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The Oregon Real Estate License Background Check

An Oregon real estate license background check is required for each application for licensure.

oregon real estate agency background checksOregon grants real estate licenses individually and does not provide a complete list of circumstances likely to prevent licensure. While some individuals may be denied licensure, the law does not list specific criminal offenses or other circumstances that would prevent a person from receiving a license. However, failure to disclose criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings are grounds for denying a license. If you have a criminal history, are a convicted felon, or have a legal history that indicates you are “less than trustworthy,” we encourage you to contact the Oregon Real Estate Agency, Licensing Division at (503) 378-4170 before enrollment in our courses. However, agency staff may or may not tell you whether or not a specific circumstance would prohibit you from obtaining a license without completing the background check application process. Having a criminal or otherwise adverse history does not automatically prevent a person from getting a license. In these cases, the Agency must review your license application, which will delay the process. The Agency will contact you if further information is necessary to complete the review.

Required Disclosures

All felony and misdemeanor convictions must be disclosed. All arrests that have not been adjudicated must be disclosed. Offenses include major traffic violations such as DUI, reckless driving, fleeing from or attempting to elude a police officer, and driving while suspended. “Convictions” include a guilty or “no contest” plea, a verdict of guilty by a judge or jury, or a forfeiture of bail. All convictions and arrests must be disclosed whether or not they were later dismissed, whether or not a diversion program was completed, and whether or not they occurred when you were a minor. Do not assume that a criminal record does not exist. The Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) keep criminal information on record for 30 years or more.

You must disclose if you are the subject of administrative proceedings, including investigations, sanctions, hearings, or other disciplinary actions by any administrative agency. The Agency processes your name through a nationwide data bank containing regulatory disciplinary actions. You are required to disclose specific civil and financial issues, including any adverse judgments against you related to a real property matter, all unsatisfied judgments, or bankruptcies. Each application requiring further review is evaluated individually. The purpose of the background check is to determine your current fitness to receive a license.

Additional Information Request

Any additional information requested by the Agency relating to employment and references must get submitted promptly. Positive information concerning your employment or business activity since the issues in question may prove crucial in determining whether or not a license will be granted.

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Do You Need an Oregon Real Estate License?

Generally, you’ll need a license if you want to assist someone in buying, selling or managing rental real estate for a fee

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

canstockphoto7389305 real estate license card(March 4, 2016) – Generally, if you want to assist someone in buying or selling real estate for a fee, or you want to manage rental real estate for someone else for a fee, you need a real estate license.

Oregon Real Estate License Law says a real estate license is required for someone to conduct professional real estate activity (ORS 696.020).  Professional real estate activity (ORS 696.010) means:

“. . . any of the following actions, when engaged in for another and for compensation or in the expectation or upon the promise of receiving or collecting compensation, by any person who:
(a) Sells, exchanges, purchases, rents or leases real estate;
(b) Offers to sell, exchange, purchase, rent or lease real estate;
(c) Negotiates, offers, attempts or agrees to negotiate the sale, exchange, purchase, rental or leasing of real estate;
(d) Lists, offers, attempts or agrees to list real estate for sale;
(e) Offers, attempts or agrees to perform or provide a competitive market analysis or letter opinion, to represent a taxpayer under ORS 305.230 or 309.100 or to give an opinion in any administrative or judicial proceeding regarding the value of real estate for taxation, except when the activity is performed by a state certified appraiser or state licensed appraiser;
(f) Auctions, offers, attempts or agrees to auction real estate;
(g) Buys, sells, offers to buy or sell or otherwise deals in options on real estate;
(h) Engages in management of rental real estate;
(i) Purports to be engaged in the business of buying, selling, exchanging, renting or leasing real estate;
(j) Assists or directs in the procuring of prospects, calculated to result in the sale, exchange, leasing or rental of real estate;
(k) Assists or directs in the negotiation or closing of any transaction calculated or intended to result in the sale, exchange, leasing or rental of real estate;
(L) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 696.030, advises, counsels, consults or analyzes in connection with real estate values, sales or dispositions, including dispositions through eminent domain procedures;
(m) Advises, counsels, consults or analyzes in connection with the acquisition or sale of real estate by an entity if the purpose of the entity is investment in real estate; or
(n) Performs real estate marketing activity as described in ORS 696.600.”

There are some circumstances in which an individual is not required to be licensed.  These exemptions to licensing can be found in ORS 696.030. The Agency cannot say if an exemption applies to a certain situation.  If you need help in determining if you need a real estate license in Oregon, please seek the advice of an attorney.

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For more information about OnlineEd and their education for real estate brokers, principal brokers, property managers, and mortgage brokers, visit www.OnlineEd.com.

