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About Us
Mission Statement
The mission of the Oregon Real Estate Agency is to provide quality protection for Oregon consumers of real estate, escrow, and land development services, balanced with a professional environment conducive to a healthy real estate market
Oregon passed the first effective real estate license law in the United States on February 14, 1919.  The law required brokers to pay a $5 licensing fee annually, furnish a $1000 bond, and submit recommendations signed by ten freeholders certifying that the applicant was “honest, truthful, and of good character.”  The Insurance Department was initially responsible for the licensing of real estate agents.  The Real Estate Department was later organized within the Insurance Department.  In 1939, the Real Estate Department was given independent status by the Legislature.  In 1963, it became the Real Estate Division within the Department of Commerce.  In 1987, the Department of Commerce was dissolved, and the Real Estate Division was renamed the Oregon Real Estate Agency, and remains so today.
Annual Performance Measures

The Agency is administered by the Real Estate Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.  The Agency’s responsibilities include:
Each biennium the agency conducts examinations, issues licenses and processes renewals for over 20,000 licensees and registrants and monitors regulated activities in over 4,500 escrow organizations and real estate offices.  Land developers with offerings to Oregon citizens have hundreds of disclosure filings with the agency.  The Agency provides educational material and course oversight for real estate professionals.  The Agency also conducts investigations and hearings when complaints are filed against licensees, registrants and real property developers.
The Agency oversees the education, examination, licensure and regulation of Oregon’s real estate professionals.  Its major programs and activities are:
Office of the Commissioner
The Oregon Real Estate Commissioner provides leadership and policy direction to the Agency and works collaboratively with the Real Estate Board and the public.  The Commissioner’s office is responsible for legislation and rules, and coordination of contested case hearings.
Real Estate Board
The Oregon Real Estate Board is an advisory board consisting of seven industry members and two public members.  Board members are appointed by the Governor.  They serve on committees, such as rule making and education, provide advice to the Real Estate Commissioner and Governor’s office regarding real estate industry matters and Agency policy, and provide advice or recommendations to the agency on budget development and technology advancement.  The Board also approves experience waiver requests of real estate licensees and oversees the license examination process.
The Board holds bi-monthly meetings that are public and, when possible, the meetings are hosted at local real estate associations around Oregon to allow public access in areas away from the state capital.  This fosters transparent government to the industry and consumers that we serve.
Education Division
The Division is responsible for:
  • Developing real estate educational guidelines.
  • Approving pre-license courses and instructors.
  • Oversees exam services vendor.

Business and Licensing Services Division
The Division is responsible for: 

  • Budget/allotment preparation.
  • Fiscal services, including inventory control, remittance processing of revenue, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and travel coordination.
  • Human resources.
  • Purchasing and contracting.
  • Administrative support to the Board and Commissioner.
  • Oversight of Agency's Information Systems staff members, who provide word, data processing, LAN administration, telecommunications services.

The Division is also responsible for:

  • Assisting real estate brokers, principal brokers, property managers and escrow agencies as they manage their licenses using eLicense, the Agency's license management system.
  • Assisting customers as they process registered business names and branch office registrations in eLicense.
  • Registering membership campground contract brokers.
  • Completing license applicant criminal background check investigations.
  • Processing escrow licensing and security/bonding files.
  • Maintaining all licensing history records and the electronic processing of fees.
  • Providing general reception duties for the Agency.
  • Providing licensing-specific information to the public. 

Land Development Division
The Division is responsible for administering the Land Development Programs, which include:

  • Condominium, timeshare, membership campground and manufactured dwelling subdivision registrations;
  • Real estate marketing organization licensing and regulation;
  • On-site inspections of out-of-state land development; and
  • Public Report issuance 
The other key responsibility in this division is in rule and legislation development for the Agency.  In addition to the Land Development responsibilities, the manager in this division provides the following for legislation and rule review:
  • Coordinates the development and filing of rules and proposed statutory changes 

Regulation Division 
The Division is responsible for:

  • Investigating complaints against real estate brokers, property managers, escrow agencies, subdivision, condominium. timeshare, membership campground developments, real estate marketing organizations and all unlicensed activity.
  • Conducting investigations related to applicant background check, continuing education audits, and expired activity.
  • Conducting settlement conferences (dispute resolution) to resolve matters without a contested case hearing.
  • Assisting the Agency’s Assistant Attorney General in the preparation of contested cases for hearing and, if necessary, assist other criminal justice agencies in investigations, court testimony, and case preparation.
  • Conducting Clients’ Trust Account (CTA) mail-in audits.
  • Assisting with Self-Administered Compliance Reviews.
  • Responding to inquiries regarding regulations and filing complaints from the public, licensees, and other governmental agencies.