The operative language of the Statute of Frauds in Oregon reads: “In the following cases the agreement is void unless it, or some note or memorandum thereof, expressing the consideration, is in writing and subscribed by the party to be charged, or by the lawfully authorized agent of the party; evidence, therefore, of the agreement shall not be received other than the writing, or secondary evidence of its contents in the cases prescribed by law.” Three of the eight types of contracts named in the statute involve real estate.

The three types of real estate contracts affected by the Statute of Frauds are: (1) An agreement leasing property for longer than one year, or for the sale of real property, or of any interest therein; (2) an agreement concerning real property made by an agent of the party sought to be charged unless the authority of the agent is in writing; and (3) an agreement authorizing or employing an agent or broker to sell or purchase real estate for a compensation or commission. In other words, leases longer than a year, sale agreements, powers of attorney, and listings all fall under the Statute of Frauds.
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