 All information contained in this posting is deemed correct as of the date of publication, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

How Long Does it Take to get an Oregon Real Estate License

(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – To get an Oregon real estate broker license, the licensee applicant will have to complete 150-hour Oregon Real Estate Agency approved pre-license course of study consisting of seven individual courses. In Oregon, these courses can be delivered by live-lecture or online. Regardless of the delivery method, the applicant should plan on a minimum of 150 clock hours to complete the course. One of the many advantages of online delivery over live-lecture delivery is that the online student can spend as much time studying the course as convenient. For example, studying online for 10 hours per day means the student will finish the course in as little as 15 days.

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For more information about OnlineEd and their education for real estate brokers, principal brokers, property managers, and mortgage brokers, visit www.OnlineEd.com.

  This article was published on April 17, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

The Duties and Responsibilities of an Oregon Real Estate Property Manager

(c) CanStock Photo(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – The typical property manager is responsible for a number of activities for the property owner. The scope of work that a property manager is responsible for is defined in the property management agreement, which is entered into between the property manager and the property owner.

Depending on the scope of the property management agreement, the types of activities a property manager may be engaged in are the following:

Rent A property manager sets the rental rate based upon current market conditions and then adjusts rents as market conditions change. The property manager also is responsible for the collection of rents. Rents are very important to cash flow and as a result enforcing rent payment due dates, collecting required late fees, and evicting tenants who are delinquent are all very important to the efficient management and operation of a property.

Procurement and management of tenants – This area of responsibility involves the marketing of a property in order that tenants are attracted to the property. Once a prospective tenant is identified and makes application to rent, then the property manager is responsible for screening the tenant to ensure that the tenant meets the property’s rental qualification criteria. If the tenant is qualified to rent the property, then the lease or rental agreements must be prepared for the tenant. Once the tenant occupies the property, the property manager is responsible for the handling of the day-to-day issues that may arise with regard to that tenant. These issues range from the handling of complaints and emergencies, dealing with tenant move-outs, and when necessary, tenant evictions. All of these activities if they relate to residential property require the property manager to be acquainted with Landlord Tenant Law in order to ensure that the property manager is in compliance with these laws at all times.

Repair and maintenance of a property – This really involves three distinct activities. The first deals with repairs that must be made as the need arises. Repairs may relate to plumbing, mechanical, electrical and mechanical systems or any other component of a property that is necessary for its operation. The second area involves routine maintenance such as landscaping and ground maintenance. The third are deals with preventative maintenance such as exterior repaints or roof replacements. These types of preventative maintenance are necessary to prevent damage to the structure.

Record maintenance and financial performance of the property – The record keeping function involves keeping required and adequate records relating to the operation of the property. Included in the list of records to be maintained are income and expense accounting records, rental and lease agreements, unit inspection reports, individual tenant records including complaints and repair requests, and documentation of expenses incurred on behalf of the property. The property manager is also responsible for development of annual operation budgets that address both daily operational needs and reserves for future improvements or component replacements.

Supervision of employees – The operation of many properties requires employees to perform a number of functions, such as office personnel, onsite managers, security, concierge services, and onsite maintenance. All of these employees must be properly supervised and all of the applicable employment and employee tax law must be complied with.

Tax related issues – The property manager is responsible to ensure that all employee tax laws are complied with along with municipal and state tax laws and property tax requirements. In addition, a property manager may also be responsible for assistance in providing work papers to assist in the filing of local, state, and federal income taxes or business licenses.

If you are interested in getting a property manager license, please view our post How to Get an Oregon Property Manager License.

For information about activities requiring an Oregon property manager license, please visit our post, Activities Requiring an Oregon Property Manager License.

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 For more information about OnlineEd and their education for real estate and mortgage brokers, visit www.OnlineEd.com.

  This article was published on October 31, 2014. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

 

Change to Oregon Real Estate Pre-License Requirements: Broker, Principal Broker, and Property Manager

attention1.jpg(Salem, OR) – After April 30, 2014, only pre-license education completed on or after January 1, 2013 will meet the education requirements for Oregon real estate licensing.  Agency-approved pre-license education completed between July 1, 2001 and December 31, 2012 will NOT count toward a license after April 30, 2014. This ruling applies to the 150-hour real estate broker pre-licensing course, the 60-hour property manager pre-licensing course, and the 40-hour Brokerage Administration and Sales Supervision (BASS) course or principal broker education.

We encourage all OnlineEd students to act quickly and become actively licensed by April 30, 2014 to use their pre-license education taken during this period.

The Oregon Real Estate Agency will be notifying anyone who completed one or more steps for the licensing process since July 1, 2011. If you have any questions about your course of study with OnlineEd, please give us a call at 503.670.9278 or send an email to mail@onlineed.com.

If you have questions about the Agency’s rules, please contact the Oregon Real Estate Agency at 503.378.4585 or by using the Contact Us link on their web site, www.rea.state.or.us.

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This article was published on March 14, 2014. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

For more information about OnlineEd and their education for real estate brokers, visit www.OnlineEd.com. OnlineEd is Oregon Approved Education Provider No. 1038.

