REAL ESTATE LICENSE LAW
AN ACT to define real estate brokers and real estate salespersons; and providing for the licensing,
regulation, and supervision of resident or nonresident real estate brokers and real estate
salespersons and their business; and providing penalties for violation.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
TITLE 73. PROFESSIONS AND VOCATIONS
CHAPTER 35. REAL ESTATE BROKERS IN GENERAL
§73-35-1. Citation of chapter; license requirement
This chapter shall be known, and may be cited, as “the Real Estate Brokers License Law of 1954”;
and from and after May 6, 1954, it shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, association or
corporation to engage in or carry on, directly or indirectly, or to advertise or to hold himself, itself
or themselves out as engaging in or carrying on the business, or act in the capacity of, a real estate
broker, or a real estate salesperson, within this state, without first obtaining a license as a real estate
broker or real estate salesperson as provided for in this chapter.
§73-35-3. Definitions; applicability of chapter
(1) The term “real estate broker” within the meaning of this chapter shall include all persons,
partnerships, associations and corporations, foreign and domestic, who for a fee,
commission or other valuable consideration, or who with the intention or expectation of
receiving or collecting the same, list, sell, purchase, exchange, rent, lease, manage or
auction any real estate, or the improvements thereon, including options; or who negotiate
or attempt to negotiate any such activity; or who advertise or hold themselves out as
engaged in such activities; or who direct or assist in the procuring of a purchaser or prospect
calculated or intended to result in a real estate transaction. The term “real estate broker”
shall also include any person, partnership, association or corporation employed by or on
behalf of the owner or owners of lots or other parcels of real estate, at a stated salary or
upon fee, commission or otherwise, to sell such real estate, or parts thereof, in lots or other
parcels, including timesharing and condominiums, and who shall sell, exchange or lease,
or offer or attempt or agree to negotiate the sale, exchange or lease of, any such lot or parcel
of real estate.
(2) The term “real estate” as used in this chapter shall include leaseholds as well as any and
every interest or estate in land, including timesharing and condominiums, whether
corporeal or incorporeal, freehold or non-freehold, and whether said property is situated in
this state or elsewhere; provided, however, that the term “real estate” as used in this chapter
shall not include oil, gas or mineral leases, nor shall it include any other mineral leasehold,
mineral estate or mineral interest of any nature whatsoever.
(3) One (1) act in consideration of or with the expectation or intention of, or upon the promise
of, receiving compensation, by fee, commission or otherwise, in the performance of any
act or activity contained in subsection (1) of this section, shall constitute such person,
partnership, association or corporation a real estate broker and make him, them or it subject
to the provisions and requirements of this chapter.
(4) The term “real estate salesperson” shall mean and include any person employed or engaged
by or on behalf of a licensed real estate broker to do or deal in any activity as included or
comprehended by the definitions of a real estate broker in subsection (1) of this section, for
compensation or otherwise.
(5) The term “automated valuation method” means any computerized model used by mortgage
originators and secondary market issuers to determine the collateral worth of a mortgage
secured by a consumer’s principal dwelling.
(6) The term “broker price opinion” means an estimate prepared by a real estate broker, agent,
or salesperson that details the probable selling price of a particular piece of real estate
property and provides a varying level of detail about the property’s condition, market, and
neighborhood, and information on comparable sales, but does not include an automated
(7) Exempt from the licensing requirements of this chapter shall be any person, partnership,
association or corporation, who, as a bona fide owner, shall perform any aforesaid act with
reference to property owned by them, or to the regular employees thereof who are on a
stated salary, where such acts are performed in the regular course of business.
(8) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
(a) Attorneys at law in the performance of primary or incidental duties as such attorneys
(b) Any person holding in good faith a duly executed power of attorney from the owner,
authorizing the final consummation and execution for the sale, purchase, leasing or
exchange of real estate.
(c) The acts of any person while acting as a receiver, trustee, administrator, executor,
guardian or under court order, or while acting under authority of a deed of trust or
(d) Public officers while performing their duties as such.
(e) Anyone dealing exclusively in oil and gas leases and mineral rights.
(9) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit life insurance companies and their
representatives from negotiating or attempting to negotiate loans secured by mortgages on
real estate, nor shall these companies or their representatives be required to qualify as real
estate brokers or agents under this chapter.
(10) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the activities of mortgagees approved by
the Federal Housing Administration or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs,
banks chartered under the laws of the State of Mississippi or the United States, savings and
loan associations chartered under the laws of the State of Mississippi or the United States,
licensees under the Small Loan Regulatory Law, being Sections 75-67-101 through 75-67-
135, and under the Small Loan Privilege Tax Law, being Sections 75-67-201 through 75-
67-243, small business investment companies licensed by the Small Business
Administration and chartered under the laws of the State of Mississippi, or any of their
affiliates and subsidiaries, related to the making of a loan secured by a lien on real estate
or to the disposing of real estate acquired by foreclosure or in lieu of foreclosure or
otherwise held as security. No director, officer or employee of any such financial institution
shall be required to qualify as a real estate broker or agent under this chapter when engaged
in the aforesaid activities for and on behalf of such financial institution.
§73-35-4. Broker’s price opinion; preparation, contents and use of opinion
(1) A person licensed under this chapter may prepare a broker’s price opinion and charge and
collect a fee for such opinion if:
(a) The license of that licensee is active and in good standing; and
(b) The broker’s price opinion meets the requirements of subsections (3) and (4) of this
(2) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, a person licensed under this chapter may
prepare a broker’s price opinion for:
(a) An existing or potential seller for the purposes of listing and selling a parcel of real
(b) An existing or potential buyer of a parcel of real property;
(c) A third-party making decisions or performing due diligence related to the potential
listing, offering, sale, exchange, option, lease or acquisition price of a parcel of real
(d) An existing or potential lienholder or other third party for any purpose other than as
the basis to determine the value of a parcel of real property, for a mortgage loan
origination, including first and second mortgages, refinances, or equity lines of credit.
(e) The provisions of this subsection do not preclude the preparation of a broker’s price
opinion to be used in conjunction with or in addition to an appraisal.
(3) A broker’s price opinion prepared under the authority granted in this section shall be in
writing and shall conform to the standards and guidelines published by a nationally
recognized association of providers of broker price opinions. The Mississippi Real Estate
Commission shall promulgate regulations that are consistent with, but not limited to, the
standards and guidelines of a nationally recognized association of providers of broker price
(4) A broker’s price opinion shall be in writing and contain the following:
(a) A statement of the intended purpose of the price opinion;
(b) A brief description of the subject property and property interest to be priced;
(c) The basis of reasoning used to reach the conclusion of the price, including the
applicable market data and/or capitalization computation;
(d) Any assumptions or limiting conditions;
(e) A disclosure of any existing or contemplated interest of the broker or salesperson
issuing the opinion;
(f) The effective date of the price opinion;
(g) The name and signature of the broker or salesperson issuing the price opinion;
(h) The name of the real estate brokerage firm for which the broker or salesperson is
(i) The signature date;
(j) A disclaimer stating that, “This opinion is not an appraisal of the market value of the
property and may not be used in lieu of an appraisal. If an appraisal is desired, the
services of a licensed or certified appraiser must be obtained. This opinion may not
be used by any party as the primary basis to determine the value of a parcel of real
property for a mortgage loan origination, including first and second mortgages,
refinances or equity lines of credit.”;
(k) A certification that the licensee is covered by errors and omissions insurance, to the
extent required by state law, for all liability associated with the preparation of the
broker’s price opinion.
(5) If a broker’s price opinion is submitted electronically or on a form supplied by the
(a) A signature required by paragraph (g) of subsection (4) may be an electronic signature,
as defined in Section 75-12-3.
(b) A signature required by paragraph (g) of subsection (4) and the disclaimer required by
paragraph (j) of subsection (4) may be transmitted in a separate attachment if the
electronic format or form supplied by the requesting party does not allow additional
comments to be written by the licensee. The electronic format or the form supplied by
the requesting party must:
(i) Reference the existence of a separate attachment; and
(ii) Include a statement that the broker’s price opinion is not complete without the
(6) Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, a person licensed pursuant to this chapter
may not prepare a broker’s price opinion for any purpose in lieu of an appraisal when an
appraisal is required by federal or state statute. A broker’s price opinion which estimates
value or worth of a parcel of real estate rather than sales price shall be deemed to be an
appraisal and may not be prepared by a licensed broker or sales agent under the authority
of their licensee but may only be prepared by a duly licensed appraiser and must meet the
regulations promulgated by the Mississippi Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and
Certification Board. A broker’s price opinion may not under any circumstances be referred
to as a valuation or appraisal.
§73-35-4.1. Disclosure of information concerning size or area of property involved in real
estate transaction; liability; remedy for violation of section
(1) (a) In connection with any real estate transaction, the size or area, in square footage or
otherwise, of the subject property, if provided by any real estate licensee in accordance
with paragraph (b)(i) and (ii), shall not be considered any warranty or guarantee of the size
or area information, in square footage or otherwise, of the subject property.
(b) (i) If a real estate licensee provides any party to a real estate transaction with third-party
information concerning the size or area, in square footage or otherwise, of the subject
property involved in the transaction, the licensee shall identify the source of t
(c) A real estate licensee has no duty to the seller or purchaser of real property to conduct an
independent investigation of the size or area, in square footage or otherwise, of a subject
property, or to independently verify the accuracy of any third-party information.
