The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) was created to protect the public through education and regulation of Real Estate licensees. The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the Governor. The FREC meets monthly, typically for two days in duration, and scheduled on the third Wednesday of the month and the immediately preceding Tuesday. The FREC administers and enforces the real estate license law, which includes Chapter 475, Part I, Florida Statutes. The Commission is also empowered to pass rules that enable it to implement its statutorily authorized duties and responsibilities. These rules are contained in Chapter 61J2, Florida Administrative Code. The statute and rules, along with Chapters 455, 215, 120, and 20, Florida Statutes are available under Statutes and Rules.

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The real estate appraisal license and corresponding laws in Florida are administered and enforced by the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB). Both FREC and FREAB are supported by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Real Estate. For more information on FREAB, click here.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) supports the Governor in meeting his obligation to appoint qualified, representative and appropriate people to the important leadership roles within the Department’s Professional Boards, Council, and Commissions. Members are appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

DBPR does not handle or process Commission Member applications or requests.

If you are interested in serving on a Board, Council or Commission, please contact the Governor’s Appointment’s Office for more information and to complete the “Questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments” application form. FREC has very specific membership requirements for each appointed position. When completing the “Questionnaire for Gubernatorial Appointments” it is helpful if you indicate the board position that you are interested in, along with your specific qualifications for that position. The requirements are available under Section 475.02, F.S.

Because there are many factors related to the application, selection and appointment process, the available position information indicated below may change without notice.  Please contact the Governor’s Appointment’s Office for specific up-to-date information regarding appointment opportunities.

Unless otherwise indicated, Florida law prohibits board members from holding more than one public office and provides that no officer, director, or administrator of a Florida state, county, or regional professional association, may serve on a board that governs that profession.

Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC)

Description: The Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) is headquartered in Orlando and consists of seven members.  FREC is the regulatory body that protects the public by regulating real estate sales associates, brokers, schools and instructors. The powers and duties of FREC include regulating and enforcing license laws, enacting administrative rules, fostering education, approving applications, determining license law violations and administering penalties.

Qualifications: The Commission has seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Four FREC members must be Florida licensed real estate brokers, who each must have held an active license for five years before they join the commission.  One member must be a Florida licensed broker or a Florida licensed sales associate who has held an active license for the two years preceding appointment. Two members must be people who are not, and have never been, brokers or sales associates.  Commissioners are appointed for four-year terms and at least one member must be 60 years or older. Section 475.02, Florida Statutes.

Quorum: Unless otherwise provided by law, 51 percent or more of the appointed members of the Commission constitute a quorum. Section 455.207, Florida Statutes.

Name Member Term End
Richard “Dick” Fryer, Chair Industry Member 10/31/2021
Randy J. Schwartz, Vice-Chair Consumer Member 10/31/2024
Richard Barbara Consumer Member 10/31/2022
Renee Butler Industry Member 10/31/2022
Patricia “Patti” Fitzgerald Industry Member 10/31/2023
Patricia “Patti” Ketcham Industry Member 10/31/2024
Guy Sanchez, Jr. Industry Member 10/31/2021

Last updated: April 1, 2021

The FREC monthly meeting is scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are held at the Division of Real Estate Commission Chambers, in Orlando, FL, unless stated otherwise.

For detailed information of the upcoming meetings, including a historical archive of agendas and minutes, please visit:

Commission Meetings and Workshops

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Katy McGinnis, Director

Division of Real Estate
400 West Robinson Street, N801
Orlando, Florida 32801

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040