 

 

4 Oregon Real Estate Education Changes For 2013

(OnlineEd – Portland, OR) -Effective January 1, 2013 the Oregon Real Estate Agency implemented the following changes to real estate broker pre-licensing education, principal broker licensing education, property manager education, and real estate broker advanced practices education:

  1. Real Estate Broker Pre-License: Pre-license qualifying education courses taken after January 1, 2013 must have received a new approval from the Oregon Real Estate Agency. The OnlineEd® Oregon Real Estate Broker Pre-License Course is already compliant with these new rules and approved by the Oregon Real Estate Agency and the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) to meet the 2013 requirements. Pre-license qualifying education is available from the OnlineEd® pre-license course catalog. Other changes recently implemented require the license candidate to make license application and pay the application fee in advance of being able to schedule a state licensing examination. The exam proctor is also responsible for fingerprinting and background check applications, which are completed during the applicant’s examination appointment. All fees paid to the exam proctor and OREA are nonrefundable.
  2. Property Manager Advanced Practices: All property managers must take the 27-hour Property Manager Advanced Practices course prior to the first active renewal of their license.  The OnlineEd® Property Manager Advanced Practices course is already compliant with the 2013 rule and approved by the Oregon Real Estate Agency. The course is found in our continuing education catalog.
  3. Real Estate Broker Advanced Practices: All real estate brokers must take the 27-hour Broker Advanced Practices course prior to the first active renewal of their license. The OnlineEd® Broker Advanced Practices course is compliant with the 2013 rule and approved by the Oregon Real Estate Agency. Broker Advanced Practices is found in our continuing education catalog. Law and Rule Required Course (“LARRC”) cannot be included in either Advance Practices course. Because licensees need 30 hours of approved education to renew, a LARRC course is still required. OnlineEd® offers LARRC free with both of the Advanced Practices courses.
  4. Principal Broker Qualifying Education, Brokerage Administration and Sales Supervision: Brokers who want to become a Principal Broker must complete a 40-hour Oregon Real Estate Agency approved Brokerage Administration and Sales Supervision course. As of January 1, 2013, this course was greatly expanded and more difficult than its predecessor. There is also a new and longer licensing exam for principal broker licensing.  The OnlineEd® Brokerage Administration and Sales Supervision (BASS) course is compliant with the January 1, 2013 requirements and approved by the Oregon Real Estate Agency. To assist in passing the licensing exam, the course comes with an exam prep module. Brokerage Administration and Sales Supervision is available in our continuing education catalog.

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 OnlineEd® is Oregon Real Estate Agency approved continuing education provider number 1038.  OnlineEd® is an Oregon licensed vocational school offering real estate, mortgage, contractor and insurance courses. OnlinEd is also the developer of InlineEd, a Compliance Management System solution for the mortgage industry.

For more information about OnlineEd®, please visit www.OnlineEd.com.

 

 

How To Apply For An Oregon Real Estate License On Or After July 1, 2011

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(OnlineEd – Portland, OR) The Oregon Real Estate Agency has changed the steps required to apply for and obtain an Oregon Real Estate Broker license.  As of July 1, 2011 the following steps must be completed:

1. The applicant must submit the appropriate license application with the required fee to the Oregon Real Estate Agency before completion of the pre-license course. The applicant can enroll and begin the coursework prior to application, but must submit the application before completion of the coursework.

2. The applicant must complete the required pre-license education.

3. The pre-license education provider must obtain (but not verify) the applicant’s Social Security Number and confirm (but not verify) with the applicant that the applicant has submitted the license application.

4. The education provider is to upload the applicant’s electronic eligibility file and Social Security Number to PSI, the licensing exam proctor.

5. The applicant is to schedule and pay for the licensing examination by contacting PSI.

6. The applicant will sit for the licensing exam at the PSI location selected by the applicant.

7. At the PSI exam center, the applicant will pay for fingerprinting and the required background check.

8. PSI will submit the applicant’s fingerprints electronically for the criminal background check.

The fingerprints that PSI takes are sent electronically to the Oregon Real Estate Agency, along with the applicants Social Security Number. The Agency attaches the fingerprints with the license application and digitally forwards them to law enforcement for processing.

If the licensee passes the licensing exam AND background check, the licensee will receive an email from the Agency. The email will provide a hyperlink for the licensee to print out their real estate license.

The broker’s principal broker no longer holds the broker’s license. Instead, the applicant will declare their principal broker association on their license application. The Agency will email the declared principal broker for confirmation that the applicant will be associated with and supervised by the principal broker.

For more about this process, please visit the OnlineEd pre-license course catalog at at https://www.onlineed.com/system/pages/courses.php?state=Oregon&field=1 , select the pre-licensing package of interest, and then click “Learn More.”


OnlineEd is an Oregon licensed vocational school and approved by the Oregon Real Estate Agency to offer pre-license education.  The  OnlineEd® Oregon Real Estate Agency School number is 1038