(d) A real estate licensee who has complied with the requirements of this section, as applicable,
shall have no further duties to the seller or purchaser of real property regarding disclosed
or undisclosed property size or area information, and shall not be subject to liability to any
party for any damages sustained with regard to any conflicting measurements or opinions
of size or area, including exemplary or punitive damages.
(2) (a) If a real estate licensee has provided third-party information to any party to a real estate
transaction concerning size or area of the subject real property, a party to the real estate
transaction may recover damages from the licensee in a civil action only when a licensee
knowingly violates the duty to disclose the source of the information as required in this
section. However, nothing in this section shall provide immunity from civil liability to any
licensee who knowingly misrepresents the size or area of the subject real property.
(b) The sole and exclusive civil remedy at common law or otherwise for a violation of this
section by a real estate licensee shall be an action for actual damages suffered by the party
as a result of such violation and shall not include exemplary or punitive damages.
(c) For any real estate transaction commenced after July 1, 2013, any civil action brought
pursuant to this section shall be commenced within two (2) years after the date of transfer
of the subject real property.
(d) In any civil action brought pursuant to this section, the prevailing party shall be allowed
court costs and reasonable attorney fees to be set by the court and collected as costs of the
(e) A transfer of a possessory interest in real property subject to the provisions of this section
may not be invalidated solely because of the failure of any person to comply with the
provisions of this section.
(f) The provisions of this section shall apply to, regulate and determine the rights, duties,
obligations and remedies, at common law or otherwise, of the seller marketing the seller’s
real property for sale through a real estate licensee, and of the purchaser of real property
offered for sale through a real estate licensee, with respect to disclosure of third-party
information concerning the subject real property’s size or area, in square footage or
otherwise, and this section hereby supplants and abrogates all common-law liability, rights,
duties, obligations and remedies of all parties therefor.
§73-35-5. Real estate commission created; organization; seal; records
(1) There is hereby created the Mississippi Real Estate Commission. The commission shall
consist of five (5) persons, to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of
the Senate. Each appointee shall have been a resident and citizen of this state for at least
six (6) years prior to his appointment, and his vocation for at least five (5) years shall have
been that of a real estate broker. One (1) member shall be appointed for the term of one (1)
year; two (2) members for terms of two (2) years; two (2) members for terms of four (4)
years; thereafter, the term of the members of said commission shall be for four (4) years
and until their successors are appointed and qualify. There shall be at least one (1)
commissioner from each congressional district, as such districts are constituted as of July
1, 2002. The commissioners appointed from each of the congressional districts shall be
bona fide residents of the district from which each is appointed. One (1) additional
commissioner shall be appointed without regard to residence in any particular
congressional district. Members to fill vacancies shall be appointed by the Governor for
the unexpired term. The Governor may remove any commissioner for cause. The State of
Mississippi shall not be required to furnish office space for such commissioners. The
provisions of this section shall not affect persons who are members of the Real Estate
Commission as of January 1, 2002. Such members shall serve out their respective terms,
upon the expiration of which the provisions of this section shall take effect. Nothing
provided herein shall be construed as prohibiting the reappointment of any member of the
said commission.(2) The commission shall organize by selecting from its members a
chairman and may do all things necessary and convenient for carrying into effect the
provisions of this chapter and may from time to time promulgate rules and regulations.
Each member of the commission shall receive per diem as authorized in Section 25-3-69,
Mississippi Code of 1972, and his actual and necessary expenses incurred in the
performance of duties pertaining to his office as authorized in Section 25-3-41, Mississippi
Code of 1972.
(2) The commission shall adopt a seal by which it shall authenticate its proceedings. Copies of
all records and papers in the office of the commission, duly certified and authenticated by
the seal of said commission, shall be received in evidence in all courts equally and with
like effect as the original. All records kept in the office of the commission under authority
of this chapter shall be open to public inspection except pending investigative files.
§73-35-6. Licenses for business entities
A corporation, partnership, company or association shall be granted a license when individual
broker’s licenses have been issued to every member, owner, partner or officer of such partnership,
company, association or corporation who actively participates in its brokerage business and when
any required fee is paid.
§73-35-7. Qualifications for license
Licenses shall be granted only to persons who present, and to corporations, partnerships,
companies or associations whose officers, associates or partners present satisfactory proof to the
commission that they are trustworthy and competent to transact the business of a real estate broker
or real estate salesperson in such manner as to safeguard the interests of the public. Every person
who applies for a resident license as a real estate broker: (a) shall be age twenty-one (21) years or
over, and have his legal domicile in the State of Mississippi at the time he applies; (b) shall be
subject to the jurisdiction of this state, subject to the income tax laws and other excise laws thereof,
subject to the road and bridge privilege tax laws thereof; (c) shall not be an elector in any other
state; (d) shall have held a license as an active real estate salesperson for twelve (12) months
immediately prior to making application for the broker’s examination hereafter specified; (e) shall
have successfully completed a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) hours of courses in real
estate as hereafter specified; and (f) shall have successfully completed the real estate broker’s
examination as hereafter specified; and (g) shall have successfully been cleared for licensure by
the commission’s background investigation as provided in Section 73-35-10.
An applicant who has not held an active real estate salesperson’s license for a period of at least
twelve (12) months immediately prior to submitting an application shall have successfully
completed a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) classroom hours in real estate courses, which
courses are acceptable for credit toward a degree at a college or university as approved by the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Every applicant for a resident license as a real estate salesperson shall be age eighteen (18) years
or over, shall be a bona fide resident of the State of Mississippi prior to filing his application, and
shall have successfully completed a minimum of sixty (60) hours in courses in real estate as
hereafter specified; and shall have successfully completed the real estate salesperson’s examination
as hereafter specified.
The residency requirements set forth in this section shall not apply to those licensees of other states
who qualify and obtain nonresident licenses in this state.
The commission is authorized to exempt from such prelicensing educational requirements, in
whole or in part, a real estate licensee of another state who desires to obtain a license under this
chapter; provided, however, that the prelicensing educational requirements in the other state are
determined by the commission to be equivalent to prelicensing educational requirements in this
state and provided that such state extends this same privilege or exemption to Mississippi real
estate licensees. The issuance of a license by reciprocity to a military-trained applicant or military
spouse shall be subject to the provisions of Section 73-50-1.
§73-35-8. Nonresident’s license; application
(1) A nonresident may apply for a nonresident’s license in Mississippi provided the individual is
(i) a licensed broker in another state or (ii) is a broker/salesperson or salesperson affiliated with
a resident or nonresident Mississippi broker or (iii) is a nonresident who applies for a broker’s
license and who will maintain an office in Mississippi. The nonresident broker need not
maintain a place of business within Mississippi provided he is regularly actively engaged in
the real estate business and maintains a place of business in the other state. The nonresident
licensee or applicant shall be subject to all the provisions of this chapter except for the
residency requirement and approved equivalent pre-licensing education.
(2) Every nonresident applicant shall file a statement of irrevocable consent with the Real Estate
Commission that legal actions may be commenced against him in the proper court of any
county of this state in which a cause of action may arise or in which the plaintiff may reside
by service of process or pleading authorized by the laws of this state, by the Secretary of State
of Mississippi, or by any member of the commission or chief executive officer thereof, the
consent stipulating that the service of process or pleading shall be taken in all courts to be valid
and binding as if personal service had been made upon the nonresident licensee in this state.
The consent shall be duly acknowledged. Every nonresident licensee shall consent to have any
hearings conducted by the commission pursuant to Section 73-35-23, Mississippi Code of
1972, at a place designated by the commission.
(3) Any service of process or pleading shall be served on the executive officer of the commission
by filing duplicate copies, one (1) of which shall be filed in the office of the commission and
the other forwarded by certified mail to the last known principal address of the nonresident
licensee against whom such process or pleading is directed. No default in any such action shall
be taken except upon an affidavit of certification of the commission or the executive officer
thereof that a copy of the process or pleading was mailed to the defendant as herein provided,
and no default judgment shall be taken in any such action or proceeding until thirty (30) days
after the mailing of process or pleading to the defendant.
(4) An applicant shall sign an agreement to cooperate with any investigation of the applicant’s real
estate brokerage activities which the commission may undertake.
(5) Each applicant for a nonresident license must qualify in all respects, including education,
examination and fees, as an applicant who is a resident of Mississippi with the exception of
the residency requirement and approved equivalent prelicensing education.
(6) A certification from the Executive Officer of the Real Estate Commission in the state in which
the nonresident maintains his principal place of business shall be required. An applicant shall
disclose all states in which he has held a real estate license and furnish a certification of
licensure from that state or states.
(7) The applicant/broker shall obtain an appropriate Mississippi license for the firm through which
he intends to operate as a broker.
(8) Any nonresident broker, broker-salesperson and salesperson shall meet Mississippi continuing
education requirements after becoming licensed just as any resident licensee.
(9) A broker or salesperson licensed in this state, on inactive status in good standing and no longer
a resident of this state, may, after meeting other requirements for nonresident licensees, make
application for a nonresident license without being required to meet current prelicensing
educational requirements at the time of application or having to sit for the examination in order
to obtain the equivalent nonresident license.
(10) A nonresident licensee in good standing who changes his legal domicile to the State of
Mississippi may obtain a resident license equivalent to his nonresident license without meeting
the current educational requirements or sitting for the examination, provided other
requirements set forth for residents of the state are met.
(11) A nonresident licensee may utilize the inactive status for his license under the same
requirements as a resident licensee, including but not limited to, continuing education
requirements and ceasing active status under a licensed nonresident broker.
