The Clarion Ledger reports the Mississippi Real Estate Commission has issued nearly 90 disciplinary letters this year. About 60 of them were for failure to disclose a misdemeanor criminal conviction. The state has about 10,000 licensed and active real estate professionals.
Since July 1, 2016, the commission has required all applicants for a real estate broker’s or sales license, or those renewing, to undergo a criminal history records check, with fingerprints.
Commission administrator Robert Praytor says 15% to 18% of those filing for a first-time license had a criminal conviction when the system started. Now, it’s about 5%.
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