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Job Title:
Real Estate Investigator
Standards and Enforcement Services (TREC)
Job Posting #
Monthly Salary:
State Classification:
Investigator IV
Class No., Group:
1353, B18
Austin or Dallas/Ft. Worth (may office out of Austin headquarters or remotely from DFW-area home)
FLSA Status:
Work Week:
Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week (flex schedule may be possible after first evaluation)
Posting Date:
Closing Date:
Until Filled
Job Summary:

Investigate violations of The Real Estate License Act, Commission Rules, RSC and Timeshare Acts, Chapter 1102, Texas Occupation Code (relating to inspectors). Work involves complex investigative work.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.  Experience can substitute for education on a year for year basis.

  • Minimum three years work experience as an investigator or in a related field, which included analysis and report writing as an essential function of the position or substantial and relevant real estate experience
  • Valid driver’s license (Must maintain license and acceptable driving record throughout employment.)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of general real estate industry practices
  • Knowledge of and skill in investigative principles, techniques, and best practices
  • Effective grammar, spelling, punctuation, and editing skills
  • Skill in operating a personal computer with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat
  • Skill working effectively with others and developing positive working relationships
  • Interview and interrogation skills; experience with evidentiary procedures
  • Ability to effectively investigate complaints of administrative law violations
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, rules, and regulations
  • Ability to evaluate findings and prepare reports
  • Ability to travel to interviews, hearings, and court proceedings (25% travel possible)
  • Ability to testify in hearings and court proceedings
  • Ability to plan, organize, and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work effectively with other employees and the general public
  • Ability to interview and communicate effectively by phone and in person with complainants, respondents, and witnesses
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five years of experience as an investigator or in a related field, which includes analysis and report writing for a governmental entity, state of Texas highly preferred
  • Real estate experience and/or current Texas real estate license (License must be placed on inactive status while employed with the agency.)
  • Knowledge of general legal practices/procedures
Job Duties:
  • Conduct investigations of complaints and file well-written, grammatically correct, and
  • comprehensive investigative reports, which may include documented evidence
  • Interview witnesses and parties to the complaint in person and by phone
  • Maintain and manage a caseload of pending investigations
  • Testify at administrative hearings and assist staff attorneys in preparation for hearings
  • Acquaint the general public, license holders, attorneys, and others with provisions of The Real
  • Estate License Act, Commission’s Rules, and agency policies and procedures
  • File and research documents at city, county, and state offices
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Additional Requirements:

Applicants granted an interview, will need to provide three references, a writing sample of 10 pages or less (it can be an excerpt), and any college transcripts at the time of interview.

Environmental & Physical Conditions:  Normal office work environment, mostly sedentary in nature. May involve walking; standing; remaining stationary for long periods of time; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Work involves extensive telephone usage and repetitive hand/wrist/finger motions while using the computer.

To Apply:

Submit a complete (no blanks) State of Texas Employment Application along with a cover letter, resume, and DD-214 or DD-1300 (if applicable) to: or 512-936-3547 (fax).  Applications may be submitted via WorkInTexas; however, the additional documents must be submitted to Human Resources prior to being considered for an interview. 

Applications will not be considered until all required documentation is received by TREC/TALCB.

Military Crosswalk Information:


Human Resources 512-936-3604