§73-35-9. Application for license
(1) Every applicant for a real estate broker’s license shall apply therefor in writing upon blanks
prepared by the commission and shall provide such data and information as the commission
(2) Such application shall be accompanied by the recommendation of at least three (3) citizens
who have been property owners for at least three (3) years, who have known the applicant
for three (3) years, and who are not related to the applicant, certifying that the applicant
bears a good reputation for honesty and trustworthiness and recommending that a license
be granted to the applicant.
(3) Every applicant for a salesperson’s license shall apply therefor in writing upon blanks
prepared by the commission and shall provide such data and information as the commission
(4) Each application for license shall also be accompanied by two (2) photographs of the
applicant in such form as the commission may prescribe.
(5) Each application or filing made under this section shall include the social security
number(s) of the applicant in accordance with Section 93-11-64, Mississippi Code of 1972.
§73-35-10. Background investigation required of applicants for real estate broker’s, real
estate salesperson’s, or nonresident’s license
(1) (a) To qualify for a Mississippi real estate broker’s license or a Mississippi resident license as
a real estate salesperson, or a nonresident’s license in Mississippi, an applicant must have
successfully been cleared for licensure through an investigation that shall consist of a
determination that the applicant does not possess a background which calls into question
public trust, as set forth below in subsection (2), and verification that the prospective
licensee is not guilty of or in violation of any statutory ground for denial of licensure as set
forth in Section 73-35-21.
(b) To assist the commission in conducting its licensure investigation, from and after July 1,
2016, all applicants for a Mississippi real estate broker’s license, or a Mississippi resident
license as a real estate salesperson, or a nonresident’s license in Mississippi, and all
applicants for renewal of any real estate license shall undergo a fingerprint-based criminal
history records check of the Mississippi central criminal database and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation criminal history database. Each applicant shall submit a full set of the
applicant’s fingerprints in a form and manner prescribed by the commission, which shall
be forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (department) and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation Identification Division for this purpose.
(c) Any and all state or national criminal history records information obtained by the
commission that is not already a matter of public record shall be deemed nonpublic and
confidential information restricted to the exclusive use of the commission, its members,
officers, investigators, agents and attorneys in evaluating the applicant’s eligibility or
disqualification for licensure, and shall be exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act
of 1983. Except when introduced into evidence in a hearing before the commission to
determine licensure, no such information or records related thereto shall, except with the
written consent of the applicant or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, be released
or otherwise disclosed by the commission to any other person or agency.
(d) The commission shall provide to the department the fingerprints of the applicant, any
additional information that may be required by the department, and a form signed by the
applicant consenting to the check of the criminal records and to the use of the fingerprints
and other identifying information required by the state or national repositories.
(e) The commission shall charge and collect from the applicant, in addition to all other
applicable fees and costs, such amount as may be incurred by the commission in requesting
and obtaining state and national criminal history records information on the applicant.
(2) (a) The commission must ensure that applicants for real estate licenses do not possess a
background that could call into question public trust. An applicant found by the
commission to possess a background which calls into question the applicant’s ability to
maintain public trust shall not be issued a real estate license.
(b) The commission shall not issue a real estate license if:
(i) The applicant has had a real estate license revoked in any governmental jurisdiction
within the five-year period immediately preceding the date of the application;
(ii) The applicant has been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony in a
domestic or foreign court:
1. During the five-year period immediately preceding the date of the application for
2. At any time preceding the date of the application, if such felony involved an act of
fraud, dishonesty or a breach of trust, or money laundering.
(c) The commission shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement, administer and
enforce the provisions of this section.
(d) The requirement of a criminal background check provided in this section shall not apply to
persons who have held a broker’s or salesperson’s license in this state for at least twentyfive (25) years and who are older than seventy (70) years of age.
§73-35-11. Nonresident may not act except in cooperation with licensed broker of state
It shall be unlawful for any licensed broker, salesperson or other person who is not licensed as a
Mississippi resident or nonresident broker or salesperson and a licensed broker or licensed
salesperson in this state to perform any of the acts regulated by this chapter, except that a licensed
broker of another state who does not hold a Mississippi real estate license may cooperate with a
licensed broker of this state provided that any commission or fee resulting from such cooperative
negotiation shall be stated on a form filed with the commission reflecting the compensation to be
paid to the Mississippi broker.
Whenever a Mississippi broker enters into a cooperative agreement under this section, the
Mississippi broker shall file within ten (10) days with the commission a copy of each such written
agreement. By signing the agreement, the nonresident broker who is not licensed in this state
agrees to abide by Mississippi law, and the rules and regulations of the commission; and further
agrees that civil actions may be commenced against him in any court of competent jurisdiction in
any county of this state in which a claim may arise.
The Mississippi broker shall require a listing or joint listing of the property involved. The written
cooperative agreements shall specify all material terms of each agreement, including but not
limited to its financial terms.
The showing of property located in Mississippi and negotiations pertaining thereto shall be
supervised by the Mississippi broker. In all advertising of real estate located in Mississippi, the
name and telephone number of the Mississippi broker shall appear and shall be given equal
prominence with the name of the nonresident broker who is not licensed in this state.
The Mississippi broker shall be liable for all acts of the above cooperating broker, as well as for
his own acts, arising from the execution of any cooperative agreement.
The Mississippi broker shall determine that the cooperating broker is licensed as a broker in
All earnest money pertaining to a cooperative agreement must be held in escrow by the Mississippi
broker unless both the buyer and seller agree in writing to relieve the Mississippi broker of this
§73-35-13. Written examination requirement; exemption for licensee of another state;
(1) In addition to proof of his honesty, trustworthiness and good reputation, the applicant shall
take a written examination which shall be held at least four (4) times each year at regular
intervals and on stated times by the commission and shall test reading, writing, spelling,
elementary arithmetic and his general knowledge of the statutes of this state relating to real
property, deeds, mortgages, agreements of sale, agency, contract, leases, ethics, appraisals,
the provisions of this chapter and such other matters the commission certifies as necessary
to the practice of real estate brokerage in the State of Mississippi. The examination for a
broker’s license shall differ from the examination for a salesperson’s license, in that it shall
be of a more exacting nature and require higher standards of knowledge of real estate. The
commission shall cause examinations to be conducted at such times and places as it shall
(2) In event the license of any real estate broker or salesperson is revoked by the commission
subsequent to the enactment of this chapter, no new license shall be issued to such person
unless he complies with the provisions of this chapter.
(3) No person shall be permitted or authorized to act as a real estate broker or salesperson until
he has qualified by examination, except as hereinbefore provided. Any individual who fails
to pass the examination for salesperson upon two (2) occasions, shall be ineligible for a
similar examination, until after the expiration of three (3) months from the time such
individual last took the examination. Any individual who fails to pass the broker’s
examination upon two (2) occasions, shall be ineligible for a similar examination until after
the expiration of six (6) months from the time such individual last took the examination,
and then only upon making application as in the first instance.
(4) If the applicant is a partnership, association or corporation, said examination shall be taken
on behalf of said partnership, association or corporation by the member or officer thereof
who is designated in the application as the person to receive a license by virtue of the
issuing of a license to such partnership, association or corporation.
(5) Upon satisfactorily passing such examination and upon complying with all other provisions
of law and conditions of this chapter, a license shall thereupon be issued to the successful
applicant who, upon receiving such license, is authorized to conduct the business of a real
estate broker or real estate salesperson in this state.
(6) The commission is authorized to exempt from such examination, in whole or in part, a real
estate licensee of another state who desires to obtain a license under this chapter; provided,
however, that the examination administered in the other state is determined by the
commission to be equivalent to such examination given in this state and provided that such
other state extends this same privilege or exemption to Mississippi real estate licensees.
The issuance of a license by reciprocity to a military-trained applicant or military spouse
shall be subject to the provisions of Section 73-50-1.
§73-35-14. Real estate schools; regulation by commission
(1) An institution or organization desiring to conduct a school or offer a course of instruction
to prepare persons to be licensed under this chapter, or to offer post-licensure courses, shall
apply to the commission for accreditation, and shall submit evidence that it is prepared to
carry out a prescribed minimum curriculum in real estate principles and practices as set
forth in this chapter and can meet other standards established by the commission. An
investigation of the school and of the institution or organization with which such school is
affiliated shall be made by the commission. If, in the opinion of the commission, the
requirements for an accredited school for instruction in real estate principles and practices
are met, the commission shall approve the school as an accredited real estate school upon
payment of the fees set forth in this chapter and such other fees as established by the
commission. All schools so accredited shall register at required intervals on a form
provided and pay the required registration fees specified in this chapter and such other fees
as established by the commission.
(2) The commission shall have the authority to revoke, suspend or otherwise discipline the
accreditation of any real estate school, pre-license education provider or post-license
education provider if the commission determines that the school or education provider is
not meeting or has not met the standards required for such accreditation. If the commission
determines that any accredited real estate school or education provider is not maintaining
the standards required by the commission, notices thereof in writing specifying the defect
or defects shall be given promptly to the school or provider. If such defect or defects are
not remedied in the time specified by the commission, the commission shall hold a hearing
to determine the disciplinary action, if any, to be taken. Such hearing will be noticed to the
school or provider, who will be allowed to attend the hearing and present to the commission
its reasons why it should not be disciplined.
(3) A college or university in the State of Mississippi accredited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools or the comparable regional accrediting authority shall be an
approved education provider for prelicense courses for both the broker’s and salesperson’s
license by virtue of such accreditation. Such colleges and universities are not required to
meet any other standards provided herein.
