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Present Duties

A building in downtown Salem houses the leased central offices of the Real Estate Agency. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

A building in downtown Salem houses the leased central offices of the Real Estate Agency. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Real Estate Agency is responsible for licensing, registering and regulating real estate brokers, principal real estate brokers, property managers, escrow agents, real estate marketing organizations and membership campgrounds. It also regulates aspects of condominium filings, timeshare filings and manufactured dwelling subdivisions.

In 1919, the Oregon Legislature passed the first effective real estate license law in the United States. The Insurance Department issued the first real estate licenses. Over the years, different state offices have been responsible for real estate licensing. The current Real Estate Agency was created in 1987.

The agency is managed by a real estate commissioner appointed by the governor. The commissioner is advised by the nine-person Real Estate Board. About 28 agency employees serve over 20,000 licensees and registrants.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: Equitable Center, 530 Center St. NE, Suite 100, Salem 97301-2505
Telephone: 503-378-4170
Fax: 503-378-2491
General Email:
Contact: Gene Bentley, Commissioner
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Michael Hanifin
Records Officer Email: Leandra Hagedorn
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 696.375
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog