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DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

 

Disciplinary Actions - July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 - Maryland Real Estate Commission

 

REVOCATIONS

2005-RE-098 - Dina M. Leone (Salesperson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) License REVOKED and Licensee FINED $25,000 for violation of § 17-322(b)(3), (4), (14), (22), (25), (31), (32), and (33) and §§ 17-502 and 17-532 and COMAR 09.11.02.01C and 09.11.02.02A for willfully making misrepresentations and false promises, failing to disclose material facts, failing to furnish a copy of the contract to the buyer, failing to account for monies in the licensee's possession that belonged to others, converting trust monies to her own use, failing to protect and promote the interests of the buyer, and failing to protect the public against fraud, misrepresentation, and unethical practices. A Guaranty Fund award in the amount of $11,500 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2005-RE-049 - Dina M. Leone (Salesperson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) License REVOKED and Licensee FINED $15,000 for violation of § 17-322(b)(1), (3), (25), and (33) and COMAR 09.11.02.01C and 09.11.02.02F for obtaining her real estate license through fraud or deception, willfully making misrepresentations and false promises, and engaging in conduct that demonstrated bad faith and untrustworthiness and that constituted dishonest, fraudulent, or improper dealings. A Guaranty Fund award in the amount of $25,000 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2004-RE-222 & 223 - Ronald E. Rollins (Salesperson, Celebrity Associates Real Estate Services, Inc.) License REVOKED and Licensee FINED $5,000 for violation of § 17-322(b)(14), (21), (22), (25), and (33) and COMAR 09.11.02.01C and 09.11.02.02A for failing to deliver a copy of a real estate contract to the parties within a reasonable period of time, accepting a commission or other valuable consideration from someone other than the real estate broker with whom the licensee was affiliated, failing to account for and remit promptly funds that he obtained from the buyers, obtaining monies from the buyers under false pretenses, engaging in conduct that demonstrated bad faith and untrustworthiness and that constituted improper dealings, and failing to promote the interests of his clients. A Guaranty Fund award in the amount of $1,150 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2005-RE-206 - Gary Lee Russell (Associate Broker, K.B.B. Properties) License REVOKED and Licensee FINED $5,000 for violation of § 17-322(b)(1) and (25) for failing to reveal a criminal conviction on his application renewal.

LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

2005-RE-120 - Yolanda Abney (Salesperson, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) License SUSPENDED under § 17-412(a) until repayment of a Guaranty Fund Award of $1,230.

2005-RE-235 - Cornell Garrison (Salesperson, Michaels Realty, Inc.) agreed to a sixty-day SUSPENSION of his license, a FINE OF $3,000, and completion of a course in real estate ethics in addition to the course hours required for the renewal of his license, for violation of § 17-322(b)(4), (22), (25), and (33) and COMAR 09.11.02.01C by not naming the true owner of the property on the contract of sale, failing to place the deposit monies in an escrow account, requiring the buyer to use a specific mortgage company, failing to advise the buyer that he was an officer of that company, and giving the buyer a check for the return of his deposit that was returned by the bank for insufficient funds.

2004-RE-221- Ronald E. Rollins (Salesperson, Celebrity Associates Real Estate Services, Inc.) License SUSPENDED for one year and Licensee FINED $12,000 for violation of §17-322(b)(14), (15), (21), (22), (25), and (32) and COMAR 09.11.02.01C for failing to furnish copies of contracts of sale, failing to retain copies of contracts of sale, failing to account for and remit trust monies, failing to advise his broker of real estate transactions he was handling for third parties, engaging in conduct that demonstrated untrustworthiness and that constituted improper dealings, and failing to protect the public against fraud or unethical practices in the real estate field.

2004-RE-212 - Mary Ann O'Malley (Salesperson, Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.) License SUSPENDED for twenty days for violation of §17-322(b)(25), (32), and (33), §17-532(c)(1)(iv), and COMAR 09.11.01.01C and 09.11.02.02A for failing to raise with her client the buyer the issue of having an inspection of the inside of the property and for failing to reduce to writing the seller's agreement to give the buyer monies from the settlement to make repairs to the property.

2004-RE-185 - William Newsome (Salesperson, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) agreed to SUSPENSION of his license for forty-five days and to pay the complainant $10,600, for violating § 17-322(b)(22), (25), and (32), and §17-530(b), and COMAR 09.11.01.12, 09.11.02.01C and H, and 09.11.02.02A, for failing to prepare a written property management agreement, failing to place the tenants' security deposit in escrow, failing to obtain a signed listing agreement and an agency disclosure form, ordering repairs made to the property without the knowledge or consent of the owner, and employing an unlicensed contractor to perform those repairs.

