Real Estate Agency

Present Duties

Real Estate Agency office
A building in downtown Salem houses the leased central offices of the Real Estate Agency. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The 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 and 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. Twenty-nine agency employees serve over 25,000 licensees and registrants.

Agency Website

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: Steve Strode, Commissioner
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Real Estate Agency​
Records Officer Email: Leandra Hagedorn
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 696.375

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency Hist​ory (2010) ​- a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency