Category: Bureau of Real Estate

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…

Legislative News from the California Bureau of Real Estate

The 2013/2014 legislative season ended September 30, 2014, with the Governor signing 931 bills into law in 2014.  Summarized below are recently signed bills that affect California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) licensees and subdividers. All statutes are effective January 1, 2015, unless otherwise indicated. Assembly Bill 2018 (Bocanegra) – This bill amended Section 10159.5…

Two New Publications from the California Bureau of Real Estate

              The California Bureau of Real Estate has two new publications available on its website, www.calbre.ca.gov: the Quick Guide for Tenants Renting a Home and the Quick Guide for Landlords Hiring a Property Manager. The guides feature important questions to ask for potential tenants and landlords seeking a property…

California Bureau of Real Estate Issues Valuable Tips for Seniors on how to Avoid Becoming Victims of Real Estate Fraud

Those who commit fraud often target and exploit senior citizens. According to the FBI, the reason they do is because senior citizens are most likely to have a sizeable “nest egg” that criminals can target, and seniors are typically seen as more trusting of others. Older Americans are also less likely to report fraud because…

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