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Request an Investigation

Georgia's real estate license law provides that "The Commission may, upon its own motion, and shall, upon the sworn written request of any person, investigate the actions of any applicant for licensure, real estate broker, associate broker, salesperson, or real estate courses and instructors approved by the Commission." The law limits the Commission's investigation authority solely to issues related to the real estate license law.

The Commission's investigations do not determine whether a violation of any other area of law has occurred. For example, the Commission cannot settle such issues as disputes regarding earnest money, repairs to property, or payment of fees to licensees. The law of contracts control these issues. If the parties cannot resolve such issues themselves, they should consult an attorney or the small claims court of their county for assistance.

Anyone who files a request for investigation with the Commission and has suffered a financial loss should not wait for the results of a Commission investigation before consulting an attorney. The Commission cannot replace a financial loss. The law allows the Commission only to reprimand, suspend, or revoke a license and/or impose fines, education requirements, and/or require reports from an independent accountant.

The Commission may only investigate licensed real estate brokers and salespersons or unlicensed persons performing the acts of a broker. It cannot take action against an unlicensed individual who may be an owner or builder acting as a principal on his or her own property. The public and all licensees should understand the following facts regarding Commission investigation:

To initiate and investigation, you need to download complete and submit the Request for Investigation GREC Form.