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TREC: Verify Real Estate Agent’s License Before Conducting Business

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 03:14pm

NASHVILLE – As the peak home buying season approaches, the Tennessee Real Estate Commission (TREC) reminds consumers to always conduct thorough background research and check the state license status of your real estate agent before purchasing a house.

TREC, a part of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Regulatory Boards, registers and regulates real estate brokers, affiliate brokers, and real estate firms, and also makes and enforces rules addressing the professional conduct and standards of practice for the profession.

“We want to help equip consumers with confidence when making what is, for most people, the biggest purchase of their lives,” said TDCI Deputy Commissioner Brian McCormack. “We encourage Tennessee house hunters to always start their home buying journey by using verify.tn.gov to check the license of a real estate agent before hiring.”

TREC offers the following consumer tools for future homebuyers:

  • Use verify.tn.gov to search for and verify the current status of a real estate professional’s state license.
  • Visit our online resource, One-Stop, to learn more about the requirements for real estate agent licensure. When searching, use the profession name, regulation name or keyword.
  • Livestream a TREC meeting to learn more about issues regarding real estate professionals. Check our upcoming meetings at http://www.tn.gov/commerce/calendar. To watch a live meeting simply click on the event you wish to watch.
  • If during the home buying process you feel you have been the victim of an unfair or deceptive business practice, witness unlicensed activity or see suspected misconduct or other violations of respective law or rules, file a complaint with TDCI: http://www.tn.gov/commerce/topic/commerce-file-a-complaint.
  • Each month we publish a Disciplinary Action Report that outlines disciplinary actions taken against license holders found guilty of violating the laws governing their professions. Go here to see reports dating back to 2002.

For more information about the Tennessee Real Estate Commission, visit: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/section/real-estate-commission.

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