No, you cannot "put a deal together."
but, the important question here is whether a "referral fee" to an unlicensed person is allowed in NC.
personally, i just sell vanilla real estate, nothing out of the box and typically hate any of htat investor crap as many can't perform on what they want to put on paper..but to answer.
op could offer to buy home for 100k. and sell his contract to the friend for 105k. very simplified way of explaining it, but it's done in my market all the time by the annoying wholesalers.
you are not at that point providing real estate services, buti nstead selling your contract. i'd get a lawyer to put it together for me if i were in op's situation and i could turn back the clock 2 years.
ps...did i mention i hate investors who try and do what i mentioned above...reason i hate it is because if htey cnat find someone to buy their contract, the deal becomes dead.