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Oregon FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Educational Requirements to Obtain a Broker's License:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • The Oregon Real Estate Agency must receive your fingerprints and run a routine background check before the state grants you a license to sell real estate. Since it can take two to three months to complete this process, you should start right away. It is not unusual to begin this process before you have started your education requirement. Please see the Agency website for further information.
  • Successful completion of seven Agency-approved courses that total 150 hours:
    • Real Estate Law - 30 hours
    • Real Estate Finance* - 30 hours
    • Oregon Real Estate Practices - 30 hours
    • Contracts - 15 hours
    • Agency - 15 hours
    • Real Estate Brokerage - 20 hours
    • Property Management - 10 hours
  • Have successfully passed both the Oregon and National portions of the PSI Broker Real Estate Exam.
  • Have completed, signed and submitted the Broker licensing application provided by the Oregon Real Estate Agency along with the required fee.

Starting January 1, 2011, new real estate brokers renewing active an active license must:

  • Complete the 30-hour Advanced Real Estate Practices course approved by the Real Estate Board containing the three-hour Law and Rule Required Course before their first active license renewal.

Starting January 1, 2011, real estate licensees (brokers, principal brokers and property managers) renewing an active license must:

  • Take continuing education from Certified Continuing Education Course Providers;
  • Complete all 30 hours of continuing education within the eligible course topics established by the Oregon Real Estate Agency;
  • Complete a three-hour Law and Rule Required Course approved by the Real Estate Board every renewal period as part of the 30-hour requirement; and
  • Maintain their own records of continuing education for hours completed on or after January 1, 2011. Records include certificates of attendance issued by providers and the Continuing Education Record form available on the Oregon Real Estate Agency website - www.oregon.gov/REA.

1.  Apply For Your State License

Complete and submit the Oregon Real Estate License Application and submit to the Agency with the $230 fee.

2.  Complete Your Required Education

Broker applicants must complete 150 hours of pre-license education. Seven required courses make up the 150 hours: 30 hours of Real Estate Law, 30 hours of Real Estate Finance, 30 hours of Oregon Real Estate Practices, 15 hours of Contracts, 15 hours of Agency, 20 hours of Real Estate Brokerage, and 10 hours of Property Management. 

3.  Take the Oregon Broker Licensing Exam

Register and pass the broker’s exam with the exam provider, Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI). To schedule your exam, visit the PSI website at http://candidate.psiexams.com/index.jsp

4.  Have Your Fingerprints Taken

Your fingerprints will be taken at a PSI testing center at the same time as your license examination. The fingerprints are processed through the Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

5.  Obtain a Principal Broker Sponsor

In order to practice as a real estate broker, you must be sponsored by a licensed Oregon principal broker. You and your sponsor will both need to complete and submit the Registered Business Name Association Form. Once the form is accepted by the Real Estate Agency, your license will be issued and you may practice real estate under the sponsorship of the principle broker.

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All Brightwood College and Brightwood Career Institute, powered by Kaplan Real Estate Education licensing, postlicensing and continuing education courses are submitted and approved by that state's governing body.

Each state handles reciprocity differently. We encourage individuals who are licensed in a state and desire to become licensed in additional states to contact the target state regulator body for details. After obtaining the requirements necessary to be licensed in that state, our customer service team can assist you with matching courses to state reciprocity rules. 

What is the difference between a sales person and a broker? A real estate salesperson or broker is a professional licensed by their state to help consumers with real estate matters.  A salesperson must work under a managing or principal broker, this is the broker who is in charge of the brokerage firm.  Some states only license brokers, in that case, new brokers may be called broker associates and are required to work under a managing or principal broker. Much like a salesperson. 

A managing, principal or employing broker is a licensed broker who is in charge of a brokerage firm and the salespersons or broker associates of the firm. Typically to become a managing broker at least two years of active license experience and further course work and sometimes license exams are required.

No matter if you are a real estate salesperson, broker associate or managing broker the job is the same work with buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords to help them reach an agreement.

An appraiser gives an opinion of the quality, value, or utility of a specific property. An appraisal is usually required whenever real estate is sold, mortgaged, taxed, insured, or developed. A typical appraisal might include physically inspecting the property, measuring the improvements and collecting the associated costs, preparing a site drawing, writing the physical description of the property, researching official records and deeds, finding similar properties to compare, and writing a final appraisal report.

  • Make a list of brokerage firms you want to talk with. If you don't know where to start, browse real estate ads to see if some firms seem more interesting than others.
  • Visit your local Chamber of Commerce or Board of REALTORS® to find out which firms are best represented. Pay attention to television and radio advertising, billboards, and the “For Sale” signs you see in yards.
  • Make appointments with the managing or principle broker of each real estate firm on your list. Larger firms may have recruiting managers.
  • Ask the broker for an itemized list of startup expenses. Are you required to join local, regional, and national professional organizations? Are there recurring monthly or quarterly expenses for membership?
  • Find out if advertising expenses are paid by the agency. How about “For Sale” signs and other signs? Do they provide them to agents free of charge?
  • Who pays for long distance telephone calls to clients? How about photocopies, stamps, and other office-related expenses?
  • Does the firm provide in-office computers and printers for real estate agent use, or are you expected to bring your own?
  • Ask if the firm carries errors and omissions insurance for agents. If so, find out what's covered. Discuss the policy with an insurance carrier to make sure it's adequate.

According to Salary.com, most real estate agents earn on average between $36,566 and $47,610 annually. How much agents make depends on the number of transactions they complete, the commission paid to the brokerage, and their split with the sponsoring broker. If you are talking with a franchised agency, be sure to ask what percentage of each sales commission is deducted and sent to the franchising company. Top producers earn a lot more than the average real estate agent. Each real estate office sets its own standards for top producers, but it's probably safe to say that a top producer would need to sell at least one home a month to qualify. Mega-stars earn $200,000 and up per year. Very few real estate professionals earn a salary versus commission.

On September 3, 2015, Kaplan concluded a previously announced agreement to sell its nationally accredited schools, including Kaplan Real Estate Education, to Education Corporation of America (ECA).  This close secures the goals of both ECA and Kaplan, as each business is strengthened. This partnership continues to be a great fit and is immediately scalable while maintaining strong, career-focused education for our students.

Going forward, your Kaplan Real Estate Education courses will be offered by Brightwood College, or Brightwood Career Institute, both are divisions of ECA. You will still receive the same high-quality education you’ve come to expect from Kaplan, written and led by the same industry-leading authors and instructors.