination conducted under the supervision of the Commission. The content of the prelicensure education courses is prescribed in regulations adopted by the Commission. The Commission also licenses the schools which provide the courses and the instructors who teach them. Instructors must fulfill educational requirements and pass an examination to qualify for licensure.

The Commission is empowered to conduct investigations, to hold hearings and to revoke licenses and/or otherwise sanction individuals and firms for violations of the license law or its administrative rules. Violations which can result in severe sanctions include commingling or misappropriating escrow monies, making substantial misrepresentations, being convicted of a theft offense, procuring a license by fraud or deceit, and "any conduct which demonstrates unworthiness, incompetency, bad faith or dishonesty."

The Commission also administers and enforces the Real Estate Sales Full Disclosure Act. This law regulates the marketing and sale in New Jersey of real estate interests located in other states and countries. Persons who wish to market such properties in New Jersey must first register their projects with the Commission. In order to qualify for registration, the applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commission that they can convey good title to the properties, that full and accurate disclosure of all pertinent information will be made to prospective New Jersey purchasers, and that adequate financial assurances have been established to insure completion of all promised improvements.

Among its many other functions, the Commission also administers the Real Estate Guaranty Fund. This Fund was established by law to protect persons aggrieved by the embezzlement, conversion or unlawful obtaining of property by licensees in a real estate brokerage transaction. It is fully funded by assessments upon licensees and applicants. No taxpayer dollars are credited to the fund.

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General Information
REC Supervisory Staff
Robert Kinniebrew, Executive Director
Patricia Coppel, Deputy Executive Director

The New Jersey Real Estate Commission offices are located at 20 W. State St., Trenton, NJ

For general inquiries regarding investigations, subdivided land sales, and regulatory/enforcement issues, contact:

NJ Real Estate Commission
PO Box
Trenton, NJ 08625-0328

Phone: 609-292-7272
FAX: 609-292-0944

Licensing Information - REC Supervisory Staff
Karen Silsby, Supervisor, Real Estate Licensing

For licensing inquiries, contact:

Licensing Bureau, Real Estate
NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance
PO Box
Trenton, NJ 08625-0474

Phone: 609-292-7272
FAX: 609-292-6765
Education Information - REC Supervisory Staff
Gwendolyn Cobb, Supervisor, Education and Licensing
For prelicensure education, experience (broker) requirements, CE requirements and lists of licensed schools or CE providers contact:

Phone: 609-292-7272
FAX: 609-292-0944
Subdivided Land Sales Control - REC Supervisory Staff
Robert Carter, Chief
Phone: 609-292-8385
FAX: 609-292-0944
Current Real Estate Commission Members
Linda Stefanik
President, Broker, Member since 2010
Eugenia K. Bonilla Vice President, Broker, Member since 2012
Denise Illes Department Representative, Member since 2015
Jeffrey A. Lattimer Broker, Member since 2013
Cindy Marsh-Tichy Broker, Member since 2015
Harold J. Poltrock Public, Member since 2010
Michael Timoni
Broker, Member since 2008
Real Estate Commission Meeting Schedule
All meetings are held at the Mary Roebling Building, Real Estate Commission Conference Room 220, 2nd floor, 20 West State Street, Trenton, N.J. at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays unless otherwise noted.

2016 Meetings
January   February   March   April
13 (Wednesday) (Agenda*)
26 (Agenda*)
09 - CANCELLED: Due to possible inclement weather and lack of quorum
02 - Special Meeting (Wednesday)
1:30 p.m., 20 West State Street, 7th Floor, Conference Room 742, Trenton, N.J.

22 (Agenda*)

May   June   July   August
04 - Special Called Meeting (Agenda*)

September   October   November   December
14 (Wednesday)
05 (Wednesday)

*Agendas are subject to change

Past Agendas
January 6, 2015
January 27, 2015
February 24, 2015
March 3, 2015
April 7, 2015
April 21, 2015
May 19, 2015
June 23, 2015
July 7, 2015
July 21, 2015
August 4, 2015
September 1, 2015
December 15, 2015
September 29, 2015
October 6, 2015
October 20, 2015
December 1, 2015
January 7, 2014
February 4, 2014
February 19, 2014
April 1, 2014
April 29, 2014
May 6, 2014
May 20, 2014
June 3, 2014
June 17, 2014
July 8, 2014
July 22, 2014
September 10, 2014
September 12, 2014
September 23, 2014
October 7, 2014
October 21, 2014
November 18, 2014
December 16, 2014
Volunteer Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule
All meetings are held at the Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Trenton, NJ at 11 a.m. in the 7th floor conference room unless otherwise noted. 
2016 Meetings

January 14   February 11   March 10   April 07
May 05   June 09   July 07   August (no meeting)
September 08   October 06   November 10   December 01
Past Agendas
January 15, 2015
February 12, 2015
September 11, 2014
October 9, 2014
November 20, 2014
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