Category: Bureau of Real Estate

Hot off the Press: The Fall 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine

Tiny houses, flu shots, backpacks, and water conservation—what do they all have in common? They’re all the subjects of articles in the fall 2017 issue of the Consumer Connection magazine! The fall issue offers information on: A new office created specifically to help students in need after private school closures Your right to your prescription…

What You Should Know Before Hiring A Property Manager

Whether you’re a big or small asset landlord, chances are you’ve considered hiring a property manager.  While property managers can be tremendously helpful and ease your workload, they can also be a detriment if they aren’t chosen wisely. The California Department of Consumer Affair’s Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) has a guide with tips to…

Don’t Get Tripped Up Exiting a Timeshare

Getting rid of a timeshare isn’t easy, and, unfortunately, some cons are taking advantage of that predicament. Timeshare scams have been operating for some time; the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) began warning consumers about this type of fraud back in 2012 and updated their warning in 2013. Although the idea of renting or…

Getting Your Move On

You’ve experienced the excitement of purchasing a new house or renting a new apartment; now comes the reality of the actual move. Carting all of your stuff from one place to another is where the real work—and the real stress—begins, but a little before-the-move planning and organizing can help make the day a little easier to…

Home Improvement Projects That Will Pay Off for Sellers

With low inventory levels and a strong housing sellers’ market in California, you may be thinking it’s a good time to sell your home—or start making some improvements in preparation of selling. A few upgrades may be the difference between a disappointing home-selling experience and finding a buyer willing to pay your asking price or maybe a little…

Get it While it’s Hot: Check out the Summer Issue of Consumer Connection

Summer’s not over yet. There’s still time to take a road trip to one of California’s many state parks. From beaches and deserts to redwood forests and mountain summits, California parks offer a variety of amazing and beautiful sites to explore. The Consumer Connection article “Time for a Road Trip!” details 10 state parks—including Angel Island,…

The Philosophy of Real Estate

If you watch Modern Family, you’re familiar with Phil Dunphy, suburban Los Angeles real estate agent and self-proclaimed real estate guru. You may have even caught one of the Real Estate Phil’s-osophies commercials for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) starring Ty Burrell, the actor who plays Dunphy. It’s not part of the show: NAR…

Real Estate Fraud Could Rob You of Your Home or Property

Do you own a home or property free and clear or have a large amount of equity in it? If so, you could become a victim of real estate fraud. In this scheme, criminals fraudulently record a lien against the property or illegally transfer the deed to the property to themselves or a third party.…

Prepaid Rental Listing Service…or Prepaid Rental Listing Scam?

Searching for a rental home or apartment can be a daunting and time-consuming task. So to save time and energy, you decide to have a company take care of the search for you. You do some quick online research, and then tell the prepaid rental listing service (PRLS) company representative what you are looking for…

Check Out CalBRE’s Newest Licensing Video

  Now, there is one more tool at your disposal when applying for a Real Estate Broker’s License. The California Real Estate Bureau has a new tutorial video for those individuals interested in applying for a Real Estate Broker’s License.  In just a few minutes you’ll learn the guidelines and steps in order to complete…

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