§73-35-14.1. Standards for real estate schools
(1) Minimum standards for initial and continuing accreditation as a real estate school or
prelicense education provider shall include:
(a) Payment of any fees established by the commission. If the school or provider is
accredited as a prelicense school or prelicense education provider, fees shall include a
biennial fee of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00).
(b) The school or prelicense education provider must maintain an annual average pass rate
of at least sixty-five percent (65%) on each of the real estate broker’s license
examination and the real estate salesperson’s license examination. The term annual
average pass rate shall be as defined by the commission. If a school or prelicense
education provider does not meet the minimum annual average pass rate, the
commission shall allow the school or prelicense education provider a minimum of a
three-month time period in which to attain the minimum annual average pass rate.
(c) Schools and prelicense education providers must use a method for instructor evaluation
by students attending prelicense education classes. The commission may establish
minimum standards for instructor evaluation. In the event the provider does not
meet those minimum standards, the commission may revoke a provider’s authority to
offer prelicense education courses. Schools and prelicense education providers must
provide the results of such instructor evaluations to the commission in the manner the
(2) The commission may establish by rule such other standards for schools, prelicense
education providers and post-license education providers as the commission may deem
§73-35-14.2. Standards for instructors
(1) Minimum standards for instructors for pre-license and post-license education courses
required for licensure as a real estate broker or a real estate salesperson shall include:
(a) Licensure as a Mississippi real estate broker or real estate salesperson for the immediate
past five (5) years prior to application; or
(b) Current certification as a Certified Public Accountant; or
(c) Attainment of a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) degree from a law
school whose accreditation is recognized by the Mississippi Supreme Court; or
(d) Demonstration of significant expertise in a particular real estate related subject area, as
determined and approved by the Commission.
(2) The commission may establish by rule such other standards for instructors of prelicense
education and post-license education as the commission may deem necessary.
§73-35-14.3. Course content
(1) Minimum standards for the content for education courses required for licensure as a real
estate broker or a real estate salesperson shall include content on:
(a) The provisions of this chapter and any rules and regulations promulgated hereunder;
(b) Listing property;
(c) Property valuation/appraisal;
(d) Real estate arithmetic;
(e) Characteristics of real property;
(f) Agency and nonagency relationships;
(g) Real estate sale contracts/agreements of sale;
(h) Leasing and property management;
(i) Transfer of title/ownership/deeds;
(j) Settlement procedures;
(l) Professional responsibilities and ethics;
(n) Federal laws affecting real estate.
(2) A pre-license course must meet any standards that the Association of Real Estate Licensing
Law Officials (ARELLO), or its successor(s), may have for prelicense courses, including,
without limitation, standards for content, form, examination, facilities and instructors. If
ARELLO or its successor(s) operate a certification program for prelicense courses, a
prelicense course must be certified by ARELLO or its successor(s) before the commission
may approve the course.
(3) The commission may establish by rule such other standards for prelicense education course
content as the commission may deem necessary.
(4) No more than eight (8) prelicense hours may be earned in a single day.
(5) Courses covering the general content of subsection (1) of this section that are acceptable
for credit toward a degree at a college or university as approved by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools or the comparable regional accrediting authority shall
qualify for the minimum standards for prelicense education by virtue of said accreditation.
A semester-hour credit shall be equal to fifteen (15) classroom hours and a quarter-hour
credit shall be equal to ten (10) classroom hours. Courses given under this section by such
accredited institutions are not required to meet ARELLO standards or certifications. The
commission may establish by rule that specific areas of the general content areas listed in
subsection (1) of this section are not required to be met by courses offered by the accredited
institutions under this subsection.
§73-35-14.4. Distance learning courses
(1) The term “distance learning course(s)” shall mean any course approved by the commission
in which the student is not physically present in a classroom with the instructor, including,
without limitation, correspondence courses, video/DVD based courses and online
(2) The commission may approve distance learning courses for prelicense education, postlicense education and continuing education courses. Any distance learning course must
meet any standards that the Association of Real Estate Licensing Law Officials
(ARELLO), or its successor(s), may have for such courses, including, without limitation,
standards for content, form, examination, facilities and instructors. If no ARELLO
standards exist for a distance learning course, the commission shall establish by rule such
minimum standards. If ARELLO or its successor(s) operate a certification program for
distance learning courses, a distance learning course must be certified by ARELLO or its
successor(s) before the commission may approve the course.
§73-35-14.5. Temporary licenses; post-license education
(1) Upon passing the Mississippi broker’s or salesperson’s examination and complying with all
other conditions for licensure, a temporary license shall be issued to the applicant. The fee
for the temporary license shall also be the same for the permanent license as provided in
Section 73-35-17. A temporary license shall be valid for a period of one (1) year following
the first day of the month after its issuance.
(2) All Mississippi residents who apply for and receive a nonresident Mississippi broker’s or
salesperson’s license shall be subject to the requirements under this section, including
temporary licensure and completion of a thirty-hour post-license course.
(3) The holder of a temporary license shall not be issued a permanent license until he has
satisfactorily completed a thirty-hour post-license course prescribed by the commission
and offered by providers specifically certified by the commission to offer this mandated
post-license education. The holder of a temporary license shall complete the entire thirtyhour course within twelve (12) months of issuance of his temporary license; otherwise this
temporary license shall automatically be placed on inactive status by the Mississippi Real
Estate Commission. If the holder of the temporary license does not complete the course
and have his permanent license issued within one (1) year following the first day of the
month after its issuance, the temporary license shall automatically expire and lapse. A
temporary license is not subject to renewal procedures in this chapter and may not be
(4) The thirty-hour post-license course shall be offered by providers certified and approved by
the commission, and an annual certification fee of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) shall
be charged to providers. The thirty-hour post-license coursework shall be offered in no less
than fifteen-hour increments of classroom instruction. No more than eight (8) hours may
be earned in a single day. The commission shall determine standards for approval of post-
license courses and course providers, and shall require certification of such coursework of
the applicant. There shall be different content criteria for post-license education for
salesperson licensees and for broker licensees. In the post-license course for salesperson
licensees, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of the thirty-hour coursework shall be in
the following subjects: agency relationships, contracts, earnest money, antitrust, fair
housing, ethics and property condition disclosure. The remaining six (6) hours shall be in
subjects intended to enhance the competency of salesperson licensees in representing
consumers, and may include the following subjects: pricing property, environmental
issues, home inspections, leases and property management, and mortgage processes. In the
post-license course for broker licensees, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of the thirtyhour coursework shall be in the following subjects: managing escrow accounts, intraoffice
confidentiality, broker responsibilities to licensees, office policies and procedures
(including agency office policies), broker agreements with licensees and assistants and
Mississippi Real Estate Commission required forms and any other subject as the
commission may, by rule, require to be included in such course. The remaining six (6)
hours shall be in subjects intended to enhance the competency of brokers, including,
without limitation, managing agents, recruiting, retention, budgeting and financial
(5) The holder of an active license who has satisfactorily completed the post-license course
and whose permanent license has been issued shall not be subject to the sixteen-hour
continuing education requirement in this chapter for the first renewal of his permanent
§73-35-15. Location of business and responsible broker to be designated
(1) Every person, partnership, association or corporation licensed as a real estate broker shall
be required to have and maintain a definite place of business, which shall be a room either
in his home or an office elsewhere, to be used for the transaction of real estate business, or
such business and any allied business. The certificate of registration as broker and the
certificate of each real estate salesperson employed by such broker shall be prominently
displayed in said office. The said place of business shall be designated in the license. In
case of removal from the designated address, the licensee shall make application to the
commission before removal, or within ten (10) days after removal, designating the new
location of such office, whereupon the commission shall forthwith issue a new license for
the new location for the unexpired period.
(2) All licenses issued to a real estate salesperson or broker-salesperson shall designate the
responsible broker of such salesperson or broker-salesperson. Prompt notice in writing,
within three (3) days, shall be given to the commission by any real estate salesperson of a
change of responsible broker, and of the name of the principal broker into whose agency
the salesperson is about to enter; and a new license shall thereupon be issued by the
commission to such salesperson for the unexpired term of the original license upon the
return to the commission of the license previously issued. The change of responsible broker
or employment by any licensed real estate salesperson without notice to the commission as
required shall automatically cancel his license. Upon termination of a salesperson’s agency,
the responsible broker shall within three (3) days return the salesperson’s license to the
commission for cancellation. It shall be unlawful for any real estate salesperson to perform
any of the acts contemplated by this chapter either directly or indirectly after his agency
has been terminated and his license has been returned for cancellation until his license has
been reissued by the commission.
§73-35-16. Real estate licensees required to obtain errors and omissions insurance coverage;
persons required to submit proof of errors and omissions insurance; minimum requirements
of group policy issued to commission; public bid for group insurance contract; requirements
for independent coverage; rules and regulations
(1) The following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed herein unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
(a) “Aggregate limit” means a provision in an insurance contract limiting the maximum
liability of an insurer for a series of losses in a given time period such as the policy
(b) “Claims-made” means policies written under a claims-made basis which shall cover
claims made (reported or filed) during the year the policy is in force for incidents which
occur that year or during any previous period the policyholder was insured under the
claims-made contract. This form of coverage is in contrast to the occurrence policy
which covers today’s incident regardless of when a claim is filed even if it is one or
more years later.
(c) “Extended reporting period” means a designated period of time after a claims-made
policy has expired during which a claim may be made and coverage triggered as if the
claim had been made during the policy period.
