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ND License Law Changes August 1, 2023

May 23, 2023

Wholesaling requirements change the current license law
Beginning August 1, 2023, the N.D. Real Estate Commission (NDREC) will implement law changes made 
by the legislature which require a license and written disclosure for the practice commonly 
referred to as “wholesaling.”

These new law changes:
•  Define “wholesaler” – as “a person that enters an agreement to make income or profit from the 
transfer of or equitable interest in residential real property.”
•  Define “residential real property” in new “Wholesale buyers and sellers – Disclosure” section – 
meaning “real property with fewer than 5 dwelling units.”
• Define wholesaling process – as a broker or salesperson who “publicly markets for sale an 
equitable interest in a contract for the purchase of real property between a property owner and a 
prospective purchaser.”
•  Add a section stating the wholesaler of residential real property must disclose in writing – A 
new section states that “a wholesaler of residential real property shall disclose in writing to all 
parties to the agreement that the wholesaler holds an equitable interest in the property, may not 
be able to convey title to the property, and intends to make a profit or income from the transfer 
of the equitable interest.”
•  Allow contract for sale to be cancelled and earnest money retained or must be refunded if 
wholesaler doesn’t disclose all required information in writing -- If the wholesaler does not 
disclose in writing the wholesaler’s equitable interest in the property and all required 
information, the other seller or buyer “may cancel the contract for sale at any time before the 
close of escrow without penalty.” Then, the seller “may retain any earnest money paid by the 
wholesaler” and the buyer “must be refunded all earnest money paid by the buyer.”

The N.D. legislature approved these changes to NDCC 43-23, the license law, earlier this year by 
passing HB 1190. NDREC voted unanimously to support 1190 with letters submitted to House and Senate 
committees hearing the bill. The bill passed the House 82-8 and the Senate 46-1. See it here.
Check out for the complete current license law, and other
information and updates here.