Real Estate and Escrow Activities

ORS 696.395
Power of commissioner

The Real Estate Commissioner shall have the power to:


For the purpose of administration, organize and reorganize, as necessary, the Real Estate Agency in the manner that the commissioner deems necessary to properly conduct the work of the agency.


Appoint all subordinate officers and employees of the agency, or such other agents or representatives, and prescribe their duties and fix their compensation, subject to the applicable provisions of the State Personnel Relations Law. Subject to any other applicable law regulating travel expenses, the officers, employees, agents or representatives of the agency shall be allowed such reasonable and necessary travel and other expenses as may be incurred in the performance of their duties.


Require a fidelity bond or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by an insured institution as defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act) of any officer or employee of the agency who has charge of, handles or has access to any state money or property, and who is not otherwise required by law to give a bond or letter of credit. The amounts of the bonds or letters of credit shall be fixed by the commissioner, except as otherwise provided by law, and the sureties or letter of credit issuers shall be approved by the commissioner. The agency shall pay the premium on the bonds and the fees for the letters of credit. [1963 c.580 §42; 1977 c.649 §45; 1987 c.414 §38a; 1991 c.331 §105; 1997 c.631 §524]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Appointing authority of Director of Commerce, (1975) Vol 37, p 494

Chapter 696

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Sales of subdivision lots by mobile home salespeople, (1975) Vol 37, p 865; sales or offers of interests in limited partnerships to invest in real estate, (1978) Vol 38, p 1971


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