(d) “Licensee” means any active individual broker, broker-salesperson or salesperson, any
partnership or any corporation.
(e) “Per-claim limit” means the maximum limit payable, per licensee, for damages arising
out of the same error, omission or wrongful act.
(f) “Prior acts coverage” applies to policies on a claims-made versus occurrence basis.
Prior acts coverage responds to claims that are made during a current policy period, but
the act or acts causing the claim or injuries for which the claim is made occurred prior
to the inception of the current policy period.
(g) “Proof of coverage” means a copy of the actual policy of insurance, a certificate of
insurance or a binder of insurance.
(h) “Retroactive date” means a provision, found in many claims-made policies, that the
policy shall not cover claims for injuries or damages that occurred before the retroactive
date even if the claim is first made during the policy period.
(2) The following persons shall submit proof of insurance:
(a) Any active individual broker, active broker-salesperson or active salesperson;
(b) Any partnership (optional); or
(c) Any corporation (optional).
(3) Individuals whose licenses are on inactive status are not required to carry errors and
(4) All Mississippi licensees shall be covered for activities contemplated under this chapter.
(5) Licensees may obtain errors and omissions coverage through the insurance carrier
approved by the Mississippi Real Estate Commission and provided on a group policy basis.
The following are minimum requirements of the group policy to be issued to the
commission, including, as named insureds, all licensees who have paid their required
(a) All activities contemplated under this chapter are included as covered activities;
(b) A per-claim limit is not less than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00);
(c) An annual aggregate limit is not less than One Hundred Thousand Dollars
(d) Limits apply per licensee per claim;
(e) Maximum deductible is Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) per licensee
per claim for damages;
(f) Maximum deductible is One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) per licensee per claim for
defense costs; and
(g) The contract of insurance pays, on behalf of the injured person(s), liabilities owed.
(6) (a) The maximum contract period between the insurance carrier and the commission is to
be five (5) consecutive policy terms, after which time period the commission shall place
the insurance out for competitive bid. The commission shall reserve the right to place
the contract out for bid at the end of any policy period.
(b) The policy period shall be a twelve-month policy term.
(c) The retroactive date for the master policy shall not be before July 1, 1994.
(i) The licensee may purchase full prior acts coverage on July 1, 1994, if the licensee
can show proof of errors and omissions coverage that has been in effect since at
least March 15, 1994.
(ii) If the licensee purchases full prior acts coverage on July 1, 1994, that licensee
shall continue to be guaranteed full prior acts coverage if the insurance carriers
are changed in the future.
(iii) If the licensee was not carrying errors and omissions insurance on July 1, 1994,
the individual certificate shall be issued with a retroactive date of July 1, 1994.
This date shall not be advanced if the insurance carriers are changed in the future.
(iv) For any new licensee who first obtains a license after July 1, 1994, the retroactive
date shall be the effective date of licensure.
(v) For any licensee who changes status of license from inactive to active, the
retroactive date shall be the effective date of change to “active” licensure.
(d) Each licensee shall be notified of the required terms and conditions of coverage for the
policy at least thirty (30) days before the renewal date of the policy. A certificate of
coverage, showing compliance with the required terms and conditions of coverage,
shall be filed with the commission by the renewal date of the policy by each licensee
who elects not to participate in the insurance program administered by the commission.
(e) If the commission is unable to obtain errors and omissions insurance coverage to insure
all licensees who choose to participate in the insurance program at a premium of no
more than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) per twelve (12) months’ policy period,
the requirement of insurance coverage under this section shall be void during the
applicable contract period.
(7) Licensees may obtain errors and omissions coverage independently if the coverage
contained in the policy complies with the following minimum requirements:
(a) All activities contemplated under this chapter are included as covered activities;
(b) A per-claim limit is not less than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00);
(c) The deductible is not more than Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) per
licensee per claim for damages and the deductible is not more than One Thousand
Dollars ($1,000.00) per licensee per claim for defense costs; and
(d) If other insurance is provided as proof of errors and omissions coverage, the other
insurance carrier shall agree to a non-cancelable policy or to provide a letter of
commitment to notify the commission thirty (30) days before the intention to cancel.
(8) The following provisions apply to individual licensees:
(a) The commission shall require receipt of proof of errors and omissions insurance from
new licensees within thirty (30) days of licensure. Any licenses issued at any time other
than policy renewal time shall be subject to a pro rata premium.
(b) For licensees not submitting proof of insurance necessary to continue active licensure,
the commission shall be responsible for sending notice of deficiency to those licensees.
Licensees who do not correct the deficiency within thirty (30) days shall have their
licenses placed on inactive status. The commission shall assess fees for inactive status
and for return to active status when errors and omissions insurance has been obtained.
(c) Any licensee insured in the state program whose license becomes inactive shall not be
charged an additional premium if the license is reactivated during the policy period.
(9) The commission is authorized to adopt such rules and regulations as it deems appropriate
to handle administrative duties relating to operation of the program, including billing and
(1) A fee not to exceed One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00) shall accompany an application
for a real estate broker’s license, and in the event that the applicant successfully passes the
examination, no additional fee shall be required for the issuance of a license for a one-year
period; provided, that if an applicant fails to pass the examination, he may be eligible to
take the next or succeeding examination without the payment of an additional fee. In the
event a contract testing service is utilized, the fee associated with administering the test
shall be collected by the testing provider and the application fee for any real estate license
shall be collected by the commission.
(2) For each license as a real estate broker issued to a member of a partnership, association or
officer of a corporation other than the member or officer named in the license issued to
such partnership, association or corporation, a fee not to exceed Seventy-five Dollars
($75.00) shall be charged.
(3) A fee not to exceed One Hundred Twenty Dollars ($120.00) shall accompany an
application for a real estate salesperson’s license, and in the event that the applicant
successfully passes the examination, no additional fee shall be required for the issuance of
a license for a one-year period; provided, that if an applicant fails to pass the examination,
he may be eligible to take the next or succeeding examination without the payment of an
additional fee. In the event a contract testing service is utilized, the fee associated with
administering the test shall be collected by the testing provider and the application fee for
any real estate license shall be collected by the commission.
(4) Except as provided in Section 33-1-39, it shall be the duty of all persons, partnerships,
associations, companies or corporations licensed to practice as a real estate broker or
salesperson to register with the commission annually or biennially, in the discretion of the
commission, according to rules promulgated by it and to pay the proper registration fee.
An application for renewal of license shall be made to the commission annually no later
than December 31 of each year, or biennially on a date set by the commission. A licensee
failing to pay his renewal fee after the same becomes due and after two (2) months’ written
notice of his delinquency mailed to him by United States certified mail addressed to his
address of record with the commission shall thereby have his license automatically
cancelled. Any licensee renewing in this grace period shall pay a penalty in the amount of
one hundred percent (100%) of the renewal fee. The renewal fee shall not exceed Seventyfive Dollars ($75.00) per year for real estate brokers, partnerships, associations and
corporations. The renewal fee for a real estate salesperson’s license shall not exceed Sixty
Dollars ($60.00) per year.
(5) For each additional office or place of business, an annual fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars
($50.00) shall be charged.
(6) For each change of office or place of business, a fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00)
shall be charged.
(7) For each duplicate or transfer of salesperson’s license, a fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars
($50.00) shall be charged.
(8) For each duplicate license, where the original license is lost or destroyed, and affidavit
made thereof, a fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00) shall be charged.
(9) To change status as a licensee from active to inactive status, a fee not to exceed Twentyfive Dollars ($25.00) shall be charged. To change status as a licensee from inactive to active
status, a fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00) shall be charged.
(10) For each bad check received by the commission, a fee not to exceed Twenty-five Dollars
($25.00) shall be charged.
(11) A fee not to exceed Five Dollars ($5.00) per hour of instruction may be charged to allay
costs of seminars for educational purposes provided by the commission.
(12) A fee not to exceed Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) may be charged for furnishing any person
a copy of a real estate license, a notarized certificate of licensure or other official record of
(13) A fee not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) shall be charged to review and process
the application and instructional materials for each curriculum seeking acceptance as a real
estate continuing education course developed to satisfy the mandatory continuing
education requirements for this chapter, with the period of approval expiring after one (1)
year. A fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00) shall be charged for each renewal of a
previously approved course, with the period of renewal expiring after one (1) year.
(14) Fees, up to the limits specified herein, shall be established by the Mississippi Real Estate
§73-35-18. License renewal; continuing education requirements; exemptions; rules and
regulations; reinstatement of expired license.
(1) Each individual applicant for renewal of a license issued by the Mississippi Real Estate
Commission shall, on or before the expiration date of his license, or at a time directed by
the commission, submit proof of completion of not less than sixteen (16) clock hours of
approved course work to the commission, in addition to any other requirements for
renewal. The sixteen (16) clock hours’ course work requirement shall apply to each twoyear license renewal, and hours in excess thereof shall not be cumulated or credited for the
purposes of subsequent license renewals except as provided in this subsection (1). The
commission shall develop standards for approval of courses and shall require certification
of such course work of the applicant. The commission may determine any required subject
matter within the mandated sixteen (16) hours; provided that the required subjects shall not
exceed eight (8) hours of the total sixteen (16) hours. Approved continuing education hours
earned in the final three (3) months of a licensee’s renewal period, if in excess of the
required minimum sixteen (16) hours, may be carried over and credited to the next renewal
period. However, no more than six (6) hours may be carried over in this manner. Any
member of the Mississippi Legislature who has a real estate license shall be credited with
eight (8) hours of credit for the attendance of each year of a legislative session. No person
may receive continuing education credit for pre-license education courses taken, except as
follows: a licensee whose license is on inactive status and whose continuing education
credits are at least thirty (30) hours in arrears may, at the discretion of the commission,
receive continuing education credit for retaking pre-license coursework, provided the entire
pre-license course is retaken.
