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Mississippi Real Estate Commission

The Mississippi Real Estate Commission was established on May 6, 1954 with the specific mission to protect the public through the licensing, regulation and …

Mississippi Real Estate Commission Contact

Physical Address:
Lefleur’s Bluff Tower, Suite 300
4780 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39211
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 12685
Jackson, MS  39236
(601) 321-6970 – Office
(601) 321-6955 – Fax
info@mrec.state.ms.us – Email 

About the Mississippi Real Estate Commission

The Mississippi Real Estate Commission (MREC) administers control over the commercial real estate industry in the State of Mississippi, licensing all real estate brokers and salespersons.

MREC works to assure that all real estate transactions are performed in a professional and ethical manner. Potential licensees undergo comprehensive testing and are subjected to continuing education requirements.

MREC protects the consumer by setting forth a set of rules for its licensed members, and is responsible for investigating reports of rule violations and unethical practices.

The Mississippi Real Estate Commission also monitors real estate commerce taking place between brokers licensed in Mississippi and those in other states.

MREC’s offices are located in Jackson,Mississippi.

Mississippi Real Estate Commission




Commissioner Profiles

Gilless, Al      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available.

1st Congressional District

Biographical Information:

MREC Board Member

Bio not currrently available. Information will be added as it becomes available.


Powers, Pam      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available.

2nd Congressional District

Biographical Information:

MREC Board MemberPam Powers is the managing Broker of Powers Properties, in Greenwood, MS and a member of the Greenwood Board of Realtors and the North Central MS Board of Realtors. For over 35 years, she has dedicated her efforts, skills and talents to the real estate industry and to Mississippi. Pam is a Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative, member of the Commercial Association of Realtors, past chair of the National Association of Realtors Communications Committee, 2006 President of the Mississippi Association of Realtors, creator of the Realtors Disaster Relief Task Force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, member of the National Association of Realtors Commercial Committee and the NAR Federal Technology Advisory Board. Powers is a longtime member of the MAR Professional Standards Committee and the MAR Regional Ethics and Arbitration Panel. In 2001, Powers was selected one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Ms. Business Journal. She is an active member of her community through her involvement in her church as a Licensed Worship Leader, a board member, actor and director of the Greenwood Little Theatre, Main Street Greenwood and economic development. She loves God, her family, friends, golf and bridge!

Edwards, Larry W.      Phone: Not Available.      Email:lwedward@comcast.net

3rd Congressional District

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MREC Board MemberLarry W. Edwards is the Broker-Owner of The Smith-Edwards Company in Ridgeland, MS. He specializes in commercial and investment brokerage along with commercial and residential development.

He has been an active Realtor for over 43 years and served as President of the Jackson Association of Realtors in 1984 and was selected as both local and state Realtor of the Year for 1985. Mr. Edwards has served for many years as a member and chairman of various committees and as President of the Mississippi Association of Realtors in 1996. At the national level, he has been active for over 35 years serving on many committees and as Chairman of Federal Taxation Committee in 1993. Mr. Edwards is the Chairman of NARRPAC Trustees since 2008.

Mr. Edwards is active in his community and is presently on the board of Palmer Home for Children in Columbus and a Trustee of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He and his wife, Pam, are members of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson where he serves as a Deacon. They have four daughters and seven grand-children.

Austin, Ken      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available.

4th Congressional District

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MREC Board MemberKen Austin is the Broker/Owner of Mississippi Coast Realty in Pass Christian, MS.

Licensed since 1997, Mr. Austin holds a BS in Finance from the University of New Orleans. He has served in numerous leadership positions with the Gulf Coast, Mississippi, and National Association of Realtors. He served as President of the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors for two terms and as the President of the Mississippi Association of Realtors. He has served on committees on all levels of the organization and is currently a member of the National Association of Realtors Insurance Committee where he chaired the Flood Insurance Work Group in 2017.

Until his appointment to the Real Estate Commission, he served on the cadre of the Mississippi Realtors Institute as a teacher of Ethics, Contracts and License Law as well as other continuing education classes.

Mr. Austin was named the Mississippi Realtor of the Year in 2009 and was inducted into the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors Hall of Fame in 2015.

Active in his community, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, as Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Pass Christian and as a Trustee on the Rotary Charity Trust Fund. He has served on the Pass Christian Planning Commission since 1997 and is currently Vice Chair.

James, Gwendolyn      Phone: Not Available.      Email: Not Available


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MREC Board MemberGwen James, Realtor, has served the Greater Hattiesburg real estate market for over 40 years, joining Don Nace, Inc. in 1984 as co-owner.  She and Don Nace joined the Coldwell Banker national franchise in 1985.  James continues to serve actively in the agency since her granddaughter, Lara Thrash, took over as Broker/Owner in 2015.  An asset to her community and the real estate industry, James was the 2007 President of the Mississippi Association of Realtor and Past Chair of the Area Development Partnership and the Hattiesburg Planning and Zoning Commission and served as President of The Hattiesburg Board of Realtors, The Pine Belt Community Foundation, and The Family YMCA. James also serves on Bancorp South community Board of Directors and Forrest General Hospital Foundation.


James’ awards and achievements are numerous and include Hattiesburg’s Woman of Achievement, Mississippi Business Journal Top 50 Business Women in Mississippi, Paul Harris Non Rotarian Award, Executive of the Year of Sales and Marketing Executives of Hattiesburg, Small Business Leader of the Year by William Carey University and The ADP, Realtor of the Year for the Hattiesburg Board of Realtors, Forrest General Hospital Leadership Award, Wesley Hospital Strong Woman Award, and the Hattiesburg Hub Award.  James is a member of the President’s Circle of the Realtor Pac and Marpac Hall of Fame, a longtime member of the Professional Standards Committee, the Regional Ethics and Arbitration Panel for the Mississippi Association of Realtors, and numerous other committees for the local, state, and National Associations of Realtors.