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CA Department Real Estate

Applications and Background Disclosure Information: What Must You Report When Applying for a Real Estate License?

Applicants seeking licensure as a California real estate salesperson or a real estate broker are required to answer the four (4) background questions that appear below under penalty of perjury. Many applicants fail to fully understand the scope of information that each question covers. Others believe that if the background events in questions occurred more than 7 years ago the...
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CA Department Real Estate

The DRE Broker Office Survey – Is my brokerage ready?

What is the DRE Broker Office Survey? The DRE Broker Office Survey (BOS) is a review of the way in which the broker operates its brokerage. It looks into the types of activities that the broker conducts. It takes a close look at whether or not the broker is doing those activities correctly and in compliance with California real estate...
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CA Department Real Estate

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. (more…)
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CA Department Real Estate

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 removing old, dated, disciplinary...
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Case Law

New California Court of Appeal Case: Real Estate Broker Professional Responsibility

In professional malpractice cases, expert opinion testimony is required to prove or disprove that the defendant performed in accordance with the prevailing standard of care except in cases where the negligence is obvious to laymen. (more…)
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CA Department Real Estate

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 that is secured by a...
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CA Department Real Estate

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 is to seek the MLO...
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News

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 complaining party establish a business,...
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CA Department Real Estate

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 under the license of a...
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Regulatory News Updates

Criminal convictions and license applications – ALWAYS investigate before applying for licensing

Denial of license based on a criminal conviction that has been expunged is now prohibited under the CA Business and Profession Code. Read further for additional details: (more…)
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