2004-RE-366 - Zhong Hui (John) Wang (Salesperson, Re/Max Metropolitan Realty) agreed to a one-month SUSPENSION of his license, a FINE of $5,000, and a payment of $22,000 to the complainant, for violation of § 17-322(b)(25)(as to improper dealings only) and (33), §17-502, and §17-532, and COMAR 09.11.02.01C and 09.11.02.02A by failing to submit trust money to his broker for deposit in the broker's trust account, returning the deposit checks to the buyer without the knowledge or consent of the seller, and misrepresenting the disposition of the deposit monies to the seller's agent.

FINES & REPRIMANDS

2004-RE-119 - Denise Seales-McLeod (Salesperson, Best Properties, Inc.) Licensee FINED $5,000 and REPRIMANDED for violation of §17-322(b)(3), (4), (6), (8), (15), (21), (22), (25), (30), (31), and (33); § 17-502(a), § 17-530(b), (c), and (d); § 17-532 (c)(1) (iii), (iv), (v), and (vi); and COMAR 09.11.02.01C and D, and 09.11.02.02A for guaranteeing future profits from the resale of property, failing to disclose that she was representing both parties to the transaction, failing to obtain consent of the parties for her broker to act as a dual agent, failure to comply with the dual agency law, failing to account for trust monies, receiving a commission from someone other than her broker, failing to provide copies of documents to the parties, leasing the property without the consent of the owner, and failing to advise her broker of the transaction.

2004-RE-317 - German Pena (Broker, HomePro Realty) agreed to a FINE of $500, a REPRIMAND, and completion of a course in real estate ethics in addition to the course hours required for renewal of his license, and payment of $3,000 to the complainant, for violation of § 17-322(b)(22) by failing to disburse deposit monies after a release agreement was signed.

2005-RE-158 - Frank Soltis (Broker, For Sale By Owner Real Estate Services) agreed to a FINE OF $2,500, a REPRIMAND, and to completion of courses in real estate ethics and principles of real estate agency in addition to the course hours required for the renewal of his license, for violation of § 17-322(b)(6) and §17-530(d)(1)(ii) by acting as the agent for both the buyer and seller in the transaction without designating other agents to act as intra-company agents on behalf of each of the parties.

2003-RE-259 - Norman H. Stafford (Salesperson, Baldus Real Estate, Inc.) Licensee FINED $2,500 and REPRIMANDED for violation of § 17-322(b)(25), (32), and (33), and §17-532(c)(iv) and (vi), and COMAR 09.11.02.01C by failing to notify the seller that the buyer's deposit check had bounced and had not been replaced as promised. A Guaranty Fund payment in the amount of $7,000 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

FINES

2005-RE-275 - Frank Calcara (Broker, Homeowners Realty) Licensee FINED $10,000 for violation of §§17-317, 17-320, 17-322(b)(22), (25), (31), (32), and (33), 17-507, 17-517, 17-519, 17-520, and 17-530, and COMAR 09.11.01.07, .10, and .13, 09.11.02.01C and .02A, and COMAR 09.11.08.01 for failing to maintain a proper office, and display signs and licenses, failing to report changes in affiliations and in his office location, failing to properly secure and remit escrow account funds, engaging in dual agency without the written consent of the parties, and engaging in conduct that displayed bad faith and untrustworthiness.

2005-RE-208 - Robert Coulter (Salesperson, Advance Realty, Inc.) agreed to a FINE of $250 and to completion of a course in the rules or principles of real estate agency in addition to the course house required for renewal of his license, for violation § 17-530(c) and (d)(1)(ii) by acting as an agent for both the buyer and the seller of the property.

2004-RE-303 - Cara Fetner (Salesperson, Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc) Licensee FINED $1,000 for violation of §§ 17-322 (b)(32) and 17-532(c)(1)(iv) for failing to answer truthfully a question about a listed property that was posed to her by the buyer.

2004-RE-343 - Selma D. Jager (Salesperson, Century 21 H.T. Brown Real Estate) agreed to a FINE of $500 for violation of § 17-532(c)(1)(iv) and (vi) for failing to identify the appropriate person to sign the listing agreement and to enter into a contract to convey the property on behalf of the deceased owner.

2004-RE-323 - Lisa M. Kleeberg (Salesperson, Re/Max Exclusive) Licensee FINED $500 for a violation of §17-322(b)(19), (32), and (33) and §17-527.2(b) for publishing misleading advertisements, failing to provide in an advertisement the trade name of the real estate brokerage company with whom the agent was affiliated, advertising properties without the listing agent's knowledge or consent, and failing to cooperate fully with the Commission in its investigation.

2004-RE-308 - Michael E. McGreevy (Associate Broker, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) agreed to a FINE of $2,000 for violation of §17-322(b)(31) and §17-502(a) by failing to ensure that a good faith deposit was deposited into the escrow account of his broker.

