What You Should Know When Applying for a Real Estate License from the California Department of Real Estate

The California Department of Real Estate (the DRE) is authorized to request background information from all applicants seeking the issuance of a license to practice real estate activity requiring a license in this state. […]

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How to Remove Prior License Discipline From Your DRE License Profile

Right now, in the midst of a great deal of uncertainty, many real estate professionals are taking time to create innovative new business plans. Others are evaluating new ways to streamline their brokerages into lean, mean, profit-making machines. All of these actions make sense right now. But, if you still have not taken care of […]

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Who Needs an MLO Endorsement or MLO License When Engaging in Loan Origination Activity in California?

The definition of a mortgage loan originator (MLO): Mortgage loan originator means an individual who for compensation or gain in expectation of compensation or takes a residential mortgage loan application or offers or negotiates terms of a residential mortgage loan. A residential mortgage loan is defined as a loan for personal, family, or household use […]

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Background Checks for Licensing as a Mortgage Loan Originator in California

Mortgage loan origination activity by a Department of Real Estate Licensee – whether a real estate broker or real estate salesperson – requires that the license holder apply to the DRE for an MLO ENDORSEMENT to the license that allows the licensee to engage in Mortgage Loan Origination Activity. The alternative to the DRE endorsement […]

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ATTENTION DRE LICENSEES – Sexual harassment claims in the era of #MeToo

Sexual harassment: Real Estate licensees can be held liable for claims of sexual harassment in situations where the following has occurred: There is a business, service, or professional relationship between the complaining party and the licensed real estate professional. The licensed real estate professional has held himself or herself out as being able to help the […]

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What is a Broker-Associate?

The title of “Broker Associate” is now clearly defined in the CA Business and Professions Code: 10015.3. “Broker associate” means a broker retained by a responsible broker who has authority to provide services requiring a real estate license on behalf of the responsible broker. The Department of Real Estate allows a broker associate to work […]

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The High Cost of a DUI When You Hold a Professional License

  The Automobile Club of Southern California reports that the costs associated with a DUI conviction have risen since the Auto Club last reviewed the issue in 2010. The costs associated with a DUI conviction include fines to the state, county penalties, attorney fees and increased auto insurance rates. […]

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Increased Accountability of Licensees Managing Real Estate Offices

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 510 into law on 10/9/11. This legislation will allow brokers to designate branch managers as directly responsible for the licensee activities of those real estate salespersons under their supervision. This will require filing paperwork with the Dept. of Real Estate (DRE) notifying the DRE of the designation. Standby for […]

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