Clarifying Antitrust Lawsuit Settlements with Real Estate Brokerages & NAR

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) recently ran an open letter in a number of local newspapers – the letter discusses changes that are underway as a result of a settlement agreement in connection with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Cooperative Compensation Model Rule. The letter addresses confusion about buying and selling real property […]

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Have You Decided to Open a Property Management Company in California?

Have you decided to open a Property Management Company in California? Do you currently hold the correct license so that you can offer property management services to others for a fee? Do you know which agency regulates property management service providers in California? If you answer “Yes” to the above questions, you still may need […]

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Why Is It Essential to Work With an Attorney Licensed to Practice in California?

PRACTICE TIP for California Real Estate Brokers When seeking regulatory compliance guidance for your real estate brokerage operation, engage the services of a licensed attorney who can advise you about the legal requirements that apply to the Real Estate Brokerage industry in this state and also keep your business information confidential. Many real estate brokerages […]

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Are You Planning to Launch a New Brokerage Business in California This Year?

Have you conducted your due diligence with regard to your broker business model? The adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin tells us, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” There are few businesses where the adage is more accurate than when creating a business plan for a new real estate broker venture. What […]

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Attention Mortgage Loan Origination Applicants: DRE Notices of Intent to Deny

The DRE has recently announced that it is issuing “Notices of Intent to Deny” in situations where the applicant does not hold a real estate license at the time of the application. This can lead to the formal denial of the MLO endorsement application. Such a denial becomes a type of regulatory action against the […]

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Advertising Team Names – What is The Rule? and Other Related Issues

Advertising Team Names: A team name is defined as a professional identity or brand name used by a salesperson and at least one other real estate licensee in the advertising of real estate services. Effective January 1, 2015, advertising that contains a team name must include, in a conspicuous manner, the licensee’s name and license […]

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Real Estate Licensees and Housing Discrimination

Q: Which state enforcement agency enforces Fair Housing laws in California? A: The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) enforces state fair housing laws which make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic such as: Race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, […]

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