2005-RE-300 - Virginia Meeks (Salesperson, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) agreed to a FINE of $1,000 and to completion of a course in rules or principles of real estate agency in addition to the course hours required for renewal of her license for violation of § 17-530 by designating herself as the intra-company agent for both the buyer and the seller.

2005-RE-429 - Wanda M. Perry (Broker, Sky's the Limit Realty LLC) agreed to a FINE of $250 for violation of § 17-322(b)(27) and (33) and COMAR 09.11.01.13 by failing to exercise reasonable and adequate supervision over the provision of brokerage services by a salesperson affiliated with her brokerage and failing to maintain records of real estate transactions in her real estate office.

2005-RE-064 - Charles B. Ritch (Salesperson, Mr. Lister Realty, Inc.) agreed to a FINE of $1,000 and to completion of a three-hour course in agency in addition to the course hours required for renewal of his license, for violation of § 17-530(c) and (d) by acting as a dual agent in a transaction without having a second agent designated by the broker to act as an intra-company agent on behalf of the buyer.

2004-RE-124 - David H. Thomas (Broker, EZ Home Realty) agreed to a FINE of $500 for violating § 17-322(b)(33) and COMAR 09.11.02.02A by failing to protect and promote the interests of clients with whom he had a buyer broker agreement.

2002-RE-165 - Jeffrey Underwood (Broker, Uncommon Realty) agreed to a FINE in the amount of $5,000, to pay $1,725 to the complainant, and to completion of a 3-hour ethics class in addition to the course hours required for renewal of his license, for violating §17-322(b)(25)(as to improper dealings only), and (30), and § 17-530(b), by failing to provide a written disclosure notifying the buyer that he was acting as a real estate broker representing the seller in the transaction.

REPRIMANDS

2005-RE-302 - Charles M. Gregg (Associate Broker, Re/Max Chesapeake) agreed to a FINE of $1,000 and to a REPRIMAND for violation of §17-322(b)(19) and (20) by placing an advertisement claiming that he was the broker of a specific real estate brokerage, when in fact he was not, and listing in the advertisement names of licensees affiliated with that brokerage that were different from the names that appeared on their licenses.

2004-RE-369 - Michael Haskell (Salesperson, Haskell & Associates, Inc.) agreed to a REPRIMAND for violation of §17-532(c)(1)(vi) by failing to exercise reasonable care and diligence in returning his client's telephone calls in a timely manner after the ratification of a contract of sale.

2004-RE-310 - Angela Mairs (Broker, Re/Max One) agreed to a REPRIMAND for violation of §17-332(b)(31) and §17-502(b) for failing to ensure that trust monies were deposited into her broker escrow account within seven business days after contract acceptance by the parties.

2003-RE-373 - Chianugonum Okocha (Salesperson, Best Properties, Inc.) agreed to a REPRIMAND, to pay the complainant $1,000, and to complete a 3-hour ethics class in addition to the course hours required for renewal of his license, for violating §17-322(b)(4), (25), and (32) and §17-532(c)(1)(iv) and (vi), by failing to notify the seller of the return of the deposit check for insufficient funds, and instead seeking and receiving a two-month extension of the settlement date.

2005-RE-015 - Zhong Hui (John) Wang (Salesperson, Re/Max Metropolitan Realty) agreed to a REPRIMAND and to pay the complainant $21,000, for violating §17-322(b)(33) and COMAR 09.11.02.01.12 and 09.11.02.01D by failing to ensure that a listing was in writing, failing to notify his broker of the listing, and failing to make a reasonable effort to obtain all material facts concerning a property for which he had accepted the listing.

2005-RE-451 - Zhong Hui (John) Wang (Salesperson, Re/Max Metropolitan Realty) agreed to a REPRIMAND and to pay the complainant $20,000 for violation of § 17-322(b)(33) and COMAR 09.11.01.12 and 09.11.02.01D by failing to obtain a written listing agreement, and failing to make a reasonable effort to obtain all material facts concerning the ownership of the property.

GUARANTY FUND PAYMENTS

2004-RE-344 - Dina M. Leone (Salesperson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage). A Guaranty Fund payment in the amount of $1,643.72 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2005-RE-098 - Dina M. Leone (Salesperson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage).  A Guaranty Fund payment in the amount of $25,000 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2005-RE-049 - Dina M. Leone (Salesperson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage).  A Guaranty Fund payment in the amount of $11,000 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2004-RE-222&223 - Ronald E. Rollins (Salesperson, Celebrity Associates Real Estate Services, Inc.). A Guaranty Fund payment in the amount of $1,150 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2004-RE-139 - William J. Peterson (Broker, Casey Properties LLC) A Guaranty Fund payment in the amount of $4,150 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

2003-RE-035 - M. Arnold Politzer (Broker, Lucky Homes LLC) A Guaranty Fund payment in the amount of $14,093 was made as a result of the conduct of the licensee.

(The affiliation listed is that of the licensee at the time of the violation.)