(2) This section shall apply to renewals of licenses which expire on and after July 1, 1994;
however, an applicant for first renewal who has been licensed for not more than one (1)
year shall not be required to comply with this section for the first renewal of the applicant’s
license. The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons who have held a broker’s
or salesperson’s license in this state for at least twenty-five (25) years and who are older
than seventy (70) years of age. Inactive licensees are not required to meet the real estate
continuing education requirements specified in this section; however, such inactive
licensees, before activating their license to active status, must cumulatively meet
requirements missed during the period their license was inactive.
(3) The commission shall promulgate rules and regulations as necessary to accomplish the
purposes of this section in accordance with the Mississippi Administrative Procedures
§73-35-19. Real estate license fund
All fees charged and collected under this chapter shall be paid by the administrator at least once a
week, accompanied by a detailed statement thereof, into the treasury of the state to credit of a fund
to be known as the “Real Estate License Fund,” which fund is hereby created. All monies which
shall be paid into the State Treasury and credited to the “Real Estate License Fund” are hereby
appropriated to the use of the commission in carrying out the provisions of this chapter including
the payment of salaries and expenses, printing an annual directory of licensees, and for educational
purposes. Maintenance of a searchable, internet-based web site shall satisfy the requirement for
publication of a directory of licensees under this section.
§73-35-21. Grounds for refusing to issue or suspending or revoking license; hearing
(1) The commission may, upon its own motion and shall upon the verified complaint in writing
of any person, hold a hearing for the refusal of license or for the suspension or revocation
of a license previously issued, or for such other action as the commission deems
appropriate. The commission shall have full power to refuse a license for cause or to revoke
or suspend a license where it has been obtained by false or fraudulent representation, or
where the licensee in performing or attempting to perform any of the acts mentioned herein,
is deemed to be guilty of:
(a) Making any substantial misrepresentation in connection with a real estate transaction;
(b) Making any false promises of a character likely to influence, persuade or induce;
(c) Pursuing a continued and flagrant course of misrepresentation or making false promises
through agents or salespersons or any medium of advertising or otherwise;
(d) Any misleading or untruthful advertising;
(e) Acting for more than one (1) party in a transaction or receiving compensation from
more than one (1) party in a transaction, or both, without the knowledge of all parties
for whom he acts;
(f) Failing, within a reasonable time, to account for or to remit any monies coming into his
possession which belong to others or commingling of monies belonging to others with
his own funds. Every responsible broker procuring the execution of an earnest money
contract or option or other contract who shall take or receive any cash or checks shall
deposit, within a reasonable period of time, the sum or sums so received in a trust or
escrow account in a bank or trust company pending the consummation or termination
of the transaction. “Reasonable time” in this context means by the close of business of
the next banking day;
(g) Entering a guilty plea or conviction in a court of competent jurisdiction of this state, or
any other state or the United States of any felony;
(h) Displaying a “for sale” or “for rent” sign on any property without the owner’s consent;
(i) Failing to furnish voluntarily, at the time of signing, copies of all listings, contracts and
agreements to all parties executing the same;
(j) Paying any rebate, profit or commission to any person other than a real estate broker
or salesperson licensed under the provisions of this chapter;
(k) Inducing any party to a contract, sale or lease to break such contract for the purpose of
substituting in lieu thereof a new contract, where such substitution is motivated by the
personal gain of the licensee;
(l) Accepting a commission or valuable consideration as a real estate salesperson for the
performance of any of the acts specified in this chapter from any person, except his
employer who must be a licensed real estate broker; or
(m) Failing to successfully pass the commission’s background investigation for licensure or
renewal as provided in Section 73-35-10; or
(n) Any act or conduct, whether of the same or a different character than hereinabove
specified, which constitutes or demonstrates bad faith, incompetency or
untrustworthiness, or dishonest, fraudulent or improper dealing. However, simple
contact and/or communication with any mortgage broker or lender by a real estate
licensee about any professional, including, but not limited to, an appraiser, home
inspector, contractor, and/or attorney regarding a listing and/or a prospective or
pending contract for the lease, sale and/or purchase of real estate shall not constitute
conduct in violation of this section.
(2) No real estate broker shall practice law or give legal advice directly or indirectly unless
said broker be a duly licensed attorney under the laws of this state. He shall not act as a
public conveyancer nor give advice or opinions as to the legal effect of instruments nor
give opinions concerning the validity of title to real estate; nor shall he prevent or
discourage any party to a real estate transaction from employing the services of an attorney;
nor shall a broker undertake to prepare documents fixing and defining the legal rights of
parties to a transaction. However, when acting as a broker, he may use an earnest money
contract form. A real estate broker shall not participate in attorney’s fees, unless the broker
is a duly licensed attorney under the laws of this state and performs legal services in
addition to brokerage services.
(3) It is expressly provided that it is not the intent and purpose of the Mississippi Legislature
to prevent a license from being issued to any person who is found to be of good reputation,
is able to give bond, and who has lived in the State of Mississippi for the required period
or is otherwise qualified under this chapter.
(4) In addition to the reasons specified in subsection (1) of this section, the commission shall
be authorized to suspend the license of any licensee for being out of compliance with an
order for support, as defined in Section 93-11-153. The procedure for suspension of a
license for being out of compliance with an order for support, and the procedure for the
reissuance or reinstatement of a license suspended for that purpose, and the payment of any
fees for the reissuance or reinstatement of a license suspended for that purpose, shall be
governed by Section 93-11-157 or 93-11-163, as the case may be. If there is any conflict
between any provision of Section 93-11-157 or 93-11-163 and any provision of this
chapter, the provisions of Section 93-11-157 or 93-11-163, as the case may be, shall
(5) Nothing in this chapter shall prevent an associate broker or salesperson from owning any
lawfully constituted business organization, including, but not limited to, a corporation,
limited liability company or limited liability partnership, for the purpose of receiving
payments contemplated in this chapter. The business organization shall not be required to
be licensed under this chapter and shall not engage in any other activity requiring a real
§73-35-23. Powers of commission as to violations; hearings upon revocation; subpoena
(1) The commission is hereby authorized and directed to take legal action against any violator
of this chapter. Upon complaint initiated by the commission or filed with it, the licensee or
any other person charged with a violation of this chapter shall be given fifteen (15) days’
notice of the hearing upon the charges filed, together with a copy of the complaint. The
applicant or licensee or other violator shall have an opportunity to be heard in person or by
counsel, to offer testimony, and to examine witnesses appearing in connection with the
complaint. Hearings shall be held at the offices of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission,
or at the commission’s sole discretion, at a place determined by the commission.
At such hearings, all witnesses shall be sworn, and stenographic notes of the proceedings
shall be taken and filed as a part of the record in the case. Any party to the proceedings
shall be furnished with a copy of such stenographic notes upon payment to the commission
of such fees as it shall prescribe, not exceeding, however, the actual cost to the commission.
The commission shall render a decision on any complaint and shall immediately notify the
parties to the proceedings in writing of its ruling, order or decision.
(2) In addition to the authority granted to the commission as hereinabove set forth, the
commission is hereby vested with the authority to bring injunctive proceedings in any
appropriate forum against any violator or violators of this chapter, and all judges or courts
now having the power to grant injunctions are specifically granted the power and
jurisdiction to hear and dispose of such proceedings.
(3) The commission is hereby authorized and empowered to issue subpoenas for the attendance
of witnesses and the production of books and papers. The process issued by the commission
shall extend to all parts of the state, and such process shall be served by any person
designated by the commission for such service. The person serving such process receive
such compensation as may be allowed by the commission, not to exceed the fee prescribed
by law for similar services. All witnesses who are subpoenaed and who appear in any
proceedings before the commission receive the same fees and mileage as allowed by law,
and all such fees shall be taxed as part of the costs in the case.
(4) Where in any proceeding before the commission any witness shall fail or refuse to attend
upon subpoena issued by the commission, shall refuse to testify, or shall refuse to produce
any books and papers the production of which is called for by the subpoena, the attendance
of such witness and the giving of his testimony and the production of the books and papers
shall be enforced by any court of competent jurisdiction of this state in the same manner
as the attendance and testimony of witnesses in civil cases are enforced in the courts of this
(5) The commission may obtain legal counsel privately to represent it in proceedings when
legal counsel is required.
(1) Any applicant or licensee or person aggrieved shall have the right of appeal from any
adverse ruling or order or decision of the commission to the circuit court of the county of
residence of the applicant, licensee or person, or of the First Judicial District of Hinds
County, within thirty (30) days from the service of notice of the action of the commission
upon the parties in interest.
(2) Notice of appeals shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the court who shall issue a writ
of certiorari directed to the commission commanding it, within thirty (30) days after service
thereof, to certify to such court its entire record in the matter in which the appeal has been
taken. The appeal shall thereupon be heard in due course by said court, without a jury,
which shall review the record and make its determination of the cause between the parties.
(3) Any order, rule or decision of the commission shall not take effect until after the time for
appeal to said court shall have expired. In the event an appeal is taken by a defendant, such
appeal may act, in the discretion of the court, as a supersedeas and the court shall dispose
of said appeal and enter its decision promptly.
(4) Any person taking an appeal shall post a satisfactory bond in the amount of Five Hundred
Dollars ($500.00) for the payment of any costs which may be adjudged against him.
(5) Actions taken by the commission in suspending a license when required by Section 93-11-
157 or 93-11-163 are not actions from which an appeal may be taken under this section.
Any appeal of a license suspension that is required by Section 93-11-157 or 93-11-163
shall be taken in accordance with the appeal procedure specified in Section 93-11-157 or
93-11-163, as the case may be, rather than the procedure specified in this section.
§73-35-27. Duties of commission
(1) The commission is hereby authorized to assist in conducting or holding real estate courses
or institutes, and to incur and pay the necessary expenses in connection therewith, which
courses or institutes shall be open to any licensee or other interested parties.
(2) The commission is hereby authorized to assist libraries, real estate institutes, and
foundations with financial aid, or otherwise, in providing texts, sponsoring studies, surveys
and educational programs for the benefit of real estate and the elevation of the real estate
§73-35-29. Administrator to give bond
The administrator, appointed by the commission, in the discretion of the commission, shall give
bond in such sum and with such surety as the commission may direct and approve, and the
premium thereon shall be paid by the commission.
§73-35-31. Penalties for violations of chapter
(1) Any person violating a provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction of a first violation
thereof, if a person, be punished by a fine or not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00)
nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or by imprisonment for a term not to
exceed ninety (90) days, or both; and if a corporation, be punished by a fine of not more
than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00). Upon conviction of a second or subsequent
violation, if a person, shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars
($1,000.00) nor more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), or by imprisonment for a
term not to exceed six (6) months, or both; and if a corporation, be punished by a fine of
not less than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) nor more than Five Thousand Dollars
($5,000.00). Any officer or agent of a corporation, or any member or agent of a partnership
or association, who shall personally participate in or be accessory to any violation of this
chapter by such corporation, partnership or association, shall be subject to the penalties
herein prescribed for individuals.
(2) In case any person, partnership, association or corporation shall have received any sum of
money, or the equivalent thereto, as commission, compensation or profit by or in
consequence of his violation of any provision of this chapter, such person, partnership,
association or corporation shall also be liable to a penalty of not less than the amount of
the sum of money so received and not more than four (4) times the sum so received, as
may be determined by the court, which penalty may be sued for and recovered by any
person aggrieved and for his use and benefit, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(3) No fee, commission or other valuable consideration may be paid to a person for real estate
brokerage activities as described in subsection (1) of Section 73-35-3 unless the person
provides evidence of licensure under the provisions of this chapter or provides evidence of
a cooperative agreement provided under the authority of Section 73-35-11.
§73-35-33. License required to sue for compensation; suit by salesperson in own name
(1) No person, partnership, association or corporation shall bring or maintain an action in any
court of this state for the recovery of a commission, fee or compensation for any act done
or services rendered, the doing or rendering of which is prohibited under the provisions of
this chapter for persons other than licensed real estate brokers, unless such person was duly
licensed hereunder as a real estate broker at the time of the doing of such act or the
rendering of such service.
(2) No real estate salesperson shall have the right to institute suits in his own name for the
recovery of a fee, commission or compensation for services as a real estate salesperson,
but any such action shall be instituted and brought by the broker employing such
salesperson. However, any real estate salesperson shall have the right to bring an action in
his own name if the action is against the broker employing such salesperson for the
recovery of any fees owed to him.
§73-35-35. Commission to adopt rules and regulations
The commission may act by a majority of the members thereof, and authority is hereby given to
the commission to adopt, fix and establish all rules and regulations in its opinion necessary for the
conduct of its business, the holdings of hearings before it, and otherwise generally for the
enforcement and administration of the provisions of this chapter.
Further, the commission is empowered with the authority to adopt such rules and regulations as it
deems appropriate to regulate the sale of timesharing and condominium properties within the state
of Mississippi and the sale of timesharing and condominium properties in other states to residents
§73-35-101. Short title
Sections 73-35-101 through 73-35-105 shall be known and may be cited as the “Interest on Real
Estate Brokers’ Escrow Accounts Act.”
As used in Sections 73-35-101 through 73-35-105, the following terms shall have the meanings
ascribed herein unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(a) “Real estate broker” or “broker” means an individual, partnership or corporation
licensed pursuant to Section 73-35-1 et seq., and as defined under Section 73-35-3(1).
(b) “IREBEA” means the program created and governed by Sections 73-35-101 through
(c) “Interest earnings” means the total interest earnings generated by the IREBEA at each
individual financial institution.
(d) “Local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.,” means an independently
run 501(c)(3) organization that acts in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for
Humanity International, Inc., to coordinate all aspects of Habitat home building in a
specific geographical area.
(e) Local affiliate of Fuller Center for Housing, Inc., means an independently run 501(c)(3)
organization that acts in partnership with and on behalf of Fuller Center for Housing,
Inc., to coordinate all aspects of home building on behalf of the Fuller Center in a
specific geographical area.
(f) “Chair of real estate” means the endowment fund held and administered by any
Mississippi university. For those universities which do not designate, or which do not
have a “chair of real estate,” the term “chair of real estate” includes a professorship of
§73-35-105. Interest on Real Estate Brokers’ Escrow Accounts (IREBEA) program
(1) The IREBEA program shall be a voluntary program based upon willing participation by
real estate brokers, whether proprietorships, partnerships or professional corporations.
(2) IREBEA shall apply to all clients or customers of the participating brokers whose funds on
deposit are either nominal in amount or to be held for a short period of time.
(3) The following principles shall apply to clients’ or customers’ funds which are held by
brokers who elect to participate in IREBEA:
(a) No earnings on the IREBEA accounts may be made available to or utilized by a broker.
(b) Upon the request of the client or customer, earnings may be made available to the client
whenever possible upon deposited funds which are neither nominal in amount nor to
be held for a short period of time; however, traditional broker-client or broker-customer
relationships do not compel brokers either to invest clients’ or customers’ funds or to
advise clients or customers to make their funds productive.
(c) Clients’ or customers’ funds which are nominal in amount or to be held for a short period
of time shall be retained in an interest-bearing checking or savings trust account with
the interest, less any service charge or fees, made payable at least quarterly to any chair
of real estate, local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., or local affiliate
of Fuller Center for Housing, Inc. A separate accounting shall be made annually for all
(d) The broker shall select in writing that the chair of real estate, local affiliate of Habitat
for Humanity International, Inc., or local affiliate of Fuller Center for Housing, Inc.,
shall be the beneficiary of such funds for the interest earnings on such funds. The
interest earnings shall not be divided between one or more beneficiaries.
(e) The determination of whether clients’ or customers’ funds are nominal in amount or to
be held for a short period of time rests in the sound judgment of each broker, and no
charge of ethical impropriety or other breach of professional conduct shall attend a
broker’s exercise of judgment in that regard.
(f) Notification to clients or customers whose funds are nominal in amount or to be held
for a short period of time is unnecessary for those brokers who choose to participate in
the program. Participation in the IREBEA program is accomplished by the broker’s
written notification to an authorized financial institution. That communication shall
contain an expression of the broker’s desire to participate in the program and, if the
institution has not already received appropriate notification, advice regarding the
Internal Revenue Service’s approval of the taxability of earned interest or dividends to
a chair of real estate, or a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., or
local affiliate of Fuller Center for Housing, Inc.
(4) The following principles shall apply to those clients’ or customers’ funds held in trust
accounts by brokers who elect not to participate in IREBEA:
(a) No earnings from the funds may be made available to any broker.
(b) Upon the request of a client or customer, earnings may be made available to the client
or customer whenever possible upon deposited funds which are neither nominal in
amount nor to be held for a short period of time; however, traditional broker-client or
broker-customer relationships do not compel brokers either to invest clients’ or
customers’ funds or to advise clients or customers to make their funds productive.
(c) Clients’ or customers’ funds which are nominal in amount or to be held for short periods
of time, and for which individual income generation allocation is not arranged with a
financial institution, shall be retained in a noninterest-bearing demand trust account.
(d) The determination of whether clients’ or customers’ funds are nominal in amount or to
be held for a short period of time rests in the sound judgment of each broker, and no
charge of ethical impropriety or other breach of professional conduct shall attend a
broker’s exercise of judgment in that regard.
(5) The Mississippi Real Estate Commission shall adopt appropriate and necessary rules in
compliance with the provisions of Sections 73-35-101 through 73-35-105.
§89-1-501. Applicability of real estate transfer disclosure requirement provisions
(1) The provisions of Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 apply only with respect to transfers
by sale, exchange, installment land sale contract, lease with an option to purchase, any
other option to purchase or ground lease coupled with improvements, of real property on
which a dwelling unit is located, or residential stock cooperative improved with or
consisting of not less than one (1) nor more than four (4) dwelling units, when the execution
of such transfers is by, or with the aid of, a duly licensed real estate broker or salesperson.
(2) There are specifically excluded from the provisions of Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-
(a) Transfers pursuant to court order, including, but not limited to, transfers ordered by a
probate court in administration of an estate, transfers pursuant to a writ of execution,
transfers by any foreclosure sale, transfers by a trustee in bankruptcy, transfers by
eminent domain, and transfers resulting from a decree for specific performance.
