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While all correspondence from the Tennessee Real Estate Commission will be sent to your broker’s mailing address (Your office of record) in is important to remember that you are responsible for your won license, you errors and omission insurance

Licensees are responsible for complying with all statutes, rules and policies of the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. The answers provided here are based on statutes, rules and policies and fees listed are fees in effect at the time of publication and all are subject to change.

What is the address of the Tennessee Real Estate Commission?

Tennessee Real Estate Commission
Davy Crockett Tower
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1151

What are the normal business hours?

What are the telephone and fax numbers?

What is the TREC website address?

What activities require a license?

What may an unlicensed employee, assistant or secretary do?

  1. Answer the phone, forward calls and give information contained only on the listing agreement as  limited by the broker.
  2. Fill out and submit listings and changes to any multiple-listing-service.
  3. Follow up on loan commitments after a contract has been negotiated and generally secure status  reports on the loan progress.
  4. Assemble documents for closing.
  5. Secure public information from courthouses, utility districts, etc.
  6. Have keys made for listings.
  7. Place ads which have been approved by the Principal Broker.
  8. Receive, record and deposit earnest money, security deposits and advance rents under the direct supervision of the Principal Broker.
  9. Type contract forms for approval by licensee and Principal Broker.
  10. Monitor licenses and personnel files.
  11. Calculate, print or distribute commission checks.
  12. Place signs on property.
  13. Order repairs as directed by the licensee.
  14. Prepare for distribution fliers and promotional information which have been approval by the Principal Broker.
  15. Deliver documents and pick up keys.
  16. Place routine telephone calls on late rent payments.
  17. Gather information for a comparative market analysis (CMA).
  18. Unlock property under the direction of a licensee.
  19. Disclose the current sales status of a listed property.

An unlicensed employee, assistant or secretary MAY NOT:

  1. Make cold calls by telephone or in person to potential clients.
  2. Show properties for sale and/or lease to prospective purchasers.
  3. Host open houses, home show booths or fairs.
  4. Discuss or explain listings, offers, contracts, or other similar matters with persons outside the firm.
  5. Negotiate any terms of a real estate transaction.
  6. Negotiate or agree to any commission split or referral fee on behalf of a licensee.
  7. Be paid any compensation which is dependent upon, or directly related to, a real estate transaction.

May I pay an unlicensed assistant?

I have a licensed assistant. How can I pay them for activities that require a license?

I am a licensed auctioneer. I have a real estate license and I am affiliated with ABC Realty. I own a separate licensed auction firm, The Auction Company, licensed by the Tennessee Auctioneer Commission. Can I sell real property at auction using my real estate license and my auction firm license?

● NO. You can only sell real property through the licensed real estate firm where you are affiliated. Your licensed auction firm could sell real property only if it obtained a real estate firm license. A real estate firm must have a principal broker. You would then need to transfer your license to the new real estate firm in order to be able to act as a real estate agent for The Auction Company.

I am licensed in another state. Can I visit Tennessee to list or sell real estate and "partner" or "cooperate" with a Tennessee licensee in order to avoid obtaining a Tennessee real estate license?

A lawyer has contacted me and wants to send a referral and receive a referral fee from my firm. Can I pay him a referral fee?

What could keep me from obtaining a Tennessee Real Estate License?

What do I need to send the Commission along with my application?

How do I retire my license?


How do I reactivate my real estate license from an inactive or retired status?

I am seeking to be licensed in another state or another profession and need the State of Tennessee to provide certification of my real estate license. How do I request this certification?

What are my education requirements?

What is the TREC Core Course?

I want to take an education course in another state for a designation I am working on. Will I automatically get credit because it was given by the national association?

Where can I check my Education Credits on file with TREC?

How should Deposits and Earnest Money be handled?

What documents must a principal broker maintain as a part of the firm's records?

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