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Disciplinary actions: Real estate brokers and managing brokers

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

August 2019

Holly Loeza - Federal Way

  • Findings: Unprofessional conduct - Engaged in the business of buying, selling, listing, leasing, soliciting, or advertising for sale manufactured homes in Washington without having a dealer's license. Misleading consumers.
  • Actions:
    • Real Estate Broker License revoked for 10 years.
    • Fined $5,000 due within 1 year.

Frank DeCaro - Spokane

  • Findings:
    • Unprofessional conduct - Failure to pay money associated with rental properties. Default Judgment entered against and failed to notify the Department.
    • Failure to return a security deposit to renters for property he managed.
  • Actions:
    • Real Estate License revoked for 7 years.
    • Fined $5,000, not imposed unless re-applies for a Real Estate License.
    • Must not be involved with property management for a period of 5 years from date of being re-licensed.

July 2019

Cory Escott - Vancouver

  • Findings: Unprofessional conduct - Convicted of 1 count of Criminal Trespass in 1st degree and 1 count of Theft in 3rd degree.
  • Action: Revoked Real Estate License for 10 years.

Tracie Dalke - Kirkland

  • Findings: Unprofessional conduct - Previous criminal history.
  • Actions:
    • Heightened supervision until 2023.
    • No MLS access or unsupervised access to homes while on heightened supervision.

June 2019

James T. Rodgers - Seattle

  • Findings: Unprofessional conduct - Civil judgment from 2017.
  • Actions:
    • Can't apply for Managing Broker license until 2024.
    • Heightened supervision until 2024.
    • No controlling interest in any real estate firm.
    • Must not have signatory authority or control over a real estate firm's trust accounts until 2024.
    • Must provide a copy of the Agreed Order with Department of Licensing to all designated brokers he works under. Each designated broker must provide notice to the Department within 10 days of hire that they have read the Agreed Order, and to ensure compliance with restrictions.

April 2019

John Turner - Portland, OR

  • Unprofessional conduct - Revoked Oregon License for mismanaging client’s security deposits and trust accounts.
  • Real Estate Broker License revoked for 10 years.

February 2019

Jeff Ehlert - Sedro Woolley

  • Findings: Unprofessional conduct - Failure to disclose civil judgment.
  • Action: Real Estate Managing Broker License revoked for 10 years.

Tyler Carlson - Spokane

  • Findings: Unprofessional conduct - Convicted of theft, and trafficking in stolen property 1st degree.
  • Actions:
    • Heightened supervision for 5 years.
    • No MLS access code for 5 years.
    • Eligible to apply for managing brokers’ license in 5 years.
    • Any Designated Broker must agree to Restrictions on license.

Tamberyne Bernard - Renton

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct – Created and submitted fraudulent real estate offers.
  • Actions:
    • Real Estate Broker License Revoked for 3 years.
    • Fined $7,500 due to the department in 6 months of reapplying and issuance of Broker's license.

January 2019

Rintha Knox - Pasco

  • Findings:
    • Unprofessional Conduct – Creation and recording of new easement while in last stages of Real Estate transaction.
    • Failed to inform the Complainants.
    • Attempted to record easement without the knowledge of the Complainants to bring a high value for high commission.
  • Action: Real Estate Broker License Revoked for 6 years.

December 2018

Denise Owen - Lynden

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct – Submitting fake offers to artificially escalate purchase price on homes.
  • Action: Real Estate Broker License Revoked for 10 years; and assessed a fine of $5,000.

Christopher Bierrum - Seattle

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct – Submitting fake offers to artificially escalate purchase price on homes.
  • Actions:
    • Real Estate Broker License Suspended for 5 years, with 3 months to be imposed beginning October 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019, with the remaining 4 years and 9 months to be stayed for a period of 5 years starting on October 1, 2018.
    • Pay a fine of $15,000 to the Department by March 1, 2019.
    • Can't apply for a Real Estate Managing Broker license during the 5 year stay.
    • Must be under heightened supervision by his Designated Broker or Branch Manager until January 21, 2021.
    • Must complete the education courses by October 1, 2019.

Brian Bragg - Wenatchee/Republic

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct – Forging signatures on real estate documents.
  • Action: Real Estate Broker License Revoked for 3 years

John B. Elliott - Tacoma

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct – Judgment for security deposits and lease agreements
  • Action: Real Estate Managing Broker License Revoked for 5 years.

November 2018

James Paul - Vancouver

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct - Convicted of theft in the first degree.
  • Action: Real Estate Broker License suspended for 1 year, all stayed for 3 years; must be under heightened supervision by his designated broker or branch manager for 2 years.

Stephanie Saelee - Seattle

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct - Failure to produce required continuing education certificates.
  • Action: Real Estate Managing Broker License suspended for 1 year, with 3 months imposed, with the remaining 9 months to be stayed for 3 years, and assessed a fine of $1,000 due in 6 months; and assessed a fine of $2,000 due in 90 days.

Julian Travis - Marysville

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct - Convicted of indecent liberties and third degree rape.
  • Action: Real Estate Broker License revoked for 5 years.

Debra J. Buffelen - North Bend

  • Findings: Unprofessional Conduct - Audit irregularities with trust accounts, recordkeeping issues, and mishandled property management deposits.
  • Actions: Real Estate Broker License suspended for 1 year, all stayed for period of 3 years; and must:
    • Pay a fine in the amount of $2,500 within 6 months from effective date of order.
    • Successfully complete a minimum of 3 hour continuing education course in Agency Law.
    • Have her property management agreement reviewed by a licensed Washington attorney within 3 months from the effective order.
    • Obtain at her own expense an accountant to conduct the following review of her property management firm’s accounting before January 31, 2019.
    • Reconcile all December 2018 firm bank statements with Respondent’s check register and client ledgers.
    • Conduct a random sample from 12 of Respondent’s current rental agreements to confirm the security deposits on the rental agreement matches the security deposit ledgers.
    • Ensure the accountant provides to the Department a copy of the firm’s reconciliation and copy of the list of 12 rental agreements reviewed on or before January 31, 2019.

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