(b) Transfers to a mortgagee by a mortgagor or successor in interest who is in default,
transfers to a beneficiary of a deed of trust by a trustor or successor in interest who is
in default, transfers by any foreclosure sale after default, in an obligation secured by a
mortgage, transfers by a sale under a power of sale or any foreclosure sale under a
decree of foreclosure after default in an obligation secured by a deed of trust or secured
by any other instrument containing a power of sale, or transfers by a mortgagee or a
beneficiary under a deed of trust who has acquired the real property at a sale conducted
pursuant to a power of sale under a mortgage or deed of trust or a sale pursuant to a
decree of foreclosure or has acquired the real property by a deed in lieu of foreclosure.
(c) Transfers by a fiduciary in the course of the administration of a decedent’s estate,
guardianship, conservatorship or trust.
(d) Transfers from one co-owner to one or more other co-owners.
(e) Transfers made to a spouse, or to a person or persons in the lineal line of
consanguinity of one or more of the transferors.
(f) Transfers between spouses resulting from a decree of dissolution of marriage or a
decree of legal separation or from a property settlement agreement incidental to
such a decree.
(g) Transfers or exchanges to or from any governmental entity.
(h) Transfers of real property on which no dwelling is located.
(i) The provisions of Section 89-1-527.
§89-1-503. Delivery of written statement required; indication of compliance; right of
transferee to terminate for late delivery
The transferor of any real property subject to Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 shall deliver to
the prospective transferee the written property condition disclosure statement required by Sections
89-1-501 through 89-1-523, as follows:
(a) In the case of a sale, as soon as practicable before transfer of title.
(b) In the case of transfer by a real property sales contract, or by a lease together with
an option to purchase, or a ground lease coupled with improvements, as soon as
practicable before execution of the contract. For the purpose of this paragraph,
execution means the making or acceptance of an offer.
With respect to any transfer subject to paragraph (a) or (b), the transferor shall
indicate compliance with Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 either on the receipt
for deposit, the real property sales contract, the lease, or any addendum attached
thereto or on a separate document.
If any disclosure, or any material amendment of any disclosure, required to be made
by Section 89-1-501 through 89-1-523, is delivered after the execution of an offer
to purchase, the transferee shall have three (3) days after delivery in person or five
(5) days after delivery by deposit in the mail, to terminate his or her offer by
delivery of a written notice of termination to the transferor or the transferor’s agent.
§89-1-505. Limit on duties and liabilities with respect to information required or delivered
(1) Neither the transferor nor any listing or selling agent shall be liable for any error,
inaccuracy or omission of any information delivered pursuant to Sections 89-1-501 through
89-1-523 if the error, inaccuracy or omission was not within the personal knowledge of the
transferor or that listing or selling agent, was based on information timely provided by
public agencies or by other persons providing information as specified in subsection (2)
that is required to be disclosed pursuant to Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523, and
ordinary care was exercised in obtaining and transmitting it.
(2) The delivery of any information required to be disclosed by Sections 89-1-501 through 89-
1-523 to a prospective transferee by a public agency or other person providing information
required to be disclosed pursuant to Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 shall be deemed
to comply with the requirements of Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 and shall relieve
the transferor or any listing or selling agent of any further duty under Sections 89-1-501
through 89-1-523 with respect to that item of information.
(3) The delivery of a report or opinion prepared by a licensed engineer, land surveyor,
geologist, structural pest control operator, contractor or other expert, dealing with matters
within the scope of the professional’s license or expertise, shall be sufficient compliance
for application of the exemption provided by subsection (1) if the information is provided
to the prospective transferee pursuant to a request therefor, whether written or oral. In
responding to such a request, an expert may indicate, in writing, an understanding that the
information provided will be used in fulfilling the requirements of Section 89-1-509 and,
if so, shall indicate the required disclosures, or parts thereof, to which the information being
furnished is applicable. Where such a statement is furnished, the expert shall not be
responsible for any items of information, or parts thereof, other than those expressly set
forth in the statement.
§89-1-507. Approximation of certain information required to be disclosed; information
subsequently rendered inaccurate
If information disclosed in accordance with Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 is subsequently
rendered inaccurate as a result of any act, occurrence or agreement subsequent to the delivery of
the required disclosures, the inaccuracy resulting therefrom does not constitute a violation of
Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523. If at the time the disclosures are required to be made, an item
of information required to be disclosed is unknown or not available to the transferor, and the
transferor or his agent has made a reasonable effort to ascertain it, the transferor may use an
approximation of the information, provided the approximation is clearly identified as such, is
reasonable, is based on the best information available to the transferor or his agent, and is not used
for the purpose of circumventing or evading Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523.
§89-1-509. Form of seller’s disclosure statement
The disclosures required by Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 pertaining to the property
proposed to be transferred shall be set forth in, and shall be made on a copy of a disclosure form,
the structure and composition of which shall be determined by the Mississippi Real Estate
§89-1-511. Disclosures to be made in good faith
Each disclosure required by Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 and each act which may be
performed in making the disclosure, shall be made in good faith. For purposes of Sections 89-1-
501 through 89-1-523, “good faith” means honesty in fact in the conduct of the transaction.
§89-1-513. Provisions not exhaustive of items to be disclosed
The specification of items for disclosure in Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 does not limit or
abridge any obligation for disclosure created by any other provision of law or which may exist in
order to avoid fraud, misrepresentation or deceit in the transfer transaction.
§89-1-515. Amendment of disclosure
Any disclosure made pursuant to Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 may be amended in writing
by the transferor or his agent, but the amendment shall be subject to the provisions of Section 89-
§89-1-517. Delivery of disclosure
Delivery of disclosure required by Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 shall be by personal
delivery to the transferee or by mail to the prospective transferee. For the purposes of Sections 89-
1-501 through 89-1-523, delivery to the spouse of a transferee shall be deemed delivery to the
transferee, unless provided otherwise by contract.
§89-1-519. Agent; extent of agency
Any person or entity, other than a duly licensed real estate broker or salesperson acting in the
capacity of an escrow agent for the transfer of real property subject to Sections 89-1-501 through
89-1-523 shall not be deemed the agent of the transferor or transferee for purposes of the disclosure
requirements of Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523, unless the person or entity is empowered to
so act by an express written agreement to that effect. The extent of such an agency shall be
governed by the written agreement.
§89-1-521. Delivery of disclosure where more than one agent; inability of delivering broker
to obtain disclosure document; notification to transferee of right to disclosure
(1) If more than one (1) licensed real estate broker is acting as an agent in a transaction subject
to Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523, the broker who has obtained the offer made by the
transferee shall, except as otherwise provided in Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523,
deliver the disclosure required by Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 to the transferee,
unless the transferor has given other written instructions for delivery.
(2) If a licensed real estate broker responsible for delivering the disclosures under this section
cannot obtain the disclosure document required and does not have written assurance from
the transferee that the disclosure has been received, the broker shall advise the transferee
in writing of his rights to the disclosure. A licensed real estate broker responsible for
delivering disclosures under this section shall maintain a record of the action taken to effect
§89-1-523. Noncompliance with disclosure requirements not to invalidate transfer; liability
for actual damages
No transfer subject to Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 shall be invalidated solely because of
the failure of any person to comply with any provision of Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523.
However, any person who willfully or negligently violates or fails to perform any duty prescribed
by any provision of Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523 shall be liable in the amount of actual
damages suffered by a transferee.
§89-1-525. Enforcement by Mississippi Real Estate Commission
The Mississippi Real Estate Commission is authorized to enforce the provisions of Sections 89-1-
501 through 89-1-523. Any violation of the provisions of Sections 89-1-501 through 89-1-523
shall be treated in the same manner as a violation of the Real Estate Broker License Law of 1954,
Section 73-35-1 et seq., and shall be subject to same penalties as provided in that chapter.
§89-1-527. Failure to disclose nonmaterial fact regarding property as site of death or felony
crime, as site of act or occurrence having no effect on physical condition of property, or as
being owned or occupied by persons affected or exposed to certain diseases; failure to
disclose information provided or maintained on registration of sex offenders
(1) The fact or suspicion that real property is or was:
(a) The site of a natural death, suicide, homicide or felony crime (except for illegal drug
activity that affects the physical condition of the property, its physical environment or
the improvements located thereon);
(b) The site of an act or occurrence that had no effect on the physical condition of the
property, its physical environment or the improvements located thereon;
(c) Owned or occupied by a person affected or exposed to any disease not known to be
transmitted through common occupancy of real estate including, but not limited to, the
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome
(AIDS); does not constitute a material fact that must be disclosed in a real estate
transaction. A failure to disclose such nonmaterial facts or suspicions shall not give rise
to a criminal, civil or administrative action against the owner of such real property, a
licensed real estate broker or any affiliated licensee of the broker.
(2) A failure to disclose in any real estate transaction any information that is provided or
maintained, or is required to be provided or maintained, in accordance with Section 45-33-
21 through Section 45-33-57, shall not give rise to a cause of action against an owner of
real property, a licensed real estate broker or any affiliated licensee of the broker. Likewise,
no cause of action shall arise against any licensed real estate broker or affiliated licensee
of the broker for revealing information to a seller or buyer of real estate in accordance with
Section 45-33-21 through Section 45-33-57. Any factors related to this paragraph, if known
to a property owner or licensee shall be disclosed if requested by a consumer.
(3) Failure to disclose any of the facts or suspicions of facts described in subsections (1) and
(2) shall not be grounds for the termination or rescission of any transaction in which real
property has been or will be transferred or leased. This provision does not preclude an
action against an owner of real estate who makes intentional or fraudulent
misrepresentations in response to a direct inquiry from a purchaser or prospective
purchaser regarding facts or suspicions that are not material to the physical condition of
the property including, but not limited to, those factors listed in subsections (1) and (2)
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