How to Find Out if Someone Holds an Oregon Real Estate License

How the public can easily verify an Oregon real estate license

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(October 1, 2020)

 OnlineEd – The Oregon Real Estate Agency Index Page provides many features for the public and its licensees. One feature the public takes advantage of from this page is being able to confirm that an individual who represents theirself to be a licensee is, in fact, a licensee. Finding out the license status of an individual takes just a few clicks using the Agency’s handy “licensee lookup” feature, and it’s pretty intuitive. For example, a search can be performed by first name, last name, business name, license number, address, or any combination of these fields.

Buyers and sellers should make sure that someone holding theirself out to be a real estate broker is an active licensed before hiring the person. Another reason to search for the legitimacy of a license is to prevent being scammed. Currently, for example, scammers are contacting timeshare owners, giving the names of legitimate Oregon real estate licensees, representing they have a buyer for their timeshare, asking the owner to wire transfer money to pay a “transfer fee” to effect the transfer of the timeshares. Finally, the scammers will ask the seller to sign over a deed.

Clearly, the Agency provides this service for many reasons. It only takes a few moments using the Agency’s tool to find out if someone is legitimate or to find the actual contact information to make verification. A few minutes could save thousands of dollars and a whole lot of trouble!



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About Jeff Sorg

Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.