The Texas Legislature established the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) in 1949 to safeguard consumers in matters of real property transactions and valuation services. TREC shares staff members and resources with the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB), established as an independent subdivision of TREC in 1991 when federal law required increased regulation of appraisals. Together TREC and TALCB oversee real estate brokerage, real property appraisals, inspections, right-of-way services, and timeshare. The agency provides licensing, education, and complaint investigation services, as well as regulation and enforcement of state laws and requirements that govern each of these areas of service to consumers in Texas.
Executive Division - Executive Director Chelsea Buchholtz
The Executive division coordinates the regular meetings of policymakers appointed by the Governor, implements the decisions of the Commission and Board, coordinates with key stakeholders and other branches of government, directs day-to-day operations, and manages major initiatives of the agency in education, licensing, and industry regulation programs. The division includes the TREC Executive Director/ TALCB Commissioner, general counsels to TREC, general counsel to TALCB, human resources staff, communications and media relations staff, and government relations and public affairs personnel.
Customer Relations Division - Director Robert Hood
The Customer Relations Division is the agency’s centralized customer service division. Division team members receive and respond to general communications from Texas consumers, license holders, and applicants, including all telephone, e-mail, and in-person inquiries.
Education and Examinations Division - Director Jennifer Wheeler
The Education and Examinations division receives, reviews, and processes applications for qualifying and continuing education providers and courses to ensure statutory and agency standards are met. Division team members support the agency’s mission to protect consumers of real estate services in Texas by ensuring content for qualifying and continuing education courses is both accurate and relevant and that courses satisfy requirements for design and delivery methodologies.
Licensing Division - Director Denise Sample
The Licensing Division ensures education and experience requirements are satisfied for the various license types. Licensing team members verify qualifications have been met before the agency issues a new license or registration to real estate brokers or sales agents, appraisers, inspectors, and easement or right-of-way registrants and process license renewals, information changes and license histories
TREC Enforcement Division - Director Michael Molloy
TREC Enforcement administers TREC's complaint investigation and disciplinary enforcement programs. The TREC enforcement team members carry out the Commission’s mission to protect consumers by enforcing The Real Estate License Act, Rules of the Commission, Chapter 1102 of the Texas Occupations Code regarding Real Estate Inspectors, and the Texas Timeshare Act. Staff also reviews applications for licensure and fitness determinations to assess the honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness of applicants. For more information, visit the Laws and Rules section.
TALCB Division - Director Melissa Tran
The TALCB Division is responsible for the licensing and enforcement functions of the Board. The division comprised of two teams. The licensing team ensures education, background, and experience requirements are satisfied for appraiser and appraisal management company applicants. The enforcement team administers the Board’s complaint investigation and disciplinary enforcement program pursuant to the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 as amended by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. For more information about the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Act and more visit the Rules and Laws section of the TALCB website.
Financial Services Division - Director Ranada Williams
Financial Services performs all of the revenue accounting, budgeting, financial payment functions, purchasing and contract administration, and asset and property management for the agency.
Information Technology Division - Director Steve Rapp
Information Technology develops and maintains the technical infrastructure needed to meet the agency’s business requirements, including application development, network management, technical support, website services, and records management. ITS team members follow standards adopted by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) and utilize industry best practices to ensure utility, reliability, and security.