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

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

Present Duties

The Real Estate Agency is responsible for licensing, registering and regulating real estate brokers, principal real estate brokers, property managers, registered business names, real estate marketing organizations, membership campgrounds and escrow agents. 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. Real estate licenses were first issued by the Insurance Department. Over the years, different 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. About 30 agency employees serve over 19,000 licensees and registrants.


Agency Subdivisions

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


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1177 Center St. NE, Salem 97301-2505
Telephone: 503-378-4170
Fax: 503-378-2491
General Email:
Contact: Gene Bentley, Commissioner
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Dean Owens
Records Officer Email: Kris Ebelmesser
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