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. […]

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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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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California Bureau of Real Estate Gets Tougher on Enforcing Violations and Unlicensed Individuals

LOS ANGELES – The Bureau of Real Estate is focused on the “biggest and baddest” violators of the law, according to State of California Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell, who spoke at a program hosted by the California Bar Association’s Real Estate Sales & Brokerage Sub-Section of the Property Law Section. […]

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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 […]

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Why AB 278 (Hill) is a Great Piece of Legislation for the California Real Estate Community

  Current law and regulations require the Department of Real Estate (DRE) to engage in formal disciplinary action against licensees for any infraction, even a minor one and even if the violation was promptly corrected.  Once accused, the licensee must defend themselves against the allegation or else risk losing their license. […]

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The Meaning of a “Restricted” Real Estate License

  To understand the effect a restricted real estate license will have on your real estate career, you must first understand the rights associated with an “un”restricted real estate license. […]

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4 Helpful Tips to Avoid DENIAL of Your DRE License Application

  Are you thinking about applying for a real estate salesperson license in California? If so, review these tips below. […]

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Department of Real Estate Benefit of the Doubt Program in a Nutshell

  Good news for vigilant brokers throughout California! This past summer the Department of Real Estate started a new “Benefit of the Doubt Program” which is now in practice on